Where She Belongs

Where She Belongs

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by Cindy Procter-King
     
 

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She never wants to go home again.

For Jess Morgan, Destiny Falls holds too many painful memories. Nine years ago, a logging accident near the remote timber town killed her dad and her high school sweetheart. To make matters worse, her mother quickly sought comfort with another man. That choice tore Jess apart and drove her to seek a life far away. But now fate steps

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She never wants to go home again.

For Jess Morgan, Destiny Falls holds too many painful memories. Nine years ago, a logging accident near the remote timber town killed her dad and her high school sweetheart. To make matters worse, her mother quickly sought comfort with another man. That choice tore Jess apart and drove her to seek a life far away. But now fate steps in, and family obligations force her return home. Before long, she's convinced that persuading her mom to live with her in Toronto will repair their shattered bond. However, she doesn't count on a long-ago friend re-entering her life and challenging her convictions.

Rugged forester Adam Wright believes in family, roots, and not running from heartache. Now, all he wants is to help Jess break down the walls of the lonely sanctuary she's built for herself and heal her past hurts. It's not until she rejects his proposal that Adam realizes his legendary persistence has pushed her further away-not at all what he intended.

Has he lost his chance? Or can he convince Jess that where she truly belongs is with him...forever?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Procter-King’s characters struggle to overcome old heartaches and forge a new future in this contemporary romance set in British Columbia. Shoe buyer Jess Morgan returns to her hometown of Destiny Falls after her stepfather’s death. At first, Jess doesn’t plan on staying long, but seeing how much her mother needs her changes her mind. So does handsome forester Adam Wright. Jess and Adam’s friendship quickly evolves into more, and Adam starts dreaming of a future with Jess in Destiny Falls, though Jess is reluctant to stay in a town she associates with the deaths of her father and boyfriend in a logging accident years before. Procter-King gives her characters realistic conflicts to overcome, but Adam’s persistent pursuit of Jess comes off as more abrasive than endearing, undermining the charm of the rural setting. (Jan.)
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"The latest from Procter-King, a Golden Heart finalist and author of Borrowing Alex, is a sentimental novel about love, grief, and coming home again. Jess is a sympathetic protagonist who learns the well-worn lesson that home is with the people you love."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988088467
Publisher:
Blue Orchard Books
Publication date:
12/17/2012
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Cindy dreamed of becoming a writer. Well, okay, thanks to her grade three teacher reading a chapter of The Little House on the Prairie books to Cindy's class everyday, Cindy actually dreamed of becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder. It made so much sense. After all, Cindy's blond older sister always got to wear blue while Cindy with the "dark as cinders" hair was often relegated to wearing dull old pink--just like Laura. Laura was part of a pioneer family, and until Cindy went to school she lived in a miniscule farming community where her father and grandparents were born. What further confirmation for her future does an eight-year-old with an avid imagination require?

When Cindy realized becoming Laura meant learning to travel back in time and using--gasp!--outhouses where she believed evil trolls were hiding to gobble her up, she decided to remain in the present and become a writer instead. Her first poem began, "My father is a logger, He stirs his coffee with his thumb, He has a dog named Blackie, And in his truck they both look dumb." Thus another illustrious literary career was born.

Cindy earned a first class B.A. in English Lit. from the University of Victoria before unleashing herself on the unsuspecting workforce. However, she quickly realized her aversion to fluorescent lights and the numbers 9-2-5 wouldn't gain her kudos from her various bosses. Luckily, she married Steven King (note the lack of a "ph"), who whisked her to a tiny logging town where she couldn't find a job...unless you count her stint as secretary to the warden of a minimum security prison. There, Cindy began writing novels, and she hasn't looked back. Because, honestly, what other employer in their right mind would want her?

A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist and author of rollicking romantic comedies and emotional contemporary romance, Cindy's mission in life is to see her surname spelled properly--with an E. So take heed. That's P-r-o-c-t-E-r. Not, no, never, under any flippin' circumstances should you spell it with two O's. Cindy lives in Canada with her husband, their two grown sons, a cat obsessed with dripping tap water, and Allie McBeagle.

