Title: Sundae My Love
Author: Debby Grahl
Genre: Contemporary Romance
As manager of the Dairy Delight, Samantha Murray is dismayed to discover her past love is back and plans on building a rival business next door.
Zack Hunter returns to Sand Lake to win back Samantha and fulfill his grandfather’s dreams by restoring Frontier Town, a tourist attraction once owned by his grandparents, and adding an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Samantha is heartbroken over Zack’s past betrayal and is conflicted over the love she can’t deny but is resolved to stop his building plans.
Zack is torn between his love for Samantha and his determination to follow through with his grandfather’s legacy.
Convinced the two are desperately in need of help, the family ghosts intervene to bring them together and solve their differences.
In the living room, a female shape materialized. Her long dress swirled around her ankles, and the heels of her high button shoes tapped across the hardwood floor. “Good grief, Angus, I wanted you to make them meet on the lake, not have Zack run Samantha down,” Patricia Murray said with exasperation.
In a Queen Anne-style chair, a male form appeared. “Patricia, it wasn’t my fault. Thaddeus was sitting next to Zack and took control of the wheel.” He removed his pipe from his shirt pocket. Puffs of translucent smoke soon filled the room. “But it worked out.”
Hands on her hips, Patricia glowered. “Worked out! Are you kidding? What should have been a romantic reunion has made Samantha even more upset.” Patricia shook her head. “Samantha and Zack are perfect for each other. It’s beyond me why that boy broke her heart and now is making matters worse by threatening the DairyDelight.” She narrowed her eyes. “You don’t seem too surprised over Zack’s plans. Did you already know about this?”
Angus squirmed in his seat. “Ah, well.”
“You did. Angus Murray, I can see it in your eyes. You’ve known all about this and didn’t tell me. This is why you’ve been gone so much lately. I’ll bet you and Thaddeus have been over there watching every move he’s made.”
“The boy is doing a top-rate job restoring the buildings. I can’t tell you how pleased Thaddeus is. You know how much that place meant to him.”
“What about Zack’s disregard for Samantha and the Dairy Delight?”
“Patricia, we’ve watched over our family for three generations. And no matter what problem occurs, they manage to work it out.”
Patricia threw up her arms in exasperation. “Sometimes situations need to be helped along. Samantha is on her way to confront Zack. Go over there and see what happens.”
“You want me to spy on my great-great-granddaughter?”
“Yes. It’s for her own good.”
“Why don’t you go?”
“Because Thaddeus is your friend, not mine. Besides, I promised VirginiaBradly I’d visit this afternoon. You know how lonely she gets when her family is gone.”
Angus sighed, then stood. He placed his pipe in his pocket, adjusted his suspenders, straightened his bow tie, kissed his wife’s cheek, and vanished.
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Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance.
Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby was featured in the January 2016 Hilton Head Monthly article “Intriguing People of the Lowcountry.”
Her first book, The Silver Crescent, won the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers’ Choice award. Her second book, Rue Toulouse, a contemporary romance set in New Orleans, won the Silver Medal for romance at the international Readers’ Favorites awards in 2019 and was selected as a May 2016 “local read” by Hilton Head Monthly.
Decorated to Death is a holiday mystery cozy. She also has stories in five anthologies: The Haunted West; Never Fear/Christmas Terrors; Ebb and Flow; and Reflections, from the local Island Writers’ Network; and Australia Burns. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press on December 5, 2018. Mountain Blaze, a contemporary romance, was released November 2020, by Wild Rose Press.
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