We have all heard of Thomas Wolfe's famous novel, “You Can't Go Home Again.” Sometimes, though, it is worth trying.

Kelli Evans is at the height of her career at a large investment firm on Wall Street, but with 15-hour days, she doesn’t have time for a life outside of her work. The man she has been dating for more than three years suddenly announces he has a job offer in Paris, and he is moving. Kelli realizes that though they had seen each other exclusively through the years, they were just familiar strangers. She is ready for a change, and that is when the idea comes to her, "Why not go home to Arkansas?" A quick search of the internet and she finds her childhood home in Fayetteville is for sale.

In “A Lasting Bond” by Angie Richardson, Kelli goes home to find that special place where her roots have stayed buried, lying dormant and waiting to grow strong again. Mrs. Tanner, the woman who treated all the neighborhood children to homemade cookies, is still next door and ready to welcome Kelli with open arms. The biggest surprise is when the man living across the street in his parents' old house turns out to be handsome cardiologist and childhood playmate, Jace Harrison.

Read on as Jace and Kelli rekindle their friendship. They learn that sometimes the best love story is built on a strong bond forged in childhood. This is a story of love, friendship and reclaiming your place in a once-loved community. This story has all of that and a peaceful ghost looking for a playmate!

On a peaceful day over lunch, with the Arkansas landscape coming to life and turning the bright green of spring, author Angie Richardson told of growing up in Fayetteville. In her teens, she and her family moved to Clarksville, where they later opened a gardening center. Richardson and her husband now live outside Clarksville, where they can share the apple orchard they planted with their three grown children. Richardson works as a substitute teacher in the public school system. When she settles down to read a good book, it is most often written by her favorite author, Nicholas Sparks.

Look for Richardson's second book, the “Wedding Barn,” which is about a newly widowed woman’s second chance at a new life and love. Readers can find the author’s books at Amazon.com.

Happy reading.

Linda Laughlin of Fort Smith writes book reviews and author profiles focusing on local authors for the Times Record. Linda’s second book, “Fight for Your Life,” is now available from Amazon.com. You can follow Linda on Facebook, email her at BookNook.TR@gmail.com or check out her web page at LindaLaughlin.com.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include a photo of Clarksville author Angie Richardson. A previous version and a story on page A7 of Tuesday's edition contained the wrong photo.