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Her Tenant
Sherry Derr Wille
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Dee Williams had no desire to be a landlady, but the duplex needed to be rented. After meeting Bryce, she is taken by the handsome widower.

Bryce has come to Minter to start a new life. He is pleasantly surprised to find his new landlady is a very attractive divorcee.

"DeVona Williams, this is Bryce Devlin."

Bryce pulled himself from his memories to the introduction Grant was making. "It’s nice to meet you," Bryce said, accepting her outstretched hand.

"I heard Grant and Lane had a houseguest. I do hope you’ll call me Dee, though. All of my friends do. Lane told me you’re from Chicago. I hope you like living in Minter. It’s not like being in a big city, but then a small town does have a lot to offer."

It certainly does. I can’t remember ever seeing anyone as beautiful as this woman back home. Of course, maybe I wasn’t looking. Too many of Sue’s friends were ready to shake their fingers at me if I so much as thought about straying from her memory.

"Do you mind if Bryce and I check out the house while you girls chit-chat?" Grant asked, before Bryce had a chance to acknowledge the woman’s comment.

"Suit yourselves. I hope you find lots of stuff you want."

Bryce turned away when the women began to talk about the sale. The sadness in Dee’s eyes and voice hit him hard. He remembered the feeling of loss all too vividly.

Once inside the duplex, he was suddenly at home. He recalled his mother saying she always knew which houses they should buy as soon as she walked through the door. At the time he’d laughed at the very idea of such a thing. Now he knew exactly what she meant.

The living room was spacious. Some of the former tenant’s furnishings were scattered in the places they had occupied for years. To his right, a small table sat in front of a large window. Just outside, several birdfeeders, which were now empty, waited for someone to fill them and enjoy the birds that came looking for food. Following the flow of the floor plan, he stepped into the galley kitchen with its over abundance of cupboards, then made his way to the bedroom area. From the hall, he noticed two good-sized rooms with double closets as well as a small bathroom.

"So, what do you think?" Grant inquired.

Bryce turned to face his friend. "Are you trying to push this place on me?"

"In a way. Dee is very vulnerable right now. Who knows what she might get in the way of a renter? Don’t get me wrong, she’s a very capable woman, but she doesn’t know the first thing about being a landlord. Lane and I--"

Bryce held up his hand. "You certainly haven’t changed. As I recall, you always did look out for everyone else."

Mild Mannered receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother by day, Sherry Derr-Wille spends her nights writing and writing and writing. Having been inspired by an English assignment in her sophomore year of high school, she had never quite finished the assignment. New stories pop into her head every day with never enough time to write them all.

A Wisconsin native, she grew up a country girl, but enjoys her “city” home. She and her husband of over 40 years, Bob, live in a mid-sized town close to the Illinois border, where she works as a receptionist for an insurance office and he is retired. Deeming Bob “A Saint” for putting up with her, she has never regretted marrying her high school sweetheart just two days after graduation in 1964.

Becky's Rebel: Ms. Derr-Wille brings the spirit of understanding the plight of the Civil War survivors. Becky Larson and her Rebel, Joe Kemmerman, reminds us that love and faith overcome all obstacles. A must read for those who still need to understand there is no different in the hearts of people, North or South. Becky’s Rebel will make you laugh, shed a tear or two and have you falling in love, once again, with a time and it’s people that is uniquely America’s ... the Civil War era. -- Debbie Fritter – The Perfect Match – Whippoorwill Press

Hello Do You Know Me is a wonderful heart-warming love story. It touches your heart from the very beginning. It has everything that makes you turn the pages. Matt Bratzman has lived another man’s life for thirty-five years. Betsy Connor is a widow again. Now out of the blue her first love is back from the grave. But it can't be. Jerry Fellows was killed in Viet Nam. Sherry Derr Wille’s characters are real and you find yourself cheering for them and wanting them to find a happy-ever-after. If you like stories that grab a hold of your heart and don’t let go. You'll love this one. Along the way there is some humor and tears and love that survived through time. There were many tragedies out of the Viet Nam War but thanks to Ms. Wille this one had a happy ending.-- Judy Leigh Peters, A Father’s Hope, Joshua’s Faith, http://www.judyleighpeters.com

ISBN: 159088633X
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590886335
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 245
Paper Weight (lb): 10.4


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