NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay uses her emotional, gut wrenching writing and her vast experience as a high school teacher to create a plot which tackles passion, romance, a sexual predator, infidelity and the enduring power of love.
Nick and Callie Muscato have been lovers since high school. They married at eighteen and Callie gave up Vassar to go on the road with Nick as he builds his major league baseball career. Once he becomes a superstar, their perfect life is marred by their inability to have children. And then a miracle happens and they adopt twin boys.
Eventually Nick is forced to give up his baseball career, gets his college degree and when the story opens, both he and Callie are teaching at their Alma Mater. Then tragedy strikes them with two major blows: Callie confesses she’s pregnant with another man’s child and, only an hour later, Nick is accused of sexual misconduct with a female student. He is suspended from teaching until hearings can be held.
Though this stress might split up a lesser couple, Nick and Callie fight the accusation and try to keep their marriage together.
If you like romance novels about teacher student relationships, teacher romance, romantic suspense, read more of Kathryn Shay books with an educational theme: THE FATHER FACTOR, PROMISES TO KEEP, THE EDUCATORS series and THE BAYVIEW HEIGHTS series.
Reader Reviews of A PRICE WORTH PAYING: “I started the book well after midnight...almost didn't sleep... and woke only to continue reading and finished it out in one fell swoop.”
“It was so refreshing to read a book about an imperfect couple who have been married a long time with big problems in their relationship but a determination to save the marriage.”
“Overall a good read. Subject matter was very serious, but done very well. It also had enough of a mystery going on that it keeps the reader engaged.”
“This has been by far one of the best books I have read in a while!”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story was fabulously heart-wrenching. You've got a couple who've been married for over 20 years and have lost touch with one another - in every way possible. Nick and Callie Muscato are true high school sweethearts and as such have history (and deep love) that cannot be ignored but alas, has suffered from inattention. There is also an ex-boyfriend who is rather psycho and he has certainly worked hard (over the years) to pull Nick and Callie apart.
This is pure drama with a very good dose of angst thrown in. I wondered how these two could ever come back together again since what has torn them apart has become a runaway train. They both have to admit what their part is in what has happened to their love. Again......I love the teenagers in this book and Kathryn Shay knows how to write her kids (and adults).
Highly recommended for anyone looking for drama, angst, love, and romance. This book left me feeling.....HAPPY!
Kathryn Shay is best at creating edgy plot lines from hot button issues, and creating a world where Romance characters heroically meet tough challenges. She is able to take the best from the Romance genre and complicate the lives of realistic and exceptional characters to create satisfying stories that don't shy away from the complexities of life - a must read!!!
This was a really good book. I did receive a free copy on my kindle in exchange for this review from bookrooster.com!
The characters were very well developed, I felt like I really got to know them. Nick and Callie have been married for 20 years and have adopted twin sons, Ty and Joe, who are in college. All characters face a lot of adversity in this book, probably more than one would expect in real life, however the author handles the situations with great care. In my opinion the author also handles the dilemmas realistically. Katherine Shay doesn't rush through a resolution of each situation -- I enjoyed the ride to the end. The characters feel anger, pain, disappointment, frustration and grief. Shay does a very nice job detailing all of their emotions.
The romance was good and the mystery had some pretty good twists. I read the book in one night and had trouble putting it down! It is not a short book -- I am a fast reader.
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