"Hope is a powerful motivator, and love brings out the best in those who recognize its unique ability to override desperation."
"Sometimes there are more important things in life than timetables or profit margins, and those things are called dreams."
to Eloise Drake's recollection, Alex Duval had been nothing more than a
teen-age dreamer, whose "pie-in-the-sky" perspective on life had driven
her overprotective guardian to banish her broken heart to a remote
convent in Arizona.
That was then. This was now. The grown up
version of Alex, currently the mayor of Duval Springs, still has the
power to sway her opinion with just the hint of a smile, but Eloise has
arrived as an accountant for the state of New York; and the job that she
has been assigned to do has nothing in common with juvenile dreams and
everything to do with calculating the worth of town structures on the
brink of destruction. Everything in the idyllic mountain town is
scheduled to be demolished in order to make room for the state's new
Until . . . Alex begins to dream again. Is it
true? "It is in tackling the new and the scary that we become who we are
meant to be." Hope is a powerful motivator, and love brings out the
best in those who recognize its unique ability to override desperation.
this conclusion to the author's wildly popular "An Empire State"
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her--or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.
Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.
Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them before it's too late.
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