Welcome Home by Kara O'Neal
Emma Prescott, determined and selfless, flees from wealth and her murderous father, wanting the love and forgiveness of poor cotton farmer, Kyle Lonnigan. Although Kyle refuses to forgive her for her part in his father’s death, Emma stays and works her own farm. Over the next several months, Emma proves to Kyle she is not the spoiled girl he remembers.
Emma’s sudden re-entrance into Kyle’s life only conjures long-buried painful memories. Kyle does his best to avoid her, needing to keep the pain at bay, and stopping her from reminding him of their last moments together before bullets shattered their world. But, he is unsuccessful. The love he denies is too strong, and soon Emma and Kyle are tumbling headlong into the past and passion.
She swiped at her quiet tears and raised her chin. “I left home to find you, to offer my heart to you, to give you everything you’ve ever wanted, to make you the happiest man on earth. And I can do it. I know now I can do anything.”
His chest rose and fell rapidly. She had no idea how she affected him. The expression in his eyes hadn’t changed since she’d begun.
“All I need to know is…do you, can you, love me back?” she asked, her throat closing up.
Her head spun, making her concerned she might faint. She didn’t know what else to say. There was more to tell him, but she couldn’t talk about that now. Confessing her love was enough for one night.
Her hands trembled, so did her shoulders. The emotions racing through her were so strong, she was certain he could tell she’d spoken the truth.
It felt like an eternity as she waited for him to respond, to say something to her. However, in the end, all he did was walk away, and Emma was left alone…again.
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