When I was in college, I received Billy Joel’s album, Glass Houses, as a gift. My younger brother, a tween, liked listening to it just as much as I did.
One hot summer afternoon, my brother and a friend were in the back yard, which our music room overlooked. They’d turned the stereo speakers so they faced out the windows and were playing Glass Houses loud enough to rock the neighborhood.
I’d come downstairs and was taking a can of Dr. Pepper out of the refrigerator when a loud crash came from the music room, which was adjacent to the kitchen. Oh, no, what did the dog do now, I wondered, as I hurried in that direction, thankful I was wearing shoes. Our folks weren’t home, and with my limited vision, I didn’t relish the idea of cleaning up broken glass. I didn’t think my brother and his friend would be much help.
Then, this song started playing, and I realized that what I’d heard was the sound effect that precedes it. Now, you can enjoy the song, and don’t be alarmed when you hear that sound.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.