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Her mother was a hired nanny and her father the Mellwood Bank. This is the way Taurus Laurel Richmond describes her family. After burning out as a nurse with an international health agency, she returns to Eastlake, the one place she where she felt connected. She studied nursing here and made a number of friends. Her one problem is her wealth. Soon she will receive a fortune. But money hasn’t given her the things she wants, a home, a family and love. Since a chance visit after summer camp with a friend made there, her idea of a man to love has been Alex Carter.
Alex Carter is a Scorpio, a single dad with a five year old son. He’s a general practitioner at Eastlake Community Hospital. While attracted to Laurel, he has one problem. His ex and now dead wife had a lot of money and little sense. Drugs and her fast friends were her life. She abandoned their son who cried for hours until his father returned. Alex has no love for women with money. Attraction or not he refuses to admit he’s falling for Laurel.
With the help of Alex’s son, Laurel sets out to prove to Alex she’s in town for the long haul and she will make the perfect wife and mother.
Janet Lane Walters has written a charming tale.
As a child, Laurel Richmond was trapped in a car with her dead parents for hours. After losing them, Laurel's next of kin was a bank. Laurel hides her immense wealth, traveling internationally as a nurse, helping the sick. She decides to settle in Eastlake, a small community.
She once summered with her friend Megan, developing a huge crush on Megan's brother, Alex, who is now a divorced doctor raising his young son Johnny. Alex is leary of wealth because his rich ex-wife had no time for him or Johnny, but Johnny takes to Laurel right away.
The glimpses of a family life that Laurel experiences with Johnny and Alex leave her longing for her dreams to become reality. Can she get Alex to realize that money may bring power, but love offers peace?
The old saying ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ was never truer than in Laurel Richmond’s case. Orphaned at the age of three, she has spent her life being under the care of nannies, and under the watchful eye of her financial advisers. Her fortune, and trying to escape the difficulties that come along with being an heiress, sent her off to the far-flung corners of the world to work in disaster areas for the International Health Resource Mission. Tired of the long hours and following one disaster after another in counties with little amenities she packs up and decides to resign and flee back to the one place in the world that she has ever felt was a haven and the nearest to a home that she would ever find.
Back in The States, her good friend and fellow nurse, is intent on matching her up with her brother, Alex, a doctor. Trouble is Laurel had a crush on Alex when she was young. Laurel is scared because too many people she loved have disappeared from her life. Alex is now a widower with a young son to care for. His wife left him and the boy and went off to enjoy another life a year before she died. Coincidentally she was also an heiress with little regard for anyone but herself. So, the last thing Alex wants in his life right now is another heiress. Trouble is that his son is desperate for a replacement mother and wants Laurel to be that mother. Big problems arise for Alex when his desire for Laurel spirals. But, all he can offer her is a marriage of convenience. Will that be enough for Laurel?
“Are you home for good?”
How could she tell him she didn’t have a home, just two residences the bank had retained? Would he understand why she had returned to
“I don’t know.” Eastlake
“Why don’t you consider staying in
? The hospital
needs nurses. Have you kept your license?” Eastlake
“Yes.” She noted the overhead signs pointing to the baggage area and turned to the right. “Lately I haven’t been thinking beyond each day.”
His fingers lightly stroked her jacket sleeve. She wondered if he was aware of the action. The rush of heat she felt in response to his gentleness dissolved the wall holding her pain. In silence she walked beside her.
Once they reached the revolving baggage carrousel for her flight she pointed to the khaki duffel circling with the suitcases. “The duffel’s mine.”
Alex snagged the strap. “Just one.”
She nodded. “I’ve learned to travel light. Not much room in a tent or a hut.”
“What were you doing in a tent?”
“Working for International Health Rescue Missions. Didn’t Megan tell you?”
“Probably. It’s hard finding facts in her chatter.”
They entered the bullet train and exited minutes later at the door leading to the parking lot. The air redolent with exhaust fumes made her choke and cough. Alex opened the car door and slid the duffel in the back.
“How’s your son?” she asked.
“Johnny’s a lot of fun.”
“And your wife?” As soon as she blurted the question she remembered what Megan had said about her sister-in-law and how she’d abandoned her son and husband.
A muscle at the corner of Alex’s mouth twitched. “She died a year ago.”
“Does your son miss her?”
The tic increased in tempo. “He hadn’t seen her since the divorce.” He pulled out of the parking lot and headed for the Parkway. “What were your assignments like?”
“Primitive conditions for most of the assignments. Needy people. Too little help often arriving too late. I saw a lot of anger and apathy.”
“But you helped.”
“Some.” Just now she didn’t want to talk about IHRM and the reason she had left. “How’s your father? So many of Megan’s letters were lost because of the number of times the team moved. All I have is bits and pieces of what’s been happening.”
He caught her gaze. “I bet if you had them all, you would still be confused. Dad’s become the heart throb of the middle-aged set.”
She watched his expression change from the guarded look. Though sorrow lines remained deeply etched at the corners of his mouth the tic had disappeared. Had his wife’s desertion soured him? Not knowing how to offer comfort she closed her eyes and drifted to sleep.