Caught in the crossfire, and forced to face their possible impending deaths when a disgruntled employee opens fire at their office, co-workers Shelby and Russ make a deal while hiding under a desk: if Russ dies, she’ll take care of his six year-old daughter Annabelle, if Shelby dies, he’ll look after her terminally ill father.
Annabelle needs a mom; Shelby’s dad will die happy if she marries. Once they escape their situation, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect answer, and they hold a quick wedding, intending a life of separate bedrooms and shared responsibilities, with friendship and companionship, but not love.
As they spend more time together, their bond becomes more than either bargained for. But when misfortune strikes, their newfound love is put to the test.
Joya Fields writes amazing characters that are identifiable and are easy to feel empathy with, In Forever's Promise Ms. Fields takes on the regency standard of a marriage of convenience and gives it a contemporary take.
The story is an emotional roller coaster that draws you in from the first paragraph, Russ a man who was badly burned by his ex-wife has trust issues so many can identify with. Shelby a woman who lost her true love in an accident has taken on the role of caretaker for her father after losing her mother not long ago. Annabelle, Russ's daughter, is the one to steal your heart first however, as only little girls can.
This is a novella length book with pretty mild heat but the sexual tension is there without it being overly graphic. I was on the edge of me seat at times and at other wiping a way a tear and a couple of times my husband asked me why I was grinning at my Kindle.
I felt a special connection to Shelby as she loses her mother to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) something that took my grandmother, this made the story that much more touching to me. I applaud Ms. Fields ability to write such a compelling story in a novella length, something that I have found is a hard thing to do.
Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, was a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. She's since released three more books, with lots more on the way
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty-five years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.
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