Authors: Whitney Gracia Williams
A Romantic Comedy
(The Jilted Bride Series)
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination
or are used fictitiously, and
y resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
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This book is dedicated to my mother, Lafrancine
Edwards. Thank you for
in me and my dreams
. You have no idea how much that means to me.
are the best sister in the world
I can’t thank you enough
this all the way through and refusing to accept
my laundry list of excuses. Ashley Warren,
helping me with the first few chapters—hope I wa
sn’t too “list-y” in the others
, We A
orld on Fire!”
William R. Edwards and LaFrancine Edwards
hanks for putting up with my “b
umminess” and giving me the space to write the book. Jay Williams
, muchas gracias
for your input on the cover.
Ray Edwards II, thank you for reading this out lo
ud to me on numerous occasions.
Tamisha Joiner and Tiffany Downs, I hope both of your weddings end better than Melody Carter’s.
Thanks to Aster Teclay, Alonna Grigsby, Tanisha Hill, Sherbrin
a Shepherd, Christina Royster,
, and Karleic Ellison
for being great inspirations from afar
Thank you to
all my friends and family
. I love you all.
urt and embarrassed, I sat
in the fi
rst class cabin of a Boeing 707. I was heading to
ough I’d managed to suppress
tears all day, m
y eyes were swollen and puffy
—revealing five nights of uncontrollable bawling.
As the flight attendant announced the emergency procedures, I crossed my legs and realized I was wearing two different tennis shoes. I
packing a suitcase, only a carry
on with a couple
outfits. I knew
those probably wouldn’t match either
, but I didn’t care. I just need
ed to get away from New Yor
k City, away from my heartache.
The plane began its ascent and
I exhaled. Two hours and thi
rty minutes away. Two hours, thirty minutes, and fifty five seconds away.
to keep my mind occupied
through a worn copy of
the woman across from me paint
s orange, and order
Rum & Coke.
tempted to pull out my laptop
to get a head start on t
movie, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t in the mood to write a movie review, especially for a romantic comedy.
Mrs. Scofield,” the flight attendant s
miled as she handed me a drink.
I wasn’t sure if it was the
price tag for a six ounce
hearing her voice linger on “Mrs.” for more than half a second,
but I began to cry.
Five days ago, I was standing at the altar with my fiancé,
Scofield. He was everything I wanted in a man—kind,
loving, supportive, successful. He was also one of the most
attractive men I’d ever met.
my vows. “
, you are my first an
only love. When we met six years ago, I had no idea that the guy
I tripped over on the subway
would end up being my husband. I wake up every morning and think of you, of us, of how wonderful these six years have been. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you and I promise to cherish, love, and respect you forever.
A soft applause arose from the
audience and Sean smiled at me.
I broke our gaze and took in the venue.
The theme for our w
was Old Hol
three hundred thousand dollars
to bring everyth
ing to life:
the aisle’s red carpet, the white Marilyn Monroe
and Humphrey Bogart tuxedos
, the twent
y piece orchestra, the thirty thousand
the faux paparazzi, and the chandelier
modeled after the one in
Phantom of the Opera
three months of dance lessons to nail the routine from
at the reception.
I turned to face Sean once more. His bright blue eyes were gleaming, his short sun kissed hair was
brushed away from his face
, and his wide smile hadn’t faded since I walked down the aisle.
the times he showed up on campus to surprise me,
the times the other girls would fawn over him and jealously whisper as we walked hand in hand.
“Melody,” he said. “I loved
you the first day we met
. I’ve known that you were the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with ever since. Every day we’re together is amazing and I look forward to every day after today. I promise to love you, respect you, cherish you, and protect you until death do us part. I love you.”