Falling in love again

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Photography by Tim Bauer. Styling by Maia Liakos
Photography by Tim Bauer. Styling by Maia Liakos

After his beloved wife Jane died, Glenn McGrath thought he could never love another woman. Yet fate has proved him wrong.

Glenn McGrath is clearly a man in love. You can see it in the way he walks, the way he speaks, the easy way he breaks into a smile. Yet most of all, you can see it in his eyes and in the way he looks at the woman who sits beside him in the living room of his home in southern Sydney.

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Sara Leonardi, a beautiful 28-year-old American of Italian descent, is sitting beside Glenn, her hand entwined in his. They exchange looks every few moments, touch each other on the leg or arm as a sign of support, their closeness and intimacy all the more natural for the fact that they are probably unaware that they are doing it.

Yet it is a measure, nonetheless, of how close this couple has become. Glenn has known Sara for just 10 months, but in that short time, she has transformed his life.

Glenn, 40, is a widower and father of two beautiful children, James, 10, and Holly, eight, two of the legacies of his 12-year union with wife Jane, who died in June 2008, after an 11-year battle with cancer.

“After Jane passed away, I never thought that I could love another woman, that I could have another partner,” says Glenn. “I was adamant about that. I never thought I would fall in love with anyone else, but I am in love with Sara, totally and completely and absolutely. I fought against that for a time, fought as hard as I could, but in the end it was useless. When Jane died, it felt as though a part of me died, too. But now I feel alive again and that’s due to Sara. I went into this not just to see how things would go. I wanted this. This is the rest of my life.”

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To read more about Glenn and Sara's love story pick up the March issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly out now.

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