Persephone Mae Alden is the invisible Alden sister, quiet, industrious, generous, kind-hearted, loyal and reliable. The words used to describe Mae remind her of a well-trained dog. She's not happy about it, but what can she do? She likes her quiet life and would be seriously upset if she had to defy convention like Caitlyn or act on instinct like Alexis. But everything changes when necessity forces her to bravery and she must choose between love and family. ~~ A horrifying bequest convinces James W. Collins V that Mae Alden needs a husband, and she's just the type of wife he wants. The two of them will be a perfect match. Refusing his offer makes no sense, so why won't the woman accept?
. . . One Day's Loving is nicely written and a delightful read, in which a headstrong young miss (Mae) challenges the autocracy of the many males of her time . . ."
Persepone of Romantic Historical Reviews
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At 2:30 PM James W. Collins V examined his pocket watch for the fourth time before he opened the door to the outer office of his law firm. "Harry, has Miss Alden sent any word as to why she's late or let us know if she's canceled our appointment?"
"Not that I know. . . Oh, I clean forgot. I found this letter on the floor about an hour ago. I must not have heard the messenger, and he probably slipped it under the door thinking we were closed for lunch."
James bit his tongue to keep from shouting his irritation at the old clerk. Harry had been with the firm since the beginning. While he had occasional lapses in memory and did not see as well as he once had, he knew everything about every case and client that the firm ever had. His knowledge was invaluable; putting up with minor lapses was a small price to pay.
"Let me have it."
"The letter you found on the floor."
"Oh yes. Now where did I put that?" Long moments were spent in searching through the various stacks of papers on Harry's desk. The letter was finally found on the seat of his desk chair.
"Here you are, Mr. Collins."
The paper was warm and slightly creased, but James took it anyway.
"Dear Mr. Collins,
"Harry get the police here at once."
"I will explain later."
"Yes, sir." Harry donned his coat and hat then searched for and found his umbrella.
"Would you hurry, man? Miss Alden's been abducted."
"What? When? How? I'd better go for the police."
James ground his teeth. "Excellent idea."
Harry made for the door, but it opened before he could touch the knob.
A woman stood framed in the doorway. Her rain sodden hair dragged down her face and across her shoulders. Her dress was muddy, crumpled, and her neckline askew. She smelled like a whiskey factory.
"This is no place for the likes of you. Get on your way," ordered Harry. He shifted to block the door. "I'm going for the police."
"No, please. You don't understand." Her elocution was at odds with her odor and appearance. Tremors shook the timid voice, and James finally noticed the shivers racking the woman's small frame. "I'm Persephone Mae Alden."
Harry snorted. "I doubt that. Miss Alden is a well bred miss and would never. . ."
James finally recognized the delicate bone structure obscured by the mass of wet hair and moved Harry aside. "Forgive my clerk, Miss Alden. He's somewhat over protective."
"Sir!" objected Harry. "You cannot believe this drab's claim."
"If you wore your spectacles as you should, you would see that Miss Alden is no drab. I'm surprised you didn't hear her identity in her voice. Come into my office, Miss Alden. I gather you escaped your captors."
"Mae, please. With all that's happened, standing on ceremony is more effort than I can handle. And, yes, I did manage to escape, but how did you know, Mr. Collins?"
One Day's Loving is my first book by this author and I must say I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another one by her. This was a well written and enjoyable read. Cocktails and Books received this book for free from Manic Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Christina of Cocktails and Books rated it 3.5 stars.