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When Never Comes When Never Comes by Barbara Davis
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“I’ve never been good at letting people in, but somehow you’re here, and I’m glad.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“I’ve been having nightmares,” she said quietly. “Basically the same dream for months now. I’m exhausted.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Integrity isn’t something you have in some parts of your life and not in others. You either have it, or you don’t.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Maybe it wasn’t about needing them. People hold on to all kinds of things, silly things, even broken things, because of the memories attached to them.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“then, she knew better than most that the face a person chose to show the world wasn’t always the real one. Everyone had a story. Not everyone wanted to share.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“At the age of sixteen, she had slipped out of a house in the middle of the night and run for all she was worth. Now, twenty years later, she was running again.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“And I don’t think you’re helpless. But it’s okay to let someone help you once in a while.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“I’m not cut out for happy. Busy is going to have to do.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“But if she was being honest—and it was well past time for that—she had to acknowledge that the empty places in her life were of her own making.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Easier isn’t always best.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“No,” Missy said firmly. “It isn’t. It’s all the doors we keep shut. It’s the places we won’t let ourselves go, the things we won’t let ourselves have or be, because we don’t think we’re good enough or strong enough for more. I know because that used to be me. And then I became a single parent, and I realized I didn’t have time for nevers.” She paused, her smile thin and tremulous. “All I’m saying is don’t live a smaller life than you deserve.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Dreams are like public service announcements from your soul. The only way to get past them is to pay attention to what they’re telling us.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Lynn gave him a half-hearted shrug.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Her eyes were open and glazed, a piercing shade of violet with fixed, bottomless pupils.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“don’t live a smaller life than you deserve.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“There are things we can change and things we can’t. The key is knowing the difference.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“the instant her foot touched the driveway, like”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“She’d grown up hard and fast, the way most children of addicts did, and had learned a thing or two along the way. At ten, she learned that no address was permanent, at twelve, that no promise was sacred, and at sixteen, that there was no such thing as safe. There were other lessons too. Lessons that were still etched in her mind—and her flesh.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“There was certainly plenty in her own past that she was reluctant to look at. Because looking made it real.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“She said the word never represents all the doors we keep closed, that when we say never we close ourselves off from the hope that things can ever be different.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“She had waited for the stab of jealousy the first time she heard the name, had braced for the squeeze in her chest, the heaviness in the pit of her stomach, the things any red-blooded wife should feel.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Sometimes it just is what it is, Wade. There are things we can change and things we can’t. The key is knowing the difference.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“She said the word never represents all the doors we keep closed, that when we say never we close ourselves off from the hope that things can ever be different.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“It was my compass; a direction I could point myself in every day and say this is who I am now, this is what I do. The store is your compass.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“Men like Stephen don’t cheat because they’re missing something at home, Christy-Lynn. They cheat because they’re missing something inside, so they take what they want and make it theirs, because they need to fill up all that empty space.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“How can you not believe in never? It’s just a word.” “No,” Missy said firmly. “It isn’t. It’s all the doors we keep shut. It’s the places we won’t let ourselves go, the things we won’t let ourselves have or be, because we don’t think we’re good enough or strong enough for more. I know because that used to be me. And then I became a single parent, and I realized I didn’t have time for nevers.” She paused, her smile thin and tremulous. “All I’m saying is don’t live a smaller life than you deserve.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“At ten, she learned that no address was permanent, at twelve, that no promise was sacred, and at sixteen, that there was no such thing as safe.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“People like to dig up the bodies, anguish over mistakes. What’s the point? The water’s poisoned. There’s no cleaning it up after it’s done. The only thing you can do is walk away—and set fire to your bridges.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“learned to keep my distance at an early age. A survival mechanism, you might say. I’m working on it, though. Another thirty years and I should about have it mastered.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes
“You can’t miss what you never had.”
Barbara Davis, When Never Comes

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