Ten Thousand I Love Yous
The New Novel by Lisa Slabach
“I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know what twist was going to be added next. … I recommend this story to anyone who likes an intense romance novel that takes you down a path you never expect.”
5 Stars, Stephanie Chapman, Readers’ Favorite
Grief, guilt, jealousy, and wishful thinking are wonderfully expressed in Lisa’s detailed writing … Ten Thousand I Love Yous is an amazing novel about not realizing the value of someone until you lose them. I loved this book!
If you’re itching for some relationship-drama or women-centric romance, Ten Thousand I Love Yous is just the book for you.
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, 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?
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In 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.
I sat next to my husband in the Davis High School stadium bleachers with the sun beating on my face, and like almost everyone else, fanned my graduation program back and forth in a vain attempt to tease a Delta breeze out of the still air. Scanning the crowd, I noted all the sane people had dressed for heat. Jay had insisted on dressing for the occasion, so I followed suit and sweated in a dress that constricted my middle. He pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket, swiped at a bead of sweat gathering on his brow, and then pulled on his collar.
“Take your tie off,” I whispered.
He and I squinted as we watched a sea of blue caps and gowns flow onto the field while the school band played Pomp and Circumstance. They all appeared so gleeful, smiling, giggling, and waving as they weaved their way to the waiting chairs. I wondered if they were happier about shedding the tediousness of high school, or about the journey ahead—college, leaving Davis, and testing their independence. I wondered what futures were in store for these children—yes, I still thought of them as children. Most would be heading to college. (The highly educated Davis community expected their children to go to college.) Many were headed to Ivy League schools and other prestigious institutions. Maybe, just maybe, there were a handful thinking about marriage and parenthood.
Jay and I had missed our high school graduation. We’d spent the night in the delivery room. At the time, missing the ceremony had seemed insignificant compared to the enormity of becoming parents. We hadn’t understood why not marching was such a colossal disappointment to both my and Jay’s parents; we had graduated after all. Now I got it. The ritual formally celebrated and marked the end of day-to-day parenthood. It was an accomplishment, an end, and a beginning rolled into one life-changing moment.
I spotted Haley’s black hair shining in thick waves down her back and pointed. “There she is.”
“Yep, that’s our girl. Hard to miss that hair.”
Ten Thousand I Love Yous
Lisa Slabach delivers a beautiful rendition of how someone can create a new life after heartbreak in Ten Thousand I Love Yous.
This story pulled at every single one of my heartstrings and I often found myself being so involved in the story that I would find myself crying and whooping for joy on Kimberly’s behalf.
Author Lisa Slabach offers a novel with surprises at every turn and truly realistic characters that could easily have stepped out of real life to put their truths down on these pages.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ten Thousand I Love Yous is Lisa Slabach’s second novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and 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 Fintech Relationship Executive for a Fortune 500 Company. 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.