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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers; Later Printing edition (May 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590522389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522387
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 45 books, including 8 in The Glenbrooke series. She is also the author of the nonfiction work, Mothering by Heart. Robin and her husband, Ross, live in Portland, Oregon, with their teenage son and daughter.

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Chapter One

"Coffee,” Alissa muttered, pushing herself away from her cluttered desk, “a tall café mocha, and I need it now. You want anything, Cheri?”
 
“No, thanks,” her co-worker said without looking up from her computer. “Are you getting this same strange reading on the Mazatlan cruise package?”

“Yes,” Alissa said after checking the computer screen over Cheri’s shoulder. “I got that reading when I tried to access the Alaska cruise package for the Andersens. But I’m not ready to try again until after I’ve had some coffee.”

Cheri looked over the top of her glasses. “We open in five minutes.”

“I know. I’ll be back in four. Don’t sell any cruise packages until then.”

The line at Starbucks was shorter than usual. Alissa examined the pastries in the case. They had Cheri’s favorite lemon bars this morning and lots of other incredible looking goodies.

She started her familiar mental workout. Croissant. I want a croissant. But I shouldn’t. Too much fat. I’ll have a muffin. A low-fat blueberry. Or a bagel. I can have a bagel. A bagel with fat-free cream cheese.

“What can I start for you?” the young woman behind the counter asked.
 
Alissa hesitated.

The customer behind her spoke up. “Cappuccino and a croissant.”

“Excuse me.” Alissa turned to the casually dressed man behind her. “I was next, and if you don’t mind, I’m in a hurry.”

He wore his long brown hair with a crooked part down the middle. A soft cocoa stubble curved across his broad jaw, and his gaze struck her with intense clarity. Green eyes. Green like the grass after it rains.

“So what took you so long?” he said with a teasing smile.

Alissa raised her eyebrows and decided this must be his idea of a joke. Since she had moved to Pasadena seven months ago, she had met plenty of men who acted as if the world were their footstool, and therefore they could put up their feet whenever they wanted. Southern California was full of that sort.

Turning to the woman behind the counter, Alissa said calmly, “I’ll have a tall café mocha, a lemon bar, and a cinnamon roll. Thanks.”

There was no point looking over her shoulder as she left Starbucks. The man with the intriguing green eyes wouldn’t be watching her. Men used to watch her walk away. She could feel their gazes. Men used to offer to let her go first.

But that was thirty-two pounds ago. It had been far too long since a man had given her a second glance. Not that she blamed any of them. Much had changed in the life of Alissa Benson.

Wistfully, she remembered what it was like to be seventeen, sauntering through the sand at Newport Beach while everyone watched. That had been many summers ago, back when the ends of her long, blond hair had danced in the wind like the mane of a wild horse.

Today, a long, linen blazer covered her rounded hips, and her shoulder length, wavy blond hair was caught up in a twist, clipped flat against the back of her head. She rarely wore her blue tinted contact lenses anymore. Makeup was something she bothered with only on special occasions, of which there hadn’t been many lately.

Alissa’s live-in companion was a cat named Chloe, and her favorite weekend pastime was reading. At twenty-six she was living the life of a sixty-year-old. And she was safe.

“She’s right here,” Cheri said, motioning to Alissa as she opened the door. “I’ll put you on hold, Mr. Brannigan.”

“Line two,” Cheri said to Alissa. “And your landlord is on line one.”

“Oh, terrific,” Alissa muttered. She handed the pastry bag to Cheri. “I picked up a little something for you.”

A smile spread across Cheri’s face. “Did you bring me a lemon bar? You are a honey!”

“Don’t touch my cinnamon roll!” Alissa playfully responded as she slid behind her desk and reached for the phone. “Good morning, Mr. Brannigan. Did your wife tell you I was able to reserve two nights for you at the Heathman?”

With a few clicks on the computer keyboard, she tried to pull up the active file of the Brannigans as he said, “We’ve decided to stay three nights. Can you add one more night for us?”

The computer screen froze. Alissa tapped on the keys. “Certainly, Mr. Brannigan. May I call you back to confirm that?”

“I’ll wait for your call,” Mr. Brannigan said.

Alissa knew he would. The Brannigans had to be the most active retired couple she knew. In good health and possessing excessive spending money, they traveled constantly. And with Alissa’s efficiency and excessive good manners, she was their only travel agent.

“Okay. Thank you, Mr. Brannigan. Good-bye.”

“Cheri?” Alissa said. “Did we go off-line?”

“I’ve called the repairman. I don’t know what the problem is. I guess all we can do is take messages. Don’t forget your landlord. Line one.”

With a push of a button and a deep breath, Alissa picked up line one. “Clawson Travel Agency. This is Alissa.”

“Ms. Benson,” the landlord said with forced friendliness. “You have not responded to the notice we sent you last month. I have left messages on your machine at home, but you have not returned the calls. I found it necessary to call you at work to ask for a reply.”

Alissa turned away from Cheri and the client who had just entered the shop and was seated in front of Cheri’s desk. “I’m going to need more time to decide.”

“I’m afraid there isn’t any more time. I must know today by five o’clock.”

Alissa heard the click as he hung up, but she kept the phone to her ear as if the answer she needed would come sometime after the dial tone. Her condo complex had been sold a month ago. The new owner required all renters to sign a new lease that included an increase of $150 a month and a minimum commitment of two years. Alissa had never lived anywhere for more than two years. It was a nice condo but not her dream home. During the past month she had found nothing else in her price range. Yet the two-year commitment scared her. She had already been in Pasadena and at the same travel agency for seven months. That in itself was almost a record.

She heard a slight rustling sound and realized a customer was now seated in front of her desk. “Okay. We’ll work on that and get back to you then,” she said into the dumb receiver that she still held to her ear. “Good-bye.”

