Betsy’s debut novel:
Available in paperback, e-book, and now as an audiobook!
Fire & Water
Only in the glaring light of hindsight does Kate Murphy understand that she was groomed for the path she’s taken. She was raised by a widowed dad and a misshapen, sometimes comical trio of parental surrogates from Murphy’s Pub, her father’s Irish bar in San Francisco.
Kate’s well-meaning family hides bitter truths about her mother’s mental illness and death. Once this thread of family deception is pulled, the rest of Kate’s family history unravels. Shaken by the family secrets uncovered, Kate turns to her best friend, Mary K, a hard-edged aspiring surgeon from Queens who doesn’t miss a thing and names bull when she sees it.
Kate first encounters Jake Bloom as her patient in a hospital emergency room, but it is only later, when she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach that she is forever changed. Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be. Beneath Jake’s brilliance lies the menace of his profound and trecherous mental illness that Kate has yet to discover.
Only Mary K is immune to Jake’s charms. She is first to see Jake’s dangerous potential, and, of course, she says so. Caught between her newfound passion and her friendship, Kate dismisses her friend’s warnings. It is not until she is in too deep, with a daughter on the way, that Kate understands what Mary K feared on her behalf.
Fire & Water is Kate Murphy’s story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death.
published by She Writes Press