With: Christy Newton
Once broken, can the heart really trust again?
Dreams of escaping her small town brought Ellie Oliver to New York only to find that life there wasn't all she'd hoped. Seven years later, she is returning to Pleasant Valley, Indiana with new hopes and secrets. She wants nothing more than to fade into the slow pace of small town life and forget about the demons of her past.
Jacob Jones is at loose ends. At twenty-six, a man shouldn't be starting his life over from scratch. Finding himself out of work, Jacob looks for a new home in Pleasant Valley. He is ready for the single life just enjoying the company of close friends. All that changes when he takes a job remodeling the town's toy shop and comes head to head with its new owner. Ellie turns out to be sweeter than the candy she sells in her store.
Ellie and Jacob bring out feelings in each other neither were looking for, but both can't deny. Can they truly trust again or will their shattered hearts refuse to mend?
Here’s an excerpt:
Heart racing with excitement, Ellie stood over Jacob as he installed the glass counter. Her shop was almost finished.
Jacob gazed up at her. “I guess I don’t have to ask if you like it.”
Ellie clasped her hands together. “I love it! Just as I pictured. No, even better.”
He chuckled. “You may change your mind after the store opens and sticky, little finger prints are scattered all over your shiny new glass.”
“All part of the design.”
Jacob shook his head. He pointed to the bins that opened inside the counter. “Here is where you fill the candies you want on display. Then the shelves can hold your containers. Easy enough?”
“Want to help me fill them?”
“Depends.” Jacob eyed her for a second. “Do I get free samples?”
“Of course! Go wash your hands and you can have all the candy you want.” She got a box cutter and opened the jelly bean box first. Her favorite.
While Jacob was sanitizing his hands, Ellie opened box after box of sweets. He walked back into the room, his eyes wide. “That’s a lot of candy.”
“I know. Isn’t it pretty?” She scooped a large amount of colorful gum drops and poured them into the bin.
He grabbed a piece of red licorice and ate it in two bites. Ellie filled another bin with fruity lollipops while Jacob helped himself to a chocolate turtle.
As he reached for a piece of saltwater taffy, she put up her hand. “Hey, you have to help. Then you can eat.”
An hour later, Jacob and Ellie sat side by side on the floor with empty boxes and candy wrappers surrounding them.
His nauseated stomach gurgled. “I don’t feel so good.”
Ellie laughed. “I told you to slow down.” She patted her stomach. “I’m a pro. I can handle large quantities of candy at one time.”
“I’ve never eaten this much candy in my life. But when it is all right in front of you, it is hard to resist.” Among other things.
She unwrapped another yellow lollipop and stuck it in her mouth. “I know. I can usually control myself, but this was the first candy I’ve had since I arrived in Pleasant Valley.”
“Look, Ellie, I have something to tell you.” He rubbed his hands on his jeans. “I lied to you at the canal.”
She removed the sucker from her mouth. “What do you mean?”
He gently put a hand on her knee. “When I said I wasn’t interested in you.”
Ellie stood up fast, causing his hand to fall away. “I like you, Jacob. As a friend. I don’t want any other kind of relationship with you. Or anyone.”
Jacob felt like the wind had been knocked out of him. The same feeling he’d gotten when his ex-wife had admitted to cheating on him. “Why?” He stood up.
She looked up to the ceiling and shook her head.
“Why? Why? Because only when it rains jelly beans will I ever trust again!” She choked back a cry and rushed out of the room.
Jacob watched her leave, more confused than ever. He didn’t know how, but he had to make that happen... for both of them.
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Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there that doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too!
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