Check out Christy Newton’s latest book, Trust Again.
Once broken, can the heart really trust again?
Dreams of escaping her small town brought Ellie Oliver to New York only to find that life there wasn’t all she’d hoped. Seven years later, she is returning to Pleasant Valley, Indiana with new hopes and secrets. She wants nothing more than to fade into the slow pace of small town life and forget about the demons of her past.
Jacob Jones is at loose ends. At twenty-six a man shouldn’t be starting his life over from scratch. Finding himself out of work, Jacob looks for a new home in PleasantValley. He is ready for the single life just enjoying the company of close friends. All that changes when he takes a job remodeling the town’s toy shop and comes head to head with its new owner.
Ellie and Jacob bring out feelings in each other neither were looking for, but both can’t deny. Can they truly trust again or will their shattered hearts refuse to mend?
Trust Again Excerpt:
“I want to tell you about my past and why I am so untrusting. I’ve never told anyone this. Not even my dad.” She paused and looked down at her hands resting protectively in his.
“Please tell me,” he whispered and kissed her cheek next to her ear.
Ellie nodded and moved her eyes back down to their intertwined hands. “I lived with an abusive man in New York.” She didn’t look up to see Jacob’s reaction. “The first time he put me in the hospital, I convinced myself it was the booze and he convinced me he would never hurt me again.” Tears crept down her cheeks. Jacob’s fingertips gently wiped them away. “The second time he put me in the hospital, I knew he’d do it again. But it was too late. He had me right where he wanted me. Alone and afraid. He said if I ever left him, he’d kill me. Because if he couldn’t have me – no one could. I accepted the abuse as part of my life and learned to cover it up well. Not even my coworkers knew. Sure they thought I was clumsy, coming in with little bruises on me now and then. But what they didn’t see, were the larger ones underneath my clothes.” Jacob’s hands tensed around hers.
“The hospitalizations were covered up as car accidents and in New York that isn’t so uncommon. If I came into work sore, I just shrugged it off as over-excising from eating too much candy at work. The city isn’t like PleasantValley – people don’t get into your business. If you say you’re fine, they take your word for it. Bryce doesn’t know where I am. I never told him where I was from because he was big city and –” She paused for a tight laugh. “And I was embarrassed of being an inexperienced, small-town girl.”
Jacob wrapped his arms around her and hugged her as if she were a fragile china doll. “He’ll never hurt you again.”
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