Redwoods Series, Book 2
They shared one night of love.
When Kitty Barron and Rufe Cavanagh meet sixteen years later, Kitty wonders if they might have a second chance at happiness. Rufe is determined they will.
Kitty’s teenage daughter, Joy, and Rufe’s daughter, Lily, are school friends. While Joy embraces the idea of uniting their families, Lily burns with jealousy at the thought of sharing her father’s affection, and schemes to keep them apart.
When Joy and Lily go to London for a Season, they find that beneath the gaiety and excitement not everything or everybody is as it seems. Their romances bring problems that have far-reaching effects for Kitty and Rufe, and their happiness.
Can Kitty and Rufe withstand Lily’s manipulative efforts to keep them apart? Is their love strong enough?
Page Count: 364
Word Count: 90585
After listening for a few minutes, Rufe stood and came to stand in front of Kitty. Smiling down at her, he reached out his hands.
“Come with me.”
Kitty shook her head. “No, Rufe, I can’t.’
His smile faded. “You don’t want to?”
“It’s not that—it’s the girls. Lily looked daggers at me when she saw you had your arm around me.”
“She’s safely in bed by now, and Joy, too.”
“But what if they come out for something? What if they were to discover us together?”
“Kitty, darling, we can’t have our lives dictated by our children.”
“It would be too sudden for them—they’re still so young—they wouldn’t understand.”
Rufe dropped her hands and took a step back. His lips twisted wryly. “I see the magic hasn’t come back for you.”
“It’s not that. When we were outside, I felt all the old feelings, but now I’m too concerned about how the girls would feel. They’d both be shocked. We need to take more time.”
“And what about how I feel?” He frowned down at her. “Doesn’t that count?”
“Of course it counts, but we need to let them get used to the idea first, to accept that we both care for each other. Surely you can see that.”
“I can see that you put their feelings before mine.” His voice hardened. “If we were together, is that how it would always be?”
Kitty shook her head, a ball of misery forming inside her. “No, of course not. But we have to let them become accustomed to the idea first. We need to let them see gradually, that we care for each other.”
Rufe narrowed his eyes as he looked down at her. “So, you want me to woo you, do you? To court you like some lovesick young swain. Don’t you think we’re a bit old to be playing such games?”
“Is that what love is to you? A game?”
“You’re twisting my words, Kitty. That’s not what I meant.” He turned toward the door. “All right. I’ll play it your way. I’ll woo you. But don’t try my patience too far.”
With that, he turned and strode to the door. And slammed it behind him as he left.
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