SECOND TIME'S THE CHARM by Melissa Keir
A middle aged divorcee with two children must find her way back to love after a devastating divorce leaves her with no self confidence in herself or even in love. Lissa's ex-husband has shredded her self esteem, so
she has thrown herself into her children and job. An emergency life threatening illness of her best friend's son puts her on the path to romance. Lissa finds her new love in an unexpected way...introduced by his ex-wife.
Who knew that first time loves could lead to second chances?
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Dressing for another long day as a receptionist at a local pediatrician’s office, I went to rouse my children. There's something profound about watching your child sleep. Not wanting to wake them but knowing that our time in the morning is limited before work and school, I playfully mussed the boys’ hair and called their names.
“Scotty? Mac? Wake up. Come on you two, time to rise and shine. After all, it is cold and flu season!”
As the boys wiped the dreams from their eyes, I smiled and watched them come aware of the world around them. Their little furrowed brows showed they had to adjust to which house they were in. With Steve’s house being the home they grew up in and my apartment being smaller, they were shuttled back and forth each week so we both got a chance to be parents. That was important to both of us. Neither Steve nor I wanted to live without our children.
I was lucky. The kids came first in our lives and wanted for nothing. We had done something right, even though we could hardly talk to each other without fighting.
The morning routine over, I arrived at the office and set about getting ready for a day filled with sick, screaming children, frustrated parents, and a gallon of hand-sanitizer. Never failing to disappoint, the phone began ringing off the hook around eight o’clock.
Starting the first of the many pots of coffee for the day, I tidied up the staff room. Chloe walked in and put her purse in the closet. “Looks like it’ll be a busy day!” Tall and regal in an Angelina Jolie sort of way, Chloe was everything I wasn’t. She would’ve been easy to hate if she wasn’t so darn easy to love. Another divorced mom, she understood exactly where I was in the healing process. She'd remarried a couple of years ago and now wanted everyone to be happily married. “You should've come with us to the bar last night,” Chloe entreated. “There were so many cute guys there!”
“You aren’t supposed to be noticing cute guys,” I teased.
“Oh, Mike was there and you can’t have him. But there were other hot guys.” Chloe and Mike met when her own marriage ended. Mike had been her cooking teacher at a local community college class. Chloe decided culinary skills would improve her marriageability. And while the class did nothing to improve her cooking, it did land her Mike’s heart.
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