Emerald Douglas has fallen head over heels in love with the puppy she found on her doorstep. Oscar fills an empty space in her life and heart. That is, until a chance sighting of a lost dog poster in the park changes everything. Emerald knows she must do the right thing--she just isn't sure what that is.
Cody Martin isn't sure what to make of the woman standing on his doorstep. And Emerald is not prepared for the man's heart-stopping good looks or his son's tremendous joy at being reunited with his furry companion.
Can one small puppy lead three people on the path to becoming a family?
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The Wild Rose Press
September 20, 2011
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Excerpt from Puppy Love by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Catching a familiar scent, Oscar surged forward, straining at his leash. He knew where he was going, Emerald realized. Until now, she'd hoped that he might be the wrong missing dog.
Oscar bounded up the walkway to number 77. The door flew open, and a little blond boy with glasses came flying out.
Oscar jumped into his arms and proceeded to bathe his face with his tongue, knocking his glasses askew. The boy laughed and hugged the dog.
Again that commanding voice she'd heard on the phone. Emerald looked up to find someone entirely different from the bearded ogre she'd imagined standing on the porch.
The man in the doorway would have looked more at home on a California beach, with his blond windswept hair. By his bronzed skin, she could tell he spent a great deal of time outside. A taut, muscular body revealed an active lifestyle. Under different circumstances, she would have been interested in such a blatant display of maleness. Instead, she was here to return the dog to which she'd grown attached to his young owner.
With a disapproving glance, the man's ocean-blue eyes swept over his son. "Jason, you don't know for sure that's Rudi." His voice was the same deep timbre she'd heard on the phone, but she couldn't merge the two very different images in her mind. "Sure I do, Dad. It's Rudi. Look!" He held Oscar up for his father to inspect.
"It sure looks like him," his father conceded. "But his collar is missing."
"He was wearing the remains of a blue collar when I found him," Emerald admitted. "But the tag was missing, so I didn't know where to call."