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An Everlasting Love

An Everlasting Love

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A sexy NFL star reunites with his lost love and finds a family he never knew existed in this exciting new contemporary African American romance.

Brynne Armstrong, a counsellor at a Detroit women's centre, returned to Detroit after an abrupt break-up with her boyfriend Devin Prescott, star NFL quarterback. For the past four years her life has revolved around work

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A sexy NFL star reunites with his lost love and finds a family he never knew existed in this exciting new contemporary African American romance.

Brynne Armstrong, a counsellor at a Detroit women's centre, returned to Detroit after an abrupt break-up with her boyfriend Devin Prescott, star NFL quarterback. For the past four years her life has revolved around work and her 3-year-old daughter Shanna, but that changes when Devin suddenly reappears.

Devin is shocked to run into Brynne at a party. His old pain returns as he remembers how Brynne left him without any explanation. But he finally gets his explanation, or at least part of it, when Brynne tells him she left because she was pregnant. What she doesn't tell him is that she became pregnant after being raped, and doesn't know if the baby is Devin's or her attacker's. She has never tried to find out Shanna's father's identity out of fear that it would be the attacker, but now she must know the truth and asks Devin to take a paternity test. They discover that he is the father. Not knowing about her attack, he's furious and hurt that she was cheating on him, and that he missed the first years of his daughter's life. As he spends time with Shanna he feels confused about Brynne. He still loves her but thinks he can't trust her. Brynne also still loves him, but she's never told anyone about her attack. She is afraid of what he will think, or if he'll even believe her. But they know they want to be a family, and that will mean taking risks and learning to trust each other again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060533083
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,155,337
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.95(d)

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Everlasting Love, An

Chapter One

Brynne Armstrong looked up at the sound of the knock on the open door. Her office, like most of the offices in the Sheppard Women's Crisis Center, was cramped, barely able to hold the oak desk, visitor chair, file cabinet, and sofa beneath the window. The center was housed on the third floor of an older building near the Wayne State University campus, on Cass Avenue in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

"Brynne, you just have to say yes." Laura Murdock, a social worker at the women's center, was also a friend and fellow member of the Elegant Five Book Club. "I'm begging you to -- "

Brynne interrupted, "Hold on a second. Let me get this down." She went back to typing the summary of her notes of the last session with Joyce Lewis into her laptop. Brynne was a counselor at the center, who specialized in helping rape victims.

Laura made herself comfortable in the chair in front of the desk. The instant Brynne looked up from the computer screen, Laura started in on her. "I really need you to come with me tonight. I don't want to go alone. It's not every day that a gorgeous, ex-NBA player throws himself a birthday party and invites us." She laughed, "Didn't I tell you I was going to get Ralph Prescott to notice me?"

"Yes, you did." Brynne tried not to wince at the familiar last name.

It brought back painful memories. She leaned back in her chair with an indulgent smile on her pale brown face. Prescott was a common name, and she had no business getting upset because of it. Hadn't she made a point of not asking a single question about the possible connection? Asking that particular question was the same as giving in to the despair that never quite went away. She refused to look backward. She had kept her feet firmly planted forward since she left St. Louis years ago.

"Well?"

"Well what? Laura, he invited you to the party, not me. He doesn't know me from a hole in the wall." Brynne's beautiful face, with its small African features, was framed by stylishly cut, short, dark brown curly hair. "Believe me, I won't be missed. Besides, it's a week night. Did you forget I'm a single mother with a three-year-old to consider? At twenty-six, I'm old enough to know better than to try and dump my child on one of my friends."

"That sweet baby girl goes to bed at eight o'clock. She isn't going to know you aren't home."

Brynne shook her finger at the other woman. "Spoken like a single woman without a care in the world. Won't know I'm gone? Hardly."

"You know what I mean. Both Vanessa and Trenna will be happy to keep her, and you know it. I, on the other hand, can't go to that man's house alone. What will he think?"

"That you're there for the party? That you're a grownup?"

Laura was right, their mutual friends, Vanessa Grant and Trenna McAdams, dearly loved her daughter, Shanna. The two other women, along with Maureen Sheppard, were all single and members of the Elegant Five.

"Just because they're willing does not mean I'm willing to impose. I'd like to keep the friends I do have. And believe me, that isn't how you go about it."

"I don't see the problem. So what if it's a week night? Your group session at the center is on Thursday evenings. Pl-e-e-a-se. You aren't doing anything but going home and put your feet up and spend the evening in front of the television pigging out on popcorn."

