Maggie Dawson was left at the altar at the young age of eighteen. Now years later Kevin Walker is back in town and Maggie’s life is turned upside down. She is determined not to fall in love with this guy for a second time. He broke her heart once, she is not letting him do it again or is she?
Kevin Walker comes back to Clover, Texas to sell the family ranch and never expects to run into Maggie, who is now the town doctor. He starts to fall in love with her again, but will she let him in?
Maggie always had a secret thought deep down in her heart that someday Kevin would come back to her. He would say he was sorry for leaving, and everything would be wonderful. They would live happily ever after like in the fairy tales. Never in the fairy tale did she dream that her prince would come back to town, and bring his pregnant fiancée with him.
Maggie Dawson ran her hand over the large belly of her patient. “I would say about another two months and this baby will want to come out.
“Good,” Cassie Lightfoot said.
Maggie looked at her friend. “That’s all you have to say? What’s up with you today? You seem really distracted.”
Cassie pushed her way up off the examining table. “Maggie, you’re never going to guess who I saw right before I was coming here.”
“Um…George Clooney. Thank heavens. I knew he would come for me. My being the doctor in this small town is over.” Maggie giggled. She shifted her five foot frame to lean against the small counter that was placed against a wall.
“Funny. No, sorry to say it’s not George.” Cassie paused. “Maggie, Kevin’s in town.”
“What?” Maggie could feel her heart beating fast.
“Maggie.” Her best friend took a deep breath and then said, “Kevin Walker’s in town. I saw him today. In fact I nearly ran over old woman Gibbs walking across the street when I saw him. Man that woman can give some hateful looks.”
Maggie closed her eyes. She knew the time would come when she would have to face Kevin again. She’d been thinking a lot about him lately. Wondering where he was? What he did with his life? Did he ever think about her? It still seemed like yesterday to her when they were in love and making plans.
“What’re you going to do?” Cassie asked as she sat up with her legs dangling off the examining table.
“Do about what?” Maggie ran her fingers through her curls.
“Nothing, there’s nothing to do.” Maggie’s head was spinning. Kevin was back in town. Why was he here? He no longer had any family in the area as far as she knew, so why come back to the place and people you ran away from, all those years ago.
“He asked about you.”
“What’d you tell him?” Maggie asked.
“I told him you were doing great.”
“Did you tell him I was a doctor?”
“No, I was about to when old woman Gibbs came up to me and start giving me a lecture about my driving skills,” Cassie said.
“I don’t want him to know I’m the town doctor,” Maggie said.
“Why? Maggie, that is something to be proud of and you should shove that in his face. You did something great.”
“We were kids back then. I’m over it and him. There’s no reason he needs to know anything about my life.” Maggie wished that were true. There hadn’t been a day gone by that she hadn’t thought about Kevin Walker.
“Excuse me, but this is your best friend you’re talking to here, and I know for a fact you aren’t over it.” Cassie scooted to the edge of the examining table and placed her feet on the step stool.
“Let me help you.” Maggie reached over and took Cassie’s hand.
“Thank you. Now aren’t you going to ask me why he’s in town?”
“Nope, and I don’t want to talk about Kevin Walker anymore.”
“Really, well prove it.” Cassie placed her hands on her hips.
“Just so you know I invited Kevin to David’s birthday party tonight, and you can’t back out.” Cassie picked her purse up out of the chair that was placed in the corner of the small room.
“No way!” Maggie couldn’t imagine standing in the same room as Kevin after all these years. What would she say to him? She had been mad and upset for so long now, how could she be civil to the man who broke her heart.
“Kevin and David were great friends when we were growing up, so I thought it would be fun for them to see each other again. Besides, it’s time you faced him and told him your feelings and get on with your life. All this happened with Kevin eighteen years ago, and you’re now thirty six years old, and a doctor. You need to show him and yourself that you’re over him and get on with living your life.”
Maggie looked around the room and then refocused on Cassie. “I’m living my life. I’m a doctor for heaven sakes.” Maggie pointed to her name on her medical coat.
“Yes, and you know we’re all so proud of you for that accomplishment but what about men? You haven’t been on a date in over a year. Damn girl, you need some sex and you’d be less worried about the past.”
“That is not true; I went on that date with that fireman from Martin County,” Maggie said.
“Maggie that was eight months ago and you only went on one date.”
“So, maybe he wasn’t my type.” Maggie rolled her eyes.
“That is not what you said, the reason was…what was it? Oh! I remember, here were your exact words. ‘That fireman tried to show me his hose on the first date.’”
“Well, he did. I wasn’t going to have sex with him on the first date. Hell, it wasn’t even really a date. He took me for pizza. That doesn’t deserve sex on the first date,” Maggie said.
“You have found something wrong with every guy you’ve dated since Kevin. Girl, you haven’t had sex in so long, you’re getting really cranky.” Cassie let out a giggle.
Maggie started laughing, “Cassie, you’re crazy. I know you’re right I need to get over it, and be proud of who I am.”
“And?” Cassie pushed.
“Yes, I need sex. There, are you happy?” Maggie said as she opened the door.
“You didn’t answer me about the party.”
Maggie looked down at the floor and shuffled her feet. “I don’t know if I can face him, Cassie. I don’t know how to explain it. It is like I would rather continue to wonder why he left, then him really telling me. I don’t think I can stand to hear the words ‘he didn’t love me enough to marry me’. Does that make sense.?
“Maggie, you need to do this, I really believe it’s the only way you can move on. I want you to be like me someday.” Cassie rubbed her belly. “I want you to feel what it’s like to be in love and pregnant. Don’t let yourself miss that because you are living your life in the past.” Cassie took her friend’s hand. “I will be right there helping you be strong. We will kick his ass together!”
Maggie laughed and gave her friend a hug. “I love you. How about I treat you to
“I would love to but mom’s watching the twins and I told her I wouldn’t be too long. They seem to run her ragged here lately.”
“Okay, well you’re my last patient for the morning so I think I’ll go over to the diner and get a bite to eat.” Maggie slipped out of the white jacket and laid it across the chair.