By Lois Richer
Workaholic unmarried father Wade Abbot is away on enterprise, as ordinary, whilst he gets a heart-tugging video from his four-year-old. The little woman hopes he will come domestic for Christmas—and see her within the vacation festival. together with his harrowing prior, Wade has regularly doubted his skill to be an exceptional father, yet he heads domestic to Arizona, decided to aim. His daughter's loving new nanny, Connie Ladden, works additional time to assist flip him into the daddy he longs to be. And with a few aid from his little lady, Wade simply may possibly flip his vacation nanny right into a everlasting spouse and mom.
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He leaned back, lifted his feet onto an ottoman. ” “I don’t mind. It’s in the past. ” Which wasn’t quite true. Being dumped still smarted. “Six months ago I was engaged to be married,” she said quietly. ” “After I finished school, I helped my foster mother care for my foster brother, a ten-year-old boy named Billy with terminal cancer. I thought Garret understood that I couldn’t just walk away from Billy simply because I got married. We’d talked about it. I believed he understood my position.
But when the slam of the front door shook the house, she decided to check on Silver. If she hadn’t already been awakened, the child would be overjoyed tomorrow when she learned her father was home. Upstairs, Connie noticed Silver’s door was open wider than she’d left it. She hurried toward it then froze. Wade Abbot stood beside Silver’s bed, watching as the little girl slept. He stretched out a hand as if to touch her hair then quickly drew it away. Instead, he squatted beside the bed, apparently content to stare.
Connie sat down again. “Yet you refuse to make time for her. ” He studied her, and like a thief, the notion crept into his brain—maybe this was Connie’s way of getting close to him. Maybe she was so anxious to find common ground between them that she was conning him into trusting her. “Something’s changed? ” Her big gray eyes blinked up at him. “Ms. Ladden. I thought I had made it clear that there can be no relationship between us. ” Her eyes widened. She froze for a moment then laughed. Her face was flushed a brilliant red, but embarrassment didn’t stop Connie from speaking her mind.