Moon Over Water

Moon Over Water

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by Debbie Macomber

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She’s stuck with Jack…
Lorraine Dancy has just discovered that everything she believes about her father is a lie – starting with the fact that Thomas supposedly died years ago. Now she’s learned that not only is he not dead, he’s living in a small town south of the border. In the process of tracking him down, she manages to get framed…  See more details below


She’s stuck with Jack…
Lorraine Dancy has just discovered that everything she believes about her father is a lie – starting with the fact that Thomas supposedly died years ago. Now she’s learned that not only is he not dead, he’s living in a small town south of the border. In the process of tracking him down, she manages to get framed for theft and pursued by the real thief, the police, and a local crime boss. Her father’s friend Jack Keller agrees to help her escape, although Lorraine’s reluctant to depend on a man like him.

And he’s stuck with her!
Jack’s every bit the renegade Lorraine thinks he is – an ex-mercenary and former Deliverance Company operative. He’s also the one person who can guide her to safety. But there are stormy waters ahead, including an attraction neither of them wants to feel. An attraction that’s as risky as it is intense – for both of them. The sooner he can get Lorraine home, the better!

“If you love women who hold their own in any adventure… you’re going to love this tale.” - BookPage

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Moon Over Water

By Debbie Macomber

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
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ISBN: 1-55166-974-9

Chapter One

"Eternal rest grant upon her, oh, Lord...." Lorraine Dancy closed her eyes as the first shovelful of dirt hit her mother's casket. The sound seemed to reverberate around her, magnified a hundred times, drowning out the words intoned by Father Darien. This was her mother - her mother - and Virginia Dancy deserved so much more than a cold blanket of Kentucky mud.

Lorraine had received word the evening of April first that her mother had been involved in a horrible freeway accident. In the beginning she'd thought it was some kind of cruel hoax, a distasteful practical joke, but the mud-splattered casket was real enough to rip her heart wide open.

Her chest tightened with the effort to hold back tears. A low mewling sound escaped her lips and her trembling increased as she listened to the priest's words in the gray afternoon.

After a while, the friends who'd come to say their last farewells started to move away. Father Darien gently took hold of Lorraine's hands and in sincere compassionate tones offered a few final words of comfort. Reaching deep within herself, Lorraine managed to thank him.

Still, she remained.

"Sweetheart." Gary Franklin, her fiance, stepped closer and placed his arm around her waist. "It's time to go home."

She resisted and held her ground when Gary tried to steer her toward the waiting limo. She wasn't ready to leave her mother. Not yet. Please, not yet. It made everything so final ... to turn her back and walk away.

This shouldn't be happening. This couldn't be real. But the reality of the moment was undeniable - the open grave, the nearby headstones, the muddy ground. Her fears assailed her from all sides, sending a chill down her spine. Lorraine wasn't sure she could survive without her mother's love and support. Virginia had been her touchstone. Her example. Her mother.

"Sweetheart, I know this is difficult, but you can't stay here." Gary again tried to urge her away from the grave.

"No," she said, her voice stronger this time. What made it all the more difficult, all the more painful, was the complete lack of warning. Lorraine had talked to her mother that very weekend. They were so close; it had been the two of them against the world for as long as Lorraine could remember. Not a day passed that they didn't connect in some way - with a conversation, a visit, even an e-mail message. On Saturday they'd spent more than an hour on the phone discussing plans for the wedding.

Her mother had been delighted when Lorraine accepted Gary's proposal. Virginia had always liked Gary and encouraged the relationship from the beginning. Gary and her mother had gotten along famously.

Just last weekend - just a few days ago - her mother had been alive. During their phone call Virginia had chatted endlessly about the kind of wedding she wanted for her only child. They'd discussed the wedding dress, the bridesmaids, the flowers, the invitations. Lorraine had never heard her mother sound more excited. In her enthusiasm, Virginia had even mentioned her own wedding all those years ago and the only man she'd ever loved. She rarely spoke of Lorraine's father. That was the one thing she didn't share with her daughter - at least not since Lorraine's early teens. Those were private memories, and it was as though Virginia held them close to her heart. They'd sustained her through the long lonely years of widowhood.

Lorraine couldn't remember her father, who'd died when she was barely three. It seemed her mother had loved Thomas Dancy so completely she'd never entertained the thought of remarrying.

