Maddie was a middle-aged divorcee who had made a comfortable life for herself—owning a small business, enjoying her work as an artist, and pursuing many outside interests. She had a number of good friends, and had dated several men since her divorce, but none seriously. So when Al reappeared after such a long time, she wasn’t really looking for love—especially with him, since he had broken her heart so badly years ago. Nonetheless, he seemed to have matured, and he was still his old charming self. They shared an interest in art and had enjoyed traveling together in the past, so after much pleading from Al, she agreed to see him occasionally for visits to art galleries and other outings. As their relationship grew, Maddie found herself drawn to Al like a moth to a flame. What was it about this man that attracted her so? Had he outgrown his old womanizing ways, she wondered, and could she trust herself with him now that they both had grown older and wiser? After all, she reasoned, life is better when you share it with someone you love.
J. B. McBrayer was born and raised in Harnett County, North Carolina. She and her husband lived in several different places over the years. Widowed too early, and after a long and satisfying career as a registered nurse, she retired to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she currently lives. She has three children and six grandchildren. Journey of Deception is McBrayer’s first novel.