Forty Something

Overview

Some mistakes are easy to forget, while others can become glaring reminders of past failures that stand ready to haunt you for the rest of your life.
For Laney Winters, life is full of glaring reminders. Starting with the fact that she's pregnant at forty-one, has just been divorced by her louse of an ex-husband who has a fetish for his secretaries, and, to top it off, has been forced by financial circumstances to move back home to live with ...
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Overview

Some mistakes are easy to forget, while others can become glaring reminders of past failures that stand ready to haunt you for the rest of your life.
For Laney Winters, life is full of glaring reminders. Starting with the fact that she's pregnant at forty-one, has just been divorced by her louse of an ex-husband who has a fetish for his secretaries, and, to top it off, has been forced by financial circumstances to move back home to live with her two very eccentric, matchmaking old-maid aunts.
Nothing like hitting a Trifecta when it comes to making the kind of mistakes that call for some serious life re-evaluation. This wasn’t quite how Laney had pictured her life turning out when she’d left town at seventeen, vowing never to return to Down, Texas, or the Pine Street Diner again.
The last thing she expected to find in either place was love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601543493
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

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I managed to vault for the ditch just as the truck's driver spotted me. To his credit, he gave it all he had in an effort to avoid hitting me. Unfortunately, this landed his vehicle in the opposite ditch.

It took us both a minute to come to terms with our situation. By this point, I was sweating like crazy. I watched as the man in the truck got out and looked around, as if in a daze.

"Are you all right?" he asked as he crossed the road to my ditch.

"I'm fine. Sorry about the near miss. It doesn't look as if anything's hurt, though." I glanced at the black monstrosity he drove. Not that uncommon for this part of Texas.

He ignored my observation. "Did you have car trouble down the road?" I could almost feel him fighting the urge to look me over. My face was shiny with sweat, and he was staring at my hair. My hand went up to it automatically. For the life of me, I couldn't remember if I'd brushed it today or not. Or for that matter, this week.

"I'm fine. Thank you for stopping." I turned to continue going wherever I was going before the run-in, and he stopped me.

"Wait! Can I take you somewhere?" He looked around the slightly deserted area in confusion. "Do you live around here?"

Now there was the sixty-five-dollar-question I'd been avoiding since I'd arrived in Down two weeks earlier.

"Um, sort of." I could tell my answer only served to pique his curiosity. Maybe he was imagining me as the neighborhood burglar, or the town's only homeless woman.

He reached for his wallet before awkwardly asking, "Do you need some money?"

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