Seasons Of Love
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by Whiskey Creek Press Authors
Description: "Spring's Fling" by Sherry Derr-Wille: When Spring Morrison asks the Easter Bunny for a perfect man, she has no idea that her mother will use the opportunity to play matchmaker with Wade Parker. Does mother know best? "Summer's Challenge" by Luanna Rugh: Summer Woods is starting a new life with a new identity. Can Officer Nathan Lockhart protect her from her past while he's falling in love with her? "Autumn's Blessing" by Christie Shary: Young and pregnant widow Deidre feels her life is over until she becomes the patient of Dr. Jeremy Saunders. Can he help her let go of the hurts and burdens that weigh her down and embrace life again? "Winter Song" by Lorna Collins: To Dan Jensen, life seems hopeless. But when he gets railroaded into performing in a Christmas musical, a lovely young woman named Amy Roberts provides more than musical assistance. She brings hope and the promise of a new life.
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: April 2009
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [448 KB]
Reading time: 275-385 min.
5 Stars! "Be prepared to shear a tear or two. These are four amazing authors with a great flair for writing inspirational romance." Reviewed by Lynnr for ReviewYourBook.com
"I really enjoyed these four stories and loved getting to know all the characters. The authors wrote stories that would melt anyone's heart while we personally got to know all their main characters. I'm so happy that the stories were written in a way in which we watched the characters grow and learn how to be better people in the end. Overall this was a nice anthology to lose yourself in for a few hours while being entertained by some very talented authors." Diana Coyle, Night Owl Reviews
Two Weeks Before Easter, 2008
Aspen Grove, Colorado
"What do you want the Easter Bunny to bring you, honey?"
Spring Morrison rolled her eyes at her mother's question. As a single mother, Spring didn't have the time to do the things her mom had done for the holiday. Her mother enjoyed going all out for every holiday, including gifts for everyone. It wasn't like she didn't know the real meaning of the holiday. Spring remembered her mother dragging her to sunrise service when she was a kid. Now it was Spring who went to the service at six in the morning. As for her mother, she attended the Easter Vigil on Saturday night, then first service on Sunday morning.
"You know I'm too old to be getting an Easter basket or believe in the Easter Bunny for that matter."
"You're never too old for fun. Now, tell me what you want in your basket or you might get something you don't want."
Spring sighed. "All right, if you must know, I'd like a man in my life. I just don't think that's anything a bunny could manage. I'm the first to admit that I've been lonely since Al was killed."
Just talking about her husband brought a catch to her voice and tears threatened to fall. Her first husband had been Jack Parsons. They were far too young to be married and when their first child died in infancy, Jack became so abusive Spring filed for divorce. When she met Al, it was like day and night. He was everything Jack hadn't been. He treated her like a queen and gave her two beautiful children. Her daughter, Lori, just turned fourteen and Tommy would be ten in the fall. Four years ago, Spring had been ready to go out for their anniversary when a state patrol officer came to the house to tell her that Jack had been killed in a traffic accident. Since then she had worked as an administrative assistant for the president of a large manufacturer in town to supplement the money she got from Social Security for the kids.
She'd had several dates over the past four years, but all most of the guys were interested in was going to bed with her and she certainly wasn't ready for anything like that in her life.
"Do what you have to do, Mom. Even if you can't fill my Easter basket with what I want, you always make the day a special one."
Spring hung up the phone and laughed at the prospect of her mother going out shopping for the perfect man for her Easter basket.
"Was that Grandma you were talking to?" Lori asked as she poured herself a glass of milk.
"It sure was. Has she asked you what you want from the Easter Bunny yet?"
Lori nodded. "She asked me when she picked us up from school yesterday. I was thinking about that MP3 player I saw at the mall yesterday."
Spring groaned. She hoped she had instilled better values in her kids than to ask for something so expensive. "I thought you were saving your babysitting money to buy that."
"I am. I just wanted to see how you would react. I told her I wanted a pair of earrings and Tommy said that he needed some new kneepads for skateboarding. What did you ask for?"
"Something that will hopefully stop her from asking. I don't need presents for Easter anymore. I'm just happy when I don't have to cook dinner. I told her I'd like the Easter Bunny to bring a man into my life. That's one present I'm certain she won't be able to come up with." * * * *
Easter morning was hectic to say the least. At the sunrise service, Spring sang a duet with the pastor as well as a solo, while Lori and Tommy helped with the breakfast put on by the youth group.
For the first and second services, they all sang in the combined choirs of adults, youth and children. As soon as they sang the second time, they were able to leave to go to their grandmother's house for Easter dinner. It was a given there would be an egg hunt in the backyard, as well as a centerpiece of brightly colored eggs on the table.
Since Spring's brother, Kevin, had moved to Los Angeles last year, it would only be Spring and her family. Of course, her mother had sent packages to Kevin's family for the holiday, but things would be different this year. There would be several empty places at the table.
To Spring's surprise, a strange car was sitting in her mother's driveway. "I suppose Grandma found one of her friends who was going to be alone today and invited her to join us. Grandma has a heart that's as big as all outdoors. I think that's a perfect idea. Without Uncle Kevin, Aunt Julie and their kids, it was going to be lonely this year. I just hope someone has asked them to share Easter dinner."
"I didn't think you'd ever get here," Emily Nelson said when they finally entered the living room. "I have someone I want you to meet."
Spring didn't like the sound of her mother's voice. She had something up her sleeve and Spring was worried about what it could be.
As soon as they entered the dining room, Spring's eyes widened with surprise. The guest at the table wasn't one of her mother's elderly friends. Instead a man who could only be called any woman's dream sat at the table. It was all she could do not to laugh to see this man dressed in a cream-colored suit with an Easter egg pink shirt topped with a robin's egg blue tie.
"I was sent here special delivery by the Easter Bunny," the man said. "You have to be Spring. My name is Wade. I think this is going to be one of the most delightful Easters I've ever spent. I wasn't looking forward to eating alone in my apartment. It was a relief when my neighbor, Mildred, introduced me to Emily. She invited me to dinner and said that you had asked for a man from the Easter Bunny. I figured it was worth a try."
"I-I don't know what to say. You know nothing about me other than what my mother had told you and she's been known to exaggerate when it comes to her family. I was only joking when I said I wanted a man in my Easter basket. I never thought..."
"Ah, but your mother took you seriously, and I am not only a man, but I'm unattached. I just moved to Aspen Grove and I don't know anyone, yet."
"In other words, I should be careful what I wish for in the future. So, how did she convince Mildred to get the two of you together?"
"I can answer that one for you, honey," her mother interrupted. "I asked Mildred if she knew of a nice young man who might be interested in being your Easter present. She told me about Wade. He's her next-door neighbor and she thought he'd be just perfect for you."
"I see. Do I have to ask who suggested the pink shirt and blue tie?"
"To be truthful," Wade replied, "I just happened to have gotten the shirt from my sister for Christmas and I bought the tie after I got Emily's invitation. I enjoy wearing lots of color and this seemed to be the perfect time to get the shirt unpacked and pressed. It's not every day I get to be an Easter gift for a beautiful woman."
Spring shook her head. Never in her life had she been put in such a position. "Well, if you are to be my present from the Easter Bunny, I can't refuse you. Today I will gladly enjoy your company." * * * *