By the end of the first day at her new job, Collette Bellamont believes she must be the world’s worst social worker. The graduate admissions counselor tried to tell her she wouldn't survive the rigors of the job. Now her coworkers are acting like they can't stand her, and her parents had never wanted her to pursue a social work career in the first place. Unfortunately she's required to fulfill her one-year contract or she has to repay the university the cost of her full tuition, which is more than she's making at the agency this year.
Enter sexy marriage and family therapist Mark Wilcox, and suddenly things don't look as bleak. That is, until she remembers he's the admissions counselor who tried to discourage her from getting her Master's Degree. Proving him wrong gives her a reason to hang on a bit longer.
Once she discovers he's her divorced parents' marriage therapist, their relationships unravels. While confidentiality laws kept him from disclosing the truth, she struggles with forgiving him for taking sides. Will they work through their differences to have their own happily ever after?
While they waited for dessert, Mark asked Collette about her first week at work. The look of horror in her eyes almost made him regret asking the question.
"So many things went wrong the first day, I lost count."
Mark chuckled and said, "I remember you referring to some mishaps. What happened?"
"Well, when I first arrived I made the mistake of assuming Serena was a secretary."
"Ouch. I bet that went over well." He winced and patted her hand to show his support.
"Yeah, she chewed me out for it. But what came after was worse."
"Worse than thinking she was the secretary?" He couldn't imagine. He knew Serena well enough to know she wouldn't get over it any time soon. They had been friends at one time. Right after the woman he thought he'd marry dumped him three years ago.
"Yeah, unfortunately I'd overdressed, and when we went on the home visit, I sat on the couch. Ruined my Elle Tahari pants and everything."
"Oh, no. You've never heard the unwritten rule about sitting on furniture?"
She shook her head. "Not before I started working with preventive services."
"What else happened?" He tried to suppress a grin. Something told him she wouldn't appreciate being laughed at even if what she shared amused him.
"I saw a mouse and I freaked out. I jumped clean out of my sandals and stood on the couch. I've never seen one up close before and its beady little eyes had me screaming."
Mark shoved his fist against his lips and pretended to cough. Oh. My. Goodness. She'd gotten a real introduction to the seedy side of social work on her first day.
"Are you laughing at me?" Collette studied him with one eyebrow raised.
"I'm trying not to, but it sounds funny."
She giggled. "It does sound silly now, but at the time I was scared to death."
"Look at it this way. It can only go uphill from there, right?" Mark wiped his mouth and turned just as dessert arrived. "More coffee please?"
"I'll be right back." Their server left and disappeared into the kitchen.
Collette smiled at Mark, a mischievous glint in her eyes. "You never told me there could be nasty little rodents in the homes I might have to visit for my job."
Mark winked. "You never asked."
Posted by LibraLady on 19th Jun 2013
I loved the message to follow your dreams, and as long as you believe there will be an answer, love and trust in God for answers that lie already within you. Michelle Sutton delivers the message so perfectly, with joy and honesty. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.