01-21-2013 06:44 PM
Characters names: Lisa- poor girl from wrong side of the tracks- becomes a Hollywood movie star
Matt- rich boy, star football player, destined for college ball- Alabama (I think)
Plot: Unlikely high school sweethearts. Matt's father-who is the town banker- gets his friends to help break them up by spreading rumors that Lisa slept with them. Matt's father wants them broken up because he is afraid that Matt is going to give up his college football scholarship to Alabama and chances at being a pro football player. Matt breaks up with Lisa. Lisa runs away because there is nothing left for her in the small town except drunken abusive father. She goes to Hollywood and ends up becoming a huge star.
Matt is devastated from break up and turns his back on his friends and father. He ends up turning down football scholarship and going to Georgia for college. He becomes a heart surgeon. He marries, has twin daughters, and divorces. He finds out how his father and friends decieved him about Lisa all those years before. He has never forgotten her and begins his search to reconnect and make amends.
This was a fantastic book and I have not forgotten it in all these years but somehow lost it. I cannot remember the title. I believe the cover had a woman's face with sunglasses on (like a Hollywood star).
01-22-2013 12:29 PM
Is it Solitaire by Lisa Gregory?
(I'm cheating with the guessing and I posted your query on another MB because the story sounds so good!!!)