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Although Amy and Tony are a couple, the love spurned by his brother Andrew still smolders inside Amy. When Andrew returns to their country town a wealthy man Amy is convinced he will soon long for the city. But Andrew has plans—he proposes—but Amy’s insecurities threaten to split them asunder.
Jess veered off to chase a rabbit as Amy pulled up in front of an imposing pair of wrought iron gates. The gates were open this morning, and she wondered why as she gazed at the house beyond them. The Robinson’s house had been on the market for six months or more, and two days ago the SOLD sign had been pasted on the board.
Amy sighed. She’d nurtured a ridiculous notion of going to her boss and asking him what the repayments on the house would be if she took out a loan to buy it. Not only ridiculous but idiotic. The price would be way out of her range. And probably about ten times more than she and Tony could afford if they pooled their resources. Somebody had been able to afford it. Lucky devils!
Amy had adored the house since she’d been about seven, and had never questioned why. She just loved the double-storied building of red brick, with gabled attic windows, white shutters and tall chimney. The garden each side of the curved driveway had always seemed like a fairyland to her with flower-laden rockeries and arches made of trailing vines.
One divine day when all three of them had been admiring it from afar and Amy had announced her fascination with the house, Andrew had promised, “I’ll buy it for you when I get rich.”
They’d been caught once sneaking into the back garden to steal apples from the gnarled old trees there. The old gardener had let them off with a scolding as long as they promised not to take anything but the fallen fruit in future. For years they’d gone back each season to pick up the fruit. Often they would lie in the grass beneath a tree, with the sun dappling their young bodies, while they munched on apples until they ended up with stomach cramps.
Tony had taken over the promise to buy the house after Andrew had defected to the city. He’d been really sorry when the house had come onto the market, bemoaning the fact that they would never be able to afford it. So much for childhood fancies and promises. Amy sighed and put her foot on the pedal in readiness for continuing her ride. Jess let out a soft bark, and Amy caught sight of the man approaching them at a fast jog.
As Andrew drew level with her he pushed his wet hair back carelessly. “Not still in love with the old place, are you?” he asked.
Amy was amazed that he remembered her childhood dreams. “Not exactly in love with it. But I have to admit I’m jealous. I gave up expecting to own it years ago.” She shrugged. “Not much point in wishing for the unattainable.” In more ways than one. She’d learned that lesson the hard way. “It would be interesting to know just who’s bought it though.”
“You mean you don’t know.” He found something amusing, and she wondered what the joke was. Perhaps she had dirt on her face. It would be just like him to see it and not tell her. She’d be damned if she would ask him what was so funny.
“Believe it or not, no.”
The small smile still hovered on his lips. She looked away, in case he thought she was staring at his mouth. Which she had been, of course. “I would have thought it would be common knowledge by now,” he said. “News usually travels like wildfire around Yewbank.”
Amy bit her lip. “Word is that someone from Melbourne has bought it.” Wistfully she glanced toward the house. “I expect it’s a wealthy tycoon after a country hideaway. I guess we’ll soon find out.”
“Guess so.” His smile faded, to be replaced by a small frown. “About last night...”
Amy looked away. “You don’t have to apologize,” she hastily assured him.
“I wasn’t about to.” He pulled his right foot up behind him to stretch the calf muscle, while she felt stupid for assuming he was sorry for what he’d said. “I think I proved a point, though, don’t you?”
“Which point was that?” she snapped.
“The one about you knowing very little about life in general, and nothing of love.”
I have this fascination for a handsome Scot in a kilt, and have no idea where it stems from--perhaps from my Scottish forebears? One of my brothers joined a Highland regiment although we were Londoners, and I know he wore a magnificent tartan kilt for regimental occasions. My Highland Love was one of my most enjoyable writing tasks, as I loved returning to the past and meeting up with Travis again. I fall in love with all of my heroes of course, but Travis holds a special place in my heart. Could one of my past lives have been spent with such a man? Maybe that’s why I couldn’t resist the urge to return to that period
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Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 218
Paper Weight (lb): 9.3
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