Airman Connor O’Riley never believed in love until he saw proof of it in the most unlikely place–a battlefield in the middle of the Syrian civil war. Now he’s in hot water with the Air Force, and if he wants to clear his name he’ll have to put his new-found belief in love to the test–by convincing his superior officer’s daughter to marry him.
Sadie Reed is done with love. Her poor choices nearly got her sisters killed when she fell for a man entrenched in the drug trade. She’s ready to leave Chance Creek—just as soon as her sister returns from her honeymoon. So when a handsome airman shows up at Two Willows, with orders from her father to help Sadie build a legacy project, she gives Connor one month to get it done.
Connor never thought he’d fall for Sadie, but when he learns she means to leave, he knows far more than his mission–and his future–is at stake. Can he convince her to stay?
Or will love remain out of his reach for good?
The General’s choice for his daughter Sadie is Connor O’Riley.
Now Connor hasn’t always believed in love, and strange as it might seem he saw it overseas. The real deal, love that lasts over time. He wants that too.
Sadie is the gardener in the family. Anything and everything to do with plants she can do. From growing them, to making elixirs for natural remedies. Unfortunately since she’s decided to leave her home the plants have stopped talking to her. She doesn’t know what they need and they’re dying.
Yes the plants talk to her, in this book we see more in depth the magic of their ranch and the girls part in that. The maze with it’s stone is the centerpiece from which most of the magic flows.
Connor went to the stone that first night, and asked his question.
This is a favorite scene.
Is love worth fighting for? he asked the stone silently—as if it could answer.
Too late, he remembered Brian claimed it could.
Connor jerked back his hands, took in Sadie’s surprised expression as she stepped back, too, and searched for an explanation he could give her.
Before he could think of anything to say, the breeze played up, tossing Sadie’s hair into her eyes. It tossed something else past him—a ripple of color that landed in the hedge behind Sadie.
“What’s that?” He leaned past Sadie, just as she turned to investigate, too. Both of them reached for it at the same time, and their fingers touched before Sadie snatched her hand away and Connor lifted a faded hair ribbon from the greenery.
It was striped red, white and blue, but instead of reminding him of the American flag, it called to Connor’s mind the stripes of the French one. His parents had met in France—in Paris. They’d fallen in love there. Married there. Then traveled to Ireland to settle with his mother’s family.
When he held the ribbon up, Sadie shook her head. “I’ve never seen it before.”
On an impulse he caught her wrist and tied the ribbon around it. “Now you won’t forget the day you met me,” he said lightly. He knew he’d never forget the day he met her. Sadie was something else. Different from the other women he’d known. He wanted to touch her again. Wanted more.
Before she could pull away, he bent down and kissed her.
As both she and Connor reached for the ribbon, just for a moment—for one split second—Sadie felt her awareness sharpen. There was the hedge, thirsty, the needled tips of its branches feeling the blight of too much sun and not enough water—an imbalance that went too far beyond the normal long, hot Montana summer days for the hedge to withstand. Sadie sucked in a breath, grateful beyond measure for the return of that knowledge before she yanked her hand away, and Connor pulled the ribbon free of the branch where it had landed.
In that instant, the awareness disappeared. The world went mute again, and Sadie stared in shock at the man beside her as he held up the ribbon for her to inspect.
Seton, Cora. Issued to the Bride One Airman (Brides of Chance Creek Book 2) (Kindle Locations 462-479). One Acre Press. Kindle Edition.
The discovery that Connor’s touch brought back her magic more than startles Sadie. She couldn’t fall in love she has to leave.
While nothing in love ever goes smoothly, for these two it almost gets broken.
Let’s not forget about the troubles in book one, they come back to haunt us in this one too.
Have I mentioned I love Jo’s dogs?
Lots of fun, magical touches and a bit of drama.
5 Contented Purrs for Cora!
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USA Today and NYT Times bestselling author Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.