Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go.
Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she also had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.
When Kaylee Baldwin isn’t writing, she’s usually chasing after her four children, checking her email, trying to get motivated to train for that race she shouldn’t have signed up for, hanging out with her pretty awesome husband, and reading whatever good book she can find. She graduated from Arizona State with degree in English Lit. Her published books are Meg’s Melody, Six Days of Christmas (part of the All I Want collection) and Silver Linings.
My Own Ripples Story
The way I met my husband is a Ripples Effect story.
Ten years ago, at a single’s Valentine’s Day dance, my almost-boyfriend’s sister dumped me in his place. She was very sweet about it (he’s just not looking for anything serious right now), but I was kind of shocked. Things had been going well. We weren’t serious yet, but for over a month had hung out most nights together. Plus, it kind of stunk that he didn’t tell me himself.
After that, I just wanted to go home. Not only had my ego taken a serious beating, but the last thing I wanted to see was a bunch of happy couples. My friends convinced me to stay for a little while longer, probably knowing that I’d just go home and analyze the whole thing to death.
MEANWHILE… My now-husband, Jeremy, had just been dumped by his girlfriend of several months. (I just can’t be sad about this.) He also didn’t want to go to a Valentine’s Dance, but a friend of his dragged him there. Jeremy went, kind of hoping to see his ex and talk to her.
So, there we both were. Dragged to this Valentine’s Dance by friends. Freshly dumped. Not looking for love AT ALL.
Well, after a song ended, I noticed that one of the friends I had come with, Shannon, was standing in the middle of the dance floor—totally ignoring a cute guy who I thought was her friend. They were standing right next to each other (shoulders practically touching) but she was talking to another girl while he just stood there. I thought it was all kind of rude and out-of-character for my very sweet friend to ignore this guy.
So, I walked up to him, held out my hand, and introduced myself. He shook my hand back and told me his name was Jeremy. A slow song started to play (When You Say Nothing at All… yes, I remember the song) and he asked me to dance. We started talking and it was like an instant click. We didn’t have enough things to say to each other. All night long we danced and talked, and I’d never connected like that with anyone before in my life.
I later found out 1) He and my friend did not know each other. They just happened to be standing next to each other in a very crowded room, like the other few hundred people there and 2) Jeremy’s ex did come into the room while we were dancing, and he decided not to talk to her after all.
After that, he called and asked me out. We started dating. We were married almost nine months later, and now, after nine years of marriage, I am so glad that the actions of other people changed both of our lives forever. I can’t imagine a live without Jeremy in it.
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