NAME: Jill Trenary
ROLE: Christopher Dean's second wife and, surprisingly, one of Abby's closest friends.
SHE MET ABBY... In 1988, when they were both Olympic skaters. But they didn't become friends until Chris and Jill started dating in 1993. (Scenes From Highland Falls, Book 2 in The Abigail Phelps Series, Chapter 8 - "Storm Front")
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: "I liked Jill instantly. For one thing, she kept Chris grounded in a way that Isabelle hadn’t, and I certainly never had. And I had never seen Chris look at anyone the way he looked at Jill. He couldn’t get enough of her. There was trust and comfort and attraction and friendship and respect all at once."
Scenes From Highland Falls, Chapter 8 "Storm Front"
IN ABBY'S WORDS: "'You didn’t deserve to have the Abby storm race through your life, attempting to destroy everything in its path. You never did anything to deserve that. Quite the opposite. And I can’t undo any of it, but I am sorry. And it is a great testament to you and to the life you have built that you not only survived my path of destruction, you’ve thrived.'"
Two Thousand Years, Chapter 11 "State Of Grace"
IN JILL'S WORDS: "You were never the other woman, Abby. Isabelle was. I was. Without you in his life, he wasn’t the man I married. He needs you. I don’t understand it, and frankly I don’t like it, but he depends on you more than I think you could ever understand.”
Two Thousand Years, Chapter 12 "The Night Is Still Young"
IN CHRIS'S WORDS: "I made a vow to Jill, and unlike when I made that vow to Isabelle, I fully intended to keep it this time. And I did until tonight. But tonight was a mistake - one that I will beg her to forgive me for making. My life is with Jill, and the stupidest thing I’ve ever done is believe that I could have you too. But I can’t, because I’ll never be happy with part of you, or some of you. I want all of you. All the time.”
Two Thousand Years, Chapter 4 "Say Goodbye To Hollywood"
ROMANTIC CONNECTION: Chris and Jill start dating when Abby is married to Sergei. For several years, all is well in Abby World and Jill is the lone woman in Abby's group of male friends. But Chris and Abby couldn't stay "just friends" forever, could they?