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Author: Anne Conley
Title: Saving Charlie
Published On: November 15, 2014
Series: Stories of Serendipity #9
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
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Welcome to the final (for now) installment of the Stories of Serendipity, where real people live life and find love in small town, Texas.

100,000 children are sexually trafficked every year in the US. In the 1990s, Charlie was one of those children. She’s spent her adult life getting past that, trying to become a successful business owner in Serendipity, TX. Relationships are not goals for her. In fact, she’s not even sure she has what it takes to be a part of one.

Les is a fool for love. All he’s ever wanted was a girl. Now that every last one of his friends are married, and in happy relationships with families, he can’t stop thinking about the sexy lady who sells house parts, even if everything about her screams at him to stay away. He just can’t.

When they are thrown together on a cross-country road trip, Charlie’s past comes back to her full-force, long-buried memories inundating her. Les seems to be the only thing grounding her to the present, when everything else seems to be trying to tear her apart.

While it has a HEA, the road getting there is long, rough, and dark. Enjoy the ride.


“How much is Charlie paying you? I’ll double it if you come work for me. I need someone with your knowledge and aptitude to help me. And you’re good with organization and numbers. Come on, please?”

“I don’t think so, Les. I’ve got a really good gig here.” He could hear her laughing, and it stung a little, but he was nothing if not persistent.

“What, are there benefits I’m not aware of?”

“You could say so, yes.” She sounded cagey, but still playful, so he decided to play along.

“I can tack on some extra benefits, Sweetness. You just name it.” Her breath caught on that line, so he continued. At some point, he probably shouldn’t have, but he couldn’t stop himself. The husky timbre of his voice gave his intentions away. “I got all sorts of benefits in mind for you, Sweetness.”

“I’m sure your benefits are…amazing.” She was breathless, and Les did a fist pump in the air in spite of himself. “But I really can’t.”

He wilted a little, but remained confident persistence would pay off in the long run. “Think about it, the offer’s open.” Defeated, he ended the call with the promise of seeing her that afternoon. He’d try to time it so her boyfriend wasn’t there. Maybe he could illustrate the benefits he had in mind.

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About Anne Conley

Anne Conley lives in a small town in East Texas, with her husband, two kids and numerous goats. She brazenly stole her pseudonym from her great-grandmother, a true pioneer woman who raised seven kids alone: churning butter, plucking chickens, knitting clothes, and putting coal oil on every visible wound. Anne’s Stories of serendipity feature real people, living life and finding love in a small town. She also has a Paranormal Romance series, the Four Winds about archangels “falling” in love and coping with turning into humans her writing is escapist therapy, and she succumbs to it every chance she gets.