Hi! My name is Cadence Foster, and I’ve been hanging out with author Valerie Comer a lot lately. It’s been like a therapy session, only she thinks I can have a happy ending, and I don’t believe her.
You see, I made a mess of things. I’ve been dating this guy, Paul Bradley, since college which has been **cough** a few years now. He’s one of those “go big or go home” kind of guys. With Paul, nothing is boring or routine. So, when he staged this elaborate proposal last year in front of all our friends, of course, I said yes. I was still kind of bedazzled that out of all the girls in Chicago, he’d picked me.
Was I in love with Paul? Not really. But his family has a lot of money and connections, and my mother took control of the wedding plans immediately and began planning this lavish affair. Who needs ten bridesmaids? The daughter of my mother, that’s who, even if it meant scrounging among my acquaintances.
I was stupid. I’ll admit it. This whole thing snowballed out of control, only I didn’t know how badly. I kept having this niggling feeling that I was making a terrible mistake, but how could it be stopped? My mom said every bride gets cold feet at one point or another. I lived with ice blocks below my ankles for months.
Not only stupid, but I was a coward. Every time I envisioned breaking up with Paul – calling everything off – I just couldn’t do it. How do you get off a runaway train without risking your life? I mean, not that he has mafia connections. At least, not that I know of.
So what didn’t I see coming? Three nights before the wedding – man, I still can’t believe how close this call was – Paul’s cousin showed up at my doorstep, dripping wet, and told me Paul was breaking it off and had sent Graham for the ring.
I reeled. But instead of anger and humiliation and panic, I felt a wave of relief. Yes. Relief.
Until I remembered I’d moved back in with my parents for the last few weeks after my roommate recently married, since the apartment was in her name. And that I’d given up my job because I was going to work for Paul’s father after the honeymoon.
Graham Sullivan, the shy, geeky guy I’d seen around the college campus way back when and rarely thought of since… Graham had answers. His grandfather (not the mutual one with Paul) had bought a guest ranch in Montana, he said. They needed employees, including social media experts like me. They offered staff housing.
Sign me up.
Why yes, we did leave Chicago in the wee hours of the morning, heading on a twenty-four-hour road trip west. Yes, I ran away. Hey, I left a note for my parents. But if you think that was the end of it all, you’d be as badly mistaken as I was.
Graham Sullivan? He was an angel sent by God to rescue me. Some guys are like that: rescuers. There’s a whole syndrome about falling in love with your rescuer. It’s called transference or something. It isn’t real, just like the feelings it seems Graham might be developing aren’t real, either. As soon as I don’t need more saving, he’ll lose interest.
Right? Of course, right. No matter what Valerie says. She’s my therapist. It’s not like she has the ability to make people fall in love for real.
I mean, have you read ANY books where falling in love with your rescuer ends well? Tell me about them if you know of any!
Graham Sullivan is back home in Chicago for his cousin’s wedding to the girl he’d once crushed on big time. But now the groom has the nerve to send Graham to tell Cadence that he’s bailing on the wedding. Has God given Graham a second chance, or what?
Cadence Foster is furious with her fiancé for jilting her when she has no place to live and no job. The awkward accountant who delivers the news offers her both at his grandfather’s Montana guest ranch, a perfect solution that buys her time for reassessment. But she doesn’t expect to see the office geek in a new light when they work together every day.
When these two urbanites are stranded together far from the lodge, they come face to face with a whole lot more than their deepening feelings.
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