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Sabra Brown Steinsiek
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She’s a star on Broadway.
He’s an aspiring writer.
They’re “just friends.”
Annie Collins Morgan, a.k.a. actress Morgan Collins, is self-sufficient, successful, and lonely after her best friend and roommate marries and moves out.
Christopher “Kit” Maxwell is desperate to get out of the student ghetto and into a space that will allow him the peace he needs to finish his novel.
It’s a match made in heaven, and it’s strictly platonic...at least at first.
Through everyday life, triumphs and tragedies, from New York to New Mexico, their friendship grows and changes. Will they realize their true feelings before it’s too late?
There’s a “ghost” of a chance....
Annie Morgan stepped back to get the full effect and caught her breath at the vision before her. “Oh, Dante, you’re beyond beautiful,” she said to her best friend, who would be getting married in a few minutes. “Avery is going to be speechless.”
“Really?” Dante whispered as she looked at herself in the mirror. “Is that really me? Is this really happening?”
Annie stepped beside her, and they were framed in the mirror as if time had saved a photograph of the moment. Blonde, blue-eyed Dante Harrington was a vision in traditional white, a tiara and veil crowning her upswept hair. Annie wore a shade of blue meant to show off her stunning red hair and turquoise eyes. Best friends since childhood and roommates for the last four years, they both knew this was the end of an era.
“It’s happening, Dante. Avery is a wonderful guy.”
A soft smile lifted Dante’s lips. “Yeah, he is. I am so lucky.”
They could hear the others in the adjoining room, and Annie said, “One more thing.” She picked up a small box from the table and took out a heart-shaped charm that read “Best Friends Forever.” Picking up one of the ribbons on Dante’s bouquet, she tied the charm firmly in place. “Just to remind you that I’ll always be here for you,” she said as she kissed Dante on the cheek. “Don’t you dare cry! You’ll mess up your makeup!”
Just then, Dante’s mother came in, closely followed by Avery’s mother. The bridesmaids, Erin Scott and Olivia Maxwell, were behind them.
“It’s time, darling,” her mother said as she gave the veil an imperceptible adjustment. “You are so beautiful.”
There was a flurry of activity as bouquets were picked up and last-minute adjustments made to hair and dresses. Then the mothers were gone, and the wedding planner stood ready to start the procession as soon as the mothers had been seated.
* * * *
Christopher “Kit” Maxwell sat beside his parents in the second row as they waited for the wedding to start. He usually didn’t “do” weddings, but Dante was his favorite cousin and his sister, Olivia, was one of the bridesmaids. His mother had made it pretty clear that his attendance was mandatory. His body was present, but his mind was on his meeting with his graduate advisor yesterday morning.
“Mr. Maxwell, may I see you for a moment?”
Class had just finished, and Kit was stuffing papers into his backpack.
“Sure, Professor Nesbitt.”
“I was reading your assignment last night. It’s really not up to your normal excellent standards. I found several misspellings, but, more troublesome, there were instances where you used the wrong word, and places where it seemed whole paragraphs were missing. Is there something interfering with your writing?”
“Three somethings, sir. I live in a house with three other guys, and they’re the partying type. It’s noisy, and I’m always being interrupted. When I was working on that piece, one of the jerks set the kitchen on fire. It was distracting to say the least.”
“Can you move somewhere else?”
“I wish I could, but my job doesn’t pay enough for a good place. With what I can afford, I’d be stuck with the same kind of situation. I figure it’s better to stick with the evil I know.”
“It’s affecting your writing, Kit. You have a real talent. It deserves your full attention.” He handed Kit the assignment he’d been talking about and said, “Take this home and do it again, then I’ll grade it. And keep in mind, you won’t get a second chance when you present your novel.”
Not that he needed reminding. He knew he needed to move. His internship at The Times was unpaid. His graduate teaching assistant position and a part-time job in the library barely stretched to cover his living expenses. Right now, splitting the rent was all he could afford.
"Much of Ms. Steinsiek’s story is very predictable, but charming all the same.
A group of friends who all grew up together gives built-in dynamics to the story. There is a fun cast of quirky characters in Annie’s Song, and the play between Kit and Rosina, the Morgan’s cook, makes for especially delightful reading." Reviewed by MyShelf.com
Rating: 4.5 Enchantments! “This was a remarkable story of love, life, romances and choices. I thought the author did a fabulous job weaving the different relationships throughout her story. I was thrilled when Kit and Annie finally got together. It’s a bit long, but the overall content was very good. This was a nice read.” - Desiree de Cleves Enchanting Reviews
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 232
Paper Weight (lb): 9.8
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