So tell us, Lee, where did you get the idea for this novel?
First of all, I want to wish our wonderful Heartwarming readers a very Happy New Year! Thank you so much for joining me today.
Readers who’ve read my earlier books will know I love to write series centered around strong women—best friends, business partners, sisters. The Finnegan sisters were abandoned by their mother when they were very young, and they were raised by their father, who’s a paraplegic. Middle sister, Emily, found her happily-ever-after in the first book, To Catch a Wife. His Best Friend’s Wife is Annie’s story. She’s a widower with a young son named Isaac. The third book in the series, Cowboy, Come Home, is about the youngest sister, CJ.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
Life is full of second chances.
And the back cover blurb really says it all.
A second chance for his first loveWhat is your favorite scene?
Paul Woodward has always known Annie Finnegan was the one. But when she married his best friend, he moved away from their tiny hometown to try to forget the woman he could never have. When her husband passes away, Paul is heartbroken and wants to be there for the love of his life—but how can he, given the way he feels? As he returns to take over his ill father's medical practice, though, it's clear that Annie and her son are the family Paul longs for. As Annie heals and their connection grows, Paul will wait to find out if love really gives second chances…
I would have to say it’s the first kiss that almost wasn’t.
He was easy to talk to and she loved that he made it easy for her to laugh, that he made it okay for her to laugh again. It was all so easy that she was startled when Paul checked his watch and stood to leave.Who was your favorite character and why?
“Annie, this has been great but I need to get going. Otherwise I’ll be late for my first appointment.”
“I’m glad you came out this morning. It’s good to have you back in Riverton.” She meant it. She hadn’t realized how important it would be to have Eric’s friends around.
Paul stood, picked up his dishes and carried them to the dishwasher.
Annie rushed to her feet. “Don’t worry about those. I’ll take care of them.”
He gave her a quizzical smile. “I know how to load a dishwasher. I’ve been taking care of myself since I went away to college.”
“Right. Well, thank you.” He was a doctor. He took care of other people for a living, so without question he could look after himself. She just wasn’t used to being around men who did. Or if they did, she wasn’t accustomed to letting them.
“Walk me out?” he asked.
“Of course.” As they made their way down the hall to the door, she found herself wondering about Paul’s past. He seemed to be single, but there must have been girlfriends, serious relationships even. For all she knew, he was still involved with someone in Chicago. She could ask, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to know.
Outside on the screened veranda, they stopped and Paul turned to face her. “Thanks for the coffee.”
“Anytime, Paul. I mean it.”
He placed his hands on her shoulders, leaned in as though he was going to kiss her forehead the way he always did. As he moved, she inexplicably tipped her head back and looked at him. His lips made contact with hers. The kiss lasted a millisecond—brief but electrifying. They both pulled back, startled, gazes locked.
Paul was the first to find his voice. “Um, I’m sorry.”
“No, I’m sorry.”
“I only meant to—”
“I shouldn’t have—”
“I didn’t mean for that to happen,” he said.
Neither had she. Or had she?
Do I have to choose? I love all the characters in this series, but there’s a special place in my heart for Annie, Emily and CJ’s father, Thomas Finnegan. In spite of life’s many challenges, he has always been there for his family. To his daughters, he’s the hero against whom all others are measured. I was hoping Thomas would find love again, and his happily-ever-after forms the subplot in His Best Friend’s Wife.
What are you writing now?
Right now I’m finishing the third book in the series, Cowboy, Come Home, and working on a proposal for a new series. I’m also plotting a secret project that I hope readers will enjoy.
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