by Maggie Toussaint
Emma Heartly is done with being the smart girl, the big sister, and the provider for the family. She’s ready for Emma-time in the worst way. Now that her baby sisters are launched, its high time she put herself first. What she wants more than anything is to work for herself, to run a Bed and Breakfast, and she has her eye on the crumbling Victorian that she and her sisters jointly own.
Emma’s more than willing to do the work and make the repairs, but when she goes to take out a loan, disaster looms. Because she doesn’t own the house, she can’t get a loan. To her sister’s chagrin, she moves in and starts the rehab. But the house has a lot of problems. Contractor Quentin Stone walks in and likes what he sees – the old house and the feisty redhead. He agrees to help her, but someone very much doesn’t want this venture to be successful. Will Quentin and Emma see red or will they find their own happily ever after?
One joint might have snapped clean in two. Not all of them. Something was very wrong here.
Was Emma handy enough with tools to have ruined her own floor? He shook that thought away immediately. He’d worked beside the woman for days now. This place was her passion. She wouldn’t sabotage something she wanted so much, something she worked so hard to repair.
These cuts were deliberate.
Someone wanted the floor to fail.
Someone who didn’t care who got hurt.
His pulse thundered in his ears. Who would want such a thing?
Her sisters had been against the renovation at first. Then Emma’s youngest sister had changed her mind. Maddy would soon change hers. The look on Maddy’s face as he’d told her of Emma’s fall revealed a lot about Maddy’s state of mind. No, Emma’s sisters weren’t behind this.
Who could it be?
More to the point, how could he keep Emma safe?
ps Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!