the last 25 years, Liz Bannerâ€™s life has grown stagnant. Not that
she hasnâ€™t loved being a stay-at-home wife and mother, but she
didnâ€™t mean to lose herself in the process. And after surviving the
most challenging time in her life, Liz realizes that life is too
short, and second chances donâ€™t come around very often.
a milestone birthday approaching, Liz is determined to live a little.
And when her best friend, Anne, gifts her a ticket for a 10-day
luxury cruise, Liz decides itâ€™s the perfect excuse to experience
new things, and just take some time to relax with some of her
favorite women. But her idea of a relaxing vacation gets thrown
overboard when a few surprise guests make an appearance and attempt
to win their way back into Lizâ€™s heart.
a second chance at lifeâ€¦and love, turning 50 never felt better.
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Liz was still gaping at the man standing in front of her, frozen with shock. She was at a loss for words, though, after so many years, there was so much to say. James didnâ€™t give her much time to process things and pulled her into a brief hug. Her body stiffened in his embrace and he pulled away to lean on the railing once more.
â€œWow. I canâ€™t believe youâ€™re here. I thought I saw you earlier when the ship was leaving the port, but I just assumed my mind was playing tricks on me again.â€ James ran a hand through his hair and a wide smile played on his lips.
Again? Liz shook her head, trying to formulate a sentence. Finally, she was able to slow the swirling thoughts in her head long enough to state the obvious.
â€œItâ€™s been so long,â€ she almost whispered, then found her fingers inching closer to his arm. Maybe he wasnâ€™t really there. Maybe she had too much to drink, and with the stressâ€¦and her medicationsâ€¦
James looked down at her hand as it made contact with his forearm. His brow furrowed slightly, but he continued to smile. He met her eye. â€œIs everything alright?â€ He let a chuckle escape and Liz swiftly withdrew her hand.
She pinned both of her arms across her chest, hoping to keep them from randomly touching people. â€œIâ€™m sorry. I guess, Iâ€™m a little surprised to see you.â€
Drapp, who writes under the name of J.D. Corbett, was raised in
Charleston, South Carolina. As a girl, she was obsessed with learning
and reading about historical and fictional characters; one of her
favorites being Scarlett O’Hara. Jen has always loved writing,
whether it was short stories about made-up worlds or even essays for
school. She has recently had two contemporary romances published and
continues to learn and grow as an author. Jen currently lives in
Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a 15-year old very
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