By Linda Evans Shepherd
EXCERPT FROM CATALOG"At least Lisa Leann can cook," I had instructed her over the telephone presently after my go back from my honeymoon. "You can cook dinner, Evangeline. you could prepare dinner simply pretty much as good because the remainder of us." "Oh, get actual, Von." I plopped down in a single of my kitchen chairs as gracefully as a lady of my age can plop right into a piece of brick-hard furnishings. "I'm a casserole type of girl. i'm going for no matter what is simple. If i would like to take cost of this catering enterprise i'll need to extend my culinary horizons. commence gazing the foodstuff Channel and testing these recipes in Woman's international magazine." I took a second to rub my derri?re, which ached a section from its contemporary descent into the chair. "But why should you take over something, Evie? Why cannot you simply feel free with being the president of the prayer group?" "Vonnie Westbrook, how na?ve are you able to in all probability be? do not you recognize that if she is answerable for the catering company it's going to in basic terms be an issue of time ahead of she is answerable for the membership as a complete? My gosh, i will be able to see it now, the brass nameplate at her counter: Lisa Leann Lambert, President of the Potluck membership, and C-O-O of the Potluck Catering Club." "Today the Potluck membership, the next day the world," Vonnie bantered. I pictured her elevating one fist into the air in an emblem of victory and ridicule salute.
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After that, I was always a target for her cutting remarks. But at least I’d had my Sunday school teacher, Vonnie Westbrook, to stand up for me. ” Evie’d put her hands on her hips. ” And now, all these years later, Evangeline was finally marrying my dad. Oh happy day. So not only did the two of us have a history, though I was willing to forgive if she was willing to play nice, I had other concerns. For instance, I was concerned about Evie’s emotional stability. I tried to believe she’d merely had a case of wedding jitters, but in the past few weeks, she flittered from dating my dad then getting engaged to that hideous Bob Barnett before finally walking down the aisle with Daddy.
It was too late to escape. I felt hot, then cold, then fear, then peace as he closed his eyes and leaned in for a kiss. As our lips touched, I discovered how hungry I was to kiss him back. ” Startled, Wade let go and stood ramrod straight before turning to face the doorway. ” And there, silhouetted in shadow, stood the littlest, biggest reason why any girl should run away from Wade Gage: one Mrs. Fay Gage. Mrs. Gage was wearing a lavender knit dress with a matching crocheted sweater studded with shiny black beads.
My job, should I decide to take it, would be to become the best Mrs. Vernon