Previously published as part of the When Sparks Fly boxed set – June 25, 2015
Driving from New York to California with her five-year old daughter, Monica Russo was more than ready to start a new life and leave her old one, and her cheating ex-husband, behind. The last thing she expected was for her car to break down in the small town of Celebration, five days before the Fourth of July holiday. When a ‘knight in shining armor’ comes to her rescue, complete with pick-up truck and adorable dog, and proposes they stay at his parents’ home, she’s hesitant but a lack of accommodations in town leaves her no choice. Welcomed with open arms, it doesn’t take long for her to feel like part of the family.
Joe Callaghan has never quite recovered from his disastrous marriage or the guilt he feels for not being there when his father fell ill. Now living in an apartment above his parents’ garage, he leads a quiet life, running his own carpentry business and hanging out with friends. When he happens upon a woman and her daughter stranded on the side of the road, he plays Good Samaritan and offers them a place to stay. It doesn’t take long for him to become enamored with Monica, and when sparks fly, he knows he’s finally found the right woman. All he has to do is persuade her to give up her plans and start a new life in Celebration… with him.
The Fourth of July picnic is his last chance to convince her to stay. Once the fireworks fade, will their destinies be changed by dawn’s early light?
About the Author
Hi! I’m Kristine Raymond. I didn’t figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until later in life. If you haven’t guessed, it’s being an author. I’ve spent the past three and a half years writing, and learning how to navigate the publishing and promotional side of the business. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and furry family.
I’m the author of the Hidden Springs series – Here to Stay, Hearts on Fire, Abby’s Heart, A Chance on Love, A Will of Her Own, Dancing in the Dark, Worth the Gamble, and Coming Home -, a contemporary novella called By Dawn’s Early Light, and a non-fiction book titled ‘write words’ A Year in the Life of an Indie Author.