Ditched Again

Ditched Again

3.8 10
by Stacey Joy Netzel
     
 
A 10yr High School Reunion story about a second chance to get it right.

Summer Clark: Yes, I'm excited for my ten year class reunion--I flew all the way from Florida to Wisconsin so I could rub my success in Josh Nelson's face. I know it sounds vindictive, but the jerk ditched me at the Snowball dance, left me to find my own ride home, and never apologized.

Overview

A 10yr High School Reunion story about a second chance to get it right.

Summer Clark: Yes, I'm excited for my ten year class reunion--I flew all the way from Florida to Wisconsin so I could rub my success in Josh Nelson's face. I know it sounds vindictive, but the jerk ditched me at the Snowball dance, left me to find my own ride home, and never apologized. He's got it coming...if I can get a tow truck to come out in this freak May snowstorm and pull my rental car out of the ditch.

Josh Nelson: No, I'm not looking forward to the reunion. Just hearing the name Summer Clark brings back memories of a night I buried long ago and never talked about again. Seeing her means skirting the truth while trying to deliver a way-too-late apology. No, with this storm, I think I'll head home...as soon as I help this car sunk in the ditch.

Clearly, there are two sides to every story.

~*~
Excerpt:

A thick wedge of slush pulled my rental car into the center of the road, jolting me back into the here and now. I struggled with the wheel and tried to discern the gravel shoulder on the right side through the heavy curtain of wet, blowing snow. Headlights cut through the gloom. The sight of a huge black pickup heading straight toward me catapulted my heart up into my throat.
I wrenched the wheel to the right. Slop from the truck's tires slapped onto my windshield. The wipers swished it away, but I barely had time to be thankful I'd made it past the large vehicle before my right tires were sucked in by the mucky shoulder. Cranking the wheel back to the left only dug me deeper as my rental lurched down the embankment and then slid to an abrupt stop. Muddy slush splattered in all directions.
I took a deep breath, assured myself I was unharmed, and leaned my head back against my seat with a low groan. Gotta love Wisconsin. Truthfully, I was envisioning the warm, sandy beach only minutes from my apartment.
A knock on my driver's side window made me jump. Through the fogged glass a tall figure motioned for me to roll down my window and I thumbed the power button.
"Are you okay?" the man asked.
"Um...I think so," I replied. Then I lifted my gaze and sucked in a stunned breath.
Josh Nelsen.
He hadn't changed at all. I blinked and stared. Yes he had. He'd matured. Gotten better looking. It wasn't fair.
He didn't look at me as he checked out the situation with my car. "I don't think you're getting out of here without a tow truck."
"Great," I muttered and reached across the seat into my purse for my cell phone.
"Don't bother."
I glanced up to see a phone already to his ear. While he waited for someone to answer on the other end, he shot an absent smile in my direction and explained, "My buddy Dave owns the local towing service."
Must be Dave Bensen, they'd been best friends in high school. After a brief conversation without consulting me at all, Josh made arrangements to have my car towed into Silver Falls and then stuffed the phone back in his pocket.
"His guys are booked up on calls until at least eight. I can give you a ride to town, if you'd like to wait at the diner, or until you can call someone to come get you?"
Transferring my gaze from the dashboard clock that read five fifty-six, I peered through the windshield at the whirling snow. What choice did I have? I sighed and faced Josh again, only to realize his stained, ripped jeans and ratty looking flannel jacket didn't quite fit the dress code for the coming evening.
"Aren't you going to the reunion?" I asked.
"Yeah, how did you--" He broke off as he leaned down and actually looked at me for the first time. His brown eyes widened. "Summer?"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012760562
Publisher:
Stacey Joy Netzel
Publication date:
07/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
254,413
File size:
262 KB

Meet the Author

Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her books have received numerous 5 Star reviews from reviewers and readers alike, and her Christmas anthology, MISTLETOE RULES, took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award. Her most recent releases are in the Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered trust, and coming soon, Shadowed Trust. Other titles include: Welcome to Redemption Series, Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk.

An avid reader and big fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.

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Ditched Again 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Jamie Hadlow More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story, about 250 pages on the nook
erlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
This was short and sweet and well written. A 'cozy romance' told from his and her points of view. Very enjoyable.
ChefParty More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read that (sadly) I could totally relate to! Not too sappy, not to saucy. One of those stories to remind you that things aren't always what they seem ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Such a heartwarming story! I read it in one sitting. I just couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought back many memories of my HS days. Glad they got a 2nd chance!! Really good book!!!
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