Annabelle McKay, the protagonist in this novel is not so happily married. At least that's what she believes. As she becomes frustrated with her husband's preoccupation with a book he is writing and his duties as a college professor, Annabelle begins to think back to what she believes was the great love affair of her life and the one who got away. Then Annabelle moves to New York City to be with her daughter, Sophie, who is expecting and has been confined to bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. The Stuff That Never Happened alternates between 1977 and 2005 and not only do we see Annabelle as an empty-nester, but also as the single woman she once was and how she and her husband Grant's marriage has grown and changed over time.
Maddie Dawson's novel is a great addition to the women's fiction genre and would be a discussion worthy book for any book club.