Eight Years Later
Aletheia von Gottlieb
The single mother of an eight year old boy, Adrienne doesn't have time to indulge in romantic daydreams. Besides, who more than a single mother would know that happily ever after doesn't happen in the real world? That is until Clint shows up, quite unexpectedly, in her rural West Virginia town. What is this wealthy, New York son doing in her West Virginian hills after eight years without a word? Is he here to take away the son he's never seen? Or has he decided that all of New York City cannot compare to her? Who more than a single mother would know that happily ever after doesn't happen in the real world? That is until Clint shows up after eight years without a word.
""Was that what I was? The chance to rebel?"" Adrienne whispered the words she had always suspected.
Clint's sea-blue eyes held her chocolate brown with intensity. ""You were not a rebellion."" His hand reached across the table to grasp hers, ""I did not think seeing you again would hit me like this.""
Adrienne's soaring heart sank as she saw a ring on the fourth finger of the hand holding hers and she pulled her hands back as if she had been bitten. ""You're married.""
Clint stared at his hand silently as if making a momentous decision. He exhaled deeply as his right hand's fingers twisted the gold band on his ring finger. The right hand pulled the ring off and he examined it. Clint shook his head and hefted the ring in his right hand as if it weighed a ton.
""I am not married."" Again he stared at the ring on his palm.
""But you are wearing a wedding ring?"" Adrienne's voice accused him.
He tucked the ring into his pant pocket and looked into Adrienne's eyes, ""I have never been married. My sister-in-law told me to tell you I was married. She said it would make this easier on you. I wanted to do that if I could.""
ABOUT Aletheia von Gottlieb
Aletheia has always loved Romance novels. She has been reading romance since long before she probably should have been. Aletheia remembers finishing Gone With the Wind in four days the summer before fifth grade. Who could resist devouring that classic love story? Aletheia resides at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a little farm with sheep, pigs, chickens and a family cow.
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