Date Published: eBook March 4, 2021 – print May 4, 2021
For two unlikely strangers, the snow swept mountains of Aspen remind us all that love and luck thrive on uneven ground. While newly widowed Mark stews in the shadows of success and loss, conservative Susan shoulders a weight of uncertainty from her romantic past. Can a single dinner for one change the course of fate? Can these starkly different individuals reconcile their own demons enough to see eye to eye? The scene may be right–but what of timing? In the heart of Colorado, under the watchful eye of the majestic Rocky Mountains, visionary Mark and stubborn Susan share a dance of swirling emotions that can only lead to something explosive. Suddenly, without meaning to, they set themselves down a path of self reflection–and personal reconciliation. Will Mark and Susan be able to overcome their own personal ideals and misgivings leading them to palpable passion? Even in the cold mountain town of Aspen–the flames of fervor flicker brightly.
The doorbell is ringing. Why do people want to bother me on Sunday mornings?
“Jackie, can you answer that please? I just got out of the shower,” I yell from the bathroom.
“Mom, it’s for you,” she says, from outside the bathroom door.
“Who is it?”
“I don’t know—some man. He has a delivery.”
“Just sign for it.”
“He says he has to give it to you.”
“All right, tell him I’ll be there in a minute.”
I throw on some clothes. My hair is a wet mess. I go to the door and there is a young man holding a long thin box.
“What can I do for you?” I ask.
“Are you Susan Green?”
He hands me the long box. “This is for you from Marc Gray. He would like you to join him today for lunch at one pm at the French Alpine Bistro on Hopkins. I am supposed to wait for your answer.”
I open the box, and it is a single, long-stemmed, red rose. “Thank you, but tell Mr. Gray that I cannot make it.”
“Very good, then he would like you to join him tomorrow at noon at the Spring Café on Spring Street.”
“I am busy; I can’t make it,” I respond.
The delivery guy is looking a little frustrated. “Then Marc Gray would like you to meet him at noon on Tuesday at the Pyramid Bistro on Main.”
“How long is this going to go on?” I ask, with a brief smile.
“The instructions have twelve different scenarios; I am to run through all of them until you say yes.”
Amusing as it would be to make the guy go through all twelve, it would not change the fact that Marc is showing real determination to speak with me.
About the Author
A hopeless romantic since the teenage years T. K. embarked on several relationships only to find emptiness in the end. Finally, the last of those relationships bore the fruit of true love, and after many years they are still together more in love than ever before. These relationships, along with a diversified work background, have provided T. K. with vast knowledge from which to draw upon for character and story development. T. K. has a passion for good food and great wine while enjoying a really good love story. T. K. and family – which include two very spoiled cats – live in the Southwestern US.