Title: Finding Eva by Marie Garner
Highland Creek Series Book One
Publisher: Marie Garner
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 206 pages
Eva Matthews hates chaos. She worked hard as a high school teacher and prided herself on the life she had made. After a secret from her past sent her well-ordered existence spiraling out of control, all she wanted was answers. Her search led her to Highland Creek and into the arms of the elusive Aaron Sawyer.
Aaron was born a fixer. Every injured person or animal from miles around was treated to his personal attention, and he thrived on putting out fires as the local lawyer at Highland Creek. He never found a problem he couldn’t solve until Eva and although misconceptions led to instant dislike, he couldn’t stop himself from trying to heal her battered soul.
Although Eva is more than willing to engage in a summer fling, she isn’t interested in seeking Aaron’s help or complicating her life with anything long-term. How can the man who lives to fix things stay away? Could Aaron and Eva turn a summer fling into a serious relationship?
This book is intended for mature audiences 18 and older.
This letter is to notify you that at the behest of Ms. Matthews the property at 2502 Idols Road, Highland Creek, North Carolina is yours. You may pick up the keys at your earliest convenience…
The contents of the letter played over like a slow loop through Eva’s mind. Regardless of what she thought or believed, she couldn’t get away from it. How the hell did she get an inheritance from her mother? The same mother who was supposed to be dead for the past twenty years. There was only one explanation: her mother had been alive all this time, and her father was a liar, which was part of the reason she stood in her parents’ living room having it out with her father.
“Is it true?!” Green eyes flashed fire at the man sitting on the couch.
Hazel eyes calmly stared back, his lips curiously pursed. “Is what true?”
That was what she always remembered—the calming presence her father always brought no matter what was going on in their life. Suddenly, she loathed the one thing she always loved.
“My …” she stuttered, not wanting to say the words “… my mother was alive this whole time? The mother you said was dead!” She ended with a screech and her finger in his face to force him to react, anything to help her through the muddle that had become her life in the time it took to read a simple letter.
His eyes widened, letting her know everything she needed to in one look. Her father, her rock, had lied. About everything.
“Now, Eva …” he pleaded with arms raised, but nothing could sway her.
“No! I don’t want to hear it! Nothing you say to me will ever justify the fact that you lied to me … for years … about my mother. Did Mom know?” Eva called her stepmother Mom; it was the only one she remembered. His hesitation was all she needed to get her answer.
“Never mind, don’t worry about answering that. I need to think, and I need to be away from you.”
“You don’t mean that. I can explain.”
“It is a little late to explain now, Dad. I don’t know if I can ever forgive you for this.” She snatched her purse on the way out, ignoring the strangled cry from her father on her quest to get out of her childhood home, the place that suddenly seemed too stifling. Her father and her mother both called several times and left numerous texts. She didn’t care; she wasn’t in the mood to talk to them right now, so she ignored them. Let them worry, she thought. She would deal with them later. The only thing she knew was they lied about her biological mother, something she didn’t know if she could forgive. And what the hell was she going to do with a house from a woman who clearly didn’t want her enough to stay.
Marie Garner hailed from Winston Salem, North Carolina and has had her nose in a book for as long as she can remember. She was a teacher by trade before she decided to write the story ideas float around her head continuously. When not reading or writing she could be found either watching sports, rooting on the Washington Redskins, or wishing for England where she lived for a year. She is a lover of cake, chocolate, drinks, and anything that makes her smile. Her debut novel is Finding Eva, the first book in her new Highland Creek series, was published June 2014.