What rules would you break for the one you love? What lies would you tell?
Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother.
They met when Greg joined the San Francisco newspaper where Nicola is the travel editor. After six months, eager to start a life together and raise a family, they decide to marry.
When Nicola finally meets his family in Seattle, and mentions the circumstances of her adoption, Greg’s horrified mother is forced to reveal the shameful secret she has kept for 36 years.
As they struggle to deal with her revelation, their relationship is challenged and strained. If his mother’s suspicions are true, they will be forced into a devastating choice: break all of society’s rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up.
It will be the greatest test their newfound love has faced – and their love may not survive.
Greg wandered into the small living room. He wasn’t tired enough to go to bed yet, but it felt strange roaming around Nicola’s apartment while she was asleep. Almost as if he was a trespasser. He stood in the middle of the room, and surveyed it. Where would he put his own stuff, his clothes and his few belongings, when he moved in while they house-hunted?
Tomatoes. It came to him all of a sudden why there were none in Nicola’s fridge. She was allergic to them. Just like his mother. Like…her mother?
“Greg, have you thought about what will happen if things are not back to normal?” His father’s words echoed in his head.
“No!” he said with hoarse intensity, fists clenched. “I have not! I will not!”
He flicked off the light switch with one decisive swipe and strode down the hallway. It wasn’t a long hallway, though, and didn’t lend itself to striding, and after only a few steps he was in the bedroom. Greg undressed and walked around the bed, to what had become his side. Nicola stirred, and mumbled something, when he slipped under the covers. He turned on his side and slid over so that their bodies touched, not enough to wake her but enough so he could feel her against him.
Dear God, to never feel her like this again? Never make love to her, never see her eyes glow with warmth when she saw him in the morning? Never hold their children in his arms?
“It isn’t true,” he whispered.
Most of her career was spent as an editor, but now she works as a print and digital graphic designer. An unexpected side-effect of leaving editing was the resurgence of an interest in writing. Her first novel, Ship to Shore, was published in February 2012; her second, Too Close, in January 2013.
She is also the author of an occasional series of short stories themed around holidays, called Holiday Romances.
Elizabeth’s interests include travel, tall ship sailing and cocktails.
Elizabeth will be awarding an eBook version of EACH of her three short stories to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of an eBook version of her first novel, Ship to Shore, will be awarded to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. An eBook version of her first novel Ship to Shore will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.