by Iris Blobel
Her mother placed her hand on Katie’s shoulder. “Caring for my little girl.”
She appreciated her mum’s words. “I needed a little time out, I suppose.”
“I had a feeling you’d be coming down to the beach.” Her mum dropped a kiss on Katie’s forehead.
Taking a deep breath, she leaned into her mother’s embrace, relishing the comfort. “I miss her so much, Mum.”
Her voice nearly broke, tears trickled down her face once more as her chest tightened. The grief inside ate at her, the pain, emotionally and physically, so hard to cope with, yet, for the first time since her sister’s death, an emotion other than mourning spread within her. Something different. Sadness had suffocated all other emotions for the last months, but today something different had surfaced. Still unsure whether it was good or whether she was even ready for it, she didn’t believe a timeline existed to grieve a person.
“We all miss her, darling, but she wouldn’t want us to stop living. Her life’s come to an end, and you will need to live your life with twice as much enthusiasm, with four eyes, with two hearts and—”
“Without her,” she finished her mother’s sentence.
Her mother gave a slow nod. “Have you been working this week?”
Katie pursed her lips before she answered. “Yes, I have, but I took today off. Only today.”
“You need to keep this job, love.” She inhaled deeply. “I know.”
Can their new love survive the return of his past?
With his first year as a pro footballer behind him, ruckman Tyson Gaspaldi meets Katie while on a holiday in a small coastal town. Everything about her intrigues him, and he wants nothing more than to spend some time with her. Once she finds out how he earns his money, though, she hesitates to take whatever it is between them any further.
Katie Cassidy is still overwhelmed by the recent loss of her sister, but a chance encounter with Tyson stirs emotions and a love for life inside her again. However, when Tyson’s ex-girlfriend blindsides both of them, all of Katie’s childhood demons return and she pushes him away.
Will they be able to deal with the ghosts of their pasts and move forward for a chance of a life together?