A Christmas Reunion

ISBN Digital: 978-1-62830-525-8
Page Count: 41
Word Count: 8617
Rating: Sweet

Heartbroken at the news that her betrothed has wed another woman, Emily is determined to pick up the pieces of her life and enjoy Christmas with her family.  ?

Newly returned from war, Bennett holds a secret and will do anything to ensure Emily, his only true love, never discovers it...even if it means losing her.

Fate reunites the star-crossed lovers and reveals the truth that will either unite them or drive them apart forever.


Bennett pulled her in closer until the heat of his chest soaked through her. All her old feelings for him rushed back at her, tainted by the grief and betrayal of losing him, of the way he cast her aside for another. The last shred of her dignity shattered and she broke down, sobbing. A tinny thud echoed in the quiet courtyard. A moment later, his other arm snaked around her waist and pressed her against his broad chest.

She should step away. She really should. Allowing him to hold her created a long-absent sense of wholeness. As safety enveloped her, her shuddering eased and her tears faded to hiccups. He held her close, so strong and protective. She inhaled his aftershave, something clean and earthy and faintly spicy. The warmth of his body brought familiar comfort. She ached to kiss away all her hurt and loneliness. She ached to restore the love they’d once shared. She ached to be complete again.

But he didn’t love her. He’d jilted her for another. The ache intensified to a sharp pain.

She pushed at his arms and tried to step away, but he was slow to release her. “Please let me go.” She sounded more forlorn than she’d intended.

He let out a long breath and opened his arms. She stepped back and turned away. Icy night air rushed in to replace the warmth of his touch, just as emptiness replaced the warmth of love that had once filled her heart. Mama had assured her such sorrow would fade in time. How much time, she couldn’t say. Emily could only pray Mama was right, though it seemed impossible now.

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