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Father of the Bride? by Brenda Gayle

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  • Dearly Beloved Series #1

    For the mother of the groom, a destination wedding at a Caribbean resort should be a joyful occasion, but Penny Malloy doubts her heart will survive the weekend. Her ex-husband is the stepfather of the bride. As soon as she sees David Parker again, she realizes she loves him as much as she ever did.

    What started as a fairy tale romance--when twelve-year-old David kissed Penny on the playground--has turned into a demented soap opera: a son who doesn't know his father's identity, and divorced parents pretending to be strangers.

    But it's another kiss that reminds them of all they had...and the promise of what could be. Can David and Penny face the past together and declare their feelings? Or are they twenty-four years too late?

    Rating: Sensual
    Page Count: 67
    Word Count: 16902
    978-1-61217-713-7 Digital

    Excerpt:

    You are not supposed to meet the love of your life when you’re twelve.Penny Malloy’s world contracted as she caught a glimpse of David Parker across the hotel lobby. She was as in love with him now as she had been when he’d kissed her on the playground of the Sackville Elementary School, forty-one years ago. The fact she hadn’t laid eyes on him in almost a quarter century didn’t seem to matter to her heart. “Damn!”

    “Did you say something?” Adam looked down, his brow furrowed with concern.

    She shook her head and tried to smile reassuringly. Dear Adam. Her son had no idea she was slowly dying inside. Well, the truth was she’d been slowly dying for twenty-four years, but this weekend was sure to finish her off.

    “There they are.” Adam squeezed her hand before releasing it to wave at two people across the lobby. “Chloe. David. We’re over here.”

    Penny held her breath as the pair came toward them. Would he say anything to give them away? Of course not. If he hadn’t said anything before, he wasn’t likely to now. Still, it was going to feel awkward to be introduced as strangers. What should she say? Nice to meet you?

    Adam hugged Chloe. As he shook David’s hand, Chloe turned to embrace her.

    “Mom,” Adam, said, “this is David Parker, Chloe’s dad.”

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