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Where She Belongs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 9 months ago
Title: Where She Belongs - Destiny Fall's 1 Author: Cindy Proctor-King Published: 12-16-12 Publisher: Blue Orchard Books Pages: 218 Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction Sub Genre: Romance; Series ISBN: 9780988088474 ASIN: B00APKGD2E Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Nine years ago a logging accident took the lives of Jess Morgan's father and her high school sweetheart. When her mother quickly found a new man Jeff felt she betrayed her father and left Destiny Falls with no plans of ever returning. Over the years the rift between her and her mother has become a chasm that would rival the Grand Canyon. Then she is pulled back to Destiny Falls to take care of some family matters. She hopes to quickly convince her mother to return with her to Toronto and perhaps finding a way to heal their relationship. Adam Wright is an old friend of Jess' and he hopes to help her heal from the continued pain she has carried with her for the last nine years. Adam, a forester, values family and nurturing your roots. He wants to show Jess that facing life head on is better than hiding away and letting you pain fester can hold you back from enjoying life to its fullest. What he fails to notice that his persistence in pushing her to face the past is pushing her away from him until she rejects him and walks away. Now Adam must convince Jess he didn't mean to hurt her and that she is important to him as more than a friend. He wants a future with her in his life permanently. A touching story that pulls a reader into the story quickly. You can sympathize with Jess, Adam and her mother especially anyone who has lost a family member themselves. The characters are very believable. The story is well plotted and flows smoothly scene to scene. This is a definite keep to read again and again. My rating is 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars. I hope you enjoy Where She Belongs as much as I did.
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This book was good and sweet, but so slow moving. I stopped reading it a few times and came back to it to finish it. It was a light read, good story, nice ending.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A light contemporary romance, set in a small town called Destiny Falls (First in the series), in the Canadian area. The main character Jess returns to her home town reluctantly after being away for nine years, to support her mom upon her stepfather, Peter’s death. Jess is a single, independent, non-committal international shoe buyer and merchandiser, with many unpleasant memories in this small town. Her teenage first love (Danny), the guy she planned on marrying and her dad (Frank), both died due to a logging accident years prior, and her mom, Nora was not there emotionally for her when two of the most important men in her life died. Jess never emotionally recovered and wanted to put the past behind her and escape her bad memories and moved away. Shortly thereafter, her mom turned to her former boyfriend, Peter whom she later married. Peter and Jess never really got along and put a strain on her relationship with Jess and her mom. Nora was strong with her husband died; however, now she seems to be very emotional. Jess is open to her mother’s attempt at utilizing this time to bond with her daughter as she feels responsible. The one thing Jess had not anticipated was running into Adam, her former crush, Adam who still resides in this small town and is determined to win her over. Persistent Adam continues to push Jess into a relationship, and he finally wins her over; however, she expects it to be a short term fling and Adam wants more. She continues to guard her heart - Adam has some baggage of his own, and his sister Molly happens to be Jess’s best friend, so they are always finding themselves together. Molly manages The Clothes Horse, a small boutique in town and a dream of owning when Molly and Jess were teens with aspirations for the town. Jess does not want to risk her heart again and with the long distance as she plans to return to her safe haven in Toronto (after all, she is a sophisticated city girl and what could she possibly do in this small town)? She continues to extend her trip and even changes her wardrobe for a more casual look, enjoying small town simple life with this seductive hunk of a guy, spending time with her mom, and hanging out with friends. A heartwarming, light sexy romance in a quaint British Columbia setting with strong likeable characters – a novel of moving on from grief, tragedy and loss—taking chances, making new friends, compromises, second chances, coming home, and opening your heart to love, and endless possibilities. Where She Belongs is an entertaining read with a touching dedication, I look forward to reading more from this author, and the next book in the series.