About the Book
Alena is stuck in a mundane marriage and longing for something different. New clothes. Bigger bling. Flashy cars. Miraculously and inexplicably, it all happens in a flash and she is finally married to the man of her dreams, but something still seems to be missing. In all her excitement, the one thing she’s looking for is the one thing she can’t seem to keep.
The Honky Tonk song starts playing.
“Let’s get out there! It’s our song!” Steven now screams hysterically, jumping wildly around me.
My whole body feels like lead. I honestly can’t move.
“You go,” I say, still in a daze. “I don’t feel much like dancing.”
“Suit yourself!” He waves over his comrades from earlier and they all get out on the dance floor. Steven is all smiles surrounded by his posse. The blonde guy from earlier seems to be dancing pretty close to Steven.
My girls apparently forgot all about me! They moved on, taking off about half their clothes, throwing their shoes and extra shirts all around the dance floor as if the stage is their own personal bedroom.
They seem more interested in flirting with the nearby cowboys to realize that I am nowhere near their group.
“Looks like Steven’s having fun!” A strong voice whispers in my ear.
My body naturally swoons to the sound.
When I turn to look, it was Lee! He has returned with a hot plate of wings and some coffee.
“Um…yeah.” I keep staring into his eyes. Lee’s always had such beautiful big blue eyes, one of the many traits that first attracted me to him.
The pain of my new reality stings me to the core and I start to get emotional.
“Alena, are you okay?” Lee asks sincerely.
“Yes. Yes, I’ll be fine.” I choke on my words.
“Well, Happy Anniversary. I know this is a big day for you and Steven.”
I look down at my wedding ring, the silver band I am tempted to just leave at the table and this new life I desperately want to walk away from.
“I’m just thinking about marriage,” I admit.
“Oh?” Lee sits down at the seat next to me, putting his tray on the table.
The music is loud so I inch in closer to Lee so he can hear me better, his Calvin Klein cologne starts to waft into my nose. “How do you know when you’ve found the right person?”
Lee looks up, as if thinking very seriously about my question. He finally faces me square in the eye to answer. “I always felt that the right one will be an extension of you. What you like, they like. What you respect, they will respect. What you value, they will value. I always envisioned marriage to be a true partnership, where one lifts up the other so that everyone wins.”
A typical Lee answer.
“Thanks. I think you’re exactly right.”
“Lee!” his co-worker at Chickadee’s Tavern yells out, motioning him to come back to the bar.
“I should go,” Lee shrugs. “It is great seeing you. I hope you are the designated driver. If Steven doesn’t get some food in his system, he might not be able to drive.”
I smile and gently nod.
About the Author
Sunshine Rodgers is an International Best-Selling author, speaker and motivator who excels in sharing the hope and light of the gospel in her books. Sunshine hopes her pages will get you passionate about your faith. Her books have been made into audio books and translated in different languages. Her social media sites and personal blog reach thousands of readers a week. Sunshine has appeared in magazines, newspapers and live media interviews and is working on her merchandise line (available on her website!). Sunshine now enjoys her days traveling for signings, author events, speaking engagements and book tours.
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