A few weeks later, Jared sat across the table from Mark, chugging down a bottle of water. As usual, he had easily beaten his friend at another game of squash.
“After all these years ya still playin’ like a girl,” he said.
Mark flipped him the finger and didn’t bother to reply.
“Trouble at home?”“
Nope, but having a house full of women is exhausting. Hope wakes up before dawn every morning and is cranky in the afternoon. Mia doesn’t want to come out of bed at all. Not to mention the extra person I’ve got to feed.”
“Josh?” Jared asked with a grin.
“Teenage love. I’ve begged Sophie to have the talk with Mia, but she merely laughed and replied I’m way too late.”
Jared nearly spilled his drink. “Too late?”
“I’m too scared to ask,” Mark replied with a shrug before he grabbed his gear and stood.
Jared stood as well and followed his friend into the male changing rooms. They took their showers and left the squash centre half an hour later.
Once they reached their cars, Jared said, “By the way, I’m heading over to the USA in two weeks.” And, as he threw his bag into his old Jeep, he added, “Booked the trip a few weeks back.”
Mark stared at him. “You did what?”
Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.
Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?
Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.
But she will have to say goodbye again. And not only to Jared.
4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.