Brunch the Day Of the Wedding. Trouble’s Brewing

Tina watched Hank paste on a smile and move to accommodate two ladies toward the table on his left.


He was so handsome, those broad shoulders wrapped in a tuxedo. Country boy or city boy, he was comfortable in either location. Hank was Hank, regardless of where he lived.
His shoulders tensed when Samantha, holding to Greg’s arm, walked into the room. He recovered soon enough. “Tina. Come on over. Meet my friends.”
Samantha would be married in a few hours. Would she be content? In this town. With Greg? Though she’d never met the bride and groom to be, Hank had known them for years. One look at Samantha, Tina had her answer. Yes. Yes, Samantha would be an ecstatic bride.
Tina had doubt from time to time. Was marriage to Hank what she really wanted? Could she be happy with Hank and take on the child of a prisoner? That was a bad thing to say. Evan couldn’t help who his parents were. Everyone believed Tom, Evan’s father, was innocent of the accused crime. Nevertheless, Hank had taken on Evan to care for until his father could return to society.
The one thing Tina had discussed with Hank repeatedly, and it bothered her a lot. When and if Tom was released, and Evan chose to live with his father, their hearts would go with him. However, Hank had given his word to Tom, and he’d keep his promise. No matter what.
Evan had won her heart too. Life hadn’t been fair to the little guy. First, his father had been railroaded into prison, and then his mother had finally passed from cancer. Evan was one tough young boy. Hank had seen to it that he’d kept Evan busy with school in Atlanta, learning how to work around the cabin in the Smoky Mountains, most of all he’d taught him to care for horses. Boys needed an animal to befriend. Hatchet and Sam supplied that comfort.


She’d won her mother and sister over, rather Hank had done the winning over. They couldn’t resist his Southern charm, his intoxicating personality. Tina grinned thinking of when they’d first met. He sure wasn’t full of charm then.
She hadn’t liked him at all. He’d been a tough one to get to know. He’d not cared for her much either. She grinned. It was no wonder. He’d taught her to chop wood, and the mess she’d made when she baked a cake. Oh, Lord! Not to mention when she’d burned part of his manuscript. She wouldn’t think of that anymore.
Tina knew Hank and Samantha had had a past when she caught the look between them. Their past was too noticeable to mistake. A lump formed in her throat when she saw that Hank had seen that she’d recognized the discomfort he tried to hide. She knew then the doubts she’d experienced, were undeniable.

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming November, 2013
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About Carol

Carol’s roots are sown in the South. Her writings are Southern, small town based and include romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She believes in falling in love, family values, and happy endings. When time allows, she dabbles in art, and always has popcorn, pickles, and hot chocolate on hand. While a dose of humor sprinkles throughout her stories, they may or not, be based on real life characters. Some are convinced they are, but only she knows for certain, and she won’t gossip. Carol currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family. A multi-published eBook author since 2011, Carol's won numerous awards, and previously published in poetry, short stories and novels. Novels available in ebook: (A Short Story) A MATTER of TASTE, PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print), CHRISTMAS at the GRANGER INN, CHRISTMAS at APPLE LAKE, THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Coming December 2019: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding Coming December 2020: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby Where to find Carol DeVaney online:
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9 Responses to Brunch the Day Of the Wedding. Trouble’s Brewing

  1. Is Hank getting cold feet? I think Tina is having a rough time with the idea of giving up her independence. Will you bop her on the head and tell her she doesn’t have to give up anything if she marries. It’s supposed to make your life better. It doesn’t take anything away!
    Hank is just gun shy. One bad marriage and he has a difficult time trusting a female! But I’m thrilled to see them at the wedding! And I can’t wait to read their next book!


    • Carol says:

      Yes, Hank had a bad marriage. His wife was all about herself. The more Hank tried to please her, the more advantage she took of him. He’s even good to her now that they’re divorced. Now…remember Tina had a terrible relationship with her ex-boyfriend. She caught him two-timing her. But…Hank is different, so we’ll see if Tina is mature enough to give Hank a chance to explain. Thanks, E!


  2. stephaniequeen says:

    Son of a prisoner?! Oh my!


    • Carol says:

      The prisoner, Tom, was set-up. It’s a long story, but a good one. Tom wants his son Evan, to have decent people to raise him if he can’t. Thanks, Stephanie.


  3. Jill James says:

    Loved it! Lots of tension at this wedding.


  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    Stories of people caring for children always get me. You sure set the stage for a fantastic story.


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