Reunion at the Shore (The Off Season Book 2) by Lee Tobin McClain
English | 2020 | Romance | ePUB | 3.0 MB
Return to the Chesapeake Bay, where broken hearts find ways to heal.Ria and Drew Martin’s chemistry had always kept their marriage together—until suddenly it didn’t. Now a single mom, hotel manager Ria is at a loss when one of her teen daughters starts spiraling. Panicked, she calls on her estranged ex-husband for backup, but she’s not prepared for the man he’s become—or the unresolved emotions that still linger between them.After his divorce, Drew pulled away from everyone when he lost his eyesight and his job on the police force. Now that he’s realized how much his daughters need their dad, Drew is determined to make things up to them. He’s less sure where he stands with Ria. They had real reasons for ending their marriage, but they’ve both changed during their time apart. And being with her again in the place where they first fell in love brings back memories of all that they once had. Can they overcome their past to reunite their family, this time forever?
All Ria wanted in this world was to help her daughter and thus redeem herself as a mother. But there seemed to be some kind of thin-but-impermeable wall between her and Kaitlyn. She could see her—indeed, the sight of her made Ria weak with mother-love—but she couldn’t seem to reach her.
She had to find a way to fix that.
KAITLYN SCRUNCHED DOWN in one of the chairs outside Pleasant Shores Academy’s administrative offices and watched her mom talk to the school counselor. Despite the fact that she was sure to get yelled at, seeing Mom—her long red hair in need of a straightener, jeans out of style, black blazer showing she was trying to look professional—was a huge relief.
Both foreheads wrinkled, the two women kept glancing her way. Poor Mom, always so stressed, was just getting more so with this new problem. It was all Kaitlyn’s fault. She wanted to throw herself into her mother’s arms and cry like a six-year-old, but that wasn’t an option. For one thing, her mother drove her crazy these days. For another, she’d be tempted to tell Mom what she’d done.
That could never happen. Thank heavens she hadn’t told Mrs. Gray, the counselor, anything substantial. She’d just mumbled something about “friend problems,” because counselors always believed that. And it wasn’t untrue. Rumors about what she’d done had started to circulate, and the teasing had gotten especially bad today. Her friends from last year seemed to be ignoring her.
That was why she’d skipped out on her classes. She just had to get out of here.
Maybe the woman sensed Kaitlyn’s thoughts, because she and Mom both turned and beckoned to her. “There’s only one period left, so why don’t you go ahead and go home,” Mrs. Gray said. “You and your mom have some talking to do.”
Kaitlyn stared daggers at the woman.
Mrs. Gray patted her shoulder. “It’s not always easy for mothers and daughters,” she said, “but communication is so important.”
Well, duh. Unfortunately, communication wasn’t exactly her family’s specialty.
They got halfway across the parking lot before Mom started in on her. “I know eighth grade isn’t easy. But you’re old enough to keep control of yourself and stay in class.”
Kaitlyn pressed her lips together, because what did Mom know about eighth grade? What did she know about Kaitlyn’s life? At a school where everyone had been together since kindergarten, Kaitlyn was still considered a new girl and a summer person after a year and a half of living here full-time. It didn’t help that she was the biggest and tallest girl in her class and had gone from an A cup to a D cup practically over the summer.