Authors: Mary Eason
A Family For Christmas
Copyright © 2012 by Mary Eason
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A Note from the Author
I hope you
Rachel and Jack’s Inspirational love
story as much as I’ve enjoyed
it. Theirs is a
story of young love reunited with a special challenge
Can Rachel and Jack put their anger and resentments aside to rebuild their love? Find out!
I hope their romance
will touch your heart.
At the end of their story, I’ve included
. One is for an upcoming sweet romance entitled The Rebel
The Heart Of Texas Series, and the second is from the first book in this series, The Treasures Of The Rockies, entitled Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye. I hope you enjoy them.
Also, look for a special thank you from me at the very end of the book.
The Rebel Rancher – Book One of The Heart Of Texas Series
finds herself alone in the world. She reaches out to an old friend of her father’s
and soon finds herself at the heart of one of the oldest struggles known to man.
man who by all outward appearances is perfect for her, and the rebel rancher
, Alec Standing,
who proves to be just what she needs.
s Grace soon discovers, things aren’t always as they appear.
Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye – Book One of Treasures Of The Rockies
Matt Stevens is finished with life. Grieving the death of his son, Matt withdraws from humanity, sequestering himself in a mountain cabin far from the reaches of anything human, anything that may remind him of the life he can no longer have. That is, until Kate Alexander arrives on his doorstep and begins to strip away the bit
terness he carries in his heart.
to the caller ID and locked as the phone continued to ring.
He recognized the number
, yet he still didn’t answer it immediately
It was A
. The woman who’d once been his mother-in-law
had become far more in recent years
She’d been the one to bring him to God when he’d been close to losing
taught him the meaning of faith
her call since he arrived.
was the only one who would be calling at a quarter of midnight. The only one who knew he’d returned to
hadn’t even told his best friend. He’d come back home for personal reasons.
Five years wasn’t so long. Yet it felt like a lifetime since he’d
to face him again be yet another sin added to his growing list of them?
things to turn out differently between them
different. He wasn’t the selfish man he’d once been when he’d married her in secret and then left her crying and begging him not to
a few weeks later.
Even now, with his bags still sitting next to the door, jet lag weighing heavily on his
, he continued to struggle with his conscience.
Don’t answer it. Let it go. Let the past stay there.
the right thing
couldn’t. He still loved
. He’d probably spend the rest of his life loving her, but he’d made so many mistakes.
friendship turned to love
it seemed only natural that they should
her into marriage, but he loved her and she loved him. Yet now he wondered if some part of him
even back then
what his father’s reaction would be.
His old man had insisted they have their w
annulled and Jack had felt powerless to stand up to him
grabbed the receiver before it could ring again. “Hello.”
, I’m here.”
“I’m sorry to call so late, but I’ve just heard from
. She’s back in Texas. She’ll be home soon.”
He closed his eyes for a second.
, don’t let me screw things up again.
“She doesn’t know
“No, of course not.”
’s answer didn’t surprise him, even though he’d wished for a different one.
“Do you think I’m doing the right thing?”
e couldn’t stop himself from asking. “Because I’m not so sure anymore. I know you’re convinced this is the only way I’ll get her to talk to me
, but Mike’s always been adamant about giving
the time she needs to....” To what? Hate him more?
The frustration in
’s sigh assured him she possessed her own doubts. “I know my son feels he’s helping
, but the truth is, my daughter can be very stubborn at times. So can
has been hurt. She will never come to you on her own. You’ll need to be the one to reach out to her.”
“What if she refuses to hear me out?
What if she doesn’t believe I’ve changed?
It has been five years. Perhaps
has moved on, found someone else.”
silence was more frightening than anything he could imagine.
hat aren’t you telling me?” The uneasy feeling inside his gut threatened to crush what was left of his courage.
was never good at keeping things from him. Something was up.
He could feel it.
’d always suspected
there were things
hadn’t told him about the night
left. It had stood between them for years, and yet no matter how many times he’d asked,
kept her secrets.
will tell you what she wants you to know in time. You have to be patient,
Trust God. Ask for
is strength. He won’t let you down.
He never does.
I’m praying for you.
closed his eyes
“I’m trying to be patient.
I am praying, but i
t’s not easy. I was such a fool for listening to my father. I should never have let her leave.
Never annulled our marriage. At least then
I would have some tie to her.
I should have gone after her
. Should have told her what a mistake I’d made by letting her go.”
“She wouldn’t have listened to you back then.
has so much hurt inside of her.
She’s lost her faith in
a lot of things, including
She’ll need your help in getting it back.”
His help? How could he possibly hope to help anyone? He felt inadequate.
She loved you so much,
. I believe she still loves you, although she would never admit it to me. That’s why it wouldn’t have done you any good to go after her
hat makes you think she’ll listen to me now? If she’s as hurt and angry toward me as you say, what’s to keep her from refusing outright?”
He waited through the silence as
chose her next words carefully.
“It’s different this time.
needs you, even though she doesn’t know it yet. My daughter needs your love
more than ever. Don’t let her
ush you away.
needs your strength.”
“Strength? That’s a funny way of putting it. I haven’t been strong where
s concerned. Just the opposite
I’d say. She’s my greatest weakness.”
say you don’t know your own strength,
reassured him as she had some many times in the past.
A handful of seconds ticked by as he swallowed back the resurfacing emotions he’d tried to bury deep inside. He remembered every single moment of that final night.
Every look. Every tear.
Every word. Right down to the last one. Goodbye.
“Just promise me you’ll listen
to what she has to say and
be patient.” All the obvious questions ran through his head at
’s loaded request. He’d give anything to ask her what she was keeping from him. But if
was even more so.
“Come to dinner tomorrow night,”
urged when he couldn’t voice his doubts. Not that he needed to. She knew. He and
had grown close through the years. Maybe even closer than he and Mike
were anymore, si
mply because Mike was fiercely protective of his baby sister and
had hurt her deeply. Leaving
had almost cost him Mike’s friendship. Even today, they still weren’t quite
to where they’d been before that fateful night in June.
“I don’t know....”
“I do. It won’t be easy any way you do this. She’ll fight you in the beginning. Come to dinner,” she implored. “You’ll need your family around you when you two talk.”