Why is Amy Long attracted to the only man who can prevent her from achieving her dream?
Amy needs a fresh start. After years living in San Francisco and vowing never to return home, she’s back in Sierra Creek to run her grandmother’s farm. Does she belong in the small town?
Cowboy Wyatt Cameron doesn’t think so. As half owner, he’s promised to sell the farm and send her packing.
What can she offer to change his mind?
Will sparks fly without breaking a heart?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve lived in big cities and small towns. They both have pros and cons. But when I was living in the city I kept hearing people say they’d love to move to a rural town and live off the land. Understanding the rule of unintended consequence, I began to wonder what if a woman returned to her hometown to do just that. What would be her unexpected outcome?
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
That’s always a mystery to me. As a pantser I don’t plot. I think of an idea and the characters come from the general type of the book. Characters are added as needed as the story unfolds. Of course I do understand the two main characters, but their characteristics may change as I write if it is needed.
Her Country Heart by Reggi Allder
“Sierra Creek,” the driver shouted as the Greyhound Bus came to an abrupt stop on the two lane highway.
Amy Long pushed her hair behind her ears and grabbed her worn suitcase. Surprised to see her hand tremble, she seized the case with both hands and rushed toward the front of the bus.
A gust of hot wind slapped her face and gravel pelted her bare legs as the bus pulled away. Sierra Creek population five thousand, she read a faded road sign. There wasn’t a building in sight.
After years living in city, she’d forgotten how sweltering and desolate it was here. She’d vowed never to return to her home town. Odd it was the first place that came to mind when she and her small son needed a fresh start.
With Granny gone, there was no family left to welcome her. She swallowed a sob. Maybe it was a mistake to come back.
The relentless afternoon sun beat down and her shoulders and arms began to redden. San Francisco, the air conditioned city, seemed a million miles away.
She cleared her dry throat and wiped perspiration from her forehead. What wouldn’t she give for some shade and a bottle of ice water?
With a sigh, she pulled out her smart phone and checked the time. Thirty minutes since she’d arrived at the bus stop and not a single car had gone by. Where was the arranged ride into town?
Granny’s handyman promised to meet her. He obviously wasn’t a stickler about being on time. She groaned and reminded herself she was in the California foothills not in a busy metropolis where time was money.
The sound of a truck rumbled in the distance. With the back of her hand, she wiped her bangs out of her eyes and squinted. Hopeful, she watched the pick-up come closer. A shiny black Ford F150 with extended cab pulled up in front of her.
“Amy?” A man yelled through the open window as his dark hair fell casually over a high forehead and deep-set blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight.
She moved nearer and viewed his wide cheek bones, clean shaved jaw and full lips. About thirty? A flutter of recognition stirred in her as palpable charm radiated from his broad smile, Wyatt Cameron.
His muscular arms flexed as his huge hands squeezed the steering wheel. “Don’t just stand there. Get in. The judge is waiting.”
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