By Suzanne Wyatt Richardson from Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates
I am not normally a schemer. Strictly between you and me, just us girls, I’ve never had to be. If I saw something I wanted in this life, I grabbed it with both hands. Like all those years ago, when I first set eyes on Lucy’s father, back when I was still in high school. All I wanted was to get the heck out of the Outer Banks. He was handsome, rich, and head over heels in love with me. Easy pickings.
It won’t be so easy this time. My only daughter, Lucy, had some foolish idea of breaking off her engagement to the eminently suitable Richard Eric Lewiston III, to whom it has always been intended that she marry, and run away to the Outer Banks to work in a tiny little public library. Yes, it’s a delightfully charming library, tucked away in a historic lighthouse , but really!
Lucy says she doesn’t love Ricky (as everyone calls him). What does she know about love? Ricky will be an excellent husband. He is, after all, the son of my husband’s law partner and doing very well at the firm. Of course there was that incident with the totally unsuitable Cooper girl (boys will be boys, you know). And then the time when he had too much to drink at the country club dance, and…
Here I am, back in my home town of Nags Head, determined to get Lucy to see reason and return to Boston where she belongs. I am well aware there will be some resistance, so I am gathering allies, assessing the opposition, and scouting out the terrain, so to speak.
That Louise Jane clearly will be happy to see Lucy heading out of town. I’ll pretend I’m interested in her ridiculous ghost stories. Theodore, the single-minded book collector, can be put to good use, even though he won’t be aware of it. I can see that Diane Uppiton, member of the library board, has something up her sleeve. I am sure I can manipulate her to my advantage.
Then there’s Bertie James, Lucy’s boss. She won’t be an easy woman to go against, and she seems to have taken to Lucy.
But, above all, I anticipate that my largest obstacle will be the two potential suitors Lucy seems to have found herself with. Connor, the mayor, who she knew when they were teenagers (And why didn’t I know about that!) and Butch the police officer. I don’t trust those big, handsome, macho types. They make dreadful husbands, cops, too involved in the job. And the spouse of a politician!
I’m only doing what’s best for my daughter. She’ll thank me. One day.
Suzanne Wyatt Richardson plots and schemes in Boston, and on the road as she drives toward a surprise visit to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The first book in the Lighthouse Library series, By Book or By Crook is now available, and Booked for Trouble will be released on September 1. Meet Eva at https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor and www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com
Suzanne arrives at the Lighthouse Library in Booked for Trouble, due to be released on September 1st. I’d love to give an ARC of the book to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment to be entered for the draw including your email address so I can contact the winner.
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