No man, she'd once told Lorraine, could live up to the memory of the one she'd lost.

Her parents' love story was possibly the most romantic Lorraine had ever heard. When she was small, her mother had often told her how wonderful Thomas had been. In later years, of course, she hardly ever talked about him, but Lorraine remembered those long-ago stories - of her father being a decorated war hero and how her parents had defied everyone by getting married. They were the adventure tales, the marvelous bedtime stories of her early childhood, and they'd made a deep and lasting impression on her. It was one of the reasons Lorraine had waited until she was twenty-eight before becoming engaged herself. For years she'd been searching for a man like her father, a man who was noble. Honest. Brave. A man of integrity and high ideals. No one seemed right until Gary Franklin came into her life.

"Lorraine, everyone's gone." Gary's arm tightened around her waist.

"Not yet. Please." She couldn't leave her mother, not like this. Not in a cold wet grave when Virginia Dancy hadn't even reached the age of fifty. The pain was more than Lorraine could bear. As the agony of the moment consumed her, tears began to roll down her cheeks.

"Come on, honey, let me get you away from here," Gary murmured in a voice gentle with sympathy.

Lorraine took a step in retreat. She didn't want Gary. She didn't want anyone except her mother. And her mother was in a grave. "Oh, Mom," she cried, then broke into sobs, unable to stop herself.

Gary turned her in his arms and held her protectively against him. "Let it out, sweetheart. It's okay. Go ahead and cry."

Lorraine hid her face in his shoulder and wept as she hadn't since that night the state patrolman had come to her with the tragic news. How long Gary let her weep, she didn't know. Until her eyes stung and her nose ran and there were no more tears to shed.

"The house is going to fill up and you'll need to be there," Gary reminded her.


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Moon Over Water 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much! It has a story that will keep you entertained for hours
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all the Macomber books. This is my absolute favorite of all. It is filled with suspense and romance, but has whit and humor at unexpected moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down...I so did NOT want to finish it!!!! If you read Someday Soon prior to reading this story you will really enjoy Moon Over Water even more! Debbie did it again...and again. I laughed over some parts and I nervously chewed my nails over other parts!! It was fantastic!! Action, suspense, comedy and of course romance rolled into one book. It was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all Debbie Macomber books and bought this one because she was the author. I was absolutely enthralled with this book and could not put it down. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at the kits with worry in her eyes here u go little one curls body around the kits and feeds them my milk
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Can i be ripplekit?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back on other nook :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ValorClan is gone....? I loved this clan... :*C
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Lightmoon is locked out! #afriend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im back everybody
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A blue grey sheat with a orange paw walks in she has a rip over one ear but her blue eyes were pretty and unscared. "Hello?"
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I am sorry I know this is rude, but your clan is boring and inactive. So I have anpther clan. It is called Wispclan at Wispclan all results. Bios first result. All other results have signs saying what they are exept nursery. That's at result four. We really need a deputy, already have a cat for the medicine cat position and are desparate for warriors, a queen, and apprentices. You can be a kit, but there's four already. I can't make some of them into apprentices due to lack of warriors. Yeah. No warriors yet. So, post your rank in your bio, and first one who post deputy has got it. For a little bit I might be slightly inactive posting adds. I will be active when I'm there! Hope to see you!!! ~Breezestar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stagtail pads around boredly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i be a med cat? She mewed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CottonWillow and VioletBlade ; The two shes pad in and sit down. CottonWillow was a pure white she and VioletBlade was also a murky white she with brown ears , paws , and tail. CottonWillow scanned the area with bright blue eyes while VioletBlade looked around with vivid violet eyes. CottonWillow meowed , "May VioletBlade and I join this clan ?" As they waited for a responce. <br> <br> GreyPaw ; The young tom spprentice pads in. He was a fluffy dark grey tom with black ears , and tail. He sat down scanning the area with stormy grey eyes. "May I join ? I need a ceremony and a mentor ," he meowed.
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Really loved reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked all three of "The Deliverence Company " books. I think this was the best, however.
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I did not care much for this book. The plot was unbelievable. The others i've read by her, I have liked.
Lavendergrey More than 1 year ago
Since there is no place else to put this, I need to say I don't understand the point of offering a nook sample, if the sample is only going be the author's note, and table of contents. 9 pages long, with no part of the story included. Poor &quot;sample&quot;, if you ask me.