Thomma Lyn Grindstaff gets some of her best ideas when hiking in the mountains. She’s both a novelist and a freelance writer. She’s also a musician: a classically-trained pianist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and composer. Other passions include studying philosophy, science, and spirituality. Last but never least, she’s a cat wrangler. She shares her home with four Ballicai (also known as cats). If you could sum Thomma Lyn up in three words, they would be Artist, Seeker, and Adventurer.
For Annasophia and Maestro, their love is ageless, and music is their door through time.
Annasophia Flynn is a young, classically-trained pianist and singer-songwriter who enjoys a special bond with Wilhelm Dahl, her older mentor and teacher whom she affectionately calls Maestro. Maestro is terminally ill, and Annasophia must come to grips with the fact that she’ll have to say goodbye to him soon.
But not so fast. Annasophia receives a mysterious email to which is attached a photo of her standing by the side of a virile and much-younger Maestro, years before she was born and during the height of his fame and power as a concert pianist. Either somebody’s doing some serious Photoshopping, or Annasophia traveled — or will travel — back in time, meaning that there’s more to her relationship with Maestro than meets the eye.
She visits Maestro in the hospital and shows him the photo. When he talks about a mysterious door and hums a few bars of a romantic Rachmaninoff concerto much beloved by them both, she is compelled to go home and play the piece on her piano. The concerto indeed turns out to be a door back through time, where she meets the younger Maestro, and they fall in love.
But staying in younger Maestro’s time proves tricky. For one thing, he has a son, who will never be conceived or born if Annasophia stays and changes things. She starts to second guess herself and tries to go back to her own time, only to find, each time, that the timeline as she has known it has been altered. For another thing, Maestro’s very elegant and cunning ex-wife, Elena, is determined to get him back and makes up her mind to do everything she can to send Annasophia back to her own timeline for good, where she will have to say goodbye to Maestro forever.
As college graduation draws near, twenty-two year old Monie Bloomfield has everything in the world going for her. She's been accepted to a prestigious law school, which she'll be attending with Rob, her dreamboat first love. Monie and Rob plan to marry, open a law practice as partners, have a family together, and enjoy many happy years as a couple.
But Monie feels trapped. She no longer wants to follow the comfortable Life Script she and Rob have been writing together. She's uncommonly gifted on the guitar, and she decides to explore the possibilities of a career in rock and roll. She becomes lead guitarist for Woolly Worm Hotel, a rock band on the verge of making it big. If she commits to playing and touring with the band, it will mean leaving Rob behind.
He doesn't want to stand in her way, so he reluctantly backs down and gives her the space she needs, hoping she'll get rock and roll out of her system. But though she still loves Rob, Monie enjoys playing with the Woolly Worms even more than she could have dreamed. And when sparks fire up between her and Siegfried, the band's brilliant pianist and songwriter, she must weigh the security of her old path against the excitement of her new one and make difficult, heart-wrenching choices that will change her life forever.
As a young woman, Laurel misinterpreted a psychic vision, causing the death of her first and only love. She has lived with guilt ever since. Two decades later, struggling to free herself from a toxic marriage, she's pulled to an alternate reality where her beloved still lives. There, she's the dead one, and he and their children are grieving for her. When she tries to contact them, they think she's a ghost or a product of their wishful thinking.
She desperately wants to remain in her family's reality and connect with them. By enjoying a long, happy life with the man she loves, she can rectify her mistake and free herself from her guilt. But she's running out of time. Every shift between realities damages her body further. And her soon-to-be-ex will stop at nothing to shackle her to a life she despises.
Sarah Harrison is a housewife and the mother of two grown children but her marriage is tainted by alcoholism and emotional abuse. When her husband Ed drowns in a river at an RV park in Tennessee, she's on her own for the first time in her life. She can't drive the Winnebago to return to their home in North Carolina.
Max McCloud, newly retired from NASA, is parked next to Ed and Sarah's Winnebago. He designs aircraft components online with his friends and misses his late wife, Adela, who died the previous year. He befriends the newly widowed Sarah and offers to drive her home in her Winnebago.
Can their new friendship and potential romantic attachment overcome the memories of their deceased spouses and provide them with the kind of Golden Years they both desire?
Romilly Shepard spent her childhood with abusive parents, and as a college student, she finds comfort in the hard facts of science. She lives with her friend Martha, also an atheist, and they see each other as like-minded rationalists who stand elbow-to-elbow against a hopelessly irrational world. Intent on debunking, Romilly and Martha sign up for a comparative religion class, but the instructor, a graduate student and preacher named Ernest, challenges Romilly's assumptions. His open-mindedness and tolerance broaden Romilly's mind and win her heart.
Martha feels betrayed by Romilly's love for a preacher, and Ernest's congregation thinks Romilly is a heathen in need of salvation. Friction mounts between Romilly and Ernest, and she fears she's nothing more than his Convert-an-Atheist Project. But when a chronic disease threatens Ernest's life, labels given by other people no longer seem so important. Romilly takes a crash course in faith and hope - faith in Ernest's love, hope for his healing. In doing so, she learns to embrace their differences and not fear them, but has her awakening come too late?