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Jeannine Van Eperen
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Now that Willow Spring lay just five miles down the narrow, two-lane highway, Alana wondered if her reason had deserted her when she’d packed her bags and decided to take this journey. Isn’t it often said, you can’t go back? What did she expect to find except old memories better laid to rest? Perhaps that was it. Going back might lay to rest feeling that kept returning. Nothing can change the past. Is that what she wanted to do? Change the past? Ridiculous!
Now that Willow Spring lay just five miles down the narrow, two-lane highway, Alana wondered if her reason had deserted her when she had packed her bags, and decided to take this journey.
Isn’t it often said, you can’t go back? she questioned herself.
What did she expect to find, except old memories better laid to rest? Perhaps that was it. Going back might put to rest feelings that kept returning. Nothing can change the past. Is that what she wanted to do? Change the past? Ridiculous. Yes, plain ridiculous. She glanced at the small not quite carbon copy of her who sat on the car seat next to her. No, she didn’t want to change anything.
As Alana sped along, passing sights that hadn’t changed in eight years, the hot sun beat down, glaring on the pavement, causing mirages. She smiled at Melanie, her seven-year-old daughter. “We’re almost there, Mellie.”
Melanie turned serious eyes from the rolling hills and sparse forest to look at her mother.
“Different from Seattle, isn’t it?” Alana asked, and the child soberly nodded.
What was she doing? Uprooting her daughter, taking her from the only home she knew. Was she right to return? Was it right to satisfy a whim?
She’d forgotten how hot a Texas summer could be. After living in Seattle for six years, could she adjust again to the Texas climate? And what about the closeness of the community of Willow Spring? Could she adjust to that?
It’s not as if you were run out of town. No tar and feathers. No, you just weren’t good enough for the country club set. Hadn’t Wilford Everly III made that perfectly clear? Not good enough for the country club and not good enough for his son. Alana sighed. She knew there were some things about Willow Spring she would never tolerate. The Everly family for one. They were the driving force that had persuaded her to leave, yet somehow, brought her back to the place of her birth.
“When I was your age, we didn’t have air-conditioning in our car,” Alana said to her daughter. Too much silence caused her to remember too much, too soon. The scenery, the green rolling hills held too many memories. Better not to dwell on the past, on a past relationship with Bill Everly. That relationship was finished, just as her life with Jared had ended.
“I bet you can’t imagine riding in an old clunker with the windows open, the wind blowing in, and still feeling stifling hot.”
“I like it when you tell me about when you were a girl, Mommie.”
“Soon we’ll be in my old hometown, and I’ll tell you all about the place. I’ll even show you my old home, if it’s still standing.”
“You’ve been gone a long time.”
“Longer than I am old.”
Alana laughed. “That’s exactly right.” She shook her head. Her daughter sounded much older than her years. Melanie needed friends her own age; friends like Martha Reynolds had been to her. They’d been inseparable. Is it possible her old best friend still lived in Willow Spring?
A highway marker proclaimed, Willow Spring. Population 5,298. Smaller than the number of inhabitants eight years ago. Well, it was minus at least three—she, her mother and her father. With a sigh, Alana slowed her car to thirty as the highway now became Main Street. A tire hit a large pothole, and Alana and Melanie bounced about.
“Willow Spring is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. A young girl and a boy are deeply in love, but the parents of the boy find the girl not good enough. So things go wrong between them and the girl leaves town and tries to move on with her life. But true love can’t be stopped… or can it? Is it possible to change things after so many years? To make up for old mistakes?
With Willow Spring, Jeannine D. Van Eperen has written a story that touches you right in the center of your heart. This definitely is a story to read during a hot summer day. Just read it and relax, you’ll love it.” – Annick, Euro-Reviews
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 304
Paper Weight (lb): 12.8
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