Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...
Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss.
But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?
Have you already read and devoured Donna Alward's latest Jewel Cove novel, Treasure on Lilac Lane? Donna and her editor are here today to introduce a special deleted scene from the book. We can't wait to get reading and get a sneak peek behind the curtain to see how this all works. Thanks, Donna!
From first draft to final, every book changes. But what happens to those scenes that end up on the cutting room floor?
Donna Alward: When I wrote the toast to the bride, I was thinking it would serve two purposes. First of all, this is the BIG toast at any wedding and tends to be a little longer and not so brief. And secondly, I used it as a way to tie this story back to The House on Blackberry Hill, which is Tom and Abby’s story and I could perhaps share some info with readers who are new to the series. So I chatted about Abby and also her Aunt Marian, who left her the house in the first place. My editor, who is AMAZING, thought we should trim it a little. Thankfully only bits and pieces went on the cutting room floor, not the whole thing. I can guarantee you that my editor has a BRILLIANT eye about what should stay and what should go, so I’ll let her tell you why she cut some bits and pieces of the speech and scene.