Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz: SWEET WATER by Laurie Lewis


Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—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 Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time
spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based. 

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016),
Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. 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), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’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 she’s working on another
historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.


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Love and money don’t mix when three college friends launch
a fledgling business, and two impulsively elope. When Hudson Bauer hears the
wedding news he leaves town, stealing the company’s first big contract and
Olivia and Jeff’s dreams.
Olivia McAllister has spent eight years blaming Hudson for all her losses,
including her anemic marriage to Jeff and a recent, tragic accident that leaves
her body battered and her dreams of a family shattered.Widowed, and in desperate straits, she is forced to accept Hudson’s offer to
recuperate at his parents’ empty house on Oregon’s Cannon Beach, but her return
to the place where the three friends once summered casts new light on her hasty
marriage and on the enemy she once called friend.When Hudson offers Olivia a job doing humanitarian work, something hopeful and
familiar awakens in Olivia, giving rise to long-denied feelings for Hudson. Stuck
between grief and the promise of new love, Olivia must make peace with her
confusing past, and forgive the man she once hated, before Hudson walks away
again, closing the door on their possibilities forever.






He could almost her heart shatter. Olivia recoiled and
fired back in a cold tone. “I think we were all pretty good at letting one
another down, don’t you?”
He jerked back at the accusation in her voice, burning
his eyes into hers until she shrank under his stare like wax in a flame. “How
did I let you down?”
She took a deep breath. “I know we hurt you and ruined
the team. I’m sorry. However naïve it sounds, it never occurred to me that you
would leave.” Several seconds passed before she turned to face him. “It just
happened. I know it doesn’t make any sense, but it’s the truth. I knew how Jeff
treated me up to then, just tolerating me. But on the night, he told me he
loved me; it was different.” Her voice grew soft and oddly sad. “No one had
ever kissed me or told me they loved me before. I got caught up in the magic of
being wanted.”


No one had ever told me they loved me before… The tender
resonance of her voice read like a lie detector, confirming her words like the
fatal testimony in a trial. No one … kissed me … told me … Remorse slammed him
for fearing Liv’s attraction to Jeff but never having the courage to confront
her about it. He had been a logical, tireless planner who misread the immediacy
of her needs. Swallowing past a lump of choking regret, he shook his head and
blew out a rush of air to silence his self-recriminations. “When was this magical,
transformative evening?”


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