Some of you might be familiar with Suzy Paradise who appeared in Getting To Mr. Right. Two years have passed and Suzy has given up online dating. Here’s a scene between Suzy and Lyse, her friend and mentor:
“I haven’t been online for three weeks,” I told her as I poked my finger in one of the donuts to test to see if it was cool enough to glaze.
“You sound like an alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in three weeks,” Lyse said,
“A perfect analogy,” I said. “At first you get a high from all these men hitting on your profile. All this interest. But after a while, it gets boring and disappointing. What’s your secret with Teddy?” Lyse had been married for over forty years.
In Café Paradise Suzy is pursuing a lifelong dream of hers. I like the idea that on the cusp of mid-life she goes after her dream. As I went along writing the novella I was inspired by a hanging in my office:
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. E.M. Forster
Suzy is confronted with– as anyone with a dream is –choosing between letting go of her dream or hanging unto it.
Café Paradise is now on sale at Amazon.