ABBY'S BABY (Happily Ever After #2)
by Kate Cassidy
“Abby Cramer hopes he’ll settle down. Rusty is more than the mechanic, salesman and crack pilot she’d hired to turn her business around --- Rusty is a friend. And Abby is as vulnerable as a woman can be. Her husband’s helicopter crash had left her alone, nervously awaiting the birth of her first child and at the helm of a business slipping into bankruptcy.
With Rusty to help her through a dangerous and difficult time, she begins to pick up the pieces of her life. But Abby doesn’t recognize the illusions holding her back --- until the hurricane comes roaring up the Gulf, showing her that courage is another name for love.”
Abby Cramer is 35, pregnant, on the verge of bankruptcy, and a widow. She and her husband, Doug, owned a helicopter transport company that picked up and delivered crew, supplies, and parts to oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. When his helicopter crashes forty miles offshore, her whole world turns upside down. Six months pregnant, she must decide whether to walk away from the debt-ridden company or to try to keep it alive by hiring a new pilot. Since it’s her only source of income, she puts out an ad for a pilot and tries to figure out how she and her baby are going to survive alone.
James Russell (Rusty) is a talented pilot, fresh out of the military and anxious to see the world. He has taken several temporary jobs and enjoys the freedom of moving on when he starts to get bored. While he is visiting the Texas city of Lake Jackson, he hears through an old friend, of a small helicopter company whose owner is a recent widow and who desperately needs help to stay in business. Sensing a challenge, Rusty visits the office of C-Breeze and meets Abby.
Abby is impressed by his skills and experience, but baffled why he would want to work for her considering her financial situation, the lack of customers, a broken helicopter, and a risky future. Rusty, on the other hand, knows the situation looks hopeless, but he is touched by her courage in the face of so much adversity. She needs him, and he decides to stay long enough to help her out and get her through the pregnancy.
Abby has also started to have feelings for Rusty during the four months they worked together. She sees that underneath his brusque professionalism, he’s a gentle, funny, caring man whose companionship she has come to enjoy very much.
During the next two months, their relationship becomes closer as the company continues to succeed and their friendship grows into something more. Doug has, by now, officially been declared dead so Abby is free to remarry. But neither she nor Rusty are ready to take any major steps because the timing isn’t quite right yet.
Will it ever be right for them or is it time Rusty moves on? When Kate faces the biggest decision of her life, can she make the choice that’s right for both her and her baby?
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