Amie Reynolds stared at the empty church still decorated for a wedding that hadn’t happened.
Bouquets of purple berry dahlias hung from the center aisle edge of each pew. A length of white satin carpet stretched from the rear of the church to the altar. The never-lit unity candle nestled in its brass holder, a bitter reminder of the non-existent wedding.
All because her fiancé—no, ex-fiancé—decided without consulting her that a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to study a previously uncontacted tribe of the Amazon took precedence over their wedding and a life together.
A note—that’s all Tim had left for her this morning. Instead of experiencing what should have been the best day of her life, she’d been jilted. Tim hadn’t even given her a say in the matter. He’d simply taken off for Brazil last night, two hours after the rehearsal dinner, with little regard to her, the woman he professed to love and wanted to marry. His note explained he’d had to make an instant decision. The study would last five years and he didn’t expect her to wait for him. He’d ended the note with “sorry for the inconvenience”.
Inconvenience? Is that what it was called these days? Try humiliation, heartbreak, devastation, or all of the above.
About Not This Time
Amie Reynolds woke up on her wedding to find a note from her fiancé that he left the country. With the engagement and wedding off, the constant parade of sympathetic platitudes made it impossible to forget she’d been jilted. Needing an escape, she moved to her aunt’s lake house for the summer.
Drew Sullivan’s return to Jasper Lake one hot summer day had everyone talking, but he wasn’t giving answers. His plans didn’t include romance, but neither did they include Amie Sullivan. Fortunately for him, he’d learned to be flexible.
Romance blooms, but when Amie discovers Drew’s secret, will the trust between them be irrevocably broken?
The idea for the Love at the Lake series has been brewing for a few years, and Drew and Amie’s story has been plotted for some time, but never found a spot in my schedule. When I was invited to participate in the Whispers of Love collection, I knew immediately the time had come. I’ve always been a sap for stories where a couple finds love when they least expect it, and after what Amie went through, and what we find out Drew experienced, I loved bringing them their happy ending.
About Leah Atwood
Leah is a small-town girl at heart and currently lives in a rural town in South Louisiana, though Maryland will always be home. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in International Business but gave up a career in sales and marketing to follow love, a decision she’s never regretted.
A national best-selling author, her works have topped the categories of Western, Contemporary Christian, and Inspirational Romance. She gives thanks to God for blessing her with the amazing opportunity to share her faith in a way to inspire people and bring a smile to their faces.
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