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Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
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Where to Buy:
The Wild Rose Press
Ralph Sykes stuck his head through the open door. “Can I see you for a minute?”
Her stomach clenched. Ralph Sykes was the last person she wanted to talk to right now. But she made herself smile instead. “Of course. I have an appointment I need to get to shortly, but I’ve got a couple of minutes. Have a seat.”
He slipped into her office and closed the door. Instead of sitting, he paced the small area beside her desk.
“Ms. Stewart, you know my feelings about the daycare you’re proposing. I believe it’s wrong for our school and for our town.”
Julia suppressed an impatient sigh. “Yes, you’ve made your opinions well known, Ralph. I understand them, but I respectfully disagree.”
“I wish you’d reconsider.”
“I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do that. I believe the daycare is very necessary.”
He narrowed his eyes at her. “There’s opposition on the school board and in the community, you know. Some say we need a new direction at the head of the school.”
She pressed her lips together to keep from telling Ralph what a sanctimonious asshole he was. A long time high school math teacher at Lobster Cove High School, he’d been a thorn in her side ever since she’d been hired as principal three years ago. He’d felt the job should have gone to him, and he had his supporters in the community. For the last three years, he’d done everything in his power to undermine her authority.
She measured her words carefully. “I’m aware of that, Ralph. I’ll do everything I can to make parents more comfortable with having a daycare for the children of students at the school. But as I said, it will be in place in the fall.”
For a few seconds, their gazes locked in a silent battle of wills. Julia wouldn’t give the bastard the satisfaction of seeing her blink first. Finally Ralph looked away.
“I don’t like the idea of my Chloe being exposed to talk of sex out of wedlock and everything your daycare implies.”
Julia nodded. The news was hardly a surprise. Ralph’s sixteen-year-old daughter Chloe was a good student, and a sweet kid. She often babysat Ava. But she was socially awkward, which made her a target for teasing that often bordered on bullying. Julia had stepped in on a couple of occasions when she’d witnessed Chloe being harassed in the hallways. Having a father who was a teacher at the school, one that most of the students thoroughly despised, didn’t help her cause.
“I understand your opinion.”
“I’m considering organizing a petition against the daycare. If we get enough votes, we can take our views to the school board.”
Julia narrowed her eyes. Bring it on.
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