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Jill O’Malley teaches kindergarten in San Francisco. Her husband Drew is a successful marriage counselor, but all is not well in the O’Malley household, where the two of them sit at the breakfast table on Saturday morning sipping coffee.
DREW: Is something troubling you, Jill?
JILL: Why do you ask?
DREW: You keep giving me those looks.
JILL: What looks?
DREW: Like there’s something you want to say, but can’t get the words out. What is it, honey? You used to tell me everything.
JILL: Sometimes I get the feeling you don’t really want a baby.
DREW: Jill, I…
JILL: Now you’re the one who won’t talk.
DREW: I just want you to be happy, honey, whatever it takes.
JILL: What if I never get pregnant? Will you still love me then?
DREW: Of course I’ll still love you. How can you ask such a thing? Infertility isn’t the end of the world. I made a vow to you, remember? For better… For worse… We’ve just hit a rough spot and–
JILL: Be honest with me, Drew. I’m tired of all your marriage counselor crap. Do you or don’t you want a child?
DREW: I… I–
JILL: See, you can’t even talk about our having a baby without stammering.
DREW: That’s simply not true. I want whatever you want. Whatever it takes to make you happy.
JILL: And if I never get pregnant? Will you still love me?
DREW: Of course I will. Nothing could ever make me stop loving my college sweetheart.
JILL: I must be such a disappointment to you.
DREW: Don’t say that, don’t even think it. You’re everything I ever wanted in a wife.
JILL: Even if I never have a baby for you to hold?
Thankfully Jill doesn’t notice Drew’s relieved sigh. He’s just weathered another storm, but how much longer can he keep Jill from learning the truth. Will he be able to conceal his secret and save his marriage? Or reveal his fears and destroy Jill’s love for him?
Will the vacation Dr. Cooper recommends he and Jill take fix their marital problems or just make matters worse? What is Drew hiding that he is so hesitant to tell Jill? Can this marriage be saved?
Here’s a blurb:
When fertility issues strain their marriage a childless couple travels to Ringaskiddy, Ireland for a stress-relieving visit with his family, where they rekindle their love and enjoy a second honeymoon. Their vacation brings back ghosts from the hero’s past and his childhood nightmares return, causing the heroine more stress until the near-drowning of his nephew inspires the hero to come clean about his past. Not until they return home to San Francisco does the couple discover they were Fairy Dusted in Ireland by the chemical used in Viagra.
If only Jill didn’t want a baby so badly.
Better still, if only he wanted a child. Things might work out for them if he did, but he wouldn’t change his mind about this. Not when another young life would hang in the balance.
Drew’s gut clenched. Sure as day followed night Jill would never forgive him for not coming clean with her on this.
The sudden clang of a pot lid and footsteps moving about in the kitchen ended Drew’s reverie.
Exhausted from trying to solve his clients’ marital problems, he was more than ready to seek refuge inside. Enjoy a tasty meal seated across from his beautiful wife in their well-appointed dining room.
As if he would.
Dread kept Drew glued to the spot, afraid to open the back door, hesitant to face his one-hundred-ten-pound wife.
The pot lid clanged again. Drew yanked open the door and strode in.
Jill stood at the stove, stirring something in an iron pot, her dark auburn hair pulled back from her face with a silver clamp.
“Gosh that smells good.” He grabbed a long-handled spoon and sampled the bubbling stew. “How soon do we eat?”
She glanced at him and smiled, a good sign. Lately, he never knew what to expect when he came home. Fertility drugs played havoc with Jill’s hormones. With their relationship, too.
He constantly worried about their marriage. He’d be satisfied if they never had a child, overjoyed, actually. He and Jill growing old together, walking through life hand in hand.
Just because we’re married doesn’t mean we have to have a child.
To Jill, it does.
She’d make too much of his action if he patted her softly yielding butt. Before his next breath she’d have him stripped and stretched out on the bed.
Fertility drugs changed Jill. Gave her the upper hand in their sex life. Made her lust for him, and had gradually eroded their love for each other in her determined rush to give him a child. A child he was afraid to father.
So far, his prayers had been answered and Jill hadn’t conceived, but how long could he depend on his luck lasting?
“How was your day?” he asked, giving her a tight hug, his hands firmly planted at her waist.
Toni Noel’s love of books started in childhood, when her mother first read The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew to her. She helped start church libraries in two rural Tennessee towns and appeared before the City Planning Commission and the San Diego City Council to urge a site be purchased. As the neighborhood spokesman for the new library the City Councilman for her district invited her to turn the second shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking for the new library. Toni’s fondest dream, to see one of her safe-haven-for-the-heart novels available for checkout there may soon be fulfilled. Her first release Law Breakers and Love Makers will be released in print in November.
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