by Jackie Calhoun


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Sarah Sweeney and Hayley Baxter are incredulous when they literally bump into each other among the tens of thousands of protesters at the Wisconsin State Capital. Sarah has neither heard from Hayley nor seen her since Hayley moved to New York City and a journalism career eleven years ago.

Hayley offers to share her hotel room in Madison on weekends. With misgivings, Sarah takes her up on it and quickly realizes her once fierce love for Hayley still simmers under the surface of her anger.

When the protests move to the next stage—collecting signatures for recall—the weekends in Madison end. Sarah goes back to teaching, certain that Hayley will never leave her roommate and job in New York.

However, the bad economy causes Hayley’s newspaper to go belly-up and she is forced to return to Wisconsin, to the lake where it all began…

Storyteller Jackie Calhoun weaves a tale of personal and political awakenings as two women try to find peace with the present and the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781594933059
Publisher: Bella Books
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jackie Calhoun is the author of ten romantic, life-driven novels published by Bella Books; the semi-autobiographical Crossing the Center Line, and ten novels from Naiad Press. Her Web site is, and her e-mail address is She loves to hear from her readers. Calhoun lives with her partner in Northeast Wisconsin.

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Awakenings 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Lee Lynch's "Sweet Creek" you'll eventually warm to these characters. There isn' t the large community of diverse characters, but there is a unique perspective that is shared and that i've never come across. I trusted the author not to take me down the wrong road and that kept me turning each page. I learned about the political struggles of a state where residents found themselves in the middle of a fight to preserve our way of life. Much of what happened in Wisconsin in 2011 is happening today in North Carolina. I deducted for the use of profanity and sexually explicit descriptions and situations.