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In the charged silence of the room, her husband’s words erupt like an explosion. “I want a divorce.” Emily Franklin’s twenty-five year marriage is over. With renewed strength and courage she didn’t know she possessed, Emily sets out to rebuild her life.
Enter The Reverend Dennis Morrison, a compassionate man who awakens in Emily quiet but compelling emotions. Then abruptly and unexpectedly, her chastened and repenting ex-husband reappears, asking her forgiveness and pleading for her to take him back.
Emily Franklin closed the ledger in front of her. “That takes care of the household accounts for this month.” She turned to face her husband, Robert. “Sorry I took so long, but this couldn’t wait.”
“Couldn’t you have done it tomorrow?” Robert gave his newspaper an impatient flip before laying it aside.
“I do volunteer work at the library tomorrow. I have to take Boo to the vet. And I promised your mother I’d go by the nursing home to visit Aunt Beth. Then there’s that meeting with the Historical Society tomorrow evening.” Emily spread her hands in a helpless little gesture. “I had to do this tonight.”
Robert’s voice was caustic. “So I run a distant fifth behind a volunteer job, a Labrador retriever, an old maid aunt and your civic obligations?”
“That’s tomorrow.” Trying to ease the tension that throbbed like an open wound between them, she added, “Tonight you have my undivided attention.”
“Really.” He lifted one dark eyebrow.
“Don’t be sarcastic. You’ve worked late every Tuesday for the past six months. How could I know you’d come home early?” Guilt was replacing Emily’s anxiety. She had been busier than usual over the past several months. Maybe Robert was feeling a little neglected. “Don’t fret. After Larry’s graduation I’ll have a little more free time.”
“I’m sure you’ll find new projects to take up the slack.” At forty-seven Robert Franklin was still an extremely handsome man—tall, with a well-proportioned body and aquiline, almost patrician features. His hair had once been black as ebony. It was now feathered with silver and beginning to recede. “Maybe I should have called earlier for an appointment.”
“That’s not necessary.” Emily flinched at the tone of his voice. “Neither is your sarcasm.”
He apologized without conviction. “Sorry.”
“If it’s about your parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, Debra and I have already begun to make plans.” Robert had said more than once that he wanted this to be an elaborate celebration.
“I’m sure you and my sister have the situation well in hand.” Robert was on his feet and prowling across the room.
“We have made tentative plans. I’m thinking of renting the hall at the Civic Center,and hiring a band, then—”
“I thought I had your undivided attention.” Robert stood with his back to her, staring out the window at a pale and setting February sun.
Emily’s uneasiness was giving way to frustration. “Have I done something to displease you?”
Robert’s shoulders slumped. “I’m a little edgy tonight.” Turning, he faced her. “It’s nothing.”
Emily’s patience was wearing thin. “It must be something if you think it’s more important than plans for your parents’ golden wedding anniversary celebration.”
“And what do you think is important, Emily?” Robert asked with a taut jerk of his head. “Where are your priorities?”
“You seem terribly unstrung tonight.” She shifted in her chair. “Is this about one of the boys?”
“Our sons are eighteen and twenty-three years old,” Robert reminded her sharply. “We no longer have any boys.”
Emily struggled to control her irritation. “It was a figure of speech.” A disturbing thought surfaced. “Are there problems at the office?”
Robert said, “I don’t want to talk about work.”
Emily laughed to cover her annoyance. “Then what do you want to talk about?”
“I’ve reserved a room for us at the Rustic Inn in Wimberly. I thought we might go there for the weekend. That is if you can spare the time.”
Emily caught her breath. They had gone to the Rustic Inn often during the early years of their marriage. Recalling those bygone days evoked sweet, romantic memories. Her uneasiness gave way to cautious joy. “I’d love to. I’m surprised you can spare the time.”
“I’ll make time.” Robert came back across the room and sat down.
Emily’s voice softened. “Do you know how long it’s been since just we’ve gone away together for a weekend?”
"Barri Bryan is the pseudonym used by the writing team of Billie and Herb Houston. Love Will Find A Way shows the insight that only two people who are totally in sync with each other can produce. It is written with a style and clarity that flows beautifully. I felt as if the story progressed naturally, never rushed or dragged, and the characters were real to me."
Karen Magill 4 cups, Reviewer For Coffee Time Romance, Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
"After twenty-five years of marriage, Emily's husband decides that he wants a divorce. For the first time, Emily will make decisions for herself based on her wants and needs, not on those of her husband. By the time that Robert realizes his mistake in letting Emily go, she's reinvented herself and not about to allow any man to play 'lord and master' over her."
Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne Rating: 4.5
“For anyone who has been married for many years, this story is, I believe, essential reading! The whole story is unique in that it touches areas in which many of us live, but few address. The way the story concludes is a tribute to an understanding pair of authors who know how to involve the reader in a romance that is almost impossible to put down. I did not want to stop until I finished the book, and then I wished for a sequel.” Overall rating: 5 Hearts!
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual - Reviewer: Brenda Talley,The Romance Studio
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 282
Paper Weight (lb): 12.0
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