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Kate Armstrong can’t believe that the jerky jock from high school who gave her fits, could ever walk back into her life.
Denny never expected an old classmate to turn up in his classroom or that she could light such a flame under him.
Denny Bostian prepared for the morning’s class. The anticipation of a new semester never ceased to amaze him. He’d been teaching Romantic Literature on the college level for the past twenty years, and it was always the same on the first day of school. Butterflies took up residence in his stomach at the prospect of meeting the new crop of students that would descend upon his classroom.
Over those years, he’d heard every joke in the world. How had the top jock in high school and college decided to teach a sissy subject like Romantic Literature? He had no one but his late wife, Lori, to blame for that. She’d been the one to turn him onto romance novels when they’d first met. It had led to the classes he now enjoyed teaching as well as the whispered comments concerning his sexuality.
Since he’d kept his personal life extremely private, none of his students knew of the great love he and Lori had shared. They also didn’t know how their inability to have children coupled with Lori’s tragic death from liver failure devastated him.
Theirs had been a love no romance writer could begin to put on paper. Lori often said if more men read and understood romance novels, there would be fewer divorces in the world.
Denny straightened the papers on his desk, and checked the board to make certain he’d written his name, as well as the names of the books he wanted his students to read this semester, in bold enough letters. In a few minutes, the new session would begin. At the same time, he would be forced to endure the jokes and whispered accusations he’d put up with for the past twenty years. Up until now, he had been happy teaching at the main campus of the University in Madison and being one of many. Today would begin an entirely new chapter in his life. Never in his wildest dreams had he ever considered teaching at one of the outlying campuses.
Lori’s death had changed everything. The house they’d shared soon became little more than an empty shell without her. As soon as it was sold, he’d asked to be transferred away from Madison and the memories that resided on every street corner. He’d certainly never expected to end up in his hometown, teaching the children of people whom he went to high school.
To calm his nerves, he went down to the lounge to get a cup of coffee. By the time he reentered the lecture hall, the gallery was already full. For as long as he’d taught this particular class, it never ceased to amaze him how many students thought it was a suckey course designed to give them an easy credit.
“Good morning,” he greeted the class from the podium that stood beside his desk. “It pleases me to see so many young, smiling students.”
He searched the sea of faces before him in the hopes of perhaps recognizing someone who just happened to look like one of his old classmates. Among the students who could have easily been one of his children, he saw a beautiful woman who had to be close to his own age. She sat inconspicuously at the back of the room. For some reason he couldn’t put his finger on, her hair didn’t match her coloring. Before continuing, he made a mental note to check out the student list to learn her name.
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
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 244
Paper Weight (lb): 10.1
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