Maggie sat in the empty Ritz suite Jeffrey had rented for their engagement trip and stared listlessly into a wall. Her clothes were strewn all over the bed – she started packing, but had to stop, unable to continue with the task through the tears that were flooding her eyes. It sounded like a cheesy cliché, but she really did feel like a knife had been stuck through her heart.
Next to her lay Jeffrey’s laptop – the files on it were all the evidence Maggie needed to know that Bethany’s words were true.
Beautiful women were a fact of life for Jeffrey Preston. At first, Maggie felt overshadowed by all the gorgeous starlets and aspiring models who flocked to Jeffrey at various social functions that he took Maggie to. On occasions like these, she could almost hear their jealous thoughts: Whatever did he see in you? You’d better watch your back or someone will take your place. Not that she had had any reasons to doubt Jeffrey’s fidelity: ever since the two of them had started seeing each other, Jeffrey had said goodbye to his wild past. Before, he had been known to stay out until all hours of the night, emerging from nightclubs with two or three stunning women on his arms, but once he began dating Maggie, he became completely committed to her, or so Maggie had thought.
To know that she had been fooled the entire time was what really hurt the most. Now, in hindsight, a pattern emerged: all the times when Jeffrey did not answer his cell phone, even late at night, his haphazard business trips and his reluctance to talk about his supposed business meetings. At the time, she did not make anything of it, but now she knew that she had been a naïve fool.
Maggie’s first impulse had been to pack up and go to the airport. She started throwing her clothes into her suitcase, but changed her mind halfway.
She had to leave this hotel room, but she was not sure she wanted to go home just yet. For one, leaving would let Jeffrey off the hook too easily – he owed her a face-to-face explanation. And for another, Eagleville was a photographer’s goldmine, and what better way to get over heartbreak than keeping busy?
But if she was going to stay in Eagleville, Maggie had to find new accommodations. There was no way she was going to remain at the Ritz – the prospect of running into her cheating, lying fiancé pretty much nixed that option. Nor did she want to stay in any of the hotels in the vicinity of the Ritz, which pretty much excluded the majority of the hotels in the resort, as all the lodging establishments were neatly packed into a tight cluster around the main gondola.
That left the Owl Lodge – the rustic setting and proximity to the air tram made it the ideal choice. A few hours ago, the possibility of running into Taylor would have worried her, but she was a different woman now - the kind of woman who resolved to never get her heart broken again, and even the tantalizing green of Taylor’s eyes could not swerve her off her new course.
Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie's college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor's death. When Maggie returns to Taylor's native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor's side, convincing him to embrace life again.
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novelsThis Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm,On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense,ToCatch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dressin a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventurenovel,Over the Mountain and Back.
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Books by Marie Astor:
This Tangled ThingCalled Love– a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions,learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm– a humorous contemporaryromance about love, luck and friendship.
On the Rim of Love– a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
A Dress in a Window– a collection ofshort stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountainand Back –young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes hissnowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knewexisted.
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