India McGuire thinks she has her life all planned out, but when a long, lost love returns on the night of her engagement to David Richards, she finds her life in shambles. Shed thought any feelings she had for Chase Porter had fled in the night with him. Now, she must come to terms with overpowering feelings for him and choose between David, the man shes promised to marry, and Chase, the man who broke her heart.
Chases plans of settling his mothers estate and leaving town quietly turn to disaster when he finds its impossible to disappear without seeing India one last time. Feelings begin to surface he believed buried forever and he finds himself fighting to win her back even as Dad struggles to hold onto her.
India longs to follow her heart, but shes cautious. Shes been hurt too deeply. Who will she choose? David, the man who can prove stability and who she knows will stay by her side, or Chase, the man who may once again heed the call of the open road?
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October 14, 2011
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Excerpt from This Time for Keeps by K. Dawn Byrd
A ragged sigh escaped his lips. "Indi, I had no idea that coming back here would be so hard."
"What do you mean?"
"Now that I'm here, I don't want to leave. I feel like I'm at home, like I belong here. With you."
A tremor of delight coursed through her. Words had never been sweeter. If only she could trust that he belonged there and that he'd never leave her again. "Like you said, Chase, we're not the same people. Too much has happened. I'm not that same na�ve girl anymore. I've learned to take care of myself. Had to. Gram had Alzheimer's and I had to make most of her decisions for the last five years."
"You always said you'd take care of them until they died."
"And I did. I keep my promises." India was unable to keep the sharp accusations out of her tone of voice and regretted it when a look of hurt flashed momentarily across his face.
"You're not the only one who's suffered tragedy. I lost my wife six months ago."
"You say it as calmly as if we're talking about the weather. Did you love her, Chase?"
"Of course I loved her, and now I feel guilty because I'm so happy to see you again." He took her hand and placed it between both of his. "I think I'm still in love with you."
Joy surged through her. Oh, how she loved him. She'd loved only him for as long as she could remember. Still, she couldn't open herself up to hurt again. "Maybe you just want what you can't have You'll never have me."
"Don't toy with me, India. Your mouth is telling me one thing, but the look in your eyes tells me something totally different."
She shrugged off his words. "You're welcome to stay above the barn as long as you want, but there'll be no more talk about us or the way things used to be."
He stood, pulled her to her feet, and grasped her by shoulders. "You're scared to death. I can see it in your eyes."
"I'm going to marry David."
"No you're not." Chase enunciated the words as if saying them slowly and sternly would make them true.
"Why not?" She raised her chin in defiance.
"Because you're a smart woman. You'll figure him out."