Maya went to her mother’s private file cabinet and gave the top drawer a little tug. It was locked. Of course. It was always locked. Her mother was a lock freak. Maya grabbed the foot stool, stood, reached and felt the dusty top closet shelf until she found the key, where she’d found it last Christmas, when her mother had gone out Christmas shopping.
Back at the file cabinet, she opened it. She pulled out the lower drawer and searched for the file that was labeled PERSONAL. Maya snaked her hand into the file and drew out an old yellow envelope that had JOANNA written on it in very skillful script.
She extracted the yellow creased letter, shook it open and read it again, just as she had done several times the previous Christmas. The handwriting was clear, the letters carefully formed.
I am not a poet or a writer of sonnets. I’m a practical man who has had his foundation shaken to the core. If there were truths I once held as true, they are now questioned. If there were absolutes, they have been shattered. If life held promise and clear pathways to success and achievement, they have been obscured and lost.
My darling, I have simply fallen in love with you. It is frightening and wonderful. I sometimes think that when God created heaven and earth—if he did—that love was the one thing that he kept a secret, deep within the hearts of the blessed and the deserving. I think he probably placed the diamond of it in very few hearts. But he placed it in yours, Joanna, and I have benefited from your prodigious intelligence and your astounding beauty.
I will come back to you, Joanna. I have to. I have no other choice. Wait for me, my darling. Wait for me. We have many wonderful years together.
With deepest love,
—I, Robert Zachary Harrison, vow to return to you.
Maya carefully replaced the letter into the envelope and returned it to the file. She stared at nothing, her eyes unfocused and filled with gloomy thoughts. She wanted the father she’d never met to pay for his sins. She’d wanted him to pay dearly for his lies. But he would become the next president of the United States and nothing could stop him… or could she?
Title: The Other Side of Summer
Author: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Joanna Halloran, a best selling writer and astrologer, lives in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After a violent storm, she roams the beach, glances seaward and spots a man clinging to a piece of wreckage, being tossed helplessly. She dives in and pulls him to safety. Robert Zachary Harrison is from a wealthy, political family. As he slowly recovers from a private plane crash, he and Joanna fall in love and spend passionate and secluded weeks together. But because of family duty, Robert departs, not knowing Joanna is pregnant.
Twenty five years later, Senator Robert Harrison is running for President of the United States. In the midst of a contentious presidential campaign, Joanna’s beautiful daughter, who has a passion to expose secrets, seeks revenge on the father she has never met. She also begins a passionate relationship with her father’s adopted son.
Joanna and Robert must confront the past and present. While the world watches, they struggle with old passions and new secrets that could destroy them both.
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. Douglas has been a musician, a graphic designer and an equity trader.
Elyse Douglas, have completed seven novels: The Summer Diary, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town, The Christmas Diary and The Other Side of Summer.
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