Charlie Watson didn't realize his regular stop at the diner that morning was going to turn his world upside down and change him forever. A cross country truck driver, he lives his life a safe distance from people and relationships. When he offers to lead Jenny, a stranger, on his run from Arkansas, to California, he finds not only the struggle with maintaining his emotional fortress; Jenny's dangerous past pursues them both. Along the way, Charlie and Jenny discover a special connection and start dreaming about building a bed and breakfast together. However, as preparations for Watson Manor begin, they come across evidence of a young girl's abduction and, later, get mixed up in a murderous plot that threatens to separate them forever.
|Publisher:||Ronald S Craig|
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Jenny Stevens is a dedicated teacher with a passion for nurturing young hearts and minds in a small town middle school. She is caring, trusting and open to the world. Too trusting, it turns out, as she is ultimately forced to leaving the teaching job she loves in order to escape an increasingly abusive boyfriend who won't respect a restraining order. Her trust shattered, she engineers a tenuous flight out of state. Charlie Watson ("CW") is an enigma to strangers, but an open book to his few dear friends. Honest to a fault, ruggedly handsome and tough as nails on the outside, Charlie hides a deeply wounded heart. Seven years into a bitter divorce, he has made a lifestyle escaping behind endless hours as a long-haul trucker, and copious one night stands - which leave him in an empty, quiet desperation. But Fate ultimately draws these two battered souls together until try as they may, they cannot remain apart. At first they rediscover their sense of humor, and then slowly, haltingly, their trust in true human kindness. Love almost does not come to pass, but they soon realize they are truly soulmates whose 1 plus 1 ads up to much more than 2. Their journey is not easy or straight. Along the way, Charlie is forced to deal with the abusive ex-boyfriend, and makes short work of him. But the challenges do not end there. On the way to establish their new life at `Watson Manor' fate keeps dealing them new cards. Through a series of chance events and encounters, Jenny and Charlie are led on a new life of adventure and service rescuing souls in trouble and re-uniting families before they can even think of forming their own.
Life places many obstacles in our way, forcing us to make choices of one direction or another. Watson Manor Eventually is the story of growth, new beginnings, and self-discoveries. Charlie Watson, a long-haul driver, enjoys his freedom traveling across the United States. It has been eight years since his marriage has ended, he no longer the trophy his ex-wife expected. After his separation, Charlie has picked up the pieces and rebuilt his life, but not without being unscathed. He now lives behind the protective guise of invisible armor, keeping people at arm’s length. What he doesn’t expect is to meet Jenny, a woman who is genuine, oozes warmth and compassion. Leaving Arkansas together, Charlie has no expectations as he leads her across the country to Palm Springs California. On the journey, they encounter obstacles and challenges that test their inner strength and courage. Charlie faces new emotions he’s suppressed for many years. Jenny’s fun and open personality seep through his armor into his every thought. Arriving in Palm Springs their lives have forever changed as feelings for one another blossom into love. Watson Manor, a bed, and breakfast, becomes the foundation of a new life for Charlie and Jenny. During the early stages of construction, Charlie and Jenny find themselves in a precarious position of amateur sleuths. With passion and conviction, they set out together to find answers, and in turn help others. Watson Manor Eventually is a story rich in character. Within the first pages, you’ll find yourself drawn to Charlie and Jenny and feel like they are lifetime friends. Ron Craig has shared with the reader’s real people in his characters, ones who have faced hardship in life, struggles, and obstacles. Together Charlie and Jenny share a journey of exploration, self-discovery and finding the true meaning of unconditional love. Watson Manor Eventually is the story of love, challenges, and mystery. This is a novel with sparkling character, the driving force behind the story. Let Charlie and Jenny pull you into their world of unconditional love.
I thought the first few pages were okay, but it fell flat quickly for me. The main characters somehow managed to fall in love and let down their guards – despite their troubled pasts -all within the first 50 pages, which was not believable because they were driving in separate vehicles for most of that time. Basically, instead of naturally evolving, the relationship seemed forced. I found the dialog rather mundane, and there was not enough narrative. I would sometimes get confused about some of the things said. The premise was pretty good, the writing just didn’t deliver. Whenever I stopped reading, I was never in a hurry to start up again. Overall, I think the book has potential, but needs a lot of work.