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Forever Summer

Forever Summer

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The Awful Truth About Emily Ruth!

Lucas Griffin has come to Port Gamble for one purpose: to get the Griffin family summer home out of the clutches of his evil ex-wife, Emily Ruth Griffin.

But before he can blink twice, she drops dead in the local grocery market. Now he's stuck with her ghost, and her little dog, too.

Not-So-Dearly Departed Lila Abbott has

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The Awful Truth About Emily Ruth!

Lucas Griffin has come to Port Gamble for one purpose: to get the Griffin family summer home out of the clutches of his evil ex-wife, Emily Ruth Griffin.

But before he can blink twice, she drops dead in the local grocery market. Now he's stuck with her ghost, and her little dog, too.

Not-So-Dearly Departed Lila Abbott has had her fill of rich summer people who crowd Port Gamble every year. Townie girls and summer boys just don't mix, and she's learned that the hard way.

But Lucas Griffin has a ghost problem that only Lila can solve, and she finds herself knee-deep in Cheez Whiz while Lucas and the deceased Emily Ruth duke it out.

Working together to clear his name and get rid of their pesky poltergeist, Lucas and Lila find themselves falling in love. Maybe this will finally be the forever summer for Lila Abbott.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061161261
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Avon Romance Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.92(d)

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The Forever Summer

Chapter One

Lila Abbott dropped her aluminum demo tray of Ritz Crackers, Cheez Whiz, and green olives on the unforgiving floor of Market Foods with an earsplitting clatter. The sound echoed throughout the store, but no one turned around to look. Not even one person.

A pure panic swept through Lila, and it wasn't because of her lost Cheez Whiz demo. The panic was for Emily Ruth Griffin who lay face down on the floor of the produce department surrounded by lemons.

Lila ran past the spilled tray and fought her way through several other customers circled around Emily Ruth. What in God's name did I do that would make Emily Ruth keel over?

Larry Pierson had gotten to her first. He checked her breathing, which wasn't happening, and frantically began administering CPR to Emily Ruth. Lila prayed he could bring her around. Please, God, don't let the beautiful Emily Ruth die in our store. She might be perfectly rich and perfectly dressed, and perfectly bitchy, but she didn't have to be perfectly dead, did she?

Mr. Trent, the pharmacist, came running over. He kept checking Emily Ruth's wrists for something—maybe a pulse, and tried to talk to Larry.

Pilar, from the deli, called 911 from the upstairs office phone. She must have been looking out the observation window and seen the whole thing. Even with Pilar's very cool but complicated Argentinian accent the 911 crew must have gotten the general idea. Within twenty seconds Lila heard sirens.

Tom Boscov, the store manager, was running up and down the aisles trying to calm his regular customers. Tom would do that. The townieswere the meat and potatoes of his year-in-and-year-out business. His short-sleeved white shirt had big wet spots under the arms and on his back. He was sweating it, for sure. Lila saw him round the back end of aisle two and heard his quick footsteps down the next row toward Emily Ruth.

Everything went all cold and slow during the next few minutes as the paramedics arrived at a run. Boy, those guys were fast.

Lila helped them back people away. A good-looking gray-haired man with a nautical outfit soothed a crying Mrs. Gordon. The summer people and the townie people coming together over a tragedy, Lila thought. How touching.

Lila tried not to look at Emily Ruth's body, which wasn't pretty anymore, as the medics worked on her valiantly.

Larry Pierson was having a complete meltdown. He wept over Emily Ruth like his heart was splitting in two. Poor Larry, and what a good effort he'd made. The medics had to move him out of the way several times.

Lila kept thinking about the last thing Emily Ruth had put in her mouth.

It wasn't like Emily Ruth to eat a non-natural thing—that's what she'd said when they'd chatted just moments earlier. Lila remembered Emily Ruth carefully reading the ingredients on both the Cheez Whiz and the crackers, complimenting Lila on her olive and pimento artwork, then ever so casually, popping one in her mouth.

She had commented how starved she was from South Beaching herself to bikini weight and that maybe just this one cracker wouldn't kill her. Just one little carb moment.

Had it killed her? What in God's name could be in a blob of Cheez Whiz that would kill someone? Was it a tainted olive? Was the cracker moldy? Lila trembled all over. It was like the shadow of death had formed a dark misty cloud over the entire store.

Emily Ruth was dead.

