A Time for Sharing – Fay Wentworth

1750 words Romance

When two children share a swing, romance follows; and history repeats itself.

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“Granddad, it’s my swing!” Luke’s dark eyes flashed up at me and his bottom lip protruded obstinately. Sturdy legs apart, my four year old grandson waited for me to resolve his problem. Glancing over his head I saw the swing swaying to and fro beneath the old apple tree. Hands circling both ropes and feet kicking the ground defiantly, Susie stared at us. “She’s on my swing!” Luke repeated and I sighed, preparing to convince my precious grandchild that sharing was a good thing.

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And the Organ Played On – Fay Wentworth

2000 words Romance

When Kathy’s husband suggests a holiday in Austria to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Kathy hopes it will save their marriage, but will memories from the past intervene?

This story is included in the collection By My Side

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Kathy stood in the small courtyard in Kufstein and gazed up at the fortress towering starkly white above her. Her heart contracted as she heard the sigh of wind bellowing through the thousands of organ pipes on the Heroes Organ in the massive round tower; the music filtering gently through the eaves and wafting softly to the waiting crowd below. Gradually the noise eased to a crescendo, swooping triumphantly through the narrow streets and soaring to the snow clad mountains. “A prayer for peace,” Kathy whispered to herself and her eyes filled with tears as she thought of the first time that prayer had been played at the end of the war, and was now played daily in remembrance.

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Betrayed – Fay Wentworth

1850 words Women’s Fiction

When Sophie falls in love with an older man, she is unaware of the pain he will bring, not only to her, but also to her family.

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“A flower for you, princess.” Sophie bent her nose to the wild daisy, a special flower, even though they were surrounded by them, crushing them as they sat on the roadside. She studied the soft, white petals, her eyes downcast, afraid to look up and meet the intensity of his dark gaze. “How old are you?” “Fifteen,” she lied. He smiled. He knew she was lying, but it didn’t matter. She looked so young, his heart softened and he sighed regretfully. It really didn’t matter. She was innocent and eager… He leaned towards her, his breath soft on her face and his hand touched her leg, gently.

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By My Side – Romance Collection

By My Side- cover small20 Romance Stories

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By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.

Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.

These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.

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Heading for Adventure – Fay Wentworth

1400 words Women’s Fiction

When Rosa decides to spread her wings and seek adventure she discovers home is where the heart is.

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“I’m going to live in Skoplelos,” I announced firmly as we finished our Sunday lunch. “Rosa, what on earth… Where?” My son-in-law, Gary, gazed at me in alarm. I smiled. “Skopelos,” I repeated. “It’s a Greek island.” My daughter, Caroline, had paused in gathering the plates and was regarding me thoughtfully. “Why, Mum?” She sat down. “Well…” I hesitated. How did I explain my sudden decision? “A Greek island?” Gary sounded as if I had suggested moving to the moon! “By yourself?”

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Hunted – Fay Wentworth

3475 words Mystery

When Kitty travels to the Greek island of Skopelos to write a travel feature, she is intimidated by the attentions of Grigoris, a local man.Her visit takes a disturbing turn as past and present collide.

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She hesitated on the track, dust rising around her shoes as she looked ahead. He stood motionless, as dark as the tree trunk separated from him by a shard of light; only his eyes moved, slowly, as he watched her. She felt the fear rise in her throat and her heart quickened. It was a lonely road, winding slowly upwards through the Greek pine forests, but she knew the island was safe to roam – or so she had been told.

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Love Melody – Fay Wentworth

1170 words Romance

A romantic cafe, music, and a young couple – cupid’s favourite setting, now and in the past.

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Alice stirred her coffee and leaned on the balcony rail. Below her the café splayed down the grassy slope in layers, white painted, with small tables on the verandas, lacy parasols stretching from wooden posts, shielding customers from the autumn sunshine. Winding paths disappearing through gold-leaved shrubs and late geraniums. On the lawn below her a white pagoda sparkled and she watched as a young man, slightly uncomfortable under the gaze of customers, made his way to the gleaming piano beneath the domed roof. He settled on the seat and flexed his fingers gently on the keys.

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Natural Attraction – Fay Wentworth

1150 words Romance

How could she be attracted to a man so different from herself? Or was he?

