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Romance
(Fic)
Sea-renity on Sandy Shores (Novella): A Sandy Shores Novella
by Shirley Holder Platt


A straight-laced woman betrayed, seeking solace. A man whose defense against a cruel world is to party like there's no tomorrow. Can these two lost souls find healing in one another's arms? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1 - Joan

I wiggled my toes in the hot sand of my favorite beach and wished I could stay. If ever I needed a break, this was it. The rental I’d be living in for a month was called Sea-renity, and it promised the serenity I needed after what had happened in my life recen...





Chapter 2 - Joan

I stopped at the stairway. I steeled myself with a deep breath before reaching for the handrail and taking the first step up. I told myself that the first step is always the most difficult, but I hadn’t found it any easier when I’d gone another six steps...





Chapter 3 - Price

Gulls were laughing and the sun was on her face as she lay on my deck surrounded by tiki torches burning citronella to keep the mosquitoes at bay. I thought she looked like a heroine in a movie about Rome in its heyday. As I watched, she snorted herself awake from a...





Chapter 4 - Price

Rover ran into the surf to retrieve the ragged tennis ball I threw as he jogged down the beach toward the dunes. The dog shook the water off his coat and ran toward me. He nudged my calf with his wet nose, wanting to keep playing. I stopped running, using his playfu...





Chapter 5 - Joan

My tongue was tied. I couldn’t think of a solitary comeback to his inuendo. I had stopped to admire the imaginative window display at one of the cutest shell shops I’d ever seen. Its former life had obviously been a Victorian, one-story home. The coral c...





Chapter 6 - Price

I was going over before construction began on my eighth rental. My plan was to own the twenty houses surrounding the one I lived in. I’d done the math, and along with the money from my pittance of a trust fund, the rent should bring in enough for me to live co...





Chapter 7 - Joan

I stood stock still wondering what had just happened. I had convinced myself I wasn’t interested in this man, but when he leaned in close, and I could feel heat radiating off his body, I lost all coherent thought. When his lips touched mine, he’d been so...





Chapter 8 - Price

I hurried to make my appointment with Susan. I had my eyes on a rental property that had just come on the market and was to meet her there soon. I ran over the conversation with Joan during the quick lunch we shared. Talking about how at peace Mitch was with his lif...





Chapter 9 - Joan

I wanted to scream, but I had practiced controlling my emotions for many years and couldn’t make myself let anger take over. I punched the pillow beside me on the couch with my fist, but that was the extent of my outward rage. Here I am, again. I’ve ...





Chapter 10 - Price

Several guests lingered longer than I’d hoped, but I tried to be polite. When I put the alcohol away, the last of the hangers on got the hint and said their good-byes. I switched the music and lights off and sat in the dark, listening to the waves wash the sho...





Chapter 11 - Joan

I read my book as children screamed and played in the surf. Some teenagers were building a sandcastle that looked like a work of art. I stood around watching for a while, glad I’d brought my hat. The sun was intense. The sand took on the shape of a lovely merm...






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