Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father’s been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.
If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.
If only it were that easy.
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
I first came up with the idea for this series while at church, listening to someone speak about a topic that I can’t recall. When I mentioned it to Karey White and Kaylee Baldwin, they were all for it, saying that if an idea was born at church, it had to be inspired. So here we are. J
I’ve always been fascinated by the Ripple Effect phenomenon and how a person’s actions, no matter how big or small, can have a rippling effect on others, in both good ways and bad. Say I’m driving down a high-trafficked road and choose to let someone cut in front of me (rather than speed up and eliminate the gap). Will that make the other person more likely to be kind to someone else? I think so. And if that someone else passes on that kindness even further, then without even realizing it, my one small act of kindness could ripple outward in a really positive way.
Conversely, choosing to speed up and not let someone in might make him/her angry or sad or add to an already bad day. Who wants to be responsible for that? Not me.
Years ago, while a student in college, I was having a rotten day. I don’t remember why, or what caused it, I just remember feeling down and cranky and lousy. I’m sure you can imagine what my expression might have looked like. (Avoid me like the plague or you might get your head bit off!) Well, in I walked to a large auditorium class, and as I made my way down the crowded aisle, searching for a seat, an elderly man was making his way out of the room. A wide smile lit his face when he approached me, and his hand grasped my arm.
“You look like such a wonderful person,” he said to me (the crank, ha!). “I hope you have a great day.” Then he was gone.
And that was it. I teared up on the spot, feeling so unworthy of the compliment. But wow, what a difference those few words of kindness made to me—a stranger. I’m sure he had no idea the powerful lesson he taught me that day or the fact that I still remember it 15 years later. I left that auditorium a happier person, a better person. I smiled at people passing by and said hello. I held the door open for another student whose arms were full, and I got a “thanks” in return.
Sometimes I wonder if people realize how big of a difference those little things can make and how much better this world would be if more people made them.
So, I thought it would be really cool to do a series about everyday people making decisions (big or small) that, in one way or another, impacted the lives of friends, family members, or total strangers. The main character’s actions in book 1 would have a positive impact on the lives of a character in book 2, and so on down the line. Fun, right?
We thought so. And we couldn’t be more pleased with how this series turned out. We hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as we enjoyed writing them. And may all of your words and actions ripple outward in a positive, beautiful way.
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