7 June 2015

My Sunday Snippet this week is from A Dream For Lani-Beneath Southern Skies Book 2

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 Beneath Southern Skies- Contemporary Romance set in Australia
Book 1-Lonely Pride
Book 2--A Dream for Lani
Book 3-Coming soon from Books We Love

Cosseted all her life, Lani Moore inherits a fortune, but yearns for a loving family. The chance to grab that arrives when two youngsters talk her into taking a flat in their house. Their father, Ryan, is enchanted by the air of intriguing melancholy about his new tenant. Will Lani’s lonely heart find the love she wants above all else?

“So, Miss Moore?” Ryan noted her slender fingers were bare of rings. Was she living with a man? Somehow that idea made him feel annoyed. Why, he didn’t want to question. “Getting married? Needing a new home? Or just fed up with your present living arrangements?”

          Ryan straightened the papers on his desk as he let her name roll around in his head. She was as unusual as her name. Her gorgeous hair shone. Not what you would call a beauty in the classical terms, and the air of melancholy about her intrigued him. Her clothes were nothing out of the ordinary. Obviously expensive but not striking. Her defiant little chin jutted warningly; here was a woman who didn’t suffer fools. But contrarily she seemed uneasy and self-conscious with him. Glancing about nervously she allowed him to study her profile; her perfect nose and that dainty chin.

“I’m looking for a farm, or a small property. I want to buy not rent.”

Ryan mulled that over. She hadn’t said whether she was married or not. Perhaps she had a partner. “How small? How many children do you have that need all this space?” Ryan felt stupid. Why was he so keen to learn her marital state? What did he care if she had a dozen kids?

“Children? Why, none.” She gave him an old-fashioned look. Had she guessed he was fishing? “I have a horse.”
Ryan’s insides lurched, and he stifled a groan. A bloody horse!
“I need somewhere where there’s plenty of room for her. I’ve just moved to Victoria. At present I’m living with a friend and my mare is stabled some distance away. It’s not a satisfactory arrangement.”

Suddenly unsure of herself, Lani wondered what she’d said to annoy him. His friendly demeanor had disappeared and she couldn’t think why. He now seemed disinterested, which caused her to think she’d been using her imagination before and manufactured the interest she was sure he’d shown her. What nonsense. What would a man like him see in a mousy creature such as her?

How Lani wished she was worldlier. Had she mistaken the look in his eyes? He’d seemed to be studying her with interest. But perhaps he treated all his female clients with the same amount of attention. Not for the first time she wished she could carry on a casual flirtation. What fun it must be to indulge in carefree banter with a man like this.

The look he gave her as he said, “Ah, a horse,” was purely disdainful. The curt sentence was as effective as having a bucket of cold water thrown over her. What a fool? Of course he hadn’t been vaguely interested in her as a woman—merely as a prospective client. And he now thought her odd.
Her back straightened, and her chin jutted. “Yes, a horse. What’s so strange about that?” His ready smile had been replaced by a frown. Now it was her turn to think him strange.
“I believe this is the best book I have ever read! I probably think something similar when I finish a book, but I have never before printed the words. Lani Moore had relocated to Victoria, Australia, to try to start over. Never again would she allow anyone to get close to her just because she was rich. She wouldn’t lie about it; she would just keep her mouth shut. She had always been quiet and withdrawn from the hub of activity, so that should not be too hard! When she met Ryan, a realtor, she thought she noticed some interest—until she mentioned that she needed a farm to board her horse…
Ms. Tricia McGill keeps enticing us into the story with her wit and charming manner of writing. Of course, there is love and there is disaster. The love ebbs and flows and the “near hits and misses” just tug at the heartstrings. The ending may be predictable (after all, who wants a bad ending) but the journey is unforgettable! I urge you to read this winner!” 5 stars Reviewer: Brenda Talley TRS

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  1. Got to get this one. After reading the review, I'm excited to read your story. Already know you're a star.

    1. Thanks Ginger, from one 'star' to another.