This is a happy day for all of us here at Ever After Romance Book Blog. Elizabeth Krall is sharing with us an exclusive excerpt of her book Too Close, as well as other information. So sit back, relax and enjoy!!
What rules would you break for the one you love? What lies would you tell?
Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother.
They met when Greg joined the San Francisco newspaper where Nicola is the travel editor. After six months, eager to start a life together and raise a family, they decide to marry.
When Nicola finally meets his family in Seattle, and mentions the circumstances of her adoption, Greg’s horrified mother is forced to reveal the shameful secret she has kept for 36 years.
As they struggle to deal with her revelation, their relationship is challenged and strained. If his mother’s suspicions are true, they will be forced into a devastating choice: break all of society’s rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up.
It will be the greatest test their newfound love has faced – and their love may not survive.
Scene: Greg has taken Nicola to Seattle to meet his family: mother Mona, stepfather Edward, half-sister Janine. Nicola has just shown photos of her family to Mona and Janine.
“They all look different to you,” commented Mona.
“Oops, I did it again!” exclaimed Nicola. “I’m adopted. I always forget to tell people that.”
Janine turned to scrutinize her. “Actually, you look a lot like us. You could be my sister.”
She had blue eyes like Greg and Mona, although Edward’s were brown. All four of them had dark hair. Edward’s wispy hair was more gray than anything, but Nicola could see in family photographs on the walls that it had been dark.
With a laugh, Nicola said, “You wouldn’t believe how many people have thought Greg is my brother.” She heard Mona, on her left, gasp sharply, and she turned to her.
The older woman’s face had gone pale, her eyebrows two dark slashes above large blue eyes, the pupils dilated now in what looked like shock.
“What is it?” asked Nicola, worried. She grasped her hand. “Are you okay?” She looked up with relief as Greg and his father came back into the living room.
But when Nicola turned back to Mona, Mona smiled brightly and patted her hand. “Fine. So you’re adopted, you said? Was that in San Francisco?”
Nicola nodded, but still regarded her with concern. Mona had looked more than shocked; she had stared at Nicola with something like horror. It had lasted for only a second, but Nicola was convinced she had seen it.
About the Author
Elizabeth Krall grew up in Canada and lived in London, England, for many years. She has now settled in Sydney, Australia.
Most of her career was spent as an editor, but now she works as a print and digital graphic designer. An unexpected side-effect of leaving editing was the resurgence of an interest in writing. Her first novel, Ship to Shore, was published in February 2012; her second, Too Close, in January 2013.
She is also the author of an occasional series of short stories themed around holidays, called Holiday Romances.
Elizabeth’s interests include travel, tall ship sailing and cocktails.