This is going to be a very emotional ride. And how good is that tag line?
Something Lost (Funerals and Weddings Series Book 1) by Bernadette Marie released at the beginning of September in the Contemporary Romance genre.
Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.
Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world–but his love for her would never leave him.
Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.
When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.
Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?
She stepped to him. “I trusted you. You act all so cool and collected. Perhaps, this will faze you,” she said pushing him back and into the pool.
Suddenly, everything spun out of control. Olivia had been so upset that she hadn’t seen Santa Claus approach Jace carrying a small Christmas tree full of decorations for the hospital in Grand Cayman.
As Jace stumbled back into the pool, he unfortunately carried Santa and the tree with him into the water. The last thing Olivia heard was Santa’s “Ho! Ho! Ho!” turn into “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” before they both took a splash.
Olivia literally bit her tongue to stop from laughing. This was so not funny, but yet it was hilarious. She, Olivia Chasen, had finally found her fun and excitement. She had a new groove.
And as she looked around and noticed all the phone cameras rolling, and most likely had been the entire time, she delicately took a curtsy as proper as one she’d give Queen Elizabeth herself. Thankfully, watching all those episodes of the The Crown had paid off big time.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.
Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.
When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.
Rachel’s Father’s Influence
My newest title, Something Lost, the first book in my Funerals and Weddings series, begins at the funeral of Coach Diaz. At the funeral Craig Tuner is reunited with Rachel Diaz, coach’s daughter whom Craig once had a brief love affair with when they were younger.
Coach Diaz always knew Craig’s worth a person and did everything he could to help the young man succeed. He helped him get his first teaching job and backed him up when Craig’s own father let him down. The only thing he’d ever asked of him was that he not date his daughter.
Over the years, the promise that Craig and Rachel broke to her father haunted them individually. When they have the opportunity to reunite, this promise to Coach Diaz still lingers in their thoughts, even after his death. As they feel out a new, adult relationship, they must reflect on why Coach wanted to keep them apart when he loved them both as much as he did. Rachel faces the demons of her past as new traumas surface, and she recalls the care her father gave her and the lessons she taught her in order to overcome. Likewise, Craig must admit his wrong doings, and accept the graciousness of Coach’s teachings, understanding that they made him the man he is now.
In my books, there is no spoiler in knowing I offer a happily ever after always. It’s the journey these two reunited lovers take, and the combination of Coach Diaz’s lessons in life and love that carry them to that HEA.
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