Greetings and welcome to another week of Weekend Writing Warriors. Today’s post comes from my new book, Speak Tenderly To Her and continues on from the last two weeks. While Tory is talking to Rebecca, Isobel is debating with herself – stay or go. Well, after considering her options, she makes a decision. As always, I love your comments and feedback. The synopsis is below.
Isobel stopped arguing with herself. If she left now she would only be perpetuating the cycle: she would eventually walk out on her child, abandon it, just like her mother abandoned her, and then her kid would run away, just like she did.
No more running, she told herself – no matter how much she wanted to go; no matter how painful it was to face Tory knowing he was happy with someone else, knowing she had screwed things up…again.
Just a few more days and Pastor Martin would have a place for her, crowded though it may be. Then she could live her life and Tory could live his…without her.
Taking a deep breath, Isobel picked up one of the plates, a spoon, and a glass of water, and walked back to her room. Her hands trembled the whole way, but she was determined to remain steadfast in her decision. She would just have to be sure to steer clear of Tory.
Isobel has spent her life running from the mistakes of her past, but she is ready to settle down now. Unfortunately second chances aren’t easy to come by, especially when you’ve hurt the person you love the most and Isobel did that four years ago, when she walked out on her husband Tory.
Thanks to the machinations of their pastor though, Isobel finds herself back under the same roof as Tory. The familiarity has her yearning for what used to be, but she knows there’s no way he’s going to accept the truth of her return, much less love her again. And she’s right: when Tory is confronted with all the pain and emotions he thought he’d left behind, he refuses to let go of his bitterness. But as he speaks tenderly to her at their pastor’s behest, the love he once felt for her begins to surface and fill his heart.
Now, as the two struggle with forgiving and being forgiven, they find that reconciliation is possible – but only if they look beyond what was and deal with the trouble that’s followed Isobel back into Tory’s arms.