New River Vanity
The Love and Adventures of Calamity Vanity
Recovering from a personal tragedy, the awkward, life-loving, and humorous Vanessa “Calamity Vanity" Jane VanBuren reluctantly agrees to go on a rafting trip with a close friend. All heads turn when Craig Bjorn Eriksen, a young Norwegian man who could be mistaken for an A-list actor, walks in, closely followed by a trail of beautiful women. Self-conscious, Vanity is instantly smitten with him but doubts he will notice her.
To Vanity’s astonishment, Craig ignores the other women and turns his attention to her. Fate then places them together on a life-changing journey. They share daring adventures, unnerving situations, and even near-death experiences as Craig pushes Vanity out of her comfort zone. As summer ends, so too does their time together. Their love remains frozen in time although they live across borders and do not communicate.
Years after their tearful goodbye, Vanity discovers Craig has a coincidental connection to her current life. What she learns threatens to penetrate the fortress she built around her memories of their time together. As Vanity reflects on the choices she made during and after the summer she spent with Craig, she changes the trajectory of her remaining years. Cleverly written as a memoir embedded within a novel, New River Vanity is heartfelt, inspirational, uplifting, and poignant. It will make you laugh and cry, but most of all, Vanity’s story will inspire you to love like there is no tomorrow.ve like there is no tomorrow.