"Honestly, Laura, when are you going to give up? You've been badgering me since you got that invitation. Call one of your other girlfriends. Believe me, you won't hurt my feelings if you go without me."

"You have to be kidding. Every one of those women is on the prowl. This one is too fine to let get away. At least with you, I don't have to worry about you going after my man. You are immune! What's up with that?"

Brynne quirked a perfectly arched brow. "If you want me to come, you're taking the wrong approach."

"I take it back. Honestly, Brynne, you've had days to find a babysitter."

"Doesn't that tell you something? I don't want to go. I'd rather stay home with my little girl and do nothing more exciting than watch a Barney tape."

Laura shot back with, "Sad! You are pitiful, Brynne Armstrong. You should be out there trying to find a daddy for that pretty little cupcake. Heaven knows, you could use some backup."

Brynne compressed her lips. Her child's father was beyond a touchy subject with her. It was something she didn't discuss with anyone, even her close friends.

Laura stopped suddenly, recognizing what she'd said. "Honey, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you. I'd forget my head if it weren't attached. I'm truly sorry if -- "

"Forget it. It's okay. I don't see why you need me to go with you. You're a beautiful, confident professional woman."

Laura smiled, letting out a small sigh of relief. Like Brynne, she was petite, but her skin was a dark rich caramel and her shoulder-length black hair was braided. "Yeah, yeah. I know, but I plan to look good. I'm wearing my green leather pantsuit. I really want to impress this man."

"Why? You don't know the guy."

"What I know, I like. He's rich and can afford me." She giggled.

Brynne joined in. She waved a pointed finger at her friend. "You're so wrong. The trouble is, you're serious, but I'm not about to get into a rich man, poor man argument with you. It will be just your luck to fall in love with a gorgeous brother without a dime to his name."

Everlasting Love, An. Copyright © by Bette Ford. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Bette Ford grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, where she continues to live. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Bette began her teaching career in Detroit and completed her master’s degree from Wayne State University. She has taught for the Detroit Public Schools HeadStart program for many years, and is the author of eight previous novels.

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I thought thiis book was very good and it had alot of detail and was very nurturing for the heart and it also made me cry and also when it ended i was craving for more Bette is a fab-u-lous writer and may God bless her to keep the material comming cause im a big fan....peace& blessings....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book this past weekend. I thought Ms. Ford did an awesome job! I was captivated and could not put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would reommend any reader of romance to buy this book by Mrs.Ford. You will fall in love with the characters and through her storytelling and very descriptive sex scenes you may cry or laugh. I would like to see a 3rd book from the Prescot family. Maybe with the book beginning with Brynee and Devin getting married. Thank You Bette Ford. Just Wonderful. This is my 8th book written by bette ford and i cant wait until the next one. Bravo!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
...and unfortunately ms. ford does not abide by this. 'an everlasting love' was way to mushy. i have never read a bette ford book before but was intrigued after i read a publisher's review and unfortunately i was highly dissappointed. with the characters being too lovy dovy and the conflicts being too sugar coated this book left a lot to be desired!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Detroit, Shepperd¿s Women Crisis Center Counselor Laura Murdock persuades her best friend counselor Brynne Armstrong to come with her to former NBA player Ralph Prescott¿s birthday party. Though she would prefer to spend time with her preschool daughter Shanna, Brynne agrees. St. Louis Rams star quarterback Devin Prescott attends his cousin Ralph¿s party, but is bored until Brynne enters. After only seeing her profile he knows she is the woman he loved four years ago, but she dumped him without a look back. Brynne is stunned to see the man she loved, but ran away from like a coward after he proposed. --- Brynne worries that one day Shanna will want to know about her father; that final night she made love with Devin, but was raped afterward by one of his friends, either could be Shanna¿s sire. Brynne asks Devlin to take a paternity test; he angrily agrees but refuses to listen about the other guy. When the test proves he is the father, Brynne agrees to let him into Shanna¿s life. As a three year old plays matchmaker, her parents realize they still love one another, but he refuses to listen to what happened. --- The latest Prescott family tale is an entertaining romance with a darker yet deeper undercurrent than the previous UNFORGETTABLE novel. Though some readers will insist that Brynne should have turned to her beloved following the rape, others will feel she was over the edge emotionally with the recent deaths of her parents, the fight with Devin, and the rape. All will agree that Bette Ford provides an intense second chance at love story fostered by a precious (perhaps too precocious) little matchmaker--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read. It evoked so many emotions all at once. I laughed and I cried. This was my second Bette Ford book. I Will definitely be looking forward to the next book. Keep them coming!