It was only after the death of her husband that Janna Somers began to suspect how much she had missed in her marriage. In If the Old Could, she falls seriously in love for the first time in her life. Janna is in her fifties. So is Richard Curtis, who loves her. The lives of both are already set. Both have responsibilities: Richard has a family; Janna has taken charge of her two nieces and is next of kin to a lonely old woman. But they manage to enjoy a brief and dazzling summer, making the most of every stolen afternoon. But is it Richard Curtis whom Janna loves? Or is it her husband she sees in Richard, and whose presence seems everywhere, even in her sleep?