By My Side – Romance Collection
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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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Hummingbirds and Alka-Seltzer – Lydia Jones
700 words Women’s Fiction / Romance
Jan is on the trip of a lifetime to see her best friend Maisie married in Barbados. Settled into single life after being betrayed by long-term boyfriend, Ben, she has sworn she’ll never be tempted again unless Patrick Swayze circa 1986 is re-incarnated. Maisie is sure the right man will come along for Jan, but then Maisie has already met the best man…
“Man is like a hummingbird that flits from flower to flower.” The words from the cheesy old film make me smile as I watch the fragile little creature hovering in a bush beside the pool. Once they would have filled me with bitterness. But not now. Ben’s betrayal was a blessing. Without it I would never have learnt to stand on my own stilettos.
Michael’s Medicine – Lydia Jones
3200 word Romance / Women’s Fiction
The swinging sixties have swung right past Penny Crawford. Caring for her sick mother she can only dream of a nursing career and a life beyond her childhood home. But when her mother gets a handsome new doctor his medicine mends more than just her mother’s health…
From her window Penny could only see a piece of sky. Today it was a patch of brilliant blue squashed between the window frame and roofs of tall town houses across Mayflower Crescent. In its corner, bare horse chestnut branches clawed tiny clouds, making her long for countryside and open spaces. “Penelope!” From upstairs Mother’s stick struck the ceiling. “Yes Mother?” “Isn’t Doctor Stephens here yet?” “No, Mother. He must be running late. I’m sure he’ll be here in a minute.” “Well, send him straight up when he comes.” “I always do.”
Running into Romance – Lydia Jones
2000 words Women’s Fiction
Abbie takes up running to try and get closer to office heartthrob Will Haversham. So begins a love affair with the sport that takes her places she could never have imagined including into Will’s arms in a way she hadn’t bargained for.
Eeek! It’s Will Haversham and he’s coming right for me. I scan the hedgerow and surrounding fields for escape, but it’s futile. I reel the dog onto a short lead and prepare to be more embarrassed than I have ever been in my life before. The group of joggers are still some way off, but Will’s height makes him easy to spot. Besides, I’d recognise that floppy blonde hair anywhere. Just a glimpse of it from the far side of the office every day gets my insides doing gymnastics.
The Marvellous Miss Shaw – Lydia Jones
2600 words Romance
Everyone agrees: Miss Shaw is marvellous. The headmaster depends on her; the boys all love her. She is their cornerstone of calm and common sense. But when a new caretaker comes to Parkhurst School, life for them and the Marvellous Miss Shaw will never be quite the same again…
This story is included in the collection By My Side
Nobody was more surprised than Susan that she had never married. “I just never found my perfect match,” she said if anyone asked her, which nowadays nobody did. When, aged five, she’d been crowned Lower Crompton Carnival Queen, her romantic future had seemed ensured. “Those eyes will bring the ducks out of the water, one day,” the mayor had said, placing the little silver crown amongst her auburn curls. She’d laughed politely but wondered about the ducks because Lower Crompton didn’t have a village pond. “He means you have beautiful eyes,” her mother had explained. “And they will bring you lots of male admirers when you’re older.”