Grace, from the popular Sip, What the Heart Wants, and Laura are in a loving and committed long-term relationship. As Lauraʼs thirtieth birthday approaches, her beloved god-mother Sarah arrives to help her celebrate. Grace is nervous about meeting the other most important woman in her loverʼs life, but her concerns are quickly swept aside when she realizes that they have a lot in common -- not least of all, their love of Laura.
Unfortunately, Sarah brings with her a secret that will test the strength of Grace and Lauraʼs relationship. Grace finds herself placed in the impossible situation of having to keep that secret from Laura. Will Laura understand that Grace acted out of love, or will the magnitude of the lie tear them apart?
Grace Shawcross cursed up a blue streak when the books she was trying to artfully display tumbled and landed in a heap on the table. "Wow, that was quite a mouthful." There was laughter in the voice of Jamie Porter, her assistant.
Grace turned and gave him a sheepish smile. "Sorry. I'm all thumbs this morning." She picked up a book that had slipped from the table onto the floor.
"Yeah, Iʼve noticed that. Are you okay?" Jamie joined her at the table and started fixing the books. Grace grimaced. "Today's the day I meet my mother-in-law for the first time." Her nerves were evident in her voice.
Jamie frowned. "I thought Laura's parents were both dead?"
"Sarah is actually Laura's god-mother, but she raised Laura. Sarah is as close to a mother as she has. Laura adores her." She said the last quietly.
"And you're worried that you won't measure up?" Jamie guessed.
Grace sighed and her shoulders slumped. She could only nod as her stomach churned uncomfortably. At this rate, she was going to wind up with an ulcer before she even met the woman.
"So how come you're just meeting her now? You and Laura have been together for nearly a year." Finished with the display, Jamie moved to the counter and hoisted himself up to sit on it.
Grace turned to face him, and leaned back against the table. "Sarahʼs a photographer, a bit of a vagabond. She spends most of her time traveling." She looked down at the toes of her shoes. "What if she doesn't like me? Laura thinks the world of her..."
Jamie jumped down from the counter and came to her. Without hesitation, he wrapped his arms around her and caught her up in a tight hug. "What's not to like?" he asked, pressing a light kiss against her hair.
She laughed lightly and hugged him back. "Hey, get your hands off my woman." Grace and Jamie turned in unison at the statement and the jingle of the bell over the door.