Ingonish Dilemma Book I [NOOK Book]

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At her fiancé's urging, Laura Parker, drives to Ingonish, on Canada's east coast, to sell the ancestral homestead she has inherited. Her fiancé owns a successful construction business in Ottawa, and he has no time to come with her to some backwater fishing village. Sandy Campbell is in Ingonish to carry out a large land surveying contract for the provincial government. Sandy is unattached and available for a good time. After surveying for 10 years in Canada's far north, he envisions himself making up for lost ...
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Ingonish Dilemma Book I

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At her fiancé's urging, Laura Parker, drives to Ingonish, on Canada's east coast, to sell the ancestral homestead she has inherited. Her fiancé owns a successful construction business in Ottawa, and he has no time to come with her to some backwater fishing village. Sandy Campbell is in Ingonish to carry out a large land surveying contract for the provincial government. Sandy is unattached and available for a good time. After surveying for 10 years in Canada's far north, he envisions himself making up for lost time in the pursuit of the fun and excitement of the modern social scene. A few kilometers short of her arrival at Ingonish, Laura experiences car problems on the steep climb over Smokey Mountain. As she peers under the hood, standing on a desolate section of the highway, a strange man appears at her shoulder. By chance, Sandy is working on his survey at this particular location when Laura's car pulls off the highway. This attractive, willowy blond is a perfect model for the woman of his fantasies. Tired from her two day drive and stressed at her car's behavior, Laura has no patience for this handsome guy who has just frightened the life out of her, even though he offers to help get the car on its way again. This chance encounter with his dream woman doesn't work out according to Sandy's hopes. When he introduces himself he finds she is engaged and that large, ice blue diamond ring quickly cools his intentions. Laura's car problem is solved. She and her yellow Lab, Dakota, finally arrive at the old family farm in Ingonish, Nova Scotia. She intends to spend a month of her elementary school summer break in this picturesque village at the entrance to Canada's Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It may be her last chance. The property is a thousand miles from Ottawa, and her soon-to-be husband is too busy with his work and his fast-paced urban lifestyle to spend any time "off in the boonies". He wants her to sell the place. Sandy buries himself in his work, surveying government land on the slopes of Smokey Mountain. His young survey crew members don't let him forget that his current love life is nonexistent. With her long, honey blond tresses and azure blue eyes, Laura Parker has made a huge first impression on him, awakening emotional urges that have been latent for years. But being engaged to be married, she can never be more than another figment of his imagination. Laura believes she is in love with her fiancé. At thirty-six years of age and endowed with the independent spirit of her Scottish ancestors, she does not always agree with him. But to convince him to change his mind is an overwhelming challenge. Laura wishes to have children. Teaching first grade is rewarding, but falls far short of satisfying her mothering instincts. Her biological clock is ticking. Her fiancé is adamant children would interfere with his busy lifestyle and career aspirations. Laura believes that once they are married she can change his mind. As Laura reenters the old homestead, she is assailed by wonderful memories of vacations spent with her grandparents. In a nostalgic mood she compares the solid cultural values of their old-fashioned way of life to her own modern lifestyle in the city. This place, she reflects, would be ideal to raise a family. Laura begins to realize she and her fiancé have opposing attitudes toward a number of important issues. Sandy, in his search for land boundary information, drops in at the homestead not knowing it now belongs to Laura. As a conscious environmentalist Laura becomes incensed when Sandy mentions that new industrial development is needed in the area. He tries to calm her concerns but leaves with the feeling she thinks he may have just slithered out from under a rock. In the first days of her visit Laura has a joyful reunion with a cousin who was her "kindred spirit" during her childhood vacations in Ingonish. Now her cousin is happily married in a model relationship. Laura learns that her cousin's husband and Sandy are best friends going back to university days and that Sandy is boarding with the family during his work contract. Laura and Sandy are thrown together at several social events in the village. Laura is concerned when rumors abound of a mining development which could ruin her scenic property. Sparks fly when she thinks Sandy may be involved. Laura is committed to her fiancé, but she cannot help noticing Sandy's expressive hazel eyes and mane of wavy auburn hair, trimmed to brush his collar. It is a time of conflicting emotions. Dancing with Sandy at a Scottish Ceilidh in the village, she is disturbed when she feels more than just a friendly attraction to him. Moving beyond his first physical infatuation, Sandy re-examines his desire to become immersed in the local nightlife when he discovers Laura's nurturing temperament and lifestyle values.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014681582
  • Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Ingonish Dilemma , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 404 KB

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