Actually, I’ve always loved birds. My mother kept a feeder outside our living room every winter. Back during the 70s, when Internet, satellite, and VHS/DVDs weren’t available and only three TV stations could be tuned in our old Zenith, we did a lot of reading during the snowy months as well as sipping tea or cocoa as we watched the birds flock around the feeder. Mom would buy a nice feeder or sometimes make one out of a milk jug then fill it with a variety of seed to draw many different birds. We’d always have the usual juncos, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, blue jays, and house wrens, but the odd nuthatch, woodpecker, or some other less seen bird was always a surprise and a reason to pull our chairs up closer to the woodstove and window.
Those months were a time I learned about Paddington Bear and his wonderful tales and I soon started reading Walter Farley’s books too. My mother’s enthusiasm for the birds led me to finding more novels about animals such as Bambi and Bambi’s Children by Felix Salten. I’ve read both books three times, and since these books are so unique, I suggest every parent read them to their young children.
Such a simple pastime as watching birds frolic and eat at a birdfeeder mixed with my mother’s enthusiasm for books, wildlife and winter scenery played more in my desire to write than I ever thought possible.
Regardless, Daniel Rivers, the love she left behind, wants Lizzy back. He demands to know why she left town and why she never replied to any of his letters. Lizzy can’t let Daniel know her secret, but she can’t resist his crooked smile and warm, brown eyes either. Sparks fly between the couple, but Lizzy is determined not to make the same mistake with Daniel. However, when Lizzy is kidnapped by one of her mother’s old boyfriends, it puts life in a different perspective for Lizzy and she realizes she must tell Daniel about his son.
Can Lizzy resist the lure of Daniel’s touch, the way her entire body responds to him every time he glances her way? Or will the truth about Daniel’s son tear them apart a second time?