by Annette Bower
Anna Jenkins, a mysterious woman arrives in the resort town of Regina Beach as the heir to a cottage, even though there isn’t an obvious family connection. The residents of the town know everyone’s business and they are very keen on discovering Anna’s secrets. Anna meets Nick Donnelly with a secret of his own. As a soldier, the injuries he sustained in an IED explosion were greater than most people realize.
During his rehabilitation, Nick and Anna become friends. Nick begins to dream of a life on the land with a family of his own. When Anna discovers that Nick plans to return to active duty, she puts the brakes on loving a man who might die because of his career. Nick must convince Anna they have a future to live for.
Moving On: Sweet contemporary romance with an heiress, a soldier, a small town and secrets.
Anna was drawn to the large windows that revealed small waves washing onto the shore while his voice rose and fell in the background. She jumped when Nick spoke from behind her. “Looks like you’ve got a big job to make this old man’s house a place you’d want to live.” He had picked up a ship in a bottle and held it to the light.
She stood with determined confidence. “They say work is good therapy.” She felt a pang of intuitive kinship with him again, and smiled. “Do you ever wonder if they really know what they are talking about?”
Nick raised his hand and gently touched the side of her face, turning it toward him. He looked deep into her eyes as if searching for recognition. “Yeah, they’re probably just a bunch of clowns who think up Pollyanna sayings to make us feel better about our lives.”
She would have returned that gentle touch in a moment of shared intimacy, if his stance hadn’t changed. He shifted away from her as if he sensed danger. Nick pivoted on his rubber-soled boots and almost leapt through the door. The moment was thick with uncertainty.
She caught a chuckle that ended up more of a snort. They were like two wounded animals who suddenly found themselves in the same pen, wondering who was stronger and would survive. Surely she wasn’t attracted to Nick Donnelly just because they were both grieving their severed pasts.
Tired of the looks, whispers, sympathetic gaze of friends and strangers Anna needs a fresh start. A week before her wedding, her fiancee dies, Anna is still struggling with her own emotions without needing the constant reminder from others of how she is feeling, she knows what she feels better than anyone. On her first night in Regina Beach she meets Nick, a Sergeant in the Canadian Army who is home adjusting to his life as an amputee. There is an instant comfortable banter between the two which quickly grows to friends of sorts. With a small town gossip mill, friendly neighbors, and a chance to find happiness Anna begins finding her new path along the way.
I loved Anna’s neighbors, they made me smile and I instantly felt transplanted into their lives. I felt for Anna, she has her good days and a few bad days. Nick was inspirational, I thought he was sweet and understanding. Will definitely pick up more from this author.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom and most recently in the Lake Winnipeg Writers Journal, Voices V 14/1.
She pursues the writing craft in workshops through the SWG conferences, Writing with Style, Banff Centre for the Arts, Surrey International Writers Conference, and Romance Writers of America Conferences. She is attending the Novel Colloquium at Sage Hill Writing Experience in July, 2014.
Her women’s fiction novel, Woman of Substance, is published by Soul Mate Publishing. Her novel Moving On re-released electronically by Soul Mate Publishing in October 2014.
Web page: http://www.annettebower.com