About the BookAt sixteen, Kimberly Kirby thought the only thing she needed to be perfectly happy was to spend the rest of her life with Jay Braxton. Twenty years later, newly divorced from Jay, and on the hunt for love, she moves to San Francisco and starts writing a dating blog for divorced women. Just as she falls hard for a talented young chef, Jay fights to win her back. Torn between her bold new life and the comfort of Jay's strong arms, the ten thousand I love yous that have passed Jay's lips can't be dismissed. But is there is too much to forgive?
Book SynopsisIn this humorously touching novel by the critically acclaimed author of Degrees of Love, a woman is blindsided when her high school sweetheart abandons her after eighteen years of marriage. At sixteen, Kimberly Kirby thought the only thing she needed to be perfectly happy was to spend the rest of her life with Jay Braxton. Twenty years later, she still believes it. As they proudly watch their daughter, Haley, graduate from high school, she imagines her life is as perfect as anyone could reasonably expect. Jay is a formidable attorney, she a freelance writer, and their love as strong as ever. With Haley heading to UC Berkeley in the fall, Kimberly fantasizes about making love on the kitchen table. She has no clue that Jay's bags are already packed. Now divorced and determined to squelch her love for Jay, she accepts a gig writing a sex and dating blog for divorcees. As the Virgin Dater, she is on the hunt for love. No-strings-attached nights with a sexy fireman and moving to San Francisco are just what she needs to boost her battered ego and mend her shattered heart. But just as she falls hard for a talented young chef, Jay fights to win her back. Torn between her bold new life and the comfort of Jay's strong arms, she questions if there is too much to forgive. The ten thousand I love yous that had passed Jay's lips can't be dismissed, but nor can her newfound freedom and the knowledge that her happiness doesn't depend on Jay.
About the AuthorTen Thousand I Love Yous is Lisa Slabach's second novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and on a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington's Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa is a Relationship Executive in the Fintech industry. She is a long-time resident of Northern California and lives with her husband, one-hundred-forty-pound puppy and numerous goldfish. In her free time, she enjoys wine tasting, shopping with her daughters and cooking in her pink kitchen. Under the working title Broken, the first chapter of Degrees of Love was published in the Blue Moon Art and Literary Review. Broken won the 2012 Merritt Contest for Women's Fiction and was awarded Second Place in the Fire and Ice Contest for Women's Fiction. Prior to publication, Degrees of Love was recognized as a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Review. Degrees made its full-length publishing debuted December 1, 2017 and was nominated for a 2017 Reviewer's Choice Award by RT Book Reviews