Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Catherine Bybee
- Genre: Genre Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
- Publish Date: 19 April 2016
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Ten Years Later
Grants Pass killed her car. Melanie turned off the interstate and headed
toward the coast, knowing the chances of passing other drivers once the sun
set were nil. The noise from under the hood and the occasional coughing of
exhaust that exploded from her tailpipe were evidence of her earlier
Grants Pass killed her car.
“C’mon, baby . . . only twenty-five more miles.” She patted the
dashboard and spoke in a soft voice to keep from waking Hope.
Melanie glanced at the backseat. Hope clutched her favorite stuffed
animal, her legs curled under her and her head resting on a pillow. Her pouty
pink lips slacked open and her eyes were closed.
The trip had started out as an adventure, but once they had been on the
road for eight hours, Hope did what any seven-year-old would . . . she
That was a day and a half ago. They stopped for meals and one night in
a roadside motel.
The car sputtered, swinging Melanie’s attention back to the road. Pine
trees spiked toward the dusky sky, the clouds and smell in the air told her rain
All she needed to do was coast into River Bend. She had enough money
to stay at Miss Gina’s Bed-and-Breakfast for a couple of nights. Hopefully
Gina would offer an “old times’ sake” discount in exchange for help in the
kitchen . . . maybe the making of a few beds and she could stay a little longer.
All she had to do was limp her car into town and pray Miss Gina could
take her in early. She wasn’t expected for another week.
Melanie rounded the corner and immediately dodged a pothole that
would have swallowed her front end had she not seen it. As she corrected the
steering, a new sound rang from her already pissed off engine.
She held her breath and decided to ease up on the gas.
The noise stayed with her.
The next corner had the occasional “check engine” light turning a
steady red. Melanie tapped her dashboard, hoping it was wrong.
Twenty more miles. Twenty more miles.
Hope’s sleepy voice pulled Melanie from her silent chant. “Mommy?”
“Are we there yet?”
“Almost.” She offered a weak smile over her shoulder.
“When did it get dark?”
Good question . . . When I wasn’t looking. “Not long ago.”
“I know . . . we’re almost there.”
Her piece of crap car sputtered and slowed. “No, no, no.”
“Is the car sick again?”
“No . . . yes . . . just a little longer.” Worry etched up her spine as rain
started to fall.
She reached for her cell phone and cussed under her breath. No Service.
Of course not. Why would River Bend bother with updated cell towers
when two-way radios worked just fine?
“Hope, honey, I want you to look at Mommy’s phone and tell me if we
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