Tessa Kahill, renowned journalist who traveled the world, is falling in love with her best friend's husband all over again. Tessa and Max Winthrop dated before he met Leslie. But then Tessa left with secrets and dreams to follow her career. Afterward Max found Leslie to be the kind of woman... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Tessa Kahill, renowned journalist who traveled the world, is falling in love with her best friend's husband all over again. Tessa and Max Winthrop dated before he met Leslie. But then Tessa left with secrets and dreams to follow her career. Afterward Max found Leslie to be the kind of woman he needed, one who wanted to be a mother, live in a small town and have roots. Tessa had somewhat kept her distance after Leslie and Max became involved, then married. But she visited a few times a year because she was their son's godmother and she still felt close to Leslie in so many ways. Keeping her distance from Max became a habit and a necessity. When Leslie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Tessa became her confidant. If she couldn't be there physically, she was on the phone with her friend, talking about her concerns and her fears. After Leslie died, Tessa visited Jenkins, Connecticut, for Ryan's sake, always staying with Leslie's parents.
Now, three years after Leslie's death, Tessa comes for a visit and learns Ryan is having problems in school and making friends. After a serious conference with Ryan's teacher, Tessa offers to stay a few weeks for Ryan's sake. Accepting her help this time, Max insists she stay with them since Leslie's parents have moved away from the small town. But something is different during this visit. Tessa and Max feel electricity that hasn't been there over the past nine years. They're both confused and unsettled by it. After all, Max doesn't understand or approve of her lifestyle. She would feel trapped in his. She's kept her feelings all tied up with her secrets—her mother's abandonment of her in a school when she was seven, the cycle of foster homes where she didn't get along, the sense of isolation because she never belonged anywhere. Little by little Max realizes why Tessa seeks the life she does. He also sees what a wonderful mother she would make. Ryan adores her and she can relate to him on a level that Max can't. Would Tessa ever stay in Jenkins? Would he dare risk his heart to find out? After all, she left him before. If Tessa tells Max she loves him, what will that mean to him? He wants a wife like Leslie and Tessa can only be herself.
A rocky road, a man and woman who are searching for love and a little boy who holds his own secret. They could become a real family if they could all become vulnerable and honest with each other. A heartfire has been burning for years. Will it lead to everlasting love?
Previously published as HEARTFIRE, HOMEFIRE with Silhouette Books.
“When she'd first met him, he'd been sexy, good-looking, and a former basketball player who knew what he wanted from life—a teaching position, a home, a wife, children and a stability Tessa couldn't begin to fathom. Now she saw a strong man whose strength came from the depth of his convictions, decency and caring—a man who loved his son and still believed in traditional values.”Tessa, thinking
“With cable news channels and twenty-four hour feeds, all the online news websites now, someone is always interested in what I write or where I am or an interview I'm taping...if I'm in an interesting place.”Tessa
Sometimes a person does what he should do, rather than what he wants to do.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
Belonging meant opening her heart, making herself vulnerable, giving up freedom, taking a risk.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Everyday Cinderellas Everyday Prince CharmingHighlighted by 4 Kindle customers
tell him she was afraid to keep still because so many people had abandoned her,Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Confessions at night in the dark always seemed more intimate than disclosure in the light of day.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Her mother had loved her father and he'd deserted them both. Her mother had loved Tessa so much she'd given her to strangers to raise. By the time she'd met Max, she'd been safeguarding her heartHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
'Loving is a risk,' Linc agreed. 'But it sure can make life worthwhile.'Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
At the sound of Ryan's voice, Tessa spun around and her foot slipped.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
'So you said.' He exhaled slowly. 'ButHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
What's he going to do without her? What am I going to do without her?' Tessa couldn't keep fromHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
We’re hiding the errata, movie connections, books that influenced this book, books influenced by this book, books that cite this book and books cited by this book sections. If you would like to add content to them, you must first make them visible.