Managing a flailing second-hand clothes shop in an English village is not part of Cally Kirkwood’s life plan. But she’s travelled across the world to meet her birth father and she won’t leave until he acknowledges her.
But life happens when you’re busy making plans, and Cally soon finds herself completely invested in converting the grungy shop into a beautiful vintage clothing store, despite the opposition of her new employer’s son, Sam Hunter.
Sam is instantly attracted to Cally but can’t figure her out. There’s something she isn’t telling him and he doesn’t know whether to trust her—yet he can’t stay away.
An unexpected discovery means Cally must decide whether her true loyalty lies with her father or Sam. She thought she’d do anything to find love; but choosing between her past and her future may leave her with no love at all.
- Original Title:Backpack And A Red Dress
- Author:Maddie Jane
- Rating:7.44 / 10
- Publisher:Published August 15th 2016 by Escape Publishing
She’d have had more chance of sneaking past the receptionist dressed in her birthday suit.
Calliope Kirkwood could see that now. Only one step through the large entrance door and already her plan looked flawed. The receptionist’s gaze zeroed in on her with a disparaging once-over that raked up and down Cally’s bright red vintage dress and stilettos.
Tears stung in Cally’s eyes and she blinked them away. An unexpected release of tension, or maybe the after effect of the cold autumn wind. She gave herself a minute to regroup. In the time it’d taken her to walk from the motel she’d almost frozen to death. People had bustled past, wrapped up in coats and jackets in endless shades of dreary to match the dull grey haze hanging over Tarnwick Village.
Dreary or otherwise, at least they had coats. Hers had weighed too much—almost a quarter of her baggage allowance from New Zea...