Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Tessa Bailey
- Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
- Language: English
- Formats: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Available for Download
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- Price: Free
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Hallie Welch tipped down one corner of the comics section and peered
across Grapevine Way, her stomach sinking when yet another group of locals
bypassed Corked, her favorite, sleepy little wineshop, in favor of
UNCORKED—the new, flashy monstrosity next door that advertised hot
sauce and wine pairings in the window.
The exterior of UNCORKED was
painted a metallic gold that caught the sun and blinded passersby, giving
them no choice but to stumble inside or risk vision loss. From Hallie’s
position on the bench, she could see through the front window to their stateof-the-art wine fountains and wall of stinky cheeses, the cash register lighting
up like a pinball machine.
Meanwhile, the peeling white wrought-iron tables in the front courtyard of
Corked sat empty and forgotten. Hallie could still see her grandmother at the
far-right table, a modest glass of Cabernet sitting in front of her. Everyone
would stop to say hello to Rebecca as they passed. They would ask her what
flowers were in season and which bulbs were best to bury in the soil a
particular month. And even though she was always reading a bestseller, she
would carefully lay her silk-tasseled bookmark in the crease and give them
her undivided attention.
The newspaper in Hallie’s hands sunk lower, crumpling slowly at the vivid
memory and eventually landing in her lap.
On the front patio of UNCORKED was a literal dance floor and a disco
ball hanging from the eaves. It spun all day long, casting light refractions all
over the sidewalk and turning people into apparent zombies who preferred
wine out of a vending machine. At night, that ten-by-ten square patch of
wood was packed to the gills with tipsy tourists, their purses full of overly
pungent Rochefort, no one sparing a thought for Corked next door.
outraged at the mockery of their very name by the overzealous newcomers.
When the shop opened a month ago, Hallie almost felt sorry for the young
couple from downstate. Poor dears, sinking their hard-earned money into a
gimmick. It would never attract the loyal Napa locals who honored tradition
and routine. She’d been wrong.
UNCORKED was thriving. Meanwhile, Lorna, the sweet elderly owner of
Corked, didn’t even emerge at sunset anymore to light the candles on her
Hallie looked down at the shatterproof wineglass in her purse. She’d been
bringing it into Corked for tastings every day this week in an attempt to
support the failing institution, but she needed a better game plan. Continuous
day drinking had started off fun, but the days were beginning to blur together,
and she’d found her car keys in the microwave this morning.
Corked with only the help of a couple friends wasn’t going to keep her
grandmother’s favorite table from vanishing off the sidewalk. And it needed
to stay there. Far too many pieces of her grandmother seemed to float away
into the wind lately, but not that table. Not the place Hallie had gone with
Rebecca every single Sunday evening since high school and learned the art of
gardening. It had to stay.
So, all right. Time to play offense.
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