ONCE OVER LIGHTLY is a story of family connections, friendship, life and death.
Isabelle Fortune is a soul waiting to be conceived. Her chosen destiny is a lifetime in which she can become the first woman President of the
On the first day of October, 1973, in the quiet
As the angel Mario leads Lincoln up the tunnel toward the light of the next world, he meets Isabelle. She shares with him her soul’s dilemma.
There is only one character back on earth who can see, hear, and communicate with Lincoln Lightly, his dog, Gershwin. However,
Jeanette Fortune and Eddie Lightly share a special bond with a third cousin, Anne Marie. As children they called themselves the “Three Mosquitoes.” As adults, all three must confront devastating challenges.
Because of her fear of loss, and her guilt over the death of her infant son, Jeanette rejects the love of the one man she is passionately devoted to, her husband, Christopher.
Eddie has returned from Vietnam damaged, confused, and disoriented. Feeling isolated and suicidal, he faces his impending wedding, and his life, through the haze of alcohol and drugs.
Anne Marie is the helpless victim of an abusive husband, unable to see any other way to live.
Jeanette and Eddie want to help Anne Marie, but first they must face their own problems. Lincoln Lightly’s dog, Gershwin, directed by the two ghosts, lends a paw. He leads Jeanette and Eddie to two old journals, one Lincoln's, the other Gockie's. Through the pages of their ancestors’ diaries, Jeanette and Eddie begin to understand that they are not alone in their pain. The knowledge that others have faced similar circumstances is the stimulus that begins the healing process for them both. Hoping they are not too late, they reach out to Anne Marie.
On Halloween night, 1973, midnight approaches. Jeanette must make the most important choice of her life. Her decision will seal not only the destiny of Isabelle Fortune, but the course of history.