Now or Never: Another Delightful Read from the Creative Pen of Ruth Hay

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Ruth Hay is a natural; a born storyteller with a flair for the dramatic and the intriguing. She has a gift shared by our very best writers – the ability to take everyday, human situations and storylines and transform them into engrossing, involving, page-turning fiction. She showed her gift to marvelous advantage in the first two novels of her Prime Time series – Auld Acquaintance and Time Out of Mind – and she returns now with her third release, entitled Now or Never.

Hay, a London, Ontario, writer, tells two parallel stories in Now or Never. Through the eyes of her central character, Anna Mason, we discover the story of Maria, a fashion business owner with a husband, Paul, and two daughters. Theresa is the level-headed, easy-to-live-with, married daughter. It is Lucy, the rebellious, headstrong, younger child who creates havoc within the family with her insistent, unreasonable demands and selfish immaturity.
Again, through the eyes of Anna Mason, Hay also revisits Susan and Jake, a loving, long-married couple trying their best to cope with the extreme difficulty of Jake’s struggle with multiple sclerosis.

The parallel thread in the storylines comes with the prospects of visits to Italy. Maria desperately needs to re-connect with Lucy and comes to accept her husband’s suggestion that a vacation visit to her Italian grandfather’s village home might work some family magic.
Susan, for her part, is the reluctant wife tagging along at husband Jake’s insistence as he contemplates a risky, potential MS treatment in Italy that is not yet approved or available in Ontario. Jake is willing to risk all in his fight to reclaim his health and his life.

Standing by, watching and praying, is Anna Mason, desperate in her own way to simply be there for her friends to help them patch together the broken threads of their lives. Will they move forward, perhaps to a fulfilling future, perhaps to something less generous?
It is the unexpected, the twist of events and circumstances that pull the parallel plotlines together for these characters and result in an absorbing, exciting conclusion. And that, ultimately, is what makes Now or Never such a satisfying, engaging read.

A cup of coffee, a glass of wine, and the latest novel from Ruth Hay: a delightful recipe for reflection on a peaceful weekend afternoon.

Author Ruth Hay is a retired teacher-librarian who has cultivated a lifetime interest in reading and writing. She is a published author of educational materials and has taught most recently at the university level in London, Ontario.

Now or Never
by Ruth Hay
ISBN: 978098754524
$15.95 Cdn/US

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