Title: The Strength of Love
Author: G.L. Ross
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 14th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 275 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1518643743
Digital ISBN: 9781311464309
Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride, Rachel Thompson is ready to give up on love, before rodeo cowboy Brooks Reynolds rides into the arena and lassos her heart. His smoldering looks and strong yet tender nature sweep her off her feet. Life is pinch-worthy and picture-book perfect, except on the eve of her wedding Rachel’s love story is ripped from the pages. After two months of grieving, she discovers her nightmare is never-ending. In order to escape her heartbreaking past, the middle-school counselor relocates to a new city for a fresh start and a second chance at happiness and perhaps even love. Through her faith and the support of her family and friends she discovers sought after answers during an unexpected journey.
The winter holiday season should be a time of happiness. A time for a renewal of your spirit. A time for faith and family, but every year the holidays serve as a reminder, to Rachel, she’s single and alone.
“Get over yourself, Rachel. Going out with all of us is a hell of a lot better than sitting at home by yourself,” Margaret explains, over the phone.
Rachel replies, “Margaret, I know your intentions are good, but I would much rather watch the ball drop from my comfy couch. Ryan Seacrest is nice eye-candy and Ebony will give me a head butt when everyone else is kissing at midnight. You guys go have fun. I’ll enjoy a glass of champagne and head to bed. Next year, I promise, I will join all of you.”
“You said that last year,” Margaret snips.
“And I had the best of intentions. Next year I will be there. Surely, I’ll have a date by then. Cross my heart I’ll do my very best to have a date next year. Now go! Go have fun and tell everyone hello, for me.” She forces a smile as she blinks back her tears.
“I really don’t like this.” And you think I do. “If you change your mind give me a call—I mean it.”
“I know you do and I appreciate it. Tell Alex hi and happy New Year.”
“Will do. Love you.”
“Love you, too.” She rubs the back of her tension-filled neck.
After ending her call, Rachel luxuriates in a bubble bath with a tall glass of bubbly, before joining Ebony and Ryan Seacrest in her den. Ryan counts down the ball drop prior to Rachel tooting her store bought horn at midnight and frightening Ebony so badly she rips the arm of the couch when she ejects her furry body high in the air. Witnessing the fabric ripping beneath Ebony’s curled claws, Rachel screams. Ebony screeches. Ryan hollers Happy New Year as all of New York roars and engages in a massive lip-lock. Rachel slumps against the arm of her torn sofa and gulps the rest of her champagne, before curling into a ball beneath her angora throw. Next year has to be better.
The brand new year begins earlier than she ever intended, with a pounding on her front door…and in her head. “Go away,” she grunts, burying her head beneath the over-sized throw pillows. The pounding continues—“For the love of God, please stop and go away,” she whimpers. Ebony crawls on top of her head doing her very best to redeem herself by reducing the pounding sound. Ebony’s weight and heat actually help Rachel’s throbbing headache.
“Rachel, it’s Margaret. Please open the door.”
Seriously, why on earth is she not still in bed sleeping or having sex?
With her hands supporting her temples, Rachel slowly makes her way to the front door. The light seeping in as she opens the door burns her eyes and forces her to hurry down the hallway into her guest bathroom. How much champagne did I drink? Once she regains composure, she returns to the den where she finds an empty bottle of champagne, on the coffee table, in front of Margaret. Question answered.
“All right, Margaret, what brings you here so early? Any normal soul would be sleeping or having morning sex, so what’s your excuse?” For the second time, in less than ten minutes, Rachel is blinded by a bright light.
“I got engaged!” Margaret shrieks.
Rachel’s head explodes resembling the final scene in the fireworks show from last night. Her heart sinks and her acting skills kick into high gear. “Oh. My. Gosh! I’m so happy for you, Margaret. Let me see that rock.” The Academy Award worthy performance continues for another thirty minutes. Rachel oohs and ahhs as her friend gives her a play by play of the proposal and continues flashing her ostentatious ring. She’s truly happy for Margaret, but once again she’s a bridesmaid and not a bride—hell, she can’t even get a date. So much for the New Year being better.
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G.L. Ross is the author of the Flyboy Trilogy and the soon to be released contemporary/inspirational romance, "The Strength of Love." To learn more about her, visit her via website, Facebook, or Twitter. She loves to hear from her fans. Also, join her street team, The Flygirls. To join, find the link on her website.
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THE STRENGTH OF LOVE by G.L. Ross is a tale of love, loss, and second chances. This inspiring love story shares how several men influenced one woman’s life and showered her with love in different ways. Experience love, friendship, faith, suspense, tragedy, humor, and a supernatural element...always and forever. Readers who enjoyed THE BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks will be drawn in and left breathless by The Strength of Love.
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