Check out New Zealand author Anne Ashby’s latest contemporary romance, Return to Riversleigh, which is set in rural Southland.
Shannon’s adrenalin junkie husband gambled away their security and his life. Determined 12 year old Thomas retains his beloved father’s image, Shannon’s decisions, which include leaving Auckland, upset her son. The angst between them has reached breaking point.
His brother’s death changed Luke. The carefree adventurer now has two children to raise on the farm he’d escaped years ago. Developing an adventure park might restore something of his previous life. His friend, Jase McEwan, warns he’ll need help. Out of work Shannon has the qualifications.
Reluctant to associate with another careless adventurer, Shannon finds Luke’s blasé attitude and claims of unlimited finances worrying. But she soon accepts Luke is unlike her husband. Despite Luke encouraging Thomas to escape Shannon’s mollycoddling, friendship develops and other emotions surface.
But will any chance of a deeper relationship be destroyed when Shannon discovers Luke is a gambler, too?
Shannon leapt up from her chair and stomped across to the window. Why did he have to spoil everything? She gripped the windowsill and leaned her head against the cold glass. Why does emotion have to infringe on such a great working rapport? If I’m going to keep working here, I have to do something fast.
With no idea where Luke might be, but suspecting he’d be somewhere in the house with Amy, Shannon spun around and stormed down the hallway. She found him sitting in the lounge flicking through a farmers’ weekly magazine while Amy watched cartoons.
He’s using television as a babysitter to limit his responsibilities. Shannon’s lips tightened even more at his lack of parental care. She marched in and stood between him and the television screen. Her fingers rolled into fists at the lazy, relaxed expression on his face as he looked up.
“I told you the day I arrived here, Luke. I’ve come to work for you, not to provide you with some plaything whenever you might become bored. If you’re unwilling to accept this, you can have my resignation.”
With a hasty glance toward his niece, Luke jumped to his feet. “Jeez, Shannon.” He rubbed an agitated hand around his neck. “It was only a kiss.”
Only a kiss? More an earthquake under my feet.
Her expression must have blackened as he thrust up a hand. “Okay, okay, whatever you say. I sure as hell don’t want your damned resignation.”
Anne Ashby grew up in a very small coastal town in Southland, New Zealand. An eagerness to see the world led her to join the Royal NZ Navy where she enjoyed a very satisfying career. She has travelled extensively and lived in Singapore and Maryland USA. When not reading or writing, Anne enjoys travelling anywhere and hanging out with her family and old Navy friends. One day she promises she’ll catalogue all her genealogy notes. She and her husband live in Auckland, with children and grandchildren close by. https://www.anneashby.com
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