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Living for years amidst a whirlwind of fear and danger, Julia Farris finally snaps free from the bonds that kept her in Arizona. But when she arrives in her hometown of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, she realizes she’s jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.
With the death of his parents, Mark Webb went to part time at the local police department to run his parents’ bed and breakfast, a job he’s begun to think very lonely until his old high school flame shows up.
As Julia tries to seize control of her life, she finds herself intrigued with the possibilities presented by Mark’s presence. But getting closer to Mark might spell disaster. What’s a girl to do when one ex might be dead and the other wears a badge?
Julia made a major mistake when she married Allen. She just didn’t know it at the time. Her parent’s death and her not being allowed to attend the funeral becomes the final straw. She’s escaped that horror and returned to her home town. When she pulls into the Bed and Breakfast owned by her once boyfriend Mark, she gets a surprise she wasn’t expecting. Mark’s parents have died and he is running the B & B.
Mark was pleasantly surprised at seeing Julia but he wanted to know the why’s of things. Things Julia isn’t quite ready to deal with. This is a favorite scene from that first night.
“Have you gone to your parents’ house yet?” By the way she continued to look at the table, he figured that was a big no and maybe he should have continued with his silent trip down memory lane. But he’d really been curious why she’d never come home for their funeral. It’d been way out of character for the person he knew her to be.
“No, I’ve not gone by there. I’m not ready to face that right now.”
“I put flowers on their graves when I went and took flowers to my parents.” Her eyes met his.
“It’s no big deal. It’s not like you wouldn’t do it for me.” He stood up and picked up his empty coffee cup. “Would you like some more?”
“No, this is good.” He walked over to the sink and rinsed the cup before placing it in the dishwasher.
“So, do you have a plan from here, or are you just winging it?” He leaned one hip against the countertop, crossing his arms over his chest.
“First thing I need to do is find a job.”
So she planned on staying. This was a good thing. She’d always wanted to become a teacher in Edinboro. In fact, that had been one of the reasons they’d broken up the summer after their senior year. He had wanted to move to a larger city and become an FBI agent, and she had wanted to stay here. They became angry with each other when neither of them would give an inch in their proposed plan for their lives. The argument that had ensued led to their breakup. Funny thing, in the end, he’d come back to Edinboro and found out that she’d gotten married and moved away.
“I guess you plan on applying to teach in the schools around here.”
Her gaze dropped to the table again. “No. I never got to finish college. I’ll have to find something else.”
Not the answer he would’ve guessed. One thing Julia had always done was achieve her goals. Falling short had never been an option.
“Well, I happen to have an opening here for a housekeeper. My housekeeper Linda’s first baby is due any day now. She’s worked here for the past three years now and would still be working if I hadn’t made her take time off. She kept trying to go into early labor from all the moving around she’d been doing.”
“Well. I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to take her job away from her. I mean is she going to need to return to work after the baby?
“He smiled. “No. We worked it out so that she could take a year off with the baby. So if you want the job, it’s yours.”
He watched as she took a long, slow drink of her coffee.
She swallowed and put the cup back on the table. “Okay. I’ll take it. I can start in the morning.”
“You don’t have to start that soon if there are things you want to take care of first. I mean, if you want to go to the cemetery or go through your parents’ things…”
She pushed back from the table and snatched up her cup. “I already told you I’m not ready for that.” She walked over and rinsed her cup and placed it in the dishwasher. “I better get to bed. What room did you put my things in?”
“Hey… I didn’t mean…” He reached for her hand, but she flinched and pulled back from him. He let his hand fall back to his side. “I wasn’t trying to upset you. If you want to start tomorrow then that’ll be fine. I put your stuff in my old room on the third floor.”
Her head came up, and her gaze fixed on him. “That’s not necessary. I could stay in one of the guest rooms on the second floor.”
“Nonsense. Besides they are all full anyway.”
“Okay then. I’ll see you in the morning.”
“Yeah… goodnight,” he said to her retreating form.
Cavanaugh, Virginia. Winter’s Shadow (Kindle Locations 129-163). Virginia Cavanaugh. Kindle Edition.
While not the best start, these two do find they still love each other. Julia however has problems that have managed to follow her here. Now she has to decide if she can tell it all to Mark and still have him in her life.
A suspenseful tale, with quite a few twists and turns to keep you guessing. Plus some steamy scenes as they rekindle the flames.
5 Contented Purrs for Virginia!
Virginia Cavanaugh is a multi-published author of erotic romance. Her work covers many sub-genres as new characters present themselves to her every day. After working for years as a nurse in pediatrics, her love of the alpha hero sparked her desire to bring her own stories to life. When not playing housewife, mother, maid, laundress, taxi driver or just general all-around slave, she enjoys finding a quiet corner to read or work on her next story.