Well the release of Reunion of the Heart is fast approaching. Only four days to go!!
Now I know most of you don’t take part in WIPpet Wednesday, so you won’t have read any of the excerpts from Reunion of the Heart that I shared.
So… I thought I’d share a spoiler-free excerpt from it with you. To give you the lowdown on the story, Reunion of the Heart is a romance about Anna, a young woman who returns to her school for a reunion after her friend encourages her to go. She’s reluctant to go because her school days weren’t her happiest. But the reunion sets in motion a chain of events that lead Anna to realise her life will never be the same again.
In this excerpt Anna has arrived with her best friend Melissa at her old school for the reunion. She’s feeling nervous…
Melissa’s voice brought Anna back to the present with a bump. She’d been so distracted that she had hardly noticed the car slowing down. Now she felt all unprepared. As the school loomed up ahead and the car ground to a halt, Anna could feel all her previous anxiety about the event hit her like a blow to the chest. Am I doing the right thing in going to this thing? she wondered. It was as if the reunion was her own personal D-day.
Seeing her old classmates, gauging their reactions to her and making a good impression – she had to get it right or the battle would be lost. She hadn’t forgotten what Melissa had told her, but being relaxed about it all and keeping it on her terms was easier said than done.
‘Are you OK, Anna?’ Melissa asked her voice concerned. ‘You’ve been very quiet since we started talking about your parents. I’m sorry if I’ve brought it all back for you.’
Anna shook her head. ‘It’s not your fault. Sometimes I find it hard to face the fact that my parents haven’t been together for years and never will be again.’
Melissa nodded. ‘So you’re happy to face the brood of vipers now?’
Anna pulled a face. ‘You make it sound so pleasant. But yes, I’m fine. Don’t worry about me. Let’s go inside.’
They got out of the car and headed for the entrance. Anna shivered in the cold wind. Although it was early March, winter was still clinging on and she was freezing. Her fancy coat and winter dress weren’t as warm as her puffer jacket and fleeces, but she wanted to look good and so today fashion won out.
Her long chestnut hair was pulled back into a neat ponytail which Melissa said really suited her. Anna stumbled a little as she walked; she didn’t wear heels very often. As they approached the school buildings, memories of being a pupil here flooded back to her. It was hard to believe that she and her ex classmates were thirty one now. She and Melissa walked through into the hallway where there was a large banner saying ‘Class of 98’. A middle aged woman she didn’t recognise was standing there waiting to greet them.
‘Welcome to Mayfield Secondary “Class of 98 Reunion”,’ she said. ‘In case you don’t remember, the sports hall where the event is being held is at the end of this corridor. I hope you have a fun evening.’
Anna and Melissa smiled and nodded, though they didn’t need to be directed. Anna felt as though she had the memory of this place engrained in her mind. They walked down the corridor which was every bit as long as she remembered. Loud music from the sports hall drifted towards them. Melissa gave Anna’s hand a squeeze.
‘It’ll be OK,’ she said softly. ‘Just remember what I said. And if you’re really struggling imagine everyone’s naked!’
Anna snorted with laughter and then covered her mouth quickly. ‘You are quite loopy, Mel,’ she said.
Melissa shrugged. ‘It’s what a friend taught me once,’ she said. ‘You’d be surprised how well it can make you feel more relaxed.’
I hope this has whetted your appetite! I’ll be posting every day on this blog in the run up to the release on Friday.
As always any comments gratefully received! :)