Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
He’s ready to settle down…with or without her
Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future. Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…
SCOTT’S REAL LIFE MAGIC
Geographically, Indian Lake is situated in Northwest Indiana, only a few miles from the bottom tip of Lake Michigan. In the state of Indiana, there are over 200,000 children in the Foster Care System. The Specialized Alternatives for Family and Youth, www.SAFY.org is an organization that certifies and licenses couples to become foster parents.
Scott’s story of stumbling onto two small children of a heroin addicted/drug dealing mother is not fiction. It is fact and sadly, the norm. Children of addicts are left behind in mini-marts, grocery store restrooms, department stores, gas stations, and dumpsters. Most of the parents are never found. Some are dead from overdoses. The real stories are the kind that do make journalism history, if told.
It takes a rare, strong and compassionate heart to embrace these children. Scott Abbott is that kind of hero who possesses all these qualities and more. Few men are willing to step out of their stereotypes of what it means to be a “father” and extend themselves in the manner that Scott did. Scott isn’t an action hero, but he is a man of deep morals and actions. It is his commitment that turns Bella and Michael’s future from bleek to beautifully loving.
In the scene in which Scott first sees Bella in a dank, musty crack house bedroom, she’s watching a cheap television that is playing “The Bishop’s Wife”, the old black and white movie with Cary Grant. It’s New Year’s Eve and Scott has just left Isabelle on the dance floor at midnight at the Lodge. Scott is wearing his tuxedo while the rest of the police wear Kevlar vests and gun holsters. Bella asks Scott if he is an angel. Surprised, he asks her why. She picks up the video tape box and points to Cary Grant in a dress suit. “You look just like him.” Convinced that Scott is the angel sent to save her and her brother Bella, she trusts Scott immediately, and melts his heart.
Children have no problem with magic. They expect it. And many times, they get it.
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