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Even the humid weather of Magnolia Blossom couldn’ t melt the tension that flared between Rachel Peters and Michael Hunter. High school sweethearts ten years before, they were finally face-to-face again, and in place of young love were unanswered questions. Luckily Rachel was only back temporarily, to get to know her younger sister and brother again before she took them off with her.

But nurturing her siblings wasn’ t as easy as she thought it would be, and as she watched ...

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Even the humid weather of Magnolia Blossom couldn’ t melt the tension that flared between Rachel Peters and Michael Hunter. High school sweethearts ten years before, they were finally face-to-face again, and in place of young love were unanswered questions. Luckily Rachel was only back temporarily, to get to know her younger sister and brother again before she took them off with her.

But nurturing her siblings wasn’ t as easy as she thought it would be, and as she watched Michael tenderly caring for his own son, she knew she needed help. So he agreed to teach her— about family, about God and about the small-town life she’ d forgotten. But she was learning much more— she was learning about how leaving again might not be the answer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459210400
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Series: Love Inspired Series
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 554,139
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

Margaret has been writing for over 20 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since.

She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story.

When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 30 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.

When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She still teaches today and loves working with students with special needs. They help her remember what is important in life. She also participates in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years.

Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun has is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. Shaun is getting married to his high school sweetheart. Margaret hopes that they are as happy as she and her husband are.

When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti — Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.

In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel.
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The Courage To Dream

By Margaret Daley

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373872127

Chapter One

"I wondered when you would finally show up, Rachel." Michael Hunter stopped several feet from her on the river landing.

There was none of the remembered warmth in his voice, and Rachel Peters shuddered in the heat of the day. "I came as soon as I found out." Everything around her seemed to come to a standstill, the breeze, the flow of the river, the chirping of the birds, her heartbeat.

"We couldn't wait for you. We buried Flora yesterday."

"I was working halfway around the world as a guest chef on a cruise." The tightness in her throat prevented her from explaining further. She'd only found out the day before about Aunt Flora's death. Her aunt had been like a mother to her. It had taken more than a week for the message from the family lawyer to finally catch up with Rachel. She hadn't even had time to think about her aunt's death, much less grieve properly. Swallowing hard, Rachel asked, "How are Amy and Shaun?"

"Do you care?"

The hostility in his question sparked her anger, but she was determined not to let him see his effect on her. "Where are my sister and brother?" she asked in an even voice, suppressing her rage.

Michael gestured toward the riverboat. "They're with Garrett. Why?"

"Why? Because I've come to take them home."

"Whose home? Aunt Flora's or yours, wherever that may be?"

"I don't have to defend myself or my lifestyle to you."

The harsh glint in his eyes intensified. "They've been through a lot this past week. I think it'll be better if they stay with me for a while."

"You!" Her anger began to infuse her voice, her expression.

"Yes, me. I know Amy and Shaun. Can you honestly say the same?"

"They're my family."

"And that automatically gives you the right to decide what's best for them?"


"Where were you when Shaun broke his arm or Amy went on her first date?"

Rachel clamped her teeth together so tightly that pain radiated down her neck. "They're my responsibility now. Take me to them - please," she said in a slow, deliberate voice.

For a long moment he stared at her, his gaze hard, unyielding. Pieces of their past came together in her mind like a patchwork quilt. There had been other times when their gazes had clashed in silent battle and times when they had connected in friendship and mutual affection. The blare of a boat's horn startled Rachel, the pieces of the quilt unraveling. Blinking, she looked away from Michael.

"Don't bother. I'm sure I can find them." She headed for the gangplank, more resolved than ever to remain in control and not let Michael get to her.

"They're in the main salon."

Rachel kept walking, feeling the scorch of his regard on her back. All she wanted was to get her sister and brother and leave. She'd known when she returned to Magnolia Blossom, Mississippi, that she would probably see Michael again, but she hadn't been prepared for the emotional impact of their meeting.

Remembering the location of the main salon, Rachel went straight to it. She paused in the doorway to scan the room that had once been beautiful and grand. Amy, Shaun and Michael's son, Garrett, sat at a table, their voices low, their heads bent together. When Amy glanced up and stopped talking, Rachel entered the salon, realizing the next few minutes might be even more difficult than the last ones.

It had been almost a year since she'd seen Amy and Shaun. She'd talked to them on the phone, but it wasn't the same. They've grown up a lot in that time. I don't know them very well, she thought, fighting a surge of panic. Once or twice a year isn't enough time to know what they're feeling, thinking, to be a family.

"Hello, Shaun. Amy." Rachel attempted a smile that quivered at the corners of her mouth, the tension in the air as thick as the humidity that draped her. When neither one said anything, she turned to Michael's son, hoping he would break the taut silence.

"I'm Rachel Peters, Amy and Shaun's sister."

"I'm Garrett. Nice to meet you." The young boy stood and extended his hand.

The similarities between father and son disarmed her. It was as though she was staring at a younger version of Michael, more relaxed, more carefree - like he had once been around her. Then she remembered his marriage to Mary Lou and the betrayal she'd felt when she'd heard about it. She realized she had no right to feel that way, but sometimes emotions weren't easy to control. The memory gnawed at her composure until she determinedly pushed it away.

"What are you doing here?" Amy's question cut into the silence like a sharpened butcher's knife into a piece of thick meat.

Rachel looked at her sixteen-year-old sister. Amy's expression was defiant, and for a moment Rachel didn't know how to answer her. "Aunt Flora asked me to take care of you two if anything ever happened to her. I promised her I would."

At the time she hadn't thought she would ever really have to take care of her brother and sister. She had only been concerned with making her aunt feel better.

Amy shot to her feet. "We're doing just fine the way things are now. Michael doesn't mind us staying with him. Go back to wherever you came from. Shaun and I don't wanna leave."

Rachel glanced from her sister to her eight-yearold brother then back to her sister, not sure what to do. "I'm not going back just yet. I've come to take you to Aunt Flora's."

Amy pushed back her chair, its scraping sound reverberating in the silence. Standing behind Shaun, she placed her hands on his shoulders. "We don't need your help. I'm sure you have better things to do than baby-sit us."

Michael walked into the salon, sharpening Rachel's awareness of the hostility in the room. Her nape tingled, and the humid air felt even heavier and more oppressive. "Let's go home and we'll discuss everything there. I'm not going to make any decisions without talking it over with you two first."


Excerpted from The Courage To Dream by Margaret Daley Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    Thanks to Margaret Daley for a great book!

    Michael Hunter is determined not to rekindle any relationship when his high school sweetheart shows up in Magnolia Blossom. But, as every day passes, he becomes more and more attracted to Rachel Peters. Could God be drawing them together again? And, just why did she come back to Magnolia Blossom after all this time? And why is she now wanting to care for her younger siblings, Amy and Shawn? You'll find the answers, and receive a spiritual uplift, in Margaret Daley's book, The Courage to Dream. Written in an easy-to-read style the captivating story is bound to attract many readers. Thanks to Margaret Daley for, once again, writing a book that has an inspirational slant on today's romance books. Mary Ann Kerl, Journalist & Author

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