As I write this, I’m sitting on a dog bed on the floor in my new living room. We just closed on our house a couple of days ago, and the movers will be here tomorrow with the rest of our furniture. In the meantime, it’s been quite an adventure, and I’m so thankful for it! But I’m not going to lie, it’ll be nice to sit on our couch again, too. Ha!
When we left Abilene three years ago, we also left many friends and a town we loved. Living in the San Antonio area since then has been a blessing because we were able to get help for our son and his medical situation. We’ve also met some amazing people, and my mom and brother moved to Texas from Oregon during that time as well. I wouldn’t have changed these last three years for anything.
I know they say you can never go back home since everything changes, and sometimes that can be true. But moving back to Abilene feels a lot like we’re moving home. I’m excited and feeling incredibly blessed.
In my book, Marrying Raven (Book 2 in the Brides of Clearwater series), Heath goes back to his hometown after years of being away. It’s awkward, and it’s supposed to be a temporary stay while he goes through physical therapy. But it seems like nothing in Clearwater, Texas is easy, and that’s even further demonstrated when he discovers his physical therapist is his ex-fianee, Raven.
Clearwater is the same town he left behind, but everyone there, including his father and Raven, have changed. It leaves Heath scrambling for balance as he wonders whether he can possibly walk away again, especially when he realizes he’s still desperately in love with Raven.
Raven hates football. Too bad she doesn’t feel the same way about her football-playing ex-fiancée.
Raven Weber hates football. As if her fiancé breaking off their engagement to follow his NFL dream wasn’t bad enough, her football-obsessed family only made things worse. Twelve years later, she pours everything into her job as a physical therapist assistant. Helping others never prepared Raven for the day her ex would hobble back into her life. How can she remain professional when spending time with him only reminds her of what they’ve lost?
The day Heath Shaw walked away from his relationship with Raven, he’d been convinced he was doing it for her. Fulfilling his father’s dream gave him the distraction he needed to get over her. Now he’s back in his hometown with weeks of physical therapy ahead of him before he can escape the past. Running into Raven was going to happen eventually, but he didn’t expect her to play a vital role in his recovery. If she’s got him second guessing why he left in the first place, what effect will she have on his heart?
Her meddling family thinks this is a second chance, while Heath’s father only wants to squelch what he sees as a distraction. Raven and Heath know they should walk away, but what if they’re better together than they ever were apart?
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