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If anyone can save him, she’s the one
Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…
[Dawn and Jerrod are getting to know each other during a day of tourist magazine interviews Dawn has arranged. She also takes Jerrod to see a lookout hidden in the bluffs that he recognizes is different from what he’s called the unpretentious natural beauty of the area. It leads to thoughts of the idea of home.]
As they climbed into the car, Dawn said, “Now that the sun’s out, there’s something I’d like to show you. It won’t take long to get there, maybe twenty minutes. Are you up for a side trip?”
“Lead the way,” Jerrod said, wondering where she got all her energy. After four appointments, she was as fresh as when they’d started their trip up the peninsula earlier that day. He used to be like that himself, he mused. It came from enjoying his work the same way he could see Dawn enjoyed hers. But her energy also rose from a clear conscience, a lack of burden. That’s how he read Dawn. He’d once thought self-blame was a permanent part of him. Now he wondered if could let that piece of himself off the hook. He hadn’t even considered it before. Only as he settled into life in Two Moon Bay had he thought it possible.
He followed her directions onto the main highway and then the state road in the next town north. She directed him down an unpaved road full of bumps and ruts that slowed his speed to less than twenty miles an hour. He began to regret saying yes to this extra jaunt. “This place better be good,” he teased.
“This is the worst of it,” she said, “but the reward is at hand.” She pointed ahead to a parking area. “This is actually a county park, but it’s the lookout that draws people from everywhere. These bluffs are the highest point in the area, so we get a beautiful panoramic view of the lake and the small islands around the peninsula.”
They were alone in the park on that weekday and under a now clear blue sky.
“Follow me.” She led the way down steep and winding wooden stairs to a platform and fence that offered a view of the lake from a point higher than he’d seen before. The fresh breeze created an even pattern of whitecaps broken up only by the wooded islands. “This is the reward for going down that awful road.” She encompassed the view with an exaggerated sweep of her arm. “It seems a shame to come this far and not go this one leg more.”
He stood still and took it all in. The fishy scent carried on the breeze, the sound of the waves slapping the rocky boulders below, the spray flying high into the air. He’d trekked to the panoramic views of oceans and lakes, waterfalls and rivers. They almost always left him awestruck, even overwhelmed. For reasons Jerrod couldn’t explain, he found this view both majestic and oddly comforting. “There’s nothing unpretentious about this view.”
“Ha! That’s so funny. I’ve never heard anyone describe it quite like that, but you’re right. It’s more dramatic than most of our landscape. I think of this part of the state as a showpiece of gentle beauty. Two Moon Bay is one of the best of its gems.” She tilted her head back and inhaled deeply. “I can’t get enough of that lake smell.”
Dawn was so much more than to-do lists and that satchel she called a handbag she hauled around. “You really love it here, don’t you?”
“I do.” She shrugged. “I love to travel, but I always want to come back to this neck of the woods. It’s home.”
He thought about home, and what that meant for him. He didn’t know anymore. But being around Dawn made him ask questions he hadn’t allowed himself to think about for the past couple of years.
“I suppose for you, Key West is home?”
She phrased that as a question, so she probably expected an answer. He searched for one, but finally said, “I don’t know if that’s true anymore.”
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The daughter they never knew
When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.
Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.
About the Author
A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.
Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
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