September’s Theme is Hometown Pride. I’ll be posting a chapter each week of my own sweet romance about the high school quarterback and valedictorian who reconnect at a high school reunion.
Today’s featured book is also about two classmates who end up working together a few years after school. They have both been changed by their life’s circumstances and must find a way to put the past behind them.
Here’s today’s Friday Feature:
I love the “forced proximity” trope, so this book began with my vision for the scene where Sydney and Grant are trapped in a stalled car together in the middle of winter. I enjoyed writing how Sydney’s walls slowly tore down after that experience, and the rest of the story eventually took shape.
About the book:
After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. However, following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.
Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.
When a business trip gone awry leaves the pair stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, Grant sees his chance to make things right and put their past wrongs behind them…if only Sydney can get over her distrust of men. And with a conniving coworker working to destroy Sydney’s happiness, no matter the cost, can she put her faith back in God and learn to trust in Grant before she loses her chance at happiness?
They sat on the beat-up couch, with an entire cushion between them. “Sorry. The living room is one of the next things on my to-do list. The kitchen and bathroom were a lot to tackle, so I had to stop and focus on replenishing my funds for a while.”
Sydney laughed. “You don’t need to apologize. I think you’ve done an amazing job with this place. It’s unrecognizable, really.”
“Hmm.” Grant leaned over to put his glass on the coffee table. “Kind of like you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Unrecognizable. I mean, I literally didn’t know it was you when I saw you at the Snowball Reunion last month. It took a few minutes for the fog to lift.”
“That’s because I lost some weight and started using a flatiron on my hair,” Sydney said with a playful smirk. “So, what did you think when you realized we’d be working together?”
“Honestly?” Grant asked, and Sydney nodded. “I couldn’t believe my luck. I knew I’d missed my opportunity with you in high school. And I know people change. Clearly, we both did. But I figured our connection might still be there.”
“Our connection?” Sydney asked, her tone incredulous. She almost wondered if she’d heard him right. “What high school did you go to?”
“I know, I know. But you get what I mean, right? If circumstances had been different, I believe we really could have clicked back then. Don’t you?” Grant paused, but Sydney couldn’t give him the validation he was after without it being a bald-faced lie, so she shook her head and gave him an apologetic look.
“Well anyway, I guess I was excited that I might have a second chance to see if something could happen.”
Sydney struggled with how to respond to his confession. It had been a long time since she’d been with a man who was insinuating that they had chemistry. Was she ready to admit the same?
“So, what did you think of me after spending some time with me in the office?” She hoped her question would force him to confess how horrible she had become as a person. Self-sabotage, Sydney. Atta girl.
After a pause, Grant replied, “Well, I knew I was right.”
“In what way? That people change? I guess I wasn’t the person you remembered, was I?” Sydney asked somberly.
“No, I mean I knew I was right that we would have clicked.”
About the author:
Katy Eeten lives in southeast Wisconsin with her husband, Jason, and their two sons. She works full-time crunching numbers and analyzing data, but her true passion is writing. She has four contemporary Christian romances and a Christmas novella due out this winter. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys taking walks or bike rides, baking goodies, and spending time with her family.
Learn more about Katy at her website — https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Katy-Eeten/e/B0796L1CVK