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by Vanessa Devereaux
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance/Romance
Description: When Maggie falls for Dr. Jon Gunderson, she not only loses her best friend's trust but her life takes an unexpected turn. Julie was Maggie's mentor and has been her best friend for as long as she can remember. When she finally gets a chance to visit her on the island of Majorca, she falls for Julie's son, Jon, and the two enjoy a week of sexual bliss. When Julie finds out about their affair, she tells Maggie she can never forgive her. However, Maggie carries a secret that will have life-altering changes not only for herself, but for Jon too.
eBook Publisher: Total-e-bound, 2012
eBookwise Release Date: April 2012
2 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [267 KB]
Reading time: 173-243 min.
All Other formats: Printing DISABLED, Read-aloud DISABLED
How was this possible? She'd had eight months to prepare for this event, so reality should have set in by now. Hey, but why panic? There had to be plenty of other grandmothers who'd just turned forty-six years old out there. It wasn't that unusual.
Maggie glanced in the mirror as she washed her hands in the hospital restroom. Nope, she couldn't see any grey hairs, although she knew they were lurking somewhere among the dark brown ones.
Nick, her son-in-law, had called her earlier that day to let her know Katie was in labour and they were just about to head to the hospital. Maggie had arrived a few hours later to keep Katie company. Maggie had done her best to help her daughter deal with the labour pains and chatted with her. They'd watched TV for a while, but Katie had finally given in and asked for an epidural. Maggie had then run some errands and returned to the family lounge to find Nick pacing up and down, drinking coffee.
"The doctor said Katie can start pushing soon, so I thought I'd take a break, but I guess it's time to head back in there." Nick threw the coffee container in the bin and walked away.
Grandmotherhood was probably less than an hour away so she might as well get used to the idea. No turning back now.
Maggie took a drink of water from the fountain by the restrooms, then went to her daughter's room. Katie's eyes were closed as Nick held her hand.
"I guess that epidural really helped," Maggie said, tapping Katie's arm.
She opened her eyes. "I don't think I could have got this far without it...or you."
"Nick said it shouldn't be much longer before the baby arrives."
Until I'm officially a grandma. Maggie sat in the chair by the bed.
"Did you get your vacation booked yet?" Katie asked.
"Yeah, all done. I still can't believe I'm actually going there."
"You deserve it. When's the last time you took more than a week off? Plus, you'll finally see where Julie lives."
The doctor walked in. "You ready to be a mother?"
"I think I am."
Wait. I don't think I'm ready to be a grandma.
"Mom, do you want to stay in here and watch the birth? I forgot to ask if you'd like to see your first grandchild arrive."
* * * *
Now it was official. Maggie uploaded the first photo she'd taken of Emily Marie, who'd arrived seven hours ago. She'd cried when she'd seen the doctor holding the baby in the air to reveal it was a girl. Poor Katie had looked like she'd stepped out of the shower, covered in perspiration, her hair sticking to her face.
What a relief Maggie didn't have to face labour and delivery ever again. Yeah, leave that sort of thing to her three girls and just sit back and enjoy grandparenthood.
Maggie smiled as the photo of her first grandbaby appeared on the computer screen. Okay, she was biased, she knew that, but Emily Marie was a beauty. Now, who should be the first recipient of the photo?
She clicked through her address list in her email. Who better than her best friend?
* * * *
"I'm so jealous."
Jon snatched an apple from the bowl and bit into it. His mother was working at her laptop at the kitchen table. She'd turned it around for him to see the photo of a baby that didn't look more than a day old.
"Isn't she cute?"
"Adorable. I know you like setting me up with women but don't you think she's a bit too young for me?" Jon leaned on the countertop and continued to nibble on the apple.
"Very amusing. This is Emily Marie, Maggie's first grandchild. I'm so envious. I thought I'd be a grandma long before her and not just because I'm older and have a son who's older too."
His mother adjusted her reading glasses so they settled midway down her nose and peered over them as she always did when she got started on this topic. The one about him being still unmarried at the ripe old age of thirty-one.
Jon pretended he hadn't heard or seen her glancing his way and instead grabbed one of her design magazines sitting by the TV and paged through it. Boring stuff, but she might just think he wasn't listening and quit saying what he knew would come next.
"Now you're done with your studying and a fully-fledged doctor..."
He'd been right. In fact, he could have written the script. He cut in before she could continue.
"I'm thinking of looking at some houses next week. I know you'll miss having me around but you really don't want me living in the guest apartment forever. Especially now I'm a fully-fledged doctor." He raised his eyebrows at her. Had she detected the sarcasm?
"Jon, doesn't this photo get you thinking about settling down and having babies of your own?"
"Nope, just the opposite. They look cute on screen or paper but in person there's the screaming, wetting...pooping." He looked at his watch. "Jeez, is that the time? I need to get a move on, so I'll let you ooh and aah over Emily Maria in peace."
"It's Marie," said his mom, turning the screen back towards her. "I bet by the time Maggie arrives next month she'll have a ton of photos to show me."
Jon reached for another apple to take with him as he left. "Then remind me to be busy during those two weeks."
"Did you say you had a date tonight?" his mom shouted after him.
"No, I didn't. It's just a bunch of us, yes, including some women, going to one of the clubs for a few drinks. And I'm already running late," he called back.