February 20, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Featuring Liza O’Connor’s Luck be an Angel
How does love take root? Does it begin as friendship, companionship, familiarity?
Or perhaps it comes with a hug or a kiss.
Or is it the point where you care more about the other person than yourself.
I believe love can bloom with any of the above and other ways as well.
I think the answer differs with the recipients and depends upon how open they are to finding love. Sara is an open door. Ethan is at first a closed door to Sara, but the young boys win his heart soon enough.
Unfortunately, Ethan finds himself in between a hard place and a rock. He has successfully ingratiated himself in Sara’s family. He is the first positive male figure the boys have ever known. Only soon, he’ll have his story, and then what? How is it possible for this story to end well? Hopefully, he’ll get his Pulitzer, but what will happen to Sara and boys? For the first time in his life, Ethan is in conflict with himself. He is not just a newshound. He is a man who cares about these boys and their mom.
Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.
Ethan spent the evening grading their exams. Except for Mike, Tom, and Sara, the rest were all far above their age levels. Mike was significantly below, but Ethan suspected his sight problem had caused that. Tom was in line with other five-year-olds and Sara’s education level was that of a twelve-year-old. Her seven-year-old son knew far more than she did.
He sighed. What was her story? How did she become trapped in this cycle of baby making? And who the hell is the father who keeps returning to give her more?
A gentle knock on the door interrupted his angry thoughts. He opened the door and invited Sara in.
“I know you said there wasn’t no pass or fail, but I’m guessing they must tell you something.”
He nodded. She looked so worried. “They tell me you’ve got some very bright boys.”
She smiled, radiating a light of joy about her. After a moment, she grew somber again. “What about Mike?”
“Mike has a vision problem. Instead of a regular doctor, you should take him to an eye doctor. Hopefully, all he needs are glasses.”
“And that will cure him?”
“I think so.”
“Then he’ll be smart in school like the others?”
“He’ll have some catching up to do, like his mom, but I don’t see any reason why either student cannot succeed.”
She hugged him.
He waited to see if she intended to make this more than a hug, but after a count of three, she released him and stood back. “I’m glad whatever brought you here, brought you here.”
She left him to suffer his guilt alone. What had brought him here was his desire to get a story. He doubted she’d ever talk to him again once she discovered his reason for inserting himself into their lives.
Luck be an Angel
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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