Since I'm working on the next tale in the Highland Gardens series—Just His Fae Kiss—Caitrina and Douglas's story, I thought it would be fun to share excerpts from the other books featuring them. In Just Beyond the Garden Gate we first meet Caitrina...
The nearby crunch of gravel made the hairs on her arms stand on end. She snapped her gaze up. At the edge of the secluded garden enclosed within yellow forsythia stood the tall, willowy woman she’d seen earlier at the inn. The woman watched Laurie through intense green eyes set in a face smudged with dirt. She wore grubby work clothes and boots, and an equally grubby wide-brimmed hat.
“Oh, hi.” Laurie smiled and placed the e-reader on the cedar side table. “You startled me.”
The woman continued staring, eyes narrowed.
“I’m Laurie Bernard, a guest at this inn.”
The intruder crossed her arms over her chest. “I ken that.”
“Who are you?” Laurie asked, trying to remain civil.
“Is something wrong?” Laurie didn’t understand the woman’s rude behavior. Who was she? Why was she just standing there, staring?
“You’re sitting in my garden.”
“I see.” But she didn’t. Laurie shifted her weight in the chair, wishing the woman would get to the point or leave so she could finish reading her favorite author’s latest romance novel.
“I’ve many here and about.” The woman waved her arm in an arc. “Do you like gardens? If you do—”
“I do.” Okay, she’d pushed the right button. Laurie loved gardens. Dreamed of having one to care for.
“Then walk along the trail through those woods and you’ll find a special place.”
The trail appeared overgrown. Didn’t look like anyone had walked that way in ages. “Is it safe to walk in the woods alone?”
Caitrina pursed her lips. “If you’d rather not—”
“I didn’t say that. I want to make sure it’s safe to explore alone. I’ve heard there are bears in this area.”
“Bears wouldn’t dare bother you. This land belongs to Himself.”
“Himself?” Laurie creased her brow, puzzled by the strange term.
“Iain,” Caitrina said matter-of-factly.
Then she disappeared. Poof. Gone.
“What the—” Laurie clutched her chest over her fiercely-pounding heart. She jerked her gaze around. Where the hell did the woman go?
Just Beyond the Garden Gate
Hope you enjoyed this wee peek into 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate', a Highland Gardens Novel.