Hello, It's Me
By Jennifer Wardrip
Mar 1, 2005 - 4:50:00 AM

For Annie Harlowe, her husband Andre's death was more than just the loss of her mate. Along with Andre, Annie lost her very foundation-her best friend, her lover, the father of her children. The spontaneous man who would take the kids off on "adventures", the man who let her work through the night on art projects that kept her sane, disappeared into the untamable waters of the Atlantic Ocean, taking with him the imperfect "perfect" life that was Annie's rock.

So Annie muddles through the days, attempting to get her daughter Trixie through the inexplicable night terrors that haunt her, trying her best to answer her son Milo's incessant questions of why daddy can't come home. And even though money is tight, the roof leaks, and her financial future is questionable, Annie spends money every month to keep Andre's cell phone in service-so that when she needs to, Annie can call the familiar number and hear her dead husband's voice, for what she always swears will be the last time.


Then the unimaginable happens, when during one phone call to listen to her husband's voice mail once again, he suddenly answers. "Hello." Just one word, but Annie knows immediately that it's Andre-that he's there, somewhere; that he loves her; that he misses his kids; that he's trying to tell her something about taking a catering job she has been offered.


So, she does it. Still reeling from what she knows wasn't a dream or a simple hallucination, Annie takes a job catering a party for Thomas Brannock IV, a wealthy man whose future has been mapped out by other people for as long as he can remember. But when emotions become involved, and Annie and Thomas seem to be heading toward a relationship beyond mere employer and employee, how will Annie handle that mystic phone connection with her dead husband, the love of her life?
HELLO, IT'S ME is a thought-provoking book about life and death-and how there are no boundaries when it comes to loving someone. Ms. Markham has done a wonderful job showing just how difficult it is to go from being part of a couple to a single parent, how death affects everyone it touches, and how, above all, there are miracles occurring every day-if we only know where to look.

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