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Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
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As he stepped from his car and walked toward the side door of the house, a figure appeared in the carport, startling him.
“Is Polly home?” she asked.
He took in the woman’s long, graying hair and her petite stature. She was perhaps sixty or seventy, barefoot, and wearing what appeared to be a sleeveless nightgown.
What the hell? “Polly?”
“Yes, Polly,” she said in irritation, as if he should know what she was talking about. “She’s my friend. She lives here.”
“I’m sorry. I’m the only person who lives here.”
She shook her head emphatically. “No, Polly lives here.”
“Where do you live?”
“Oh, you know.”
Alex took a step closer to her. Did she have some form of dementia? Who was she? He was pretty sure he’d never seen her in the ER or at the family clinic. He pulled his cell phone from his pocket.
“Maybe I can call Polly for you. What’s her number?”
She rattled off a series of meaningless numbers. Alex dialed nine-one-one. A dispatcher picked up immediately.
“Nine-one-one. What is your emergency?”
“This is Dr. Alex Campbell,” he said softly into the phone, turning away so she wouldn’t hear. “There’s a woman on my doorstep who appears to have dementia. I think she may have wandered from her home, and I don’t know who she is.”
“I’ll send a patrol car by. What’s your address?”
He told her, and she said there’d be a car at his house within five minutes. He repocketed his phone and approached the woman.
“There, I’ve called. Someone will be by for you soon.”
She shivered in the cool, damp night air, wrapping her arms around herself. Alex took off his jacket and placed it gently over her shoulders. Confusion filled her face.
“What am I doing here?”
“You said you were looking for your friend Polly.”
The utter bewilderment he saw in her eyes tore at his heart. He couldn’t imagine how terrifying it must be to fall into the rabbit hole of dementia, to lose a sense of what was real and what wasn’t.
“Don’t worry,” he said gently. “Someone will be by soon to help you find your way home. Can you tell me your name?”
She thought for a moment before answering in a whisper, “Dora.”
About the Author:
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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