Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heartâ€”a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregonâ€™s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.Â
Laurieâ€™s womenâ€™s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.Â
Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilightâ€™s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawnâ€™s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and sheâ€™s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.
Matthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why heâ€™s about to propose to a total stranger. He isnâ€™t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.
Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Graykenâ€™s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Mattâ€™s death and prays for a miracle instead.
Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Mattâ€™s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him–to help him die peaceably.
Their last hope at saving Matt’s life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they’re willing to go for love.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â “Mikaela swallowed hard, and leaned forward. â€œSo why marry me? Why not just hire me?â€
â€œBecause I donâ€™t want to be the pitiful soul with only an attorney, billing hourly, as his voice. I want a wife with the legal power to speak for me when I canâ€™t speak for myself and the personal connection no one else will challenge.â€
â€œLike your parents when they come to take control of your care.â€
â€œAs well-intentioned as theyâ€™d be, yes. And I trust you.â€
â€œYouâ€™d be pitting me against them.â€ She leaned back, but he was impressed that she wasnâ€™t discounting everything he had said. â€œNo. I would make my wishes clear. You would just enforce them when I no longer can.â€ He leaned farther forward, to close the distance between them, and looked straight into her eyes. â€œI know youâ€™re alone, and I know moneyâ€™s an issue. I can fix that. I have a lovely home that will be yours when Iâ€™m gone. And Iâ€™ll pay off your debts and provide tuition to medical school. Youâ€™ll be a doctor, Mikaela.â€