Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home.
Josh will be in town for five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Everything…except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them.
(Author note: every book in the Swallow’s Fall series can be read as a stand-alone story.)
‘I was hoping we could have our business chat.’
’Oh, business.’ Gem fiddled with her large hoop earrings. Beneath her fleece-lined jacket she wore a thick white V-necked T-shirt and she’d been warm enough for the winter cold, but now she felt hot—and a little bothered.
‘I was wondering—what your position is,’ Josh said. ‘And if you needed help in some way. I mean—are you in a position to make the purchase?’
‘Are you sure?’
No, but she wasn’t going to let Josh know that. ‘I wouldn’t mind a week or two to gets things finalised.’
‘No problem. And what about the flat above? Are you intending to live in it?’
‘Of course. Where else would I live?’
‘I’ve got a place in mind. A five minute walk out of town.’
‘What place?’ she asked, frowning.
He shook his head. ‘Maybe later. Let’s stick to the shop for the moment.’
‘Actually,’ she said, ‘I am a little busy. Can we have this chat tomorrow?’
Josh looked up at the wall art.
Gem had created history with her mural of the town, but she couldn’t tell from Josh’s expression what he was thinking.
‘It’s not graffiti,’ she said. ‘Don’t utter that word unless you top it with “art”.’
‘I wasn’t about to say anything except … it’s stunning. It’s got flair. And charm.’ He looked her up and down then grinned. ‘Bit like you. When you’re not covering up whatever it is that’s bothering you with your temper.’
Born and brought up in Wales, Jennie Jones loved anything with a romantic element from an early age. At eighteen, she went to drama school in London then spent a number of years performing in British theatres, becoming someone else two hours, eight performances a week.
Jennie wrote her first romance story at the age of twenty five while ‘resting’ (a theatrical term for ‘out of work’). She wrote a western. But nobody wanted it! Before she got discouraged a musical theatre job came up and Jennie put writing to one side.
She now lives in Western Australia, a five minute walk to the beach that she loves to look at but hardly ever goes to - too much sand.
Jennie returned to writing four years ago. She says writing keeps her artistic nature dancing and her imagination bubbling. Like acting, she can’t envisage a day when it will ever get boring.
All of Jennie’s bestselling Swallow’s Fall series books can be read as stand-alone stories.