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Shakespeare believed there was always humor in tragedy and tragedy in humor.
My life proved his theory as fact.
At eighteen I was a single parent moving to this small town to be with the man I loved. The one who was supposed to love and cherish me in return.
Finding out he had a wife was tragic.
Remaining in love with him in spite of her was more tragic.
My mom and best friend setting me up on a long string of blind dates was an ongoing tragedy.
Nine years later, I’ve learned to see the humor in most situations.
My mom and best friend setting me up on disastrous blind dates.
My son’s jokes.
The fire alarm going off each time I cook.
My constant bright spot always adding to the humor was my son, Hayden. But when Hayden had a life-threatening allergic reaction, the man who came to help my little boy became my own savior. His laugh, his smile, and the way his eyes lit up when he spoke to my son made him a beacon of light in both our lives.
But I wasn’t the only one who noticed him.
When I began having feelings for the man my best and only friend had fallen for, I knew following my heart would once again lead to a fresh round of heartbreak.
Love led me to this town.
Lies kept me there.
Would history repeat itself?
Or had life just thrown me another Curveball?
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“I don’t watch TV at night…” Her voice drifts off, and I know it’s because she realizes I’m going to ask why.
And I do.
“You're going to laugh.”
“It's because I can't hear things.”
“What kinds of things are you trying to hear?”
“I don't know. Strange noises and things…”
“Do I need to spell it out for you?” She’s trying to sound annoyed, but I can hear the smile in her voice.
“Apparently, because I have no idea what you're talking about. What kinds of strange noises are you going to hear? I usually turn my TV up to block out all the strange sounds like the neighbor’s kids and the lady behind me that sounds like Fran fucking Drescher.”
“You know who Fran Drescher is?”
“My mother was a big fan of that stupid show she was in. Stop changing the subject. What are you listening for? Hayden won’t sneak out.”
“What if someone breaks in?”
“You're not serious.”
“Of course I'm serious!”
“What do you do all night?” I ask.
“Work,” she admits. “Well, usually I clean, and then I work.”
“I’m coming over.”
The panic in her voice doesn’t make her sound upset about the idea, but afraid.
Is it because she likes me?
“Why not?” I ask.
“It’s like nine o'clock.”
“Are you about to turn orange and sprout a stem?”
“That and I'm not wearing a bra, if you must know.”
“So put it back on.”
“You don't understand. That's like saying put your jeans back on.”
“I am in jeans,” I lie just to get a reaction out of her.
“What is wrong with you?” she cries.
“What's wrong with jeans?”
“They're stiff and uncomfortable. Wearing jeans all day is basically equivalent to walking on sandpaper. But at least you guys have pockets that will actually hold something larger than a thimble and don’t ride up your ass.”
“If your bra is riding up your ass, we have bigger fish to fry than being afraid of the boogey man.”
Mariah Dietz lives with her husband, two sons, and two four-legged children who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and all things Disney.
Date after date and Ella still hasn't found a man that inspires sparks, most of them wind up striking out within ten minutes of the date, and she's left wondering why she lets her mother and friend talk her into this madness. They just want to see her happy, but in her opinion you don't necessarily need a mans love to be happy, it's a plus of course, but that last time she let a man into her heart she got burnt. So, the idea of traveling down that path again isn't something she is going to take lightly, she wants to get it right this time, and that means waiting for the right man to come along. And the moment Coen comes into her life she begins to think she has met him... problem is she isn't the only one who wants him!
The moment Coen spots his neighbors beautiful friend, he is completely taken with her, now he just has to find a way to get her attention. Once he does he realizes that she is very guarded, and if he wants to explore this thing brewing between them he is going to have to take his time with her, and be patient until she is ready to come around. Good thing he has all the time in the world... he wants her and knows she has a lot of baggage to sort through, but he is willing to be there every step of the way. Now he just has to hope she will trust him enough to let him in...
This beautifully written story touched my heart, moved me beyond words, and renewed my faith in the possibility of second chances! In the beginning my heart broke for Ella, she was such a brave soul after enduring so much, but then it began to rejoice for her when things finally started to go her way, I have to say her journey was truly inspiring! The journey she shared with Coen was fragile at times, mainly because of the inner demons that they struggled to combat, but when they finally started to let go things took a very passionate turn! This was my first experience with this author's work, and I have to say she totally won me over with this one... and scored herself a new fan! This is one of those books that will draw you in and not let you go until the last page is turned... the moment my eyes landed on the first page I was hooked!! Highly recommend!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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