Excerpt and Giveaway: The Story of Us by Teri Wilson

About the Book:

A box of love letters from the past
may hold the key to the future…

Jamie always adored True Love Bookstore and Café, and now she’s the owner. But businesses are struggling in her small town, and her beloved store is threatened by a new retail development scheme.

Sawyer, Jamie’s former high school sweetheart, startles her when he comes to town for the first time in fifteen years. She soon learns he’s the architect of the proposed development and he’s there to sell local business owners on his plan. Sawyer had no idea that Jamie had bought the bookstore and poured everything she had into it. If he takes it over, he’ll break her heart a second time.

Jamie’s discovery of a box of old love letters and valentines might hold the key to saving her shop. And after all this time, could love be in the cards for Jamie and Sawyer, too?

 

Excerpt:

Sawyer studied Jamie, but he couldn’t get a read on her expression. She’d closed up again, just like one of the books she loved so much.

“Were you ever tempted?” He nodded toward her phone as it stopped vibrating. “To go to Texas with Matt, start over someplace new?”

“A little,” she said, and her smile turned bittersweet. “But I couldn’t tell if it was because of how I felt for him or if I was just…”

“Lonely?” Sawyer guessed. He knew the feeling well.

“Reliving not going to Columbia with you way back when,” she corrected.

Sawyer sat back in his chair, genuinely surprised. He’d never realized that had been an option. “Do you wish you had?”

She arched a brow. “Do you wish you’d stayed?”

Right this second? Yes. He bit down hard on his tongue to keep himself from saying it.

Don’t answer that.” Jamie shook her head. “Really?”

This conversation had begun to feel like the heart-to-heart they should have had fifteen years ago. Maybe it was time to be fully honest with each other and put all their cards on the table.

“I mean, you didn’t stay and I didn’t go, and because of those decisions, we are who we are today,” she said, and in way, it was the most honest truth of all.

But it did nothing to relieve the empty feeling in the pit of Sawyer’s stomach. If anything, he felt worse, because he’d just experienced his best day in recent memory, and throughout it all, Jamie’s words from the beginning of the tour had been swirling in his mind.

Let me remind you of what you left behind.

He gave her his most tender smile. “Well, for what it’s worth, I think you turned out pretty well.”

“Yeah?” She brightened, lightening the mood. “Jury’s still out on you.” Then she pulled a face and winked, so he’d know she was only kidding.

But in the end, Sawyer wasn’t so sure.

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About the Author: Teri Wilson is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of romance, women’s fiction and romantic comedy. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies by Crown Media, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses and Audrey Hepburn films, and she loves following the British royal family. Visit her at http://www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

 

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