Men in Uniform: A Family Man by MINDY NEFF


A determined Josie Alexander spoke these phrases to a stranger on a wet backwoods highway. yet she used to be certain destiny had him in her direction. He was once going to be the miracle she wanted -- and he or she did not even recognize his name.

Four years later, Chase Fowler nonetheless knew her face; he'd held it in his middle ever due to the fact their evening jointly. however it was once the face of Josie's three-year-old boy that shocked him. Chase had ultimately come to say what used to be rightfully his during this tiny Louisiana city -- and now that integrated his son. however the boy wasn't the one mystery among them...

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In a low budget motel. With Josie Mae Alexander. The lady with blue hair was still watching them with avid fascination. He figured he might as well go introduce himself to the local beauty shop owner. It was a guaranteed way to make sure his name was passed along with record speed. Sometimes small town gossip had its merits. Within about fifteen minutes, speculation would be rife. He just hoped that speculation reached the right ears. “Afternoon, ma’am. ” Though he’d relayed the information to the beauty shop owner, he was more interested in the impact it had on Josie Alexander.

She consoled herself that he had died in peace, happy that a part of his life would live on, through their son. The baby had meant so much to both of them. She didn’t consider what she’d done an act of adultery. It had been an act of love. Love for Bobby. She wouldn’t tarnish or betray that memory, no matter what emotions that one night of passion stirred in her. ” he prompted softly. “I’m a widow, Chase. ” A strange look came over his face, one she couldn’t decipher. Given the state of her own emotions, she didn’t have the energy to dwell on that haunted expression.

Her heart lurched so hard she felt an instant of vertigo. Her foot eased off the gas pedal, the car creeping to a mere crawl. He stood in the shadows, cloaked in darkness, no hat, no umbrella, a lone force whose strength alone could withstand the storm. An explosive, rash idea, born of despair—and of love—took hold and grew. A lifetime of caution, of always doing the right thing, urged her to press the accelerator and run for her very life. Yet something else ruled her actions. She didn’t allow herself to consider the risk.

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