Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
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Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.
Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.
A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
Now for a Taste...
Annabel was applying the last coat of mascara when she heard footsteps in the hallway.
“Ann? Are you there?” Lilly’s voice rang behind the door.
“Come on in, it’s open.”
“Hi.” Panting, Lilly sank into the roomy armchair. “That staircase will take some getting used to...” She fanned her face with the palm of her hand. “I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for the entire day. I swear I’ll make it up to you tomorrow.”
“No problem. I told you I’d be fine on my own. We can hang out anytime, but you can only see Simon while you’re here. Did you have a good time?”
“It was wonderful – the most romantic day of my life. I’ve been to
Paris before, but now I
understand what a trip to
is really supposed to be like. When you’re in love, everything seems
different…” Lilly halted. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to rub it in like that.” Paris
“That’s okay.” Annabel smiled brightly. She was not about to rain on Lilly’s parade.
“It may not be long before you meet a handsome stranger yourself. This is, after all, Paris! So, are you ready for tonight?”
Annabel twirled in front of Lilly. “Do I have your approval?”
Lilly nodded, thoughtfully giving her a once over. “You look great. By the way, Simon invited a friend of his to dinner,” Lilly paused. “He thought the two of you might like each other.”
“Lilly!” Annabel wanted to fall straight through the floor. The last thing she needed was a pity blind date. It was even worse than being the third wheel. “Why didn’t you tell me this before? If I had known, I would have said no.”
“That’s exactly why I didn’t tell you.” Lilly’s voice was full of smug self-satisfaction.
“Well, I can still cancel, you know. I could just stay in and curl up with a book instead.”
“Oh, come on, Ann! Enough with that nonsense. I thought we were over this. There’s no obligation. The four of us will go out and have a good time, that’s all. If you don’t like him, you won’t have to see Etienne ever again.”
“His name is Etienne?” Annabel repeated dubiously. This was getting better by the minute. She was being set up with a mysterious Frenchman with an exotic name.
“Yes, and he is stunning. I saw a picture of him at Simon’s. I think you’ll like him a lot…” Lilly paused again. “And he, too, is getting over a break up, so the two of you might have a lot in common. His ex was American, so that tells us that he likes American girls,” Lilly concluded.
“Or that maybe he hates American girls after breaking up with one,” Annabel countered.
“I’m pretty sure you’re wrong about that, but we’ll find out soon enough.” Lilly grinned. “We’ve got to leave in twenty minutes. Simon and Etienne will meet us at the restaurant. It’s in the
“Okay.” Annabel nodded meekly as she tugged at the heart-shaped pendant of hand-blown glass around her neck. In theory, she was open to the possibility of meeting someone. She just was not sure she was ready for it to happen so soon.
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Books by Marie Astor:
This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.
On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.
A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.
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