Have you ever made a terrible error of judgment about someone? Have you ever made a mistake you desperately wish you could undo?
I think we all live with the odd regret. There are always things we would do differently if we had our time again. I think it would be an unusual person indeed (or a very lucky or blessed one) who didn’t have something in their past they wish they had done differently or better.
One of my favourite books is Atonement by Ian McEwan. It’s a powerfully moving story about a young girl who makes a mistake that has costly outcomes for others. I don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven’t read it, but McEwan skillfully poses the question of whether or not you can atone for mistakes made in the past.
But I’m not here to talk about Ian McEwan’s fabulous book. I’m here to tell you about mine! Deserving of His Diamonds? is a tale of love lost due to a mistake made in the past.
Emilio Andreoni cut his bride-to-be Gisele Carter from his life just days before their wedding when a sex tape scandal erupts with her at the centre of it.
Gisele had always claimed her innocence even though the girl in the tape looked and sounded exactly the same as her.
When the truth finally comes out that Gisele has a long lost identical twin she has never met before now, Emilio has some serious apologising to do!
But is a simple apology going to be enough? How can he right the wrongs and return to the relationship they had before their break up?
A lot has happened to Gisele in the two years since they broke up. But she hasn’t told Emilio all the heart-wrenching details. When she finally reveals just what his lack of trust has done to her, will there be any hope of finding happiness together?
I hope you enjoy reading my take on the atonement issue. I found this to be one of the most emotionally charged books I have written so far. I guess there are some things in life for which sorry is never going to be enough, even when it is heartfelt and genuine.
Let’s hope you and I don’t have to learn that the hard way as Emilio does.
p.s. Stay tuned for Gisele’s twin’s sister Sienna’s story coming soon!