After All by Heidi McLaughlin EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Heidi McLaughlin
- Genre: Friendship Fiction, Small Town & Rural Fiction, Clean & Wholesome Romance
- Publish Date: 24 March 2020
- Size: 1.2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
Brooklyn thought she’d feel different as soon as the welcoming sign to Cape
Harbor came into view. She anticipated a barrage of emotions to hit her as
she neared the town line. She expected she’d have to stop, check her
breathing, and remind herself why she was back. She had lost count of how
many times she had tried to talk herself out of returning, unable to bring
herself to get behind the wheel and drive north from her parents’ Seattle
home . . . until now. She would never turn her back on her family.
It was the
timing that bothered her the most, and that was what made her pull over.
Even under the bright afternoon sun, the floodlight still illuminated the whiteand-blue sign, and Brooklyn stood there, with a hood pulled over her head to
hide herself from passing cars, looking at the name of the man who had
changed her life. She was back for him, for his mother, and to face the past.
Instead of heading straight to the Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn detoured and
drove down Third Street. This was the only town she had ever lived in or
visited that hadn’t had a Main Street. It was such a random thing she picked
up on when she and her parents moved here years ago. She never understood
why until she learned that when the town incorporated, the people counted
the streets up from the harbor, numbering instead of naming, with First Street
being the closest to the water.
Curiosity filled her. For years she had not asked questions about her
favorite spots, mostly to avoid the feeling of being homesick, but also so she
could forget. The less she knew, the better. The less she longed to return, the
easier it would be to create a new life. That was what she needed to do: start
over, put the past behind her, and move on.
At the red light, she closed her eyes. It only took her seconds to tell
Carly she would come back, even though, deep down, it wasn’t what she
wanted to do. Yet, she owed the woman and could never tell her no.
Brooklyn was content with the life she was living. She was one of the most
sought-after home renovators, with homeowners paying her top dollar to
come to them, to transform their visions into their dream homes. Her job
afforded her many luxuries, except roots. She didn’t rent a home, let alone
own one. Each town became her stomping ground, until the next job came in.
She traveled thousands of miles, back and forth across the country, leaving
her mark everywhere she went.
The honking horn startled her. Her eyes flung open, and her foot
automatically touched the gas before she slammed her foot back onto the
brake, earning another long horn and probably a few choice words from the
car behind her. She would never care about someone’s overeagerness to
punch the gas as soon as the light turned green. Her reasoning was asleep in
the seat next to her, and she would never trust other drivers to stop at red
lights. She watched the cross traffic before pulling into the intersection to
continue down the road.
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