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>The last place Andrew (Drew) Morgan wants to be is back on the family avocado farm in Plentiful. If he had his way, he’d still be active military and deployed someplace far, far away. Unfortunately, he rarely gets what he wants. And, being back in the orchard is just the latest in a long list of disappointments.
Single mother, Chloe Taylor has relocated from Fresno to the rural area of Plentiful, California to build her marketing business beginning with the local agriculture co-op. It’s her job to convince the local farms to invest in a major overhaul of the co-op’s publicity campaign. A mixture of modern operations, and older, family-owned farms, only adds to her frustration.
At the moment, her biggest challenge is bringing the owner of Plenty Good Farms in line with the others. The fact that the old curmudgeon of an owner, Samuel Morgan, has brought his nephew in to run things gives her hope. Surely, the younger Morgan will be more amenable to her progressive ideas.
When Chloe first presents her plan the Morgan men, it’s Drew who throws a monkey wrench into his uncle’s agreement to sign the necessary contract. What she doesn’t realize is that Drew’s reluctance has more to do with his uncle’s health issues, and the possibility that he won’t be able to talk the man who raised him into retiring.
When Drew is forced by the military medical team into choosing between a desk job or retirement, he shares his frustrations with Chloe and she helps him find a new purpose outside of being a full-time farmer. It also helps that their attraction is growing. Drew has definitely fallen for the independent woman, and her adorable daughter.
Will Chloe’s faith and determination help her lead Drew through his difficult decisions and bring them what they both need... a love that transcends their everyday challenges.
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“Are we going home now?” Jessi asked.
“Yes, sweetie, we are. Thank you for your help today.”
“It was fun. And, really nice of Mr. Morgan’s nephew to hang those big posters for us. He didn’t even need a ladder. He’s really tall.”
Tall, handsome, and built. Her heart still raced with the memory of Drew Morgan stretching up to tack the posters in place. The way his dress pants clung to his...
Chloe drew a breath and blew it out in an effort to calm herself.
Shame he’s only here for a few months.
A shame, yes. Yet, it was for the best. The last thing she needed was a distraction. Even one as drop-dead sexy as Andrew Morgan.
Building her career, and a life for herself and Jessi, were her first objectives. Her only objectives, at the moment. Moving her business from Fresno, where firms like hers were a dime a dozen, to the smaller rural area surrounding Plentiful was a risk, but one she was willing to take if it meant a stable home for her daughter. And a chance to escape the errors of her past.
“Can we stop for milkshakes at the diner?”
Jessi’s hopeful smile tugged on her maternal heartstrings. “We’ll see, sweetie.”
They were on the road home within a few minutes and Chloe had every intention of granting Jessi’s request. That was until she noticed Sam and Drew Morgan going up the stairs and into the diner. The last thing she wanted was for the two men to think she was following them.
“It looks pretty crowded in there,” she commented off-handedly. “How about instead of milkshakes, I make us some floats? We have vanilla bean ice cream, and I’m pretty sure there’s orange soda.”
“Burgers and floats. Hmm...” Jessi said with a wide grin. “And chocolate chip cookies for dessert?”
“Don’t press your luck,” Chloe teased. “We’ll make a fruit salad for dessert.”
“Fine,” Jessi responded with a sigh. “As long as there’s cheese on the burgers.”
Chloe’s laugh echoed through the car. “Always. A burger’s not a burger without cheese.”
About the Author:
She's also the granddaughter of a Methodist minister known for his fire-and-brimstone approach to his faith. Nancy has brought some of his spirit into her Christian romances. And, her own off-beat sense of humor to her clean & wholesome books.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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