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About the Author
Bonnie started writing while living in a 10' x 50' trailer with her husband and five sons as the family built their own house. She's sold five novels, over sixty-five non-fiction articles, two poems, and Chicken Soup is considering her dachshund cartoons for an upcoming book. Her full-time job was in the field of child support until she retired.
"Writing makes me feel complete," she says. "It's a good thing I'm Missouri-born and stubborn as a mule, or I wouldn't have persevered. Good things do happen to those who don't know how to give up."
Read an Excerpt
Will Bradley heard the rustling of leaves as soon as he stepped out of Mattie Hick's General Store. He stopped and glanced around, but not a breath of air stirred. A shiver passed through his body as he stood in the bright sunlight, puzzled by the premonition that hovered in spite of the warmth of the day.
He shifted the sack of groceries to his right side before crossing Main Street. As he paused in the middle of the road to let a silver Pontiac pass by, Will cast a casual glance at the driver, swore, and dropped the bag.
He stood staring long after she had turned the corner.
Jolene. She must have seen him, or was it only his imagination that their gazes had met in the sideview mirror? What was she doing in Sunrise?
An old yearning returned as his heart hammered against his chest.
Nearly five years since she left, and he could still name the date. He should have forgotten, but hadn't.
Will felt a tiny flame of hope flicker to life. Then with great determination, he forced it back into the shadows of the past.
Remembering the groceries and his precarious position on the center line, he leaned over to assess the damage.
Damn. He didn't have to open the carton to know most of the eggs were broken. A sticky yellow substance oozed through the bottom of the bag. Will scooped it up and went back into Mattie's store to buy more eggs.
He shrugged out of his jacket and wondered if it was the weather or the glimpse of Jolene that had made him uncomfortably warm.
Pop Springer was bent over a game of checkers with Mattie, a large-boned woman whose smile lit up the whole county. Her partner had been called Popfor as long as Will could remember, and he'd been courting Mattie for about the same length of time.
Pop's thick hair was as white as Mattie's was black, and she insisted hers was natural.
Will approached them, aware of the unwritten rule that said never to disturb a checker game, but he had to know. "Excuse me. Pop?"
The old man kept his concentrated gaze on the board, one hand hovering over a red piece. Then with an abrupt movement, he pushed the chair backward. "I can't think with you standin' over me, Doc. Whadda ya want?"
"Do you know anything about Jolene coming back to town?" Maybe the sun had blinded him, and she was merely an illusion.
Pop's face reddened briefly, then returned to normal. "Mebbe, why?"
Will gestured toward the street. "I'm sure I just saw her drive by."
Pop chuckled and slapped his knee. "Is that a fact? Why, that granddaughter of mine has more sense than I give her credit for."
Mattie poked at him. "What're you talking about, old man?"
"Nothin'." He picked up his red game piece and jumped two black ones. "Better pay attention, woman."
Realizing he'd get no more information from Pop, Will helped himself to another dozen eggs. He packed the carton, along with the undamaged items, into a new bag, then left the right amount of change on the counter.
"Bye, Will," Mattie said as he turned to leave, but Pop merely grunted.
Will crossed the street and climbed into his jeep. Jolene was back in town, and there was unfinished business between them.
Pop came out of the store just before he pulled away from the curb.
Copyright © 2003 by Bonnie Drury
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The past is what drives the future. So Jolene Springer found out when she returned to her home town of Sunrise nestled in the Ozarks. Jolene believes it is time to confront the troubles of her past that followed her into adulthood and drove her from home. But there are parts of the past that won't go quietly and one of them is her old boyfriend, Will Bradley, who wants her to stay in Sunrise. She finds the decision to be more difficult that she'd thought. New troubles have cropped up to be added to the old. Her little sister is nearly grown and fancies herself in love with Will. Torn between hurting the people she loves and protecting her battered heart, Jolene struggles to find a way to safety. This is a book with much more to it than the basic romance plot. The very talented author, Bonnie Drury, has created a world where the reader will feel at home with a great cast of characters. It isn't a place one leaves willingly and it will long linger in your memory even after the last page is read. Highly recommended as a very satisfying and pleasant read.