Cara Colter

A Bride Worth Waiting For


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      “Go away.” Letter to Reader Title Page Dedication About the Author Dear Adam Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Copyright

      “Go away.”

      They weren’t exactly words that should make one feel cheerful, Adam thought. Especially given the fact that he had traveled over two thousand miles to hear them.

      

      But he did. He felt cheerful.

      

      It wasn’t, he told himself firmly, because he was seeing her again, after a space of nearly seven years.

      

      “I told you to go away,” Tory said again, resolutely.

      

      Adam regarded her thoughtfully. If he was not mistaken, that was fire he saw in her eyes.

      

      “I’m not leaving.” The words came from his mouth, all right, but they really surprised him. Because he didn’t want to be here in the first place. He’d come only because of that letter. In fact, all the way here he had hoped for a reaction like this from her.

      

      And yet he knew without a doubt that this time he couldn’t walk away....

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      A Bride Worth Waiting For

      Cara Colter

       www.millsandboon.co.uk

      To my sisters,

       Anna and Avon, with love.

      CARA COLTER

      shares ten acres in the wild Kootenay region of British Columbia with the man of her dreams, three children, two horses, a cat with no tail, and a golden retriever who answers best to “bad dog.” She loves reading, writing and the woods in winter (no bears). She says life’s delights include an automatic garage door opener and the skylight over the bed that allows her to see the stars at night.

      

      She also says, “I have not lived a neat and tidy life, and used to envy those who did. Now I see my struggles as having given me a deep appreciation of life, and of love, that I hope I succeed in passing on through the stories that I tell.”

      Dear Adam,

      

      I asked my lawyer to wait a year before sending this to you. Tory will need time. She needs to know she can make it on her own.

      

      But she needs to laugh, too.

      

      She was my angel. And now, if things work the way I think they will, I’m going to be hers.

      

      This is my last request, Adam, and only you can fulfill it. I know how much you loved her. Go home. Make her laugh again.

      

      She was always a little afraid of how you grabbed life with both hands. But she knows a little more about life now; she won’t be so afraid to take what it offers her.

      

      You were my best friend besides her. I know why you stayed away. She was mad at you, and probably still is, but I wasn’t. I’m watching out for you. I promise.

      

      Mark

      Chapter One

      “Go away.”

      They weren’t exactly words that should make one feel cheerful, Adam thought. Especially given the fact he had traveled over two thousand miles to hear them.

      But he did feel cheerful. Probably because this insane mission was over before it had even started.

      It wasn’t, he told himself firmly, because he was seeing her again, after a space of nearly seven years.

      “I told you to go away,” she said again, resolutely.

      He regarded her thoughtfully. She was on the other side of her screen