Can a broken friendship be fixed? In the following excerpt from The Red Dress, my main character, Eve, has just met her best friend by chance twenty-five years after catching her in the act with her boyfriend. They decide to eat together.
The cafe was nearly deserted. Without thinking, Eve and Adele found seats at the counter, as they’d done years ago after school.
“Well, what do we have here?” said Virginia, emerging from the kitchen wearing a broad grin. “It’s just like old times, isn’t it? I’ll bet you girls want chocolate shakes with whipped cream and a cherry, right?”
Both women laughed, and Adele said, “I’ll also have your meatloaf special, if there’s any left.”
“There sure is,” said Virginia. She bustled about, putting ingredients for the milkshakes into an electric mixer. “Miss Eve, I don’t suppose you want a second helping of meatloaf.”
Eve chuckled. “No, thank you. In fact, Adele, why don’t we split a shake? I had a piece of chocolate pie on top of that meatloaf earlier, and I’m still full.”
“Honey, you need to get some meat on those bones,” said Virginia, starting the mixer. “Besides, the shakes are on the house. I always wondered why you two quit coming in here after the prom twenty–five years ago. I’m glad to see you back together.”
Does Eve have an extra milkshake on top of the chocolate pie and meatloaf she ate earlier? Can she and Adelle patch things up after all these years? Read the book, and find out.
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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.