Bowie got out with the purchases he made at Unique
Boutique and headed for the door. There wasnâ€™t a woman in sight when he let himself in, but
he heard a lot of chatter coming from his bedroom.
â€śLucy! Iâ€™m home!â€ť he yelled.
There was a moment of silence. Then the door opened, and
Ella came out, laughing.
â€śYou sure got our attention with that greeting,â€ť she said.
Pearl and Rowan were right behind her. â€śBowie, do you
remember all those old I Love Lucy
reruns we used to watch when you were little?â€ť Pearl asked.
Bowie grinned. â€śI sure do.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re mostly ready,â€ť Ella said, then frowned. â€śRowan
doesnâ€™t want to go.â€ť
â€śI think she might change her mind,â€ť he said, and handed her
the sack. â€śGo try them on.â€ť
Rowanâ€™s eyes widened when she saw the Unique Boutique
sack and peeked inside, then clutched the clothes to her chest and ran back into the
â€śIâ€™m going to wash up and put on a clean shirt,â€ť Bowie said.
Pearl hugged his neck. â€śYou are an old softieâ€¦getting your
not--really--kin friend something new.â€ť
He shrugged. â€śI havenâ€™t spent a dime of my own money on
anyone but myself in ages. It makes me happy to be able to do this, Granâ€¦for all of
He headed for the bathroom to make a quick change and
emerged only seconds ahead of Rowan, who came out wearing the jeans and the white blouse
with the peek--a--boo shoulders. They fit perfectly, and she was teary but smiling.
The girls exclaimed over how pretty she looked, but she
needed to see the truth in Bowieâ€™s eyes, and she would know if he was lying.
â€śWhat do you think?â€ť she asked, and did a little pirouette so
they could get the full front and back view.
â€śIs it improper for me to tell the not--really--kin girl how
stunning she looks?â€ť
Ella smirked. Gran waited. And then Rowan smiled.
â€śNot improper at all,â€ť Rowan said. â€śAnd the shoes fit, too.
How did you figure out my sizes?â€ť
He shrugged. â€śI build things. I guess I have a good eye. So,
is everybody ready to go?â€ť
â€śYes!â€ť they echoed.
â€śWeâ€™re going to Grannyâ€™s first, and then to the phone store.
Aunt Ella, did you all get your phones here in town?â€ť
â€śGood. Then theyâ€™ll already have your plan in the computer.
All weâ€™ll need to do is get you replacements. So off we go.â€ť
He went down the steps first so he could hold onto them as
they came down, then loaded them up into the car again. The last thing he did was set the
security system, and then he drove away.
Once again, Rowan was riding shotgun and Pearl and Ella
were in the back seat, chattering away about paint colors and new flooring for the renovation.
Bowie glanced at Rowan. She seemed to be very taken with
her new clothes and kept feeling the fabric and fussing with her hair.
â€śYou look beautiful,â€ť he said.
â€śThanks to you,â€ť she said.
â€śNo, thanks go to good genetics. Itâ€™s not the clothes. Itâ€™s
She smiled and then glanced out the window as they were
passing the Unique Boutique and imagined him picking out these clothes.
â€śWhoâ€™s hungry?â€ť Bowie asked.
â€śWe all are,â€ť Ella said. â€śWhen you told Rowan you were
coming back to take us out at noon, we only had toast and coffee for breakfast so weâ€™d have
plenty of room for the food at Grannyâ€™s.â€ť
â€śAwesome,â€ť Bowie said. â€śI havenâ€™t taken a pretty girl out on a
date in years, and now I have three of them.â€ť
â€śI havenâ€™t been to Grannyâ€™s in a long time,â€ť Rowan added.
â€śIâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
He pulled into the parking lot, parked as close to the
entrance as he could get, and escorted them inside.
To everyoneâ€™s surprise, Lovey was sitting on a tall stool
behind the front counter. She had a cast on one arm and a few small, pink scars on her face
and arms from where stitches and staples had been, but she was smiling.
â€śWelcome to Grannyâ€™s.â€ť
â€śOh! Lovey! Itâ€™s wonderful to see you here,â€ť Pearl said. â€śDo
you remember my grandson, Bowie?â€ť
Lovey eyed the big, good--looking man and grinned. â€śYes,
but he sure didnâ€™t look like this last time I saw him. Welcome home, Bowie, and welcome back
â€śThanks,â€ť Bowie said.
Lovey eyed the pretty dark--eyed girl beside him. â€śYou look
familiar, honey. Do I know you?â€ť
â€śMaybe. Iâ€™m Rowan Harper, but I havenâ€™t been here in a long
time, and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
Loveyâ€™s smile shifted. â€śOh, I remember you now. And I did
hear of your daddyâ€™s passing. Iâ€™m so very sorry.â€ť
â€śThank you,â€ť Rowan said.
Lovey waved down one of the waitresses. â€śIâ€™m here on a trial
basis. I missed being here so much that the doctor finally okayed it. However, I had to promise
not to overdo for a while, so the girls are seating customers for me.â€ť
Then Becky appeared and grabbed four menus. â€śThis way,
please,â€ť she said, and took them to one of the large booths. Pearl and Ella took one side, and
Rowan and Bowie the other.
Keenly aware of the man beside her, it was all Rowan could
do to focus on food.
Becky took their drink orders. â€śBe right back with some hot
biscuits,â€ť she said.
â€śI wonâ€™t turn those down,â€ť Bowie said.
â€śNobody does,â€ť Pearl said. â€śAnd since Lovey is here, that
means Mercy Pittman is back in the kitchen, baking up her usual magic.â€ť
Becky came back with their drinks, and another waitress
followed her up with a basket of biscuits.
â€śEnjoy,â€ť Becky said. â€śIâ€™ll give you a few minutes to look at the
menus, then Iâ€™ll be back to take your orders.â€ť
â€śThanks,â€ť Bowie said, and passed the bread basket around,
then took one for himself and reached for
â€śThese are amazing,â€ť Rowan said. â€śIâ€™m a good cook and a
decent baker, but not on this level.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll disagree with that,â€ť Bowie said. â€śThat peach cobbler you
made last night was so good.â€ť
Rowan smiled. â€śThanks. It was my daddyâ€™s favorite
â€śIn Georgia, peaches are everyoneâ€™s favorite,â€ť Ella said.
(C) Sharon Sala, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2019
Blessings, Georgia #8
When times are tough, thereâ€™s always a little Blessings to go aroundâ€”the newest
Blessings, Georgia novel by bestselling author Sharon Sala
Blessings, Georgia is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Fanny and no one is left
unscathedâ€”including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her
life now seems almost impossible.
Bowie James is no stranger to the storm's damageâ€”and on top of that, he's clashing with his
birth father's family. Falling for anyone, even a beautiful, kindhearted woman like Rowan, is out
of the question. There's too much heartache going around, unlessâ€¦ Their love might just bring
the hope and healing to themselves and their families they all need. As long as they're willing
to give it a chance.
Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks
Casablanca, On Sale: June 25, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492673682
/ eISBN: 9781492673699]
SHARON SALA has over one hundred books in print and has published in five different genres.
She is an eight-time RITA finalist, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Book Reviews,
and five-time winner of the National Readerâ€™s Choice Award. Writing changed her life, her
world, and her fate. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma. Visit her on the web at sharonsala.net.
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