Monday, February 25, 2008
Considering Lily, the third story in the Orchard Hills Romance series will be available this week, on February 27.
No one in their right mind would want to date salon owner Lily Robinson. She has a chip on her shoulder the size of Mt. Rushmore since her messy divorce. But veterinarian Ian O’Neil can’t help considering Lily as a potential girlfriend Lily is determined not to let any one get close enough to hurt her again. But with Easter coming, she is reminded that the Lord makes all things new and wonders if that includes her shattered heart. With Ian’s help, can she learn to trust again?
“You don’t have to pay me back. That’s what friends do for each other,” Ian protested.
“Do you mean that?”
“That you’re my friend?”
“Of course, why wouldn’t I?”
“I’m not the easiest person to get along with,” Lily admitted.
“You aren’t that bad.”
“Yes, I am. And I know it because…because I try to be unpleasant.”
Lily wouldn’t look at him. “I haven’t let anyone be my friend in a long time. I’ve especially gotten into the habit of being rude to men.”
“Because of Ted?”
“Yes, but probably not why you think. He used to constantly accuse me of having affairs. I thought if I stayed away from men entirely he would stop, but he didn’t.”
“Didn’t you tell me he was having affairs?”
“Yes, I suppose he was projecting his own behavior onto me.” Suddenly she groaned and turned away. “I can’t believe I just told you all this—in the middle of the parking lot no less.”
Ian reached out and took her hand, turning her back around to him. “Why did you decide to tell me this?”
Tears welled up in her eyes. “Because no matter how rude I am to you, you’re still nice to me. I…I thought maybe you deserved an explanation.”
“Does this mean you want to be friends?”
“I don’t know if I can yet…but I want to try.”
For an Orchard Hill post-Valentin's Day round up, visit the Orchard Hill Highlights blog. For a different excerpt from "Considering Lily" visit my personal blog.
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