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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Karli Redding is a traveling nurse. She has a month off between jobs, so when Mill Pond’s mailman, Keagan Monroe, calls to say that her grandfather can’t care for himself anymore, Karli volunteers to go to Mill Pond and help set up suitable health care for him. Axel’s always been a pain in the rear, and age hasn’t improved him. The two bump heads, and Karli ends up cooking and cleaning for the old man while she tries to decide what to do with him. She also finds herself getting more and more attracted to Mill Pond’s mailman. But Keagan’s been through one bad romance and he wants something permanent this time, nothing temporary. Can Karli give up her footloose lifestyle? Can she find happiness in a small town?
Keagan turned into the long drive that led to his parents’ house—a big, white four square with a porch swing hanging on the narrow front porch. Karli couldn’t help comparing it to Axel’s. His porch was long and wide with columns that marched across its front and turned a corner to meet the side of the house. She loved it.
A little farther down the drive, a ranch house sat back on a deep, front lawn. “My sister and her husband’s house,” Keagan said.
He drove past a freshly painted, red barn to a long, narrow shed that must have held yard equipment at one time. He unlocked its door, flipped on the bright overhead lights, and led her inside. It felt good to get out of the chilly night air. In November, when the sun dipped, so did the temperatures.
The studio’s walls and ceiling were painted white. The wooden floor was painted green. Long, butcher block counters lined all three walls with pine shelves mounted above them. A sturdy oak table occupied the center of the room with a pottery wheel at each end. A kiln took up one corner of the room. But what caught her attention was the beautiful products drying on every available surface.
She couldn’t help it. She walked to the shelves holding the displays to study them, drawn by Keagan’s beautiful work. She studied the new lines for every season. Each was so special, she didn’t know which she’d choose if she was going to order a set. Winter took her breath away.
“They’re all gorgeous,” she told Keagan.
He came to stand next to her. “You must love snow.”
“I love the seasons, but these just make me happy.” One entire plate was embossed with snowmen, sleds, and mittens, then glazed a glossy red. Another had a white center and was surrounded by vivid red poinsettias. A third was rimmed with pine trees with cardinals perched on their branches. Her favorite might have been the plate rimmed with fruit pies and steaming mugs of coffee to warm the cold winter days.
She noticed plates and bowls drying on drop cloths in the back corner. She gave a seductive smile and bent over, pretending to study those. Her neckline plunged. Her jeans were tight. His expression said that he’d noticed. And then there was a quick knock on the door, and Brad strode inside.
He smiled at her. “Keagan said you were coming to see his work tonight. Thought I’d stop in, too.”
Were the heavens mocking her? Why did he show up when Keagan had actually noticed her?
AMAZON LINK: Special Delivery (Mill Pond)
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I taught elementary education for six years before I had my two daughters. I have a fondness for kids, so lots of them have been in and out of our house. I have a fondness for cooking, too, which means I fed a lot of them. As much as I love hamburgers and hot dogs, the kids had eclectic tastes, so I collected more and more recipes and cookbooks. Today, food sneaks into my stories, and if I’m lucky, so do children…and strays. I invite most of them in and now have a stray cat who walked through our doors to rule our house, a stray chihuahua who barks at everything, and an adopted parakeet and rat terrier. I also have a very patient husband, or he’d have probably left before now.
My blog: https://writingmusings.com/
My webpage: http://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/
My author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JudiLynnwrites/
On twitter: @judypost
Book info: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/35572