I’ve been sharing snippets from THEIR BOND THROUGH JADE, a story set in Australia and New Zealand. This snippet is Mat’s POV.
Most of the places he knew, although he’d never been there, and he wondered whether Karen had.
“Nice meeting you, Mat.”
He shook Karen’s hand and was surprised by her firm grip. “Likewise.”
As they sat, he studied her small frame, her short wavy grey hair, and soft blue eyes. He assumed her to be in her mid to late fifties. Her complexion was honey brown with not even a small blemish on her skin, but a few lines around her eyes.
Her assistant brought some coffee and biscuits.
“You’ve brought the cold weather to Melbourne,” Karen said, as she poured herself some coffee. Pointing to his take-a-way coffee cup, she asked, “Would you like a fill-up?”
“I’m right, thanks,” he replied, ignoring her swipe at the weather. Mat emptied his cup of coffee with one long sip before he placed it on the table. “Are you still going ahead with the contract?”
He was referring to the nasty incident a week earlier with a helicopter crash in the mountains. It’d been a big blow for the small communities of Fox and Franz Josef Glacier.
When Tiffany Cahill opens the door to the police, memories of the past return to haunt her. She calls her friend Steve for help, only to be surprised by the voice of a stranger on the other end of the line. She never anticipates the impact this New Zealander is going to have on her life, even more so when she becomes the victim of an assault just a few hours later.
Mat Apanui, owner of a helicopter tour company in New Zealand, can hear the urgency and despair in Tiffany’s voice. They have never met before, but he feels compelled to help her. After an assault on her, he invites her to travel with him to his home in Queenstown, New Zealand, where he believes he can provide her with the temporary safety and security she needs until the situation is resolved.
But can Tiffany overcome her reservations and trust a stranger like Mat enough to fly across the Tasman Sea?