Marrying Mallory will be available soon! It releases on January 1st.
I’m sharing the blurb and an excerpt today!
Enjoy - need to hit the stores again today. Next year I’m doing my Christmas shopping EARLY!
BLURB of MARRYING MALLORY:
Is Mallory Harrington jinxed because her name means luckless?
Things have gone wrong for Mallory since she was a small child. All she ever wanted was to have a complete family and live happily ever after. It appears she has it all when she marries Toby Harrington and they have a son. Unfortunately, their marriage ends when Toby has an affair with his law partner. After their divorce, Mallory feels guilt that she couldn’t forgive Toby for his affair. As a Christian, she should be able to forgive him for his sin.
Mallory decides to do something for herself, and get a surgical procedure that she’s always wanted. She makes an appointment with plastic surgeon, Doctor Seth Whitman, for it. Although she’s attracted to the handsome doctor, she doesn’t want to date him. She doesn’t feel that she should ever get married again.
Seth realizes that having Mallory as a patient might not work. She intrigues him too much. He wants to spend more time with her, but definitely not on the operating table. Should he refuse to do her surgery and lose Mallory as a patient? Or just do the unethical thing and date her before the scheduled surgery?
Mallory learns that sometimes faith is about accepting what can’t be changed and grabbing what God offers her. Life must go on.
He realized he’d made a mistake having coffee with Mallory. He liked her too much which wasn’t appropriate for a patient-doctor relationship. Add to that, he thought she was beautiful. Her dark brown hair shone in the bright sunshine that streamed in through the window by their table. Her brilliant green eyes mesmerized him. Incredible eyes with such a sparkle to them that he loved staring at them. Her warm smiles got to him, too. He’d noticed in the office Mallory had a tiny scar that looked like a dimple when she smiled. He’d wondered then what had caused the scar but hadn’t wanted to ask her.
Maybe he should tell her that she could skip the nose surgery. Mallory’s face had so much character with her strong cheekbones, overwhelming smile, beautiful eyes and personality that an imperfect nose was of small importance.
“Thanks. This is nice to relax after a rough day with junior high students.” She took a sip of coffee. “And I love the smell of coffee. When I was growing up, I always woke up to the aroma of coffee brewing. My mom had to have coffee first thing in the morning.”
“How about you? Do you get up at the crack of dawn?” He bet she looked cute even in the early daylight hours.
“I usually don’t have any trouble getting up.”
Should he talk to her about not having the surgery? Sure, he should. It was his obligation. “Mallory, I know Sharon put your name on the calendar for your surgery, but I’m not so sure you need to have anything done. Look at Sarah Jessica Parker. She has a strong nose.”
“But my nose is bigger than hers.”
“You might think your nose is imperfect because of the size, but I do think it gives your face character.”
“Well, I can do with a little less character on my face.”
“Your nose is large but it’s aristocratic… like Princess Diana.”
“And look what happened to her. Prince Charles loved Camilla.” She snapped her fingers. “Guess what? Camilla has a small nose.”
“But Princess Diana was considered beautiful.” Like you, he wanted to say but didn’t.
“I bet you’re afraid I won’t be happy with my appearance because I still won’t have the perfect small nose. I understand that you can only do so much, but it’ll definitely be a big improvement over what I have to live with now.”
“I’m happy to do your surgery but if you should change your mind, I’ll understand.”
She gave him a warm smile. “You’re stuck with me. I’m not changing my mind on this. I loved seeing the imaging of what I’ll look like after surgery.”
Mallory was definitely serious about having rhinoplasty. Part of him was glad because he’d be seeing her again several times, for sure. But he wasn’t sure he liked that it’d be as his patient. “Then I’ll see you in June for your surgery.”
She cleared her throat. “What made you decide to become a plastic surgeon?”
The abrupt question caught him off guard. He thought about that for a moment. “I was impressed how plastic surgery made a difference in my sister’s appearance. When we were still young, a stray dog came in our backyard and attacked her. Amy had to endure many surgeries.”
“I’m so sorry.”
“I’m still not sure why the dog went after her instead of me. We were both playing outside.”
Her cell phone rang. While she pulled it out of purse, his eyes shifted to her mouth. Mallory had full perfect lips. Ideal for kissing. Big oversight spending time with Mallory outside the office. Now he was noticing her lips.