Crossroad To Love by Anna Kristell - Romance>DramaTen years after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her husband and firstborn daughter, Katy Barron is finally ready to move on. Her son has started college and the time has come for Katy to concentrate on the next chapter in her life. Planning to meet her three best friends in Dallas for a week-long vacation, she discovers that she is not the only one who is at a crossroad. And when the Fab Four walk into the upscale Dallas restaurant, Chloe’s Place, and meet the owners, life will never be the same for any of them.
Katy is immediately attracted to the restaurant’s handsome co-owner, and infamous Dallas playboy, Ryan O’Grady, and the feeling appears to be mutual. But when the two discover they share a link to each other’s pasts, it threatens to end the relationship before it begins.
Broken-hearted, Katy returns to her home in Chicago, but a surprise job offer may be the answer she is looking for. Will she be able to convince Ryan to throw caution to the wind and let go of the past? Or will her drastic decisions bring even more heartbreak to the spunky widow as she attempts to rebuild her life?
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Excerpt:It had begun to rain. A slow, gentle drizzle, just enough to annoy the man behind the wheel. “When are you planning to tell him?” the man asked quietly, looking at the beautiful, blonde woman seated contentedly in the passenger seat of his new deep sea mica, state of the art Lexus LS. The automobile was decked out with every luxury imaginable. He had special-ordered it with every option available and had insisted they drive to Chicago for the weekend seminar, rather than fly from Indianapolis. He wanted to try it out on the open road. She had reluctantly agreed, preferring a short flight to the long drive, but knowing his excitement about the new car, she had finally given in.
“I’ll tell him tonight when we get in.” The woman sighed as she nervously removed the dazzling, three-carat, oval-cut, diamond and sapphire ring from the third finger on her left hand, placing it carefully into a black velvet box. She dropped the box into her handbag and replaced the ring with a small, plain gold wedding band. “Then we can finally, really begin our life together.”
The rain was coming down harder now, in sheets, making visibility difficult.
“Well, it’s about time. I’ve waited a long time for you to get to this point, my sweet.”
He made the fatal mistake of leaning over to kiss her, taking his eyes off the road for only a moment. In that split second, the world came to an end for the lovers in the blue Lexus.
And just before the deafening sound of crunching metal and breaking glass penetrated the silence of the night, the little girl in the back seat of another car said, “Daddy, my Girl Scout leader said I’ll have my badge by our next meeting.”