(City by the Bay Stories #1)Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
By Cari Lynn Webb
By Cari Lynn Webb
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Just who is healing whom?
Two years ago, Dr. Wyatt Reid shared an unforgettable goodbye kiss with Mia Fiore. Now a scuba diving accident brings the daredevil documentary filmmaker into his San Francisco ER. Could this be their shot at a real relationship? But Wyatt, haunted by family tragedy, saves lives, and Mia risks hers every day. Can they find the way to a future on both their terms?
Mia studied the Craftsman bungalow with the front porch that begged for a swing. Tree branches draped over the fence in front of the truck as if reaching out to greet newcomers. She’d never considered settling into a house, but imagined a lovely home like Helen’s would be perfect. Even from the truck, something special surrounded the house as if the ground carried Mother Nature’s blessing. “You grew up here?” She heard both the awe and jealousy in her voice.
“Built a tree fort in the backyard and played hide-and-seek in the street.” Wyatt leaned across her and opened her door.
Mia imagined the boy inside the man racing through the neighborhood and acting like a pirate in the tree house. A child’s dream. Couches covered in sheets and lampshades wrapped in plastic anchored her childhood, making mud pies and collecting fireflies had been prohibited. Her childhood home looked as if it waited, suspended in time, dust-free under the protective coverings, until a new family moved in to give it life again. Stepping onto the porch, she understood why Helen refused to leave. She’d refuse to leave as well if she called this place home. “How’d you ever leave?”
“Easy.” Wyatt wiped his shoes on the welcome mat. “I went to college and kept on moving from there.”
Always moving. Always running. Mia gripped the patio post. “This would call me home.”
Wyatt studied her arm wrapped around the post as if he’d never seen the intricate detail in the woodwork before. “Careful, you’re sounding like someone who wants to put down some roots.”
“I’m just appreciating your childhood home.” Mia tipped her head against the post and stared at him. “Nothing wrong with that.”
“Good to know things haven’t changed.” He opened the door, motioned her inside.
Mia paused in the doorway and looked up at Wyatt. The sleeve of her scrubs brushed against his shoulder. The slightest shift and she’d touch him. A little more and she’d be close enough to kiss him. “Have you suddenly found your roots?”
He set his fingers under her chin, tipped her face up to his. His thumb stroked across her cheek. Back and forth as if he tried to rub his warmth into her chilled skin. Only each caress stirred something deep inside her, something deep inside her heart, pulling her closer to him.
He shifted, closing the distance to less than a breath away. “You know me better than that.”
“You’re right, then.” She moved into the entryway, instead of into his embrace. That warmth disappeared. “Nothing has changed.”
Yet her heart tripped over itself being so close to him again. Her breath threatened to hitch. And a whisper wound through her, hinting that everything had changed.
About the Author
Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.
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