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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing from my upcoming contemporary western romance release, Heartstrings. Today, we meet Emily Ritter, fourteen year old daughter of Abby, one of Seth Kendall’s biggest fans and inspiring singer. In this scene, Seth shows up for dinner at the ranch home of Frank and Carolann Ritter, the parents of his childhood best friend and Abby’s ex. They love Seth as if he were their second son and have no idea their son Mike and Abby, who they love as a daughter despite the divorce, has lied to them about who their granddaughter’s father really is.
She held out her hand. “I’m Emily Ritter. Hi.”
He swallowed the lump in his throat and painted on a smile. “I’m guessing you already know who I am.” He looked at her hand, and a million different feelings tumbled through him–fear, joy, amazement, excitement and so many more, he couldn’t keep track. He doubted a blind man seeing a sunrise for the first time could feel this happy. Trembling, he encircled her warm fingers with his big hand.
You’re my little girl.
The baby he’d tried for fifteen years to forget about and never quite succeeded. Her grip was soft and cool and her fingers trembled. Good, maybe she didn’t feel just how badly his shook.
When he let go, she balled her hand into a loose fist, held it over her heart and giggled. “I’d have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to know who you are. But that wouldn’t be an excuse in my family. Please come in, Mr. Kendall.”
Can you imagine what this dinner will be like?
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