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Where or When(2015)
(The third book in the Home Front series)
A novel by Barbara Bretton
She was everything he'd ever wanted . . .
He was everything she'd dreamed of.
It is 1941 and Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu is as close to paradise as you were likely to get. Golden sunshine, sweet ocean breezes, secluded beaches made for romance.
Pearl is a dream come true for Rick Byrne. A poor kid from the south side of Chicago, Rick joined the navy to see the world -- and maybe one day own a piece of it. When the chance to drive for Admiral Forrester falls into his lap, he grabs for the brass ring even if it means squiring the admiral's spoiled and beautiful daughter all around Honolulu.
Eden Forrester dislikes the brash young sailor on sight. For five weeks now she has been forced to rely on her father's underlings to drive her around town while she waits for her broken leg to mend. A first-class flirt, she is accustomed to getting her own way with men of all ages, but her new driver seems immune to her charms . . . until one magical moment on a moonswept beach when the future is theirs for the taking.
But the world around them is growing more dangerous every day and on a beautiful Sunday morning in December, not even Paradise can save them from their destiny . . .
A heartwarming romance from USA Today bestselling author Barbara Bretton
Rick wanted to tell her to take a hike. Eden was a manipulative daddy's girl accustomed to getting her own way. Hell, she didn't even know how to sit on the beach without live entertainment. The Germans and the English had a better chance of making peace than he and Eden Forrester.
And that's when he made his big mistake. He looked at her. Not just at her shiny hair and rounded figure, but at her. He looked into those turquoise eyes and saw beyond her beauty and that sense of destiny he'd felt last night when he first saw her gripped him by the throat and refused to let go. Like six drivers before him he wanted to toss down the keys to the Oldsmobile and get as far away from her as possible. But unlike those six other drivers, it wasn't because he'd had enough of her.
It was because he knew he could never have her at all.
She waited, praying he would sit down on the sand next to her.
He waited, trying to convince himself she was nothing more than a means to an end.
But the sun was shining and the air was sweet with promise and he'd only be her driver for two more weeks. Your life couldn't be turned upside down in just two weeks. Two weeks wasn't even enough time to become friends. Just because he was only her driver didn't mean he couldn't enjoy a little on-the-job beachcombing, did it? Especially not if the boss's daughter said it was okay.
She smiled up at him.
He smiled down at her.
She patted the spot next to her and he sat down and in that moment he somehow knew there'd be no turning back.
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November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition