#SnippetSunday “All of a sudden she was gone.” #Bookish #Romance

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I’m re-posting a story which I started a many years ago. It’s written in first POV, which has been a challenge to say the least. So, some of you may know the story already, but I’d appreciate constructive critique ☺

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But it was Grandma’s diary! I think I was around ten or eleven when grandma died. We flew to Germany for the funeral. It was a big event, and I met a lot of people who introduced themselves as uncles, aunties, cousins, and the likes. I had no idea. Well, I was only little. Or young, even though little as well. So Mum hid this treasure from me all my young life. I’m not ten anymore, as you would’ve guessed. Yes, I have just turned thirty-one. Lost the love of my life, after we had been together for about three and a bit years, but most importantly, I lost my Mum. It took a while longer to accept those news. All of a sudden she was gone. No, it wasn’t cancer. It was her heart. Bang! One day she was happy, complaining I still hadn’t settled down, the next day – gone!

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#SnippetSunday “For God’s sake, it’s just a diary.” #Bookish #Romance

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I couldn’t believe it when I found Grandma’s diary in one of Mum’s boxes amongst books, magazines, records, and even a mirror, a few weeks back. It was a bit like a “wow” moment, and I remember staring at it for a while. A while that could’ve been a few seconds, or a few minutes. Who knows? I carefully touched it and gently traced the outside before I opened it. Wondering what I would find, or read, perhaps discover. Then I rolled my eyes, thinking, for God’s sake, it’s just a diary.

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#SnippetSunday – “And he’d been proud of her.” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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Today’s snippet is in Jesse’s POV.

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He was about to thank her and disconnect the call, when she spoke, her voice filled with concern. “How is Dana?”
Closing his eyes, he leaned his forehead against the wall and drew in a strangled breath. How is Dana? It’d always been about Dana the last few years. Was she coping? Was she all right? Was she recovering well? How is Dana? He hadn’t hesitated looking after his sister when she’d had the stroke. With a lot of stamina and determination she’d worked on her speech and left arm / leg movement. And he’d been proud of her. It’d only been with a lot of reluctance that he’d let her move to Melbourne and share an apartment with Mario. They were great together and the more Jesse realised that the more he relaxed and went back to his own life.
He was about to finally reply when Lexie’s voice hauled him back to the now. “It seems like I should ask how are you?”
Dammit, she was reading him like an open book.

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#SnippetSunday – “He’d learnt to accept help” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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Today’s snippet is in Jesse’s POV.

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“Hi Ranger Jesse, it’s Zoe here. We saw you drive past us a few minutes ago and Mum thought you looked tired. Please let her know if you’d like her to bring over some dinner to heat up for you and your sister. Oh, and I hope your sister is okay.”
He smiled. Who would’ve thought a few days ago when he’d picked up Lexie and her daughter, that the young girl would crawl into his heart so quickly. She’d done an amazing job looking after the baby kangaroo, but her care and kindness obviously went past animals and covered people as well. He rubbed his hand over his face, realising he hadn’t even thought about dinner. Or food. Or any arrangements. But when Dana had the stroke a few years earlier, he’d learnt to accept help … and a few seconds later had Lexie on the phone.
“Hello Jesse.”
Everything inside him stirred at the sound of Lexie’s voice. “I wanted to say thanks for the call and the offer to bring dinner.”
She let out a little laugh. “I hope Zoe is not too intense. She’s always been the over caring child.”
“Which isn’t a bad thing,” he told her.
“No, it isn’t. Often it’s very good and it makes me proud. Sometimes it can be over the top.”
“I’d love to say yes to the dinner as long as you two stay. It might be good for my sister and I to have a little distraction.”
Again, her soft laugh warmed him. “I feel used.”
“My apologies, I didn’t—”
“That’s okay. How about in an hour? I’ve prepared a Cheesy Chicken and Corn Pasta Bake. I hope that’s something you both like.”
“Never heard of it, but it sounds delicious. And Dana loves chicken.”
He was about to thank her and disconnect the when, when she spoke, her voice filled with concern. “How is Dana?”

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#SnippetSunday – “He doubted his decision again” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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When they arrived a little while later at home in Beauty Bay, Dana went straight to the backroom she used to stay in after she’d moved in with her brother. Jesse, tired from the last forty-eight hours, let her be. He didn’t have the strength to deal with her pain, physically and mentally, and was concerned if he’d talk to her now, he might not choose the right words. He had an idea how much she was hurting, leaving her boyfriend behind in hospital, but unfortunately he didn’t have a choice but bring her home, after all, his life was still going on. As he walked towards his own bedroom, his phone buzzed, indicating he’d received a message. Hesitating, and considering to ignore it, he finally pulled the phone from his pants only to see he’d missed three messages.
Mate, it’s Harrison. Let me know how you’re going and if you need any help. Cheers.
Jesse made a mental note to give his friend a call after he’d had a shower. Then pushed the button for the next message.
Hello Jesse, this is Karen, Mario’s mother. Just keeping you up-to-date. He’s still in a coma, but the doctors are more confident that they can bring him out of the coma in only a few days. I suppose that’s good news. I hope you had a safe drive back home. I’ll call again tomorrow.
He appreciated Karen’s message. Of course, he was worried sick that Dana’s boyfriend was in hospital and they returned home. Exhaling a long breath, he doubted his decision again. Then he listened for the last message.
Hi Ranger Jesse, it’s Zoe here. We saw you drive past us a few minutes ago and Mum thought you looked tired. Please let her know if you’d like her to bring over some dinner to heat up for you and your sister. Oh, and I hope your sister is okay.

