Lost and Found by Karey White
Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she’s done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it’s time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.
Blake feels like he’s been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he’s on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he’s going home, and that’s that. But that’s before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.
When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.
Karey is a USA Today best-selling author. She grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four wonderful children.
Twenty-something years ago, my Dad took a job in Utah, which meant moving my family from Missouri to somewhere that was commutable to Salt Lake. I was already living in Utah and working and going to school, so I was excited for the rest of my family to move closer.
I went with my parents on several of their house-hunting excursions. We looked all over the Salt Lake valley, but nothing really got them excited. My Dad’s sister lived in Bountiful, a short 10-15 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake and so they started looking more seriously there. They found a house they liked with a great yard and lots of mature trees. They made an offer on that house and it was accepted. They thought things were settled and they’d be able to move forward with all the logistics of moving a family of thirteen (nine still living at home) to a new state.
But they didn’t feel good about it. Their excitement was quickly replaced with what some might call buyer’s remorse, but what they called a stupor of thought. As much as they liked the house and the yard and as good a bargain as it was, they just couldn’t picture their family living there. After sleeping on it and feeling unsettled for a couple of days, they approached the sellers and told them their feelings. They knew they were running the risk of losing their earnest money, but they didn’t feel they could move forward with the purchase.
The sellers weren’t happy about it, but they understood and kindly gave Dad and Mom their earnest money back. That was great, but now they were back at square one with a deadline looming even closer. They began looking again and a short time later, they found the house they have lived in for about a quarter of a century.
That all makes for a nice little piece of family trivia, but let me tell you the rest of the story.
When they bought that house, they had ten living children. Nine of those children were unmarried.
Six of their children met their future spouses because we lived in that house, either because of school or church. We wouldn’t have gone to the same school or congregation if they’d bought that other house.
I’m one of those lucky six. My husband went to the same ward (congregation) as my parents, although he was on a service mission for our church at the time they bought the house. I met him a week after he returned home.
The choice of which home to buy had a huge and lasting ripple effect on our family. Six spouses and twenty-four grandchildren came about because of where my parents lived.
Thank goodness they were willing to risk losing their earnest money.
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