Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley #1)

And he’d seen bodies overcome all odds.

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction—ouch.

Bold colors dominated the space, which reminded her of a Dali painting on crack.

But

Fairy tales, like shoes, come in all shapes and sizes. Frogs turn into princes. Princes assist ladies into glass slippers. And now I’m back to shoes again. Shoes are comforting, right? They haven’t let me down, run around on me, or destroyed

Fuck.

had to take a bullet for the president or anything. She’d gone cold turkey on Nora’s books a year ago, when her ex-husband, Rick-the-Dick, threw Black Hills at the

His face held a tinge of yellow,

humor

I know you don’t,

I’m not asking you to justify yourself, Meredith. I only want to understand. This thing with Richard changed you.” Her

In the grand scheme of things, the world doesn’t end when our faults clash because it’s cushioned by love and commitment. Oh

into anything. “Hey, Mere,” Jill greeted, the ever-present sound of her favorite band, Abba, in the background. Jill wanted

I question my own judgment. What happened made me lose confidence in myself.

Life always held surprises. But sometimes it fucking hurt. The

Life’s short. All the stuff you think you have time to do suddenly evaporates like water boiled dry.

milk

mugs

My husband never transformed into a handsome prince. He stayed quite firmly in the reptile family, a chameleon, perhaps? And I’m pretty sure that if I had ever lost a shoe—even if it were priceless, like a limited edition Manolo Blahnik—he wouldn’t have lifted a finger to find it. Why didn’t I see that he was never going to be my prince?

okay?

She’d never met anyone who loved to drive like her parents did.

She knew what she wanted, and by God, she was going to do everything she could do to get it. Just like one of Nora’s characters. She was going to fly back home to her own Roarke. He did exist in real life. He existed for her.

So, I’ll…buy more shoes. No, scratch that—I’ll buy…La Perla lingerie. I want to be a superhero now…like Divorcée Woman. She’d know what to do after signing these papers. Maybe an alter ego will help me regain my confidence. After all, I already have plenty of shoes, and they’ve never helped me much anyway.

Thanksgiving here. I

The hardest part of growing up was realizing life was nothing like the way she’d imagined it.

The hardest part of growing up was realizing life was nothing like the way she’d imagined it. It was supposed to be easy to find a nice guy and coast into sharing a life together. Just like in Nora’s books.

think you’re cheating, old man.” Peggy shuffled the cards. “Don’t make me frisk you.” “My dear, it would be my pleasure,” he responded.

to appease the milk guy by telling him I’d put those mugs out for display, but he wouldn’t leave. He even offered to teach me how to milk a cow.

We got the horses back and turned two good-for-nothing horse thieves into the sheriff.

Yes. I tried to appease the milk guy by telling him I’d put those mugs out for display, but he wouldn’t leave. He even offered to teach me how