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by Loretta C. Rogers
Description: High school dropout Honey Belle Garrett has never thought of herself as poor white trash--just poor. In the summer of 1964, her world changes forever when sinfully sexy Tripp Hartwell III offers her a ride in his convertible. Then, unbeknownst to Tripp, dire threats from his father force Honey Belle and her family out of town and into silence. Hidden in another state, Honey Belle determines, successfully, to make something of herself, but she keeps a scrapbook of news clippings about the young man she had to leave behind. Seventeen years later Tripp is not only a lawyer like his father but a Vietnam war hero and a United States senator. Before anyone can question the strong resemblance between him and a new congressional page, Honey Belle has to tell him the truth. And he must come to terms with the knowledge that he has a son by the woman who stole his heart and then mysteriously disappeared.
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./Vintage Rose, 2012
eBookwise Release Date: March 2012
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [310 KB]
Reading time: 190-266 min.
She tried not to be unsettled by this tall, powerful man. He towered over her, his stare drilling into her. His eyes seemed to capture her from hair to high-heeled shoes. Clearing her throat, she tried to appear businesslike.
"Have I changed so much that you don't recognize me, Tripp?" This wasn't at all the way she had rehearsed the scene in her head. She didn't blink an eye--afraid any reaction might betray her uncertainty.
"Look, miss, I don't have time for twenty questions. I meet a lot of people, if--"
She wanted him to remember, to remember her, to remember--what? That seventeen years ago she had walked away from him? That she hadn't had the courage to stand up to his father and fight for her position in the life of the man she loved. That for sixteen years she had raised the son he never knew existed. She should never have left Tripp. So much guilt, for so many mistakes. She had no one to blame but herself.
She lifted her eyes to his. "Seventeen years ago, in Charleston, South Carolina, I asked you to take me for a ride in your shiny white BMW."
The silence of the office closed in around her. Every feminine instinct screamed a warning that he would deny knowing her.