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#SnippetSunday – “So, you do have a voice” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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Jesse scratched the back of his neck. “Dana, please, I need you to understand.”
But she remained silent.
He tried again. “I promise you, Mario will be okay. We’ll visit him in a couple of days.”
Crossing her arms across her chest, she turned and stared out of the window.
He blew out a breath, being at his wits’ end. “What do want me to do, Dana? You can’t stay at the apartment on your own and —”
“I can so,” she muttered.
“So, you do have a voice.”
She let out an angry growl and moved her body even more to the window, now sitting with her back towards him.
Shaking his head, he switched on the stereo full blast, trying hard to control his frustration.

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#SnippetSunday – “She was constantly on the edge of his thoughts.” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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Jesse glance at his sister who hadn’t spoken since they’d left the hospital an hour earlier. She hadn’t been impressed at all with the idea of leaving Mario behind, but he’d assured her that he was in good hands with his own family, but also with the staff who cared for him. And, despite having to re-arrange his work roster, he promised her to take her to visit Mario every second day. He had no idea how he was going to do that, but he’d been desperate to get her into the car.
Truth be told, he had no idea how he was going to cope with her back in his house. He’d called Dr Roberts to organise a visiting nurse, but that was only going to happen the next week. He rubbed the tiredness out of his eyes. Well and truly exhausted from the last thirty-six hours, he looked forward to sleeping in his own bed.
And catching up with Lexie.
He groaned knowing that with Dana back home he’d have next to no time at all to … he blinked a couple of times. What exactly did he have in mind? He hardly knew the woman.
And, yet, she was constantly on the edge of his thoughts.

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#SnippetSunday – “Was she hiding?” – #romance #readAustralian #bookteaser

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“Good grief. Haven’t you heard I screwed up my marriage? I’m useless when it comes to socialising.”
“You’re too hard on yourself. A failed marriage doesn’t reflect one bit on your socialising. Just because you think you’re not perfect because of a small imperfection, you shouldn’t hide from life.”
She stared at him. “Is this turning into a counselling session?”
“Do you need one?”
Silence hung between them until Harrison stood. “My sister in law hid from life because of a scar on her face. I’m glad my brother and his mother were persistent, she could’ve missed out on so much.”
Without giving her a chance to reply, he left her office. Left her with a head full of thoughts to work through. Was she hiding? Was she convinced she was not perfect? She lifted her hands, looking at the scarred skin from her eczema and blew out a breath. No, he was wrong. She wasn’t hiding, but healing from a failed marriage and at the same time raising her daughter to the best of her ability.
And what the hell did it mean his brother’s mother?

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#SnippetSunday – “I’m useless when it comes to socialising.” – #romance #read #mustread #bookteaser

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I spent a wonderful birthday weekend at the beach last week, so today we pick up from two weeks ago – Lexie talking to Harrison about Jesse’s sister.

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“Dana was teased when they went to the beach yesterday. Mario obviously defended her and was beaten up. Dana ended up with a strained wrist from the fight, Mario is in an induced coma until the pressure on the brain is reduced.”
Lost for words, she stared at him.
“Jesse is in Melbourne trying to explain to his sister the ramification of that. I wouldn’t be surprised if he insists on her coming back to live with him until Mario is better.”
“So, he’s going to be okay?”
“His chances are very good.”
“And with all that to worry about he still sends you here, because he is concerned about a promised dinner?”
He nodded. “That’s our Jesse.”
Lexie contemplated the situation for a long beat, unsure how to respond. “Am I supposed to say now How can I help?
His mouth curved into a grin, but he remained silent.
No longer able to stay patient, Lexie stood and stepped around the desk. “I get this is Beauty Bay and things are done differently. I have noticed that already. So you play cupid for your friend because … because … or for God’s sake, Harrison. What do you want me to do with all this information?”
He gave her a wink. “You’re a highly intelligent person, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
Slouching her shoulders, she slumped on the visitors’ chair and damn if her voice was strangled with effort. “Good grief. Haven’t you heard I screwed up my marriage? I’m useless when it comes to socialising.”

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#SnippetSunday – “Heat rushed into her cheeks.” – #romance #read #mustread #bookteaser

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“Remember, it’s none of my business. I’m still not sure why you’re telling me.”
He choked back a chuckle. “Someone really did a number on you that you’re so weary of others.”
Leaning back in her chair she studied him. “I’m not sure how to take this.”
“He likes you, Lexie.”
Raising one brow, she replied, “We like him, too, but that’s no reason to tell me his private affairs.”
Another one of his chuckle. “He likes you.”
“So you keep saying.”
He stood and came closer. With his hands now on her desk, he studied her. “Lexie. He is very fond of you and would like to get to know you better, but his past is holding him back.”
Heat rushed into her cheeks. “Oh.”
“Exactly.”
She took a deep breath. “Well, next time you see him, please let him know that I’m a divorced, single mother, and my priorities lie with my daughter.”
Harrison gave a slow nod. “Indeed. And so it should be. Just…” He shrugged.
Leaning closer, she placed her arms on the desk. “So, back to the strained wrist.”
“Dana was teased when they went to the beach yesterday. Mario obviously defended her and was beaten up. Dana ended up with a strained wrist from the fight, Mario is in an induced coma until the pressure on the brain is reduced.”

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