A New Beginning

A New Beginning

by Lisa Howeler

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Five years later I could still vividly remember the moment I broke Hank Hakes' nose with my foot after he broke mine with his fist. I could still hear the sick crunch of bones under my heel and still clearly see in my mind his glazed eyes before they closed, and his face fell into a pool of blood on the carpet.
I knew if I didn't remember how Hank had beat me and I had fought back, I might let my walls down, leaving my son and me vulnerable again. I wasn't about to let that happen.
Maybe that's why I felt so uncomfortable when my best friend Emmy Lambert said she couldn't wait for me to meet her cousin J.T. from North Carolina.
I had met J.T. Wainwright years before when we were both children, and the memory wasn't one that overwhelmed me with an interest to meet him again. He'd been a scrawny kid with big ears, messy red-brown hair, and freckles all over his dirt-smudged nose. He had also been obnoxious and downright rude. Imagining that in a 27-year-old man wasn't making the meeting any more appealing for me.
I didn't like the idea that she might try to set me up. I wasn't interested in romantic relationships. I'd gone down that road before and made some of the biggest mistakes of my life.

I wasn't about to let anyone in, let anyone break down the walls I had built around my life and heart, walls to protect me, but more importantly, Jackson. I had exposed my son to darkness and pain once before. I refused to do it again.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162777885
Publisher: Lisa R. Howeler
Publication date: 05/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 233 KB

About the Author

Author’s Bio
Lisa Robinson-Howeler is a writer and photographer from Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, two children, a cat and a dog. She is a former small-town newspaper reporter where she should have grown a thick skin but didn’t. In addition to writing and photography she enjoys a good cup of herbal tea and a small square of dark chocolate. She is telling a fib about the small square of chocolate. She likes a few, very large squares of dark chocolate. She shares fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and photographs at www.lisahoweler.com

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