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Reluctant Bride, Chapter 4

Synopsis: You may remember that when I left you two weeks, Illona and Lorne were descending the slippery slope to marriage. Lorne’s mother had not only approved but assured Illona that Lorne would make a good husband, and eventually an equally good father. The only spike sticking out of the slope had been an obnoxious chap named Bill. By unbelievable good luck, Bill had been arrested in the actual act of... read more

Reluctant Bride, Chapter 3

PLEASE READ CHAPTERS 1&2 FIRST. On the appointed day—they had arranged to leave for Montreal on a Friday and return the following Tuesday—Lorne and Illona boarded the Via Rail train and settled into their comfortable seats in mid car. The train left the station with barely a shudder. For the next few minutes they were entranced by the passing scenery, of first the port, then glimpses of Lake... read more

Reluctant Bride, Chapter 2

Lorne had chosen the Panagea Restaurant on Bay Street for his first date with Illona. It was perhaps not THE restaurant in town but the cuisine was exquisite and it was quiet and cozy. He had picked Illona up and left her off at the front door while he parked the car. On returning, he was delighted that the maître d’ had ushered her to a secluded corner and he joined her. The waiter, Peter, hovered and... read more

Reluctant Bride, Chapter 1

Illona Ivanovitch was an understated beauty. She was tall and slim, dressed in a gold-flecked top that melted onto a delightful figure. She swirled a full beige skirt whenever she moved. Her hair was a tousled blond, with reddish tints. She had an arresting oval face with a darkened finish that looked more genetic than tanned. She had deep searching brown eyes. Lorne Hudson at 45 was obviously a shade... read more

Professor at Risk, Chapter 4

Please read first 3 Chapters or this one won’t make much sense. It was about two weeks after THE EVENT. Taverna’s place in the classroom was comfortable once again, not only to her but to her professor and the rest of the class. The internet buzz, never very specific, had died down. It was the end of the day and she was going to the home she shared with her mother, Sophia. She walked in the door to... read more

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