The Great Pick Up Line
Son of a Preacher Man. Take it away Karen!
“How about a little nibble off that tart?”
I leaned back to look at her, marveling that she somehow managed to look mischievous yet innocent as a baby bird with its beak open.
I broke off a bite-sized piece and fed it to her, felling my blood stir as she licked my fingers. She closed her eyes and purred like a kitten.
“Mm, that is so good.”
I threw the tart back into the basket and whirled around on her.
“That’s it, you rascal!” I rolled over her, catching her head in one of my hands to protect it before she the ground, and keeping my full weight off her with the other. She giggled, her eyes filled with a joyous mirth.
Son of a Preacher Man by Karen Cox
“I forget that you’re a fella sometimes.”
I never forgot that she was a girl. Not for one second…
It’s 1959 — and although the country is poised at the edge of a tidal wave of social change, Billy Ray Davenport anticipates living a traditional, predictable life. Handsome, principled, and keenly observant, he arrives in town to lodge with the Millers, the local doctor’s family. Billy Ray has visited the small Southern town of Orchard Hill several times when he accompanied his father, a widowed traveling minister. But he never bargained for Lizzie Quinlan—a complex, kindred spirit who is beautiful and compassionate, yet scorned by the townsfolk. Could a girl with a reputation be different than she seems? With her quirky wisdom and a spine of steel hidden beneath an effortless sensuality, Lizzie is about to change Billy Ray’s life—and his heart—forever.
A realistic look at first love, told by an idealistic young man, Son of a Preacher Man is a heartwarming coming of age tale set in a simpler time.
“Love has power we disregard at our peril…”
For readers of romance, 20th century Southern Fiction, Coming-of-Age stories, family sagas, and women’s fiction.
About Karen Cox
Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with history and romance: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, I Could Write a Book, and Son of a Preacher Man. She also contributed short stories to several anthologies: “Northanger Revisited 2015”, in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy”, in The Darcy Monologues, “An Honest Man”, in Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and “A Nominal Mistress”, in Rational Creatures.
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter.
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