Turning to hang up and greet her customer, Alissa forced a smile back on her face and said, “Yes, how can I—” She stopped. It was the guy from Starbucks. “How can I help you?”

He took a slow sip from his Starbucks cappuccino and looked at her with his grass green eyes. “You’re having trouble with your computers this morning?”

It crossed Alissa’s mind that perhaps this guy had followed her here and somehow overheard Alissa and Cheri say they had computer problems. For a brief flash, Alissa felt flattered that this man had apparently sought her out.

“Alissa?” Cheri called over. “Excuse me for interrupting, but Mr. Brannigan is on the phone again. Do you want to take it?”

“Sure.” Alissa put on her headset. “Excuse me a moment, please,” she said to the green-eyed stranger. “Yes, Mr. Brannigan?”

“My wife wanted me to ask about the special you advertised for the Alaskan cruise, but I forgot when I called earlier. Is there still room on the June trip?”

“I’m having difficulty accessing the information on those cruises this morning. Would it be all right if I called you back this afternoon? That way I’ll know about the extra night at the Heathman as well.”

Alissa hung up and turned her attention to the man at her desk. “What can I do for you?”

“Do you have local access, or do you have to go through a central clearing agency?” Brad asked.

“Excuse me?”

“For the cruises,” he said, getting up and coming over to her side of the desk. “Do you have a local server for your info? Pull up the file. That might tell me.” He reached over Alissa’s shoulder and clicked on a few keys.

His forward approach startled Alissa. First at Starbucks and now this. Who did this guy think he was? “I’m sorry, but I can’t allow you to do this.”

More About the Author

"Forever With You", Robin's newest book is available from her Online Shop at shop.robingunn.com. This first book in the Christy & Todd: The Married Years series picks up where the last Katie Weldon book ended.

You are warmly invited to visit Robin's website at www.robingunn.com. Be sure to sign up for the Robin's Nest Newsletter and have a browse in the Online Shop.

Over the past 25 years Robin has written over 85 books with over 5 million copies sold. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.

Her best-selling, award winning novels include the Christy Miller series for teens as well as the Sierra Jensen and Katie Weldon series.

The popular Glenbrooke series features eight gentle love stories and her Sisterchicks(R)novels are a favorite among midlife readers who enjoy the emphasis on travel and friendship in the series.

Robin's standalone novels include "Gardenias for Breakfast", "Under a Maui Moon", "Canary Island Song" and "Cottage by the Sea". Her newest release, "Victim of Grace" offers a personal glimpse into her life as a wife, mother and writer.

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One part at the end made me laugh until I cried!
Lauren
Robin jones gunn is a VERY Blessed and talented auther and i ALWAYS look forword to her books.
Mary E. Chensutt
Please, read this book you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
These books are great!!!! These books keep you wanting to read them all over again. But, to really understand these books you really need to read the Christy Miller Series, then the Sierra Jensen Series, then read the Christy and Todd Collage Series,and THEN finally read the Glenbrooke Series. If you only read the Christy Miller Series, you won't know as much info on Christy, that relates to these other series. These books are great!! You'll keep wanting to read them over and over again. ROBIN JONES GUNN YOU are the BEST writer in the WORLD!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!-K.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Casey Ward on January 3, 2000
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This book was fantastic. Many writers can tell a good fiction story but only those special few can give a life changing message through that story. This book, about a girls struggle to find her self worth and identity, takes you with her through a journey to understand the love of God and the worth of each individual for who they are inside! This story teaches you the home truths about a true relationship with God, healthy appreciation for what he made you to be and mature and everlasting love with that person he set aside for you!
Well Done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
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I loved this book. It is not easy to tell how it ends. You think you know what is going to happen to Alissa, the main character, but you don't. Talk about an exciting last few chapters. I love all of Robin's work. Unlike many other books this is not only an exciting and wonderful story but this also offers wonderful insight. All I can say is don't read it in one night or read it only once. Like many of Robin's book this book gets better every time you read it. Definetly Buy it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1998
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This was the first book I read by Robin Jones Gunn, and the first book I had ever comepletely read through. I love how she writes. Her stories are real and deep. You can really relate to the characters, because everyone has to go through the same stuff in life. The plus of reading this book was that I finished it on the beach at Sunset!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "tmh72" on September 20, 2002
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I think I liked this book more because of the secondary characters than the main ones. It was fun to catch up with all your old friends from previous books. Also, this is the book we meet Shelly from Clouds and Jake from Waterfalls. The two main characters, Brad and Alissa, were interesting but I cared about them less than some of the other people this series has introduced us to in the past. The story of Rosie and her groom was a good addition. In some ways, I cared more about Rosie's story than Alissa's. It's a good book, but not up to this author's usual standards, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2002
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These books are great! These books keep you wanting to read them all over again. But, to really understand these books you really need to read the Christy Miller Series, then the Sierra Jensen Series, then read the Christy and Todd Collage Series,and THEN finally read the Glenbrooke Series. If you only read the Christy Miller Series, you won't know as much info on Christy, that relates to these other series. These books are great! You'll keep wanting to read them over and over again. ROBIN JONES GUNN YOU are the BEST writer in the WORLD! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!-Kyley(Kimberly's daughter)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2001
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I loved this book. It was nice to see how Alissa lived her life after seeing her in the Christy Miller series. Around every cornor was another surprise. Wondering what direction Alissa was going kept me guessing. Brad's (Alissa's next-door-neighbor) 'charm' was unique. I would strongly recommend this book and the others in the Glenbrooke series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1997
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"Sunsets" and "Clouds" are the best books I've read in a very long time. You'll fall in love with Alissa and Shelly as they rediscover their love of God. It'll stir your heart!
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