By Christy Newton, author of Begin Again
Do you love sweet, heartfelt romance? Check out my contemporary romance, Begin Again. And you may want to grab a box of tissues.
What if one night changed your life forever?
Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won’t let herself get attached to anyone…until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.
Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.
What starts out as innocent flirting turns into two people finding something they no longer want to live without. The problem is Maisie has deep scars inside and out. Showing Ryan that part of her may just be too painful.
When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie’s side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?
Ryan really was the perfect man. Maisie opened her mouth to speak but couldn’t find the words. She closed her eyes and recited what she saw. “It was dusk, the wind was picking up. Luke liked storms so he’d watch ’em from the porch like a reality TV show. I wasn’t as enthusiastic so I was inside when I heard the first eerie sound of the sirens.
“I called for Luke to come inside, but he didn’t. So I rushed to the door when a gust of wind slammed the storm door glass right into my belly. Luke was holding onto the door jam and he told me to run to the bathtub, so I ran. I got into the tub and hid my head with blood pooling underneath my body. Everything was being demolished around me. I couldn’t bear to hear the howling and crushing sounds so I started singing as loud as I could to try and drown it out.” Maisie opened her eyes. “That was the last thing I remember. I woke up in the hospital where my sister told me Luke and our baby didn’t make it. I went into shock and then depression.
“At Luke’s funeral, I had so many anti-depressants in me that the doctor had prescribed, I was numb.” She wiped the tears streaming down her face. “My sister told me God was recruiting angels that night. But all I could think was, why mine?”
Ryan dried his own tears. “How far along were you?”
“I was in my second trimester. We had only been married two years before I found out I was pregnant.” Her throat burned with raw emotion. An unspoken realization came to her. “I’ve carried around not only survivor’s guilt but guilt that I couldn’t protect the baby that was growing inside me.”
“You must let go of that guilt. It will eat you alive. Nothing was your fault.”
She looked down at the floor. She knew he was right.
They both sat in silence for a couple of minutes. Ryan spoke up first, “Some things we can’t control, but some we can. You can choose to live your life thinking about what you’ve lost or create a new life with me.” He reached out his hand. “Take my hand. Give me your present and your future.”
Review by Tanya: The Book Obsessed Momma:
This is a short, sweet, emotional love story! Christy captivates us with 2 souls who have suffered heartache but find friendship with one another. I enjoyed the dialogue, friendship, traditional values, respect, kindness, and support Ryan gives Maisie. He truly is a wonderful man inside and out! (I wish more men in real life could be like this man’s character!!) I enjoyed Maisie’s growth, ability to believe in Ryan’s friendship and (despite the struggle initially) come to terms with liking Ryan…. I so enjoyed this short love story. It intrigues you, pulls at your heart strings, and makes you wish/hope a HEA can happen for both Ryan and Maisie!
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