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By: Lily Paradis
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.
Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?
Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?
“I don’t want there to be a pause button,” I said.
He leaned in and I thought it was going to happen. I thought he was going to
finally kiss me for real, instead of what I think happened last night but was
possibly imagined in my delirious, scared brain.
I even shut my eyes in anticipation, but it never happened. I opened them to find
him staring out the window behind me. It was finally snowing.
This was not how I pictured this moment in my head.
“Earth to Dean,” I said, slightly annoyed as I waved my hand.
He snapped out of his reverie and smiled bigger than I’d ever seen him smile.
“What’s going on?” I asked warily.
He looked like a kid in a candy shop. He stood and pulled me to my feet, and then
knelt down before me all in one fluid motion. Whenever this guy proposed to
someone, it was going to be smooth as hell. I knew he wasn’t proposing, but I was
curious about what he was doing beaming at me from the floor as he clutched my
“Lauren Annabelle Lindsay.”
He paused for effect.
“Would you do me the honor of accompanying me to the Snow Ball?”
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