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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beyond the Book: Flood


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Now for a blurb and excerpt:

Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

Last Week:
“Yeah, I’d like that. Thanks.” 

Caleb followed her into the clinic, noting with approval that it seeme d clean and well kept. A big yellow cat lay in the sun on a deep windowsill. The staff smiled at him with friendliness too. Warmth spread throughout his veins. After a dreadful start in life, Peaches had gotten lucky. 

The doctor took him into her office an d removed two soft drinks from the small refrigerator behind her desk. “What do you think of Peaches?” 

At the sound of her name, Peaches gave the doctor one of those soulful looks that she used to give him, but her head still rested on his knee. “I think s he looks wonderful. You’ve done everything that needed doing for her.” 

The doctor smiled as if his compliment really did please her. “Thank you. We tried. It took a while for her to heal, but with the groundwork you laid we thought we could help her, and w e did.” She took a sip of her drink. “Have you decided what you want to do now that you have your freedom?” 

Caleb shrugged. “I don’t know yet. I just got out of prison yesterday.”


This week

The doctor’s eyes widened just a touch. “You must have come straight here.”

“I did. Like I said, it was important to me to see that she was okay.”

Dr. De Luca took a big pull on her soft drink. “The receptionist at the Pine City shelter told me that the director had offered you a job when your sentence was over.”

He nodded. “That’ s right. She did, but…” How could he make her see? What words could describe his despair over the loss of every single freedom he had? Someone else had told him when to go to bed and when to get up. Meals consisted of something someone else said you should eat. His gaze fell to the blue denim shirt he wore. It was the first thing he’d had to wear in over three years that wasn’t regulation prison issue. Unless you’d been in the same situation, you’d never understand why he didn’t want to work there.

The doctor’s next words blew him out of the water. “You still feel like a prisoner there, don’t you?”

He laughed at himself. "And here I was thinking nobody could understand that."


2 comments:

Hywela Lyn said...

Great excerept Elaine - thisis a lovely book for animal lovers and anyone who enjoys a sweet romance with some nail biting drama! Loved it!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you so much!