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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Second chance at life and love.
When Navy SEAL Cole Chamberlain entered Hathaway House weeks ago, he was doing well. His meds were under control; his recovery was progressing at a safe rate, and he was getting better every day. But, left to his own devices, Cole pushed himself too hard and took himself off his medication—and ended up causing himself harm and earned himself time in a hospital. Now he’s returned, hoping that Hathaway House can get him back on track one more time.
RN Sandra Denver feels responsible for what happened to Cole. She was his nurse and should have realized that he wasn’t ready to leave Hathaway House. His setback was her fault, or at least she could have prevented it, if she’d made sure he was taking those meds she gave him daily. Now that he’s back, she’s finding it hard to trust not just him but herself. And she understands, when Cole has a hard time trusting himself too, it won’t make his recovery any easier.
For Cole’s sake, Sandra must help him overcome his stumbling blocks as well as her own. With any luck, they’ll find a second chance at recovery, for both of them, at Hathaway House.
We got our first glimpse of Cole in ‘Brock’ and then he did something really dumb. He decided he knew better than the doctor and stopped taking his meds. Of course he didn’t discuss it with anyone and ended up back in the hospital. Now he realizes he needs to listen to what his team says and not push himself so fast.
Sandra was his nurse and will be again, she was reprimanded for not knowing he wasn’t taking the pills left for him. Now she watches everyone take their pills. A change in routine that is necessary to ensure what happened with Cole doesn’t happen again.
Sandra also lets him know things have to be different this time around.
This is a favorite scene.
Sandra approached Cole’s bedroom slowly. The door was open, which was a good sign. She knocked and stuck her head in. “Hey, Cole.”
Cole turned to look at her. He smiled. “Hey, Sandra.”
“You’re looking better.”
He grimaced. “Be hard not to, considering the shape I left this place in the last time.”
“Not taking your medicine will do that to you.” She couldn’t resist saying that. His shamefaced look made her realize she’d been hanging on to something he probably wasn’t. Everyone always thought they knew better. It was something she dealt with daily. “I met Dani in the hallway. She asked if I’d make sure you meet up with Brock for lunch.”
He straightened, almost as if insulted. “I’m sure I can get there on my own.”
“I’m sure you could too. But not today. It’s very important you start off as slow as you can.” She waited.
“So is that a yes or a no?”
He nodded. She guided the wheelchair to his bedside and watched as he slid to the floor on his good leg, grabbed the wheelchair arms and shifted his body into the seat. She walked around to the front and adjusted the footrest for his leg.
“You may want this,” she said, grabbing his lap blanket and throwing it onto his lap.
He tossed the blanket back to the bed. “I hate the blanket. It always makes me feel like an invalid.”
She sighed. “In that case, the blanket can stay here, but if you get cold …” She let her voice trail off in warning. “Remember, no lack of communication of any kind this time, please.” She pushed him toward the door.
Normally he’d be strong enough to wheel himself to the buffet, but they would all be watching him closely for the next couple weeks. It was incredibly easy to overexert, particularly when accommodating the loss of his lower leg. Plus, his body was still dealing with the surgical aftermath from his most recent time in the hospital. His medications had also been increased, and he tired easily.
She didn’t want him to be so exhausted he couldn’t get back to his room. He was stubborn enough that he wouldn’t ask for help and would do it alone anyway. She’d seen pigheadedness in all its forms here, and it usually came from the men. Something about the male ego didn’t like asking for help. She could understand that, but sometimes egos had to be put in check.
“I’m ready for lunch myself,” she said. “I hear it’s Greek today.”
“I didn’t have a chance to try the food that much last time. My visit was so damn quick.”
“That’s too bad, because the food is great around here. They never skimp.”
“And for you guys too, right?” Cole craned his neck to look up at her. “The staff eats here also, don’t they?”
“Oh, absolutely, we do. It’s one of the perks of working here.”
“I imagine there are a lot of those. Brock told me about the pool, but I never made it there.”
“There’s the pool, the food, the horses and living accommodations for those of us who might need them. Yes, there are a lot of advantages to working here.”
He nodded. “I thought so. Is the environment always so happy? Everyone seems so upbeat all the time. That’s very unusual.”
“That’s because it’s a good place to be.” She pushed him through the entrance of the large dining area. “Did Brock tell you where he would meet you?”
“I never thought to ask. I forgot how big this room was.”
“I’ll take you to the deck so you can sit in the sunlight, and we’ll look for him as we go.” She pushed him out to the deck where the sun was high enough to produce some good heat, but not be unbearable quite yet.
There was no sign of Brock as they made their way to the far end of the deck. “Maybe you’re early.”
“Maybe.” He kept twisting and turning in his seat to look for his buddy. “He said noon. He should be here by now.”
Sandra understood how Cole felt.
“Once he shows up, I can either fix a plate for you or you may want to see all the offerings on the buffet line. Let me know.” As she settled Cole at his chosen table, she heard someone call out.
There was Brock, making his way over—smooth, agile, and stronger than Sandra had ever seen him before. She caught Cole’s reaction—the whisper of envy on his face—and felt a rush of sympathy for the man. She patted his shoulder. “Don’t forget. He’s been here for a few months now. You’ll get there.”
Mayer, Dale. Cole: A Hathaway House Heartwarming Romance (pp. 9-12). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.
Sandra finds she really likes Cole and starts to build a friendship with him. However Cole’s guilt and mood swings aren’t good for his recovery and he hasn’t opened up to his Psychologist or Therapist. There’s also concern that his friendship with Brock could be hindering his progress, but Brock does manage to turn the table on that.
Lots of ups and downs, fun at the pool and a beautiful beginning romance.
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!
To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.