Love is a Many Splendored Thing




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At a friend’s wedding, Marnie Shelton encounters Air Force Major Edward Louden, a man she originally met three years earlier when he’d come to her door to tell her that her husband had been killed while serving in Korea. Since that fateful day, Marnie has turned her life around by attending college and earning a business degree all while caring for her two young children. The last thing on her busy agenda is to become involved with a man, especially one in the military.

Ed has other ideas. Surely this beautiful, confident woman can’t be the same young girl he’d met just three years earlier. Despite Marnie’s refusal to see him again, the persistent Major won’t take no for an answer and sets out to woo and win both mother and children.

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He leaned back and closed his eyes, losing himself in thought ... in memory.

"Good afternoon. May I speak with Marnie Shelton, please."

"I'm Marnie Shelton," the young women said, her voice trembling as she took in the dress uniform, the hat tucked neatly beneath the arm, the stiff stance.

"I'm Captain Edward Louden, United States Air Force. May I come in, please?"

Mrs. Shelton opened the door fully and turned to let him in. It was then he noticed the rounded belly, the pregnancy she couldn't hide. Before he'd even reached the cramped but tidy foyer, a small child of no more than two bounded forward and snuggled close to her mother's side.

"Mommy," the little girl squealed, a doll tucked haphazardly under her arm. The woman scooped up the child and balanced her on one hip.

"Come in, Captain Louden." She led the way to the kitchen and motioned toward the closest chair. "Have a seat, please."

Rather than take the seat she offered, he pulled out the chair and suggested, "Why don't you sit first?"

She did as he'd suggested, sinking down into the chair in an almost daze-like state.

"I'm here on behalf of the United States Air Force. I regret to inform you..."

The rest of the unpleasant memory faded, and Ed opened his eyes to the present. He knew it didn't do any good to live in the past, on memories good or bad.




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