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I knew as soon as Sam tried to sell me an organic hat, he was different. I had gone into the shop for some apples. “It’s blowing a blizzard out there,” he informed me cheerfully. “One of Sam’s special hats is just what you need, and it’s organic!” He swooped into a bow, plucking a knitted bundle from a hook. I studied the garment he twirled in front of my eyes. It made me dizzy. Thick wool, it looked warm enough, but orange and red stripes, and a yellow bobble?

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New Beginnings – Fay Wentworth

3375 words Romance

Patsy and Derek celebrate their silver wedding with a holiday in Bulgaria. Here they meet newlyweds, Adrian and Stella. All four have a future to plan…

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“I do hope Jill remembers to water the plants.” “Patsy!” Derek sighed in exasperation. “Look at the view, feel the sunshine – we’re on holiday. Jill will be fine. She’s a grown-up girl now, you know,” he added gently. “I know. I know.” Patsy reached over and patted his knee. “It’s just strange, being without the children.” Derek grunted and raised his binoculars. They had been planning this holiday for the last twelve months; a fortnight in Bulgaria to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

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No Regrets – Fay Wentworth

1200 words Romance

A school reunion evokes memories and emotions from the past. How will they affect Maggie’s present life?

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She gazed down at her sleeping children and her heart contracted. James, his hand tucked beneath a chubby cheek, was in a tangle of sheets, his expression seraphic. Daniel, twelve months his junior, was spread-eagled on his back, the cover trailing through the cot bars; one fair, one dark, so different and yet so alike, giving her the peace in slumber that was rarely available in waking hours. How she loved them! Sighing, she went downstairs. Her friend, Sue, was making herself at home with her feet up on the sofa, book at the ready, coffee already brewed.

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Ripples on the Surface – Fay Wentworth

2000 words Women’s Fiction

Soul mates since childhood, Molly and Sandra constantly quarrel over their outlook on life and responsibilities; until, ultimately, a decision is made that decides the future.

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Sandra was angry, very angry indeed. “Molly…” Her voice was sharp. “Will you please get out of my kitchen!” Sandra leaned against the table and took deep breaths. When she turned, Molly had gone. It was difficult really, Sandra and Molly being the same age and having both grown up in the village of Rockyhill. They knew each other so well. The fact that their personalities were different seemed to strengthen the bond between them. Only now, Molly was becoming a menace.

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The Valley Field – Fay Wentworth

2000 words Women’s Fiction

When Sara sets out on a walking holiday, little does she realise she has stepped over a time boundary, and her encounters there will shape her future destiny.

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Sara found it by accident. Traipsing through the briars and brambles, cussing to herself about the state of the footpaths, she burst through a clump of ferns into the sunlight. She was on a grassy ledge, high above a narrow gully. The wind soughed in the wood behind her and a robin fluted gaily. The scutch grass fell steeply to the valley floor, resplendent in early afternoon, the sunshine dappling the dewy greenness. Bluebells bobbed in clumps, buttercups, and white wood-sorrel; broom, flower-laden, swept low. At her feet a clump of blue cornflowers intertwined with the grasses and she stooped, amazed.

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There Will Come a Stranger – Fay Wentworth

3000 words Romance

A fortune-teller’s prediction comes true in the most unexpected way.

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Within half an hour Paul knew Claire was the girl he wanted as his receptionist. She was the third applicant he had interviewed. Although the other two girls would have been perfectly acceptable, he found Claire’s freshness and young intensity appealing. True, she lacked experience, but she had received good training and her eagerness for the post was apparent. “When can you start?” Her brown eyes were startled and then gleamed excitedly. “You mean…” “The job is yours, if you still want it?” “Just like that?” Claire was amazed.

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Wise Waters – Fay Wentworth

1700 words Romance

A mother’s love brings happiness and pain, and Pippa finds it difficult to adapt to an event that changes her life.

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“Ask the water,” Aunt Merry used to say. “Ask the water, Pippa, and you’ll know your heart.” Aunt Merry; I remember her now with a pang of longing as I stand gazing into the peat-brown ripples of Loch Fyne. I sit on a boulder and stare at the far mountains bathed purple and green in the fiery rays of the setting sun. Boats bob, gulls wheel, mewing, ever hungry; and the raucous call of a heron echoes through my thoughts. I am asking the water. I peer through the clean, clear wavelets hearing the shush of reed grass at the slight eddy and I try to reach my heart, try to ease the ache of loss, to accept my life without him.

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