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Cassie Palmer is a character best described as grace under pressure. Seemingly naive and shy on the outside, Cassie is actually an iron lady in disguise.
We first meet Cassie in The Reunion, when Gillian and Jeremy stop for breakfast at a truck stop diner in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Gillian suddenly finds herself reunited with her long-long best friend, Samantha Walsh. As they are getting reacquainted Samantha unveils another surprise--her daughter, Cassie. Gillian is surprised. Jeremy's life will never be the same.
Cassie and Jeremy soon become friends, but I don't want to spoil too much of the story for those who haven't yet read The Reunion. Cassie returns in The Journey. This time she's the leading lady. As the story begins, she is critically injured in a car crash that leaves her fighting for her life. Later, as she begins the long road to recovery, her world will turn upside down once again, yet through it all, she remains gracefully resilient.
Cassie is a purely fictitious character not inspired by anyone I know in real life. She is, instead, an inspiration for those times when we feel overwhelmed by all life's obstacles.