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She kissed my cheek
Thinking I was sleeping
Her scent lay on my pillow
My heart knew that would be
The last time I feel her touch
I turned to watch her walk away
I had given her all I could
I had nothing left to hold her
My angel of the night…
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From the moment I set eyes on her
I knew my heart would be broken
She is searching for something
I suspect this has been all her life
Waiting to find that perfect moment
That feeling of having found something sacred
Our life together, my love for her, is never enough
Her art comes first, she needs more
Something is haunting her
Like the legendary thorn bird
Searching for the perfect thorn to impale itself upon
That one moment has come when he sings
Dying in agony
The one song held all his life is sung
The most beautiful the world has ever heard
So beautiful, the wind held its breath
Must the best of something
Come at such a great cost?
I will do all I can
To prevent my love from losing herself
I shall not let her follow the thorn bird…
What if it’s true that you can never really go home? Returning from a soul-crushing war, Daniel Dragan is determined to put the past behind him.
But with his beloved uncle dead and the town’s economy in a slump, there may not be much to keep him in San Prospero, California.
That is, till he is startled by veterinarian Willow Dixon at the embankment overlooking their hometown and its new factory. A desperately needed job offer there may offer Daniel the chance he needs – but all is not as it seems at the factory and Willow, determined to save the inhabitants of her animal sanctuary, wants the factory’s operations stopped. Sometimes the road home is not what we expect. And not the one we left behind…
This novella was gifted to me by the author, Ben Starling, when I showed an interest. I loved the cover and was in the mood for a romantic mystery.
The main characters Daniel and Willow were charming and very real, and the way the author handled the romantic scenes was really impressive! There were strong messages about how man’s greed can threaten our planet, something I know is close to the authors heart.
I must confess to being a little confused by the mysterious hair dryer, and must have missed something there.
I am not a huge fan of short stories, as they are never quite long enough for me somehow. This story could have been so much longer, as I for one, wanted to know if disaster would be avoided and that Willow really would be okay. I get the feeling this story or its theme may continue somewhere else along the way, and I shall be looking forward to it!
Ben Starling is passionate about environmental conservation and sport, both central themes in his work. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades.
He is Oxford’s only ever Quintuple Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, and coached and boxed competitively until about five years ago. He is 6’3″and 185 lbs.
Ben graduated from Oxford University with a Master of Arts and an M Phil. He was born in the USA but has lived in the UK since childhood.