Can fulfilling a promise to his dead brother
bring love into Brodie Butler’s life again?
When Butler Ranch winery manager Brodie Butler’s brother is killed in action in Afghanistan, his mother enlists him to fulfill a promise she made to her older son. She needs him to find Peyton Wolf, his brother’s lover, and deliver a sealed box to her.
Brodie expects to deliver the news and the box to Peyton then return home to deal with his own grief. But instead of closing a chapter in his late brother’s life, Brodie opens a new one in his own when he meets a woman he could envision himself being with forever.
But would Peyton ever be able to love him like she loved his brother? And could he deal with his guilty conscience for wanting the woman his brother had intended to have as his wife?
When Brodie’s Mom tasks him with finding his late brother Kade’s girlfriend Peyton, he wasn’t looking forward to the task. His mother had made the promise to Kade, and because of that he would find her. Where he actually runs into her is surprising. Of all places he runs into her at the local supermarket. What he didn’t expect was her to refuse to accept anything from Kade.
Even her best friend Alex couldn’t believe she didn’t want any of the memories that would be given to her. The shock of seeing how much Brody looked like Kade was enough in itself.
After that initial run in, Brodie headed to Moonstone beach, a place where he had spent a lot of time with Kade. This time Peyton finds him and apologizes. Yet still refuses to accept what Kade left her.
This is a favorite scene.
She and Kade had shared a love of reading. They could sit in the same room for hours, both reading, no conversation necessary between them. When he left on a mission, Peyton read whatever books he left behind. His taste in literature had been vastly different than hers, but she learned a lot about him, and what he did, from the books he chose to read. Some of the stories she told Finn came from those books.
When she checked on Jamison after Finn fell asleep, he was asleep too.
Her boys needed a man in their lives. They had her dad, but they only saw him on the weekends. She thought about moving back to the guest house full time, but the forty-five-minute commute every morning and night would’ve worn her out. She could hardly manage the five-minute drive home after the tasting room closed.
Peyton washed her face, brushed her teeth, and climbed into bed. She closed her eyes and thought about Brodie sitting on that rock above Moonstone Beach. He hadn’t been waiting for her. He hadn’t known she’d decide to take a walk after she stormed out on Alex. What had brought him to the spot where she and Kade often sat and watched the sunset? How could he have known?
She woke, a few hours later, and turned off the television that had lulled her to sleep. It seemed as though she dreamed about Kade every night, but tonight, she dreamed about Brodie instead.
The next morning, when she was making breakfast for the boys, she saw a text alert on her phone. It was a message from Brodie, asking if he could see her today.
I’d like to talk to you.
Peyton sent a text to Alex, asking if she’d mind if Peyton skipped the morning run they’d talked about.
Morning what? she answered, and then added, JK, you know I’d rather sleep.
We can meet, she responded to Brodie.
You tell me.
Why not take another walk down Heartbreak Road? She was beginning to know its dead end all too well.
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It seems neither Peyton or Brodie can stop thinking about the other. The question is can this become a relationship?
Peyton has her sons to think of when it comes to introducing a man into her life. Kade’s death had affected them just as hard as her.
Aside from Peyton not wanting the box Kade left for her, there is plenty of things going on that are puzzling. Not the least of which is ‘Kade’ sightings.
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