The Butterfly Garden: That Second Chance, Book 6 (Volume 6)

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Sometimes we're lucky enough to get that second chance - in life and in love. That Second Chance Series is a group of stand-alone stories about strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love. What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance.

The Butterfly Garden is Book Six of That Second Chance Series.

Love can happen when you least expect it...

Jenny Romano has never been a white-picket-fence, happily-ever-after girl. Despite a mother who rejected her free-spirited, unique ways as irresponsible and just plain wrong, Jenny has found happiness as a photographer, flitting around the country and snapping photos of other people's lives. Her older sister, Grace, has a husband, children, and a carpool schedule. She's the one their mother calls "perfect."

But when tragedy strikes her sister's carefully constructed life, Jenny must step in and help. Soon, she's knee-deep in small-town, suburban life, the kind she's always avoided...

Psychologist Elliot Drake spends so much time healing other people's pain that he prefers to keep his own relationships short and uncomplicated. He's loved and lost once and with a young daughter to raise, he's not willing to risk his heart again. Of course, he's never met anyone quite like Jenny. Outrageous and unpredictable, she's nothing like her well-controlled older sister. And the more he's around Jenny, the more he wonders if short-term is really what he wants...

Elliot and Jenny are about to discover that real life happens whether you want it to or not. Will they let real love happen, too?

That Second Chance Series:
Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise)
Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret)
Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter)
Book Four: Paradise Found (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Wish)
Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Gift)
Book Six: The Butterfly Garden (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Return)

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I am the third child in a family of four--two older brothers and a younger sister, all born in less than six years. Our family wasn't wealthy, as a matter of fact, we were much less than wealthy, though we never knew it. We thought sharing a bed was normal, and a bathroom, and a closet, and clothes...as for entertainment, well, there was only one mother in the neighborhood who had a car and it wasn't for carting kids around to play dates. 
We spent our early childhood playing and working together, and of course, as siblings do,complained the oldest got favored and the youngest got spoiled, and the two of us in the middle got all the work. Even today, we think there's a grain of truth in that, though our mother insists we were all treated the same. Any middle child will tell you that is doubtful!
And so, The Butterfly Garden is especially important to me because it delves into sibling relationships and family hierarchy as children and as adults. It also deals with metamorphosis on various levels and an eventual letting go...of old beliefs, habits, rituals. Just as the butterfly sheds its cocoon to emerge in dazzling splendor, so too, if given proper nurturing and guidance, do we.

I am so very grateful for my brothers and sister. Through the years we have leaned on one another, never more than a phone call away, listened with great empathy, advised with caution, accepted our differences, and above all, loved one another. That is indeed a cherished gift.

I hope you enjoy Jenny and Grace's journey as they discover each other and themselves and learn that love often arrives at unexpected times and in unexpected packages.

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"Do you have a husband?"

Jenny cleared her throat. Twice. "No." She glanced at the young girl. "I don't have a husband."

"Why not?"

What to say to that? Because the only time I ever let myself care about a man, I mean really care, he dumped me two weeks after I met his parents, told me I wasn't "corporate" enough to fit into his plans? Or, Because every man I've ever met wants to reshape who I am so I won't even recognize myself?

She couldn't tell her any of those reasons, so she settled with, "Because I just never wanted to."

"Never wanted to what, Aunt Jenny?" Natalie called from behind. Jenny swung around to see Natalie, Danielle, and Elliot heading through the gate. Elliot's gaze shot from Jenny to his daughter and back. He raised a dark brow but said nothing. "Never wanted to what, Aunt Jenny?" Natalie repeated.

"Nothing," Jenny mumbled, rubbing the back of her neck. She was roasting all of a sudden, cooking like a steak under a broiler.

"Never wanted to get married," Sydney said, sliding Jenny a look from the corner of her eye.

If the world had opened up that instant and sucked her under, Jenny would have considered it a blessing. Heat scorched her face and it had nothing to do with the weather conditions. "That's not exactly what I meant," Jenny said in an attempt to salvage a scrap of dignity.

"Daddy used to say some man needed to cut your tail," Natalie said, leaning over and petting Ruby.

"That is not what he said." Danielle shot her a look of disgust. And then, as though she were reciting a nursery rhyme, she corrected her sister. "He said, some man needed to clip her wings."

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