Blue Midnight is the story of a middle aged divorced woman who is left holding her girls when her husband ditches her for a new model. Not very original, you think, but wait, there is a lot more to the story.
Blythe Heywood is picking up the strings of her new life when she gets a blast from the past. A forgotten scrap of paper brings back a flood of memories and she is lost in ‘what if’ scenarios. Her young girls are off to a honeymoon with their father and step mom. Younger sister Bliss is globe trotting. With three weeks on her hands, Blythe decides to take a road trip at the urging of her sister. A brand new BMW SUV helps, certainly. Blythe heads over to small town Idaho hoping to meet the guy she once abandoned to honor her commitment to her husband. On the way, she meets an old man at a rest area, who tells her about the peregrine bird, a kind of hawk which is forever shadowing its prey.
The small town is really small and the B&B owner is supposed to be psychic. On her first night of freedom, Blythe meets a handsome stranger and gets drunk. The next day, her world is shattered again when she learns that the man she is looking for is no more. She unwittingly meets his family and a totally new story line starts.
There is a certain theme in the book – can’t say what without giving away spoilers – that I wasn’t very sure about. I don’t know if it is just an attempt to get into an additional genre, or it is just part of the plot. The rugged Blue Mountain and small Idaho town suddenly seems to have too many people. Blythe finds herself embroiled in a mystery. And at the same time, she begins to doubt her whole life and the decisions she took.
Blue Midnight is a good read offering a lot of variety. There is a romance angle, there is some angst over lost love, there are new possibilities, there is the whole mother angle, and an unsolved mystery. The backdrop of a scenic town in the mountains of the Wild West makes it all more alluring, of course.
Is there a happy ending? Well, you will have to read to find out. A story well told.