Dave McInnis, chief paramedic, declared time of death, then he and an orderly gently lifted Emily Ruth onto a gurney. Larry clutched the side rails. He was a high-strung kind of guy, and trying to revive someone like that had probably been too much for him.

Dead. Dead as a doornail. Lila shuddered again. Then she thought how good-looking those McInnis boys were. Then she thought that was a terrible thing to think—but, hey, she wasn't dead—just coming out of hibernation from seventeen years of being a single mother.

Just suffering empty-nest syndrome from her only daughter Mallory leaving for college at the oh-so-young age of seventeen. Just freaking out for not being able to reach for and hug her only child right this minute. Her mom instincts went into high gear and all her fears about letting Mallory go early to that math-geek-club-sorority-rushing-welcome-to-your-new-life-away-from-the-parents thing came surfacing up. Anything could happen to her!

It must be the heat making her think like this. The summer heat always got to her. Plus, one tends to take stock when death comes lurking around. Lila's life flashed before her in a strange series of disconnected thoughts, including a certain summer night many years ago when she'd gotten herself knocked up. Nothing she could think right now would make any sense or feel correct so she gave up torturing herself about her thoughts. Apparently her mind was trying to grapple with the whole situation and doing a rather random job of it. It must be shock.

The local chief of the Port Gamble Police Department came in the store. He took a look at Emily, talked to the paramedics and Mr. Trent, all very matter of fact. Tom Boscov joined the other men in their short-sleeved-shirt pow-wow. Many forms were passed between the officials and signatures given. Why did life come down to paperwork in the end?

Lila skirted around the death area sweeping up fallen crackers and cheese and doing recon on the side. They extended the gurney and rolled Emily Ruth out of the store, no sheet to cover her once-beautiful face. Talk about your cleanup on aisle one, Lila muttered.

She picked up Emily Ruth's expensive lime green leather clutch. It was the size of a doll's purse. Or a little girl's. Lila clutched the clutch. Police Chief Bob Boniford came toward her. He looked a little flirty but still maintained his professional air, if such a thing was possible.

The Forever Summer. Copyright � by Suzanne Macpherson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Dear Readers,

Sometimes when you write a special book, the characters move into your heart and take up residence. This was the case with the cast of Hysterical Blondeness. I enjoyed my time with each and every one of them and I hope you do, too.

Peace, Suzanne Macpherson

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Forever Summer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! You'll probably figure out "who done it" before you get to the end. But getting to the "why?" is the fun part. If you want a light and fun read, i recommend this one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Port Gamble, single mom Lila Abbott works in the produce section of the neighborhood grocery. However, Lila has a talent that she hides from people for fear half would thinks she is crazy and the rest would demand her time. Lila is a ghost whisperer.---------------- Lila finds Emily Ruth Griffin, the former wife of journalist Lucas Griffin, lying dead fittingly amidst lemons in the produce section. However, in death as in life she is pain in the butt at least to Lucas and now to Lila as this acrimonious spirit destroys fruits and explodes Cheez Whiz cans. Lila and Lucas join up try to learn who killed Emily Ruth as he is the prime suspect with the motive to displace her from his family¿s summer home while her obnoxious dog keeps searching for her amongst apples and bananas. As the wealthy journalist and the working mother struggle with a nasty ghost, they fall in love.--------------------- The antics of Emily Ruth from the afterlife make for an amusing contemporary paranormal romance as she is even more obnoxious readers can picture Lucas naming a hemorrhoid after her. However, with Emily Ruth stealing the show, the romance between the reporter and produce worker never fully comes off except when the ghost causes havoc aimed at Lila driving the duo together. Still fans will enjoy this humorous triangular frolic between the ex-spouse the fruits and vegetable lady, and the ghost.-------------- Harriet Klausner
danja More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. really a good book that I finished in a couple of hours.
NookaholicAC More than 1 year ago
I believe in ghosts, just not the "Show Me" kind in this book. But... I took The Forever Summer all in fun with a mystery punch. Oh, and a small dose of token sex. I knew Lila was gonna get her love interest, and midway through the book, I knew who the killer was, but I absolutely did not know why, and " the why" was great as it helped make a happy ending for all. So, buy the book, it was only .99 and worth it even though it was 189 pages short.
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Fun story
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Very predictable
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Great romantic mystery
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This was such a fun read with great characters.
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Please tell poppyfrost in the next result that im blocked there
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Can a med cat please go to the second result for jamaica? Its nothing urgant, so dont bring herbs.