Blast from Her Past is a contemporary Christian romance, and my debut novel! The below excerpt takes place after Sydney and Grant, former classmates that were on the opposite end of the social spectrum and that reunited as coworkers fourteen years later, just spent the day at Grant’s newly remodeled house creating a proposal for their boss. Sydney has finally realized she has feelings for Grant, but is hesitant to open up.
Excerpt from Blast From Her Past:
They sat on the beat-up couch, with an entire cushion between them. “Sorry. The living room is one of the next things on my to-do list. The kitchen and bathroom were a lot to tackle, so I had to stop and focus on replenishing my funds for a while.”
Sydney laughed. “You don’t need to apologize. I think you’ve done an amazing job with this place. It’s unrecognizable, really.”
“Hmm.” Grant leaned over to put his glass on the coffee table. “Kind of like you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Unrecognizable. I mean, I literally didn’t know it was you when I saw you at the Snowball Reunion last month. It took a few minutes for the fog to lift.”
“That’s because I lost some weight and started using a flatiron on my hair,” Sydney said with a playful smirk. “So, what did you think when you realized we’d be working together?”
“Honestly?” Grant asked, and Sydney nodded. “I couldn’t believe my luck. I knew I’d missed my opportunity with you in high school. And I know people change. Clearly, we both did. But I figured our connection might still be there.”
“Our connection?” Sydney asked, her tone incredulous. She almost wondered if she’d heard him right. “What high school did you go to?”
“I know, I know. But you get what I mean, right? If circumstances had been different, I believe we really could have clicked back then. Don’t you?” Grant paused, but Sydney couldn’t give him the validation he was after without it being a bald-faced lie, so she shook her head and gave him an apologetic look.
“Well anyway, I guess I was excited that I might have a second chance to see if something could happen.”
Sydney struggled with how to respond to his confession. It had been a long time since she’d been with a man who was insinuating that they had chemistry. Was she ready to admit the same?
“So, what did you think of me after spending some time with me in the office?” She hoped her question would force him to confess how horrible she had become as a person. Self-sabotage, Sydney. Atta girl.
After a pause, Grant replied, “Well, I knew I was right.”
“In what way? That people change? I guess I wasn’t the person you remembered, was I?” Sydney asked somberly.
“No, I mean I knew I was right that we would have clicked.” /~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/~/
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