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One Mountain Away
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  • Paperback
  • Aug.01.2012
  • 9780778313557
  • Harlequin

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With nothing but brains, ambition and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real-estate developer.  She's at the top of that mountain...but her life is empty.  Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become.  Far worse, she's alienated her family so completely that she's totally lost touch with her only daughter. One terrifying day, facing her own morality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happinesss. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth, but by offering a hand instead of a handout.  Putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance.  Opening her home and heart instead of her wallet. With each wrenching, exhilerating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain--one build on friendship, love and...
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With nothing but brains, ambition and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real-estate developer.  She's at the top of that mountain...but her life is empty.  Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become.  Far worse, she's alienated her family so completely that she's totally lost touch with her only daughter.

One terrifying day, facing her own morality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happinesss.

So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth, but by offering a hand instead of a handout.  Putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance.  Opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.

With each wrenching, exhilerating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain--one build on friendship, love and forgiveness--will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.

"A powerful and though-provoking novel that will both break your heart and fill you with hope." -Diane Chamberlain

"Haunts me as few books have." -Sandra Dallas

"This is truly a marvelous piece of work." -Catherine Anderson

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CHAPTER ONE

First Day Journal: April 28th

This park is always filled with children.  I come here to watch them play, while at the same time I worry they make learning personal facts too easy. I feel absurdly protective, so I make it my job to watch out for strangers who show too much interest or approach them to start conversations.

This is absurd, of course, because to the children, I'm a stranger, too.  A stranger enjoying a glimpse back in time to a childhood she never experienced. A stranger scribbling in a journal she resisted for weeks until the lure became too great.

I'm calling this my First Day journal because of a quote from the 1970s.  When I first arrived in Asheville the words radiated in psychedelic colors from posters in every store downtown.

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."  

Ironically during the time the saying was wildly popular, I was too busy to think about it. For me a day was just something to get through to make way for another.  But now every time I sit down to record my past and my thoughts, I'll need the reminder that every day brings a new start, whether we need one or not.

A shriek draws my attention.  The boy swinging up the spokes of the metal dome with Maddie is named Porter.  Apparently his mop of black hair makes it hard to see because he continually shakes his head in frustration, or maybe just in hopes the strands will fly out of his eyes for the time it takes to lumber to the top.  I know his name because the other children shout it loudly and often.  Porter's something of a bully.  Overweight, a little shabbier than the others, a little clumsy.

It's that last that makes the boy pick on Maddie, I think.  Porter's figured out an eternal truth.  If he makes fun of someone else, no one will look quite so hard at him.  While this makes me angry, I understand.  The world's filled with bullies, but at birth, not a one of them glanced at the next cradle and plotted how to steal the pacifier out of a baby-neighbor's mouth.  It's only later they learn that knocking down other people may help them stand taller.

So while Porter's behavior upsets me, I feel sorry for him, as well.  He's still just a boy.  I want to take him in hand and teach him the manners he'll need to get by in the world, but Porter's neither my son nor grandson.  I'm just a stranger on a park bench watching children make mistakes and enemies, decisions and friends. 

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About Emilie

Emilie Richards is the author of sixty novels which have been published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages. In the summer of 1996 she began her single title career and continues to write for Mira Books, most recently One Mountain Away, the first of the...

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