Coming Home by Kimberley O’Malley
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: self/ Carolina Blue Publishing
Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?
Elizabeth gazed at Sam from under mostly closed lids. She had never felt this attraction to him before. It was humming nicely along her nerve endings and yet odd and discomforting at the same time. This was not the Sam of her childhood. She wanted this Sam to never stop touching her. Maybe even move those magic hands higher.
“I can hear you thinking from over here, Elizabeth. What’s going on in that head of yours?” Sam’s hands had stopped, but he still held her feet. The muscles of his thighs were tensed under her heels.
Elizabeth pulled her feet off Sam’s lap and sat up. She crossed her arms in front of her and avoided eye contact. She couldn’t look at Sam. There was so much left unsaid between them. None of which was helped by the electricity that pulsed through her body whenever Sam touched her.
Slowly, as if to not startle her, he reached out and placed his hand along her jaw, turning her to face him again. He tenderly stroked her cheek. “I’m so afraid that you and I won’t ever find our way back to what we once meant to each other, Elizabeth.” His voice was strained.
Elizabeth nearly winced at the pain she saw in his warm brown eyes. She wanted more than anything to erase that. She reached out and lightly traced her fingers over the face that was so familiar and yet not. “Oh Sam, I’ve made such a mess of it. You’re the last person I ever wanted to hurt.” Regret echoed through the silent room.
“Tell me about your life, Elizabeth. Tell me, so that I can know you again.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.