At forty-two, Shelley Marino
desperately wants a child. Though she and her husband and
business partner, Martin, have tried over the course of
their twenty-year marriage, their only hope now is adoption.
Yet Martin, the father to two grown children from a previous
marriage, suddenly is not sure that he can bear the
emotional challenge of fatherhood again. When a Vietnamese
baby becomes available, Shelley is faced with a terrible
choice: the child or Martin.
Emigrating to America more than two
decades ago, Xuan Mai has achieved all the accoutrements of
the American dream: a healthy business, an SUV, a house
without a mortgage. Yet success has not made her happy or
allowed her to forget the terrible tragedy that forced her
to leave Vietnam. Instead she has distanced herself from
everyone around her—until she meets Shelley.
Falling into a fast, if sometimes
uneasy, friendship, the pair will become closer as Mai
accompanies Shelley to Vietnam to get the baby. But the trip
will not be easy, for going home forces Mai to face the
truth about her past. And Shelley is confronted with choices
that will reverberate for the rest of her life. Lyrical and
moving, If You Lived Here takes the reader on a
journey as well, from loss to love, and shows how new
beginnings can heal old wounds.
Buy the Book