NOT THROUGH LOVING YOU
by Patricia Preston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 6/20/17
In the Southern town of Lafayette Falls, a new life brings together a woman with everything to lose and a doctor with everything to prove.
When a sickly infant is surrendered at the Lafayette Falls Medical Center, and orphaned soon after, pediatrician Aaron Kendall arranges to adopt him. After a painful divorce, the busy baby doc is about to realize his own dream of becoming a father when the baby’s beautiful estranged aunt turns up. She doesn't exactly approve of the Kendall bachelor pad, complete with Aaron's cranky dad and wacky brother, forcing Aaron to form a risky alliance with her.
Country singer-songwriter Lia Montgomery barely knew her half-sister, but she's determined her tiny nephew goes to a good home. If only she fit the bill herself, but her stressful life on the road is no place for a baby. Yet despite her misgivings, as she gets to know Aaron, she realizes the smart and sexy doctor is everything a child could want in a dad—and more unsettling, everything she's ever hoped for in a man. After all she's put him through, is it too late to form a family—and maybe put a song in the good doctor's heart?
Lia looked into Aaron Kendall’s irate blue eyes. She hadn’t expected
handsome. She had thought he would be older, bald on
top, definitely glasses, reserved with an adoring chubby wife at his
side. She had pictured them as a sweet couple who were thrilled by
the prospect of having a son and who would give Candace’s unwanted
baby the home he deserved.
How could she have been so wrong?
“All right. Tonight.” She needed time to think through this latest
wrinkle in her life. “I’m staying at the Lansdale Hotel. There’s a
small restaurant in the hotel. We can meet there.”
She glanced at his hand that was still on top of hers. He was the
kind of guy who was available because that’s the way he wanted it.
Why else would he be single? He was attractive. Tall with the lean,
athletic build of a man who was no stranger to physical activity.
The deep crow’s feet on the sides of his eyes revealed that he was
in his mid to late thirties. He had a little scar on the side of his chin.
She wondered how he got it. She wondered why his wife had left
him, and when she met his gaze, she wondered if he realized they
were close enough to kiss.
“I’ll see you at eight.” He released her hand and stepped back.
The tension rolled off him in waves. “It would be good if your sister
joined us as well.”
“Yes, that would be good,” she said before she slipped inside the
Jag. She let down the window. “Unfortunately, Candace is dead.”
She left Aaron Kendall standing speechless in his driveway. Four
days ago, that news had left her speechless, too, when a scruffy girl
named Kelly had shown up on her doorstep with a duffel bag containing
Candace’s belongings as well as a box holding her ashes.
Patricia Preston is a Mississippi author who writes witty mainstream historical and contemporary romance as well as humorous short stories. She won the William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, the Lone Star Writing Competition for Historical Romance, and Harlequin’s World’s Best Romances Short Story Competition. Besides working as a medical office manager, she has also worked as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere of small towns but would love to live in New Orleans or Nashville, her favorite cities. Her other interests include history, cooking, photography, and getting together with friends and family. She is happiest when she is in her writing cave with a glass of sweet iced tea and ideas flowing. Readers can visit her website at patricia-preston.com, fine her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
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