This story hit closer to home that I care to admit. What comes of a couple when a career becomes the lover they want more than you? When Ticket Home starts out, Amy has left her boyfriend and Seattle for the busy life in New York. Commuting daily from Connecticut to New York, she never expects to see her ex-boyfriend, Jeff riding the train. Amy made a clean break from Jeff after realizing she would always be second in his life and that just wasn’t where she wanted to be. Seeing him again conflicts her because she hasn’t fallen out of love with him, but she can’t be second best.
Jeff is determined to get Amy back, but he really hasn’t left the job behind. When his phone goes off, his first clue Amy isn’t going to come back easily is when she sics the Metro security on him. Giving up, though, isn’t in the plans, but Jeff has to learn that to get Amy back, he needs to find a balance between his hard work and the woman he loves.
As I read this short story, I was drawn to the situation. I am a stay at home mom of five years now after I got laid off. The biggest reason I didn’t go back to work was my husband’s job. He traveled a lot, but recently that travel has gone off the deep end where he is gone more than he is home. In fact, he has only been home for a full weekend, once this year. Am I as far gone as Amy, no, but I sympathized with her the entire way through the story. I wanted to throw Jeff’s phone under the train. I wanted to walk away from him. I wanted to scream at him what his job was doing to Amy. It is tense and the story conveyed that perfectly.
I recommend this to men who have jobs that drag them away from the people they love. I want them to wake up to what it does to their families and just how lonely that time begins to feel. I recommend this to women also overwork to get ahead. There isn’t an easy answer, even if this couple does get their HEA.
A real and touching story of what really can happen in love, life and riding a train.