Dare to Dream (Carolina Beach #1)(60)

By: C.A. Harms

I never met Lynn, but in a way I feel like I knew her. It’s in the way Vivian watches over her little sister and the way she carefully hovers, making sure Violet is safe at all times. It’s in her eyes, because they’re the mirror image of all the photos I’ve seen of her mother.

Darren says Violet’s laugh reminds him of Lynn’s.

It doesn’t bother me in any way that he still reminisces about his times with Lynn. He does it so carefully that I know he worries it will offend me. He’s amazing like that. But I want him to remember her. I want him to share those memories with their daughters because they deserve to hear how much he and Lynn loved each other. They should feel safe to talk about the woman that helped give them life.

They will always only have one mother, but given the chance, I will always be there for them. And I will always be grateful that I’ve been gifted the chance to be a part their lives. Vivian and Violet have become my gems too.

I took a chance by daring to dream that somewhere was a man who would be my hero, that one person I could share my days and nights with, who would love me and protect me. It was a leap of faith that I would do all over again if I had to. The only thing I would change is that I would jump sooner.

Because there is nothing I regret about the love I share with Darren.

And later when we were alone, after the guests were gone, and it was just him and me, I’d share with him my secret. I’d show him the test I took only hours before I became his wife, and together we would celebrate the fact that this time next year we’d have one more sweet child to love.

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