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Mary S. McGuire
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Laney Johnson, a beautiful, petite public school teacher is beginning to find her spirit after the devastating failure of her marriage to her high school sweetheart, Sam. In her quest for healing, she and her friend, Bev, visit Hawaii where she plans to follow her dream of becoming an artist.
Her adventure begins when she meets the handsome Paul Westfield, pilot and widowed father of two sons-one of whom is a Down's syndrome child. Although their romance takes root in the beautiful setting of Hawaii, there are many challenges to their relationship including his scheming ex-girl friend and her attraction to a successful West Texas businessman. The resolution of the dilemma lies in their ability to develop confidence and trust within themselves on which to build a lasting and loving marriage. .
It was last May at the end of school when several of the younger teachers had decided to go out for dinner and a show to celebrate their summer vacation. They decided on the “Marion”. After the party had broken up, Laney and Bev walked through the lobby. There at the adjoining motel desk, stood Sam registering for a room in the complex.
Laney spotted him, but he didn’t see the two of them. She and Bev stood watching as he walked out to his red convertible and joined the voluptuous brunette, Laney knew only as Veronica from the office, waiting for him. He parked in front of one of the downstairs doors helping her out of the car and into the room.
Laney remembered sobbing uncontrollably as Bev drove her home that night. The next morning she went to visit the lawyer to file the divorce papers. That was the end of her age of innocence. Never again would she be so trusting, so gullible.
Laney reached into her purse and pulled out a Kleenex drying her eyes. I can’t believe it’s been a year and it still hurts this much. I’ve got to move on. Forget. But, if someone whom I’ve known almost my whole life can do this to me, is there any hope? Dad says I just picked a bad apple, but I wonder. Can I really ever trust a man again?
Someone turned off the overhead lights in the cabin leaving only the illuminating bulbs along the side of the aisle. With the droning of the plane and the rocking movement of the thrust forward, Laney finally fell asleep.
Sometime later she roused to realize there was something warm and heavy weighing down on her right shoulder. It was a head. Paul had turned completely around in his seat with his feet now under the window on the floor and his body sprawled across the seat and over the divider. He was still sound asleep.
Alice came down the aisle. She whispered to Laney, “Why don’t you wake him up? You must be terribly uncomfortable.”
Laney shook her head. “He’s all right. He seems so very tired.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, positive.” She wiggled in the seat shifting his weight farther down on her arm to let the blood flow into her numb and tingling shoulder. An aroma of shaving lotion mingled with a clean male scent emanated from him. Despite her physical discomfort, she felt warmed by his presence, a kind of quiet kinship that she so often craved.
In the middle of the night, the air became turbulent. As she looked out the window, Laney saw flashes of lightning illuminating roiling, black clouds and the ride became increasingly bumpy.
The pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re experiencing a little bit of turbulence. Radar has picked up a shower over to our east. Nothing to be concerned about but please do fasten your seat belts.” He paused. “The good news is we’re only about three hours out of Honolulu.”
Laney had no choice, she had to awaken Paul. She moved forward in her seat and then shaking him slightly said, “Paul, you need to sit up and put your seat belt on. We’re going through some bad weather.”
He straightened up, “Wow, was I sleeping.” He rubbed his eyes and fumbled for his belt. “Good Lord, was I leaning on you?”
The storm subsided and Alice came by overhearing the conversation. “A little, she was your pillow. For over an hour.”
“It wasn’t that bad. I didn’t want to wake you. I could tell you were really tired.”
He flexed his arms and straightened himself in the seat. It’s been a long time since someone worried about me being tired. Laney Johnson was becoming more and more appealing to him.
“I think I’d like some coffee about now. I’m going to call Alice and have her bring us some. Okay?” he asked.
“Fine, I doubt I can go back to sleep so I’m going to switch on the light and go over my agenda for the tours. We have some choices to make. I forgot to fill out my form and return it to the guide.”
“How long will you be here?”
Mary was born on a farm near Leona, Kansas, but moved to Texas in her teen years. She graduated from Southwest Texas State and later earned a master’s degree in English from Sam Houston State and a master’s in psychology from the University of Houston/Victoria. Currently, she’s retired after having taught twenty-four years in the public schools. She and her husband, Gene, raised three children and have eight grandchildren, all of which are the light of their lives. She remains intensely interested in women’s issues both in the past and in the present.
What they are saying about A TIME TO TRUST: “Lovely, that’s the word for this writer’s latest novel! Don’t miss any of her works!” Viviane Crystal, The Write Lifestyle.
“Mary S. McGuire’s A TIME OF FORGIVENESS should be required reading for all married couples... Truly a satisfying read!”—Cheryl Norman. Wings’ author FULL MOON HONEYMOON.
RACHEL’S JOURNEY…“Mary S. McGuire’s seamless story addresses every facet of the working family woman that will remain in the reader’s attention long after the last page is turned. That she has done so in such a realistic, engaging manner is a tribute to her writing skill and evidence of how historical periods have shaped the evolution of family and work against insurmountable odds and toward a notable American spirit.” Viviane Crystal, The Write Lifestyle.
“A powerfully told tale beautifully rendered, RACHEL’S JOURNEY comes highly recommended.”--Cindy Penn. Wordweaving/Midwest Review
A TIME TO TRUST
“Richly drawn characters struggling through difficult decisions will tug at your heart and keep you turning pages…a great read!”--Cheryl Norman, author, FULL MOON HONEYMOON)
“Vivid description of lush Hawaii serves as the backdrop to Laney’s heart-felt struggle to trust again.”--Roberta Olsen Major, BOUND)
“Lovely, that’s the word for this writer’s latest novel! Don’t miss any of her works!”--Vivane Crystal, The Write Lifestyle)
A TIME OF FORGIVENESS “Mary S. McGuire’s novel should be required reading for all married couples. In exploring a divorcee’s romance with a younger man, the author weaves an interesting and entertaining story about the lessons all couples must learn to succeed in marriage, regardless of the obstacles life throws their way. Readers will fall in love with Ryan and cheer for Meg, snarl at their detractors and high-five their allies. Truly a satisfy read!” Cheryl Norman,, FULL MOON HONEYMOON
To Trust Again “Childhood sweethearts endure tragedy, scandal and criminals before they can have a second chance at love. An emotional story, this one keeps the reader engaged, cheering for Laney and Danny to the satisfying conclusion.” -Cheryl Norman, Wings author of bestselling, FULL MOON HONEYMOON, STORMS OF THE HEART, and LAST RESORT.
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 226
Paper Weight (lb): 9.8
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