General Fiction, Romance

By Greg Messel

Publisher : Trafford Publishing

ABOUT Greg Messel

Greg Messel
Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in South Jordan, Utah with his wife, Carol. “Shadows In The Fog” is his eighth novel and is the fifth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has More...


In 1968, Dan and Katie are one of the hottest couples at Ballard High School in Seattle. He is the hero football player, and she is the beautiful cheerleader. These high school sweethearts believe theirs is a love that will never die.

Life changes when Dan leaves Washington to start college at the University of California Berkeley and pursue his dream of working for a big time newspaper in the glamorous city of San Francisco. The quest for his dream occurs against the turbulent background of Berkeley and San Francisco in the 1970s as Dan and Katie go their separate ways.

Now, thirty years later, Dan is back in his hometown of Seattle attending his mother’s funeral. He’s never stopped thinking about Katie, his long-lost love. But the two former high school sweethearts reconnect in a most unexpected way as the rest of the world grows more fearful of Y2K and the dawn of the twenty-first century. They are hoping that their love, once lost, can now be reclaimed. 

Available in print and ebook/Kindle at Amazon.com 

Reviewers Praise “Expiation”, Greg Messel’s second novel.

 The novel may be fiction, but it’s set in the very real and contentious history of California during the ’60s and ’70s and is at its best when the characters are directly involved in the time period. The chapters dealing with the Berkeley riots are especially vivid and exciting – Kirkus Book Review

I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a good love story, and this is a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dan really did love his wife, Wendy, but Katie was his first love. Will she also be his last? – Literary Lioness Book Blogger Review

Recommended by the Boston Globe as “a blast from the past; Reliving the 60s and 70s…”

“I thought it was awesome.  I actually even bought Greg Messel’s other book, “Sunbreaks”. I can’t wait to read that one also.  I recommend this book.  I give this ****1/2 out of 5 *****”  Geeky Girl Book Blog Reviews

“*****” out of *****” While the story and characters are fictional, the author managed to include some cultural and historical faces/events on the dates depicted in the fictional story.  It was well written and it seemed so real, it made me cry while reading it. It wasn’t a tear jerker but some parts made me cry.  I loved the story, if you like a long-lost love storyline, then this is for you.” –Bookingly Yours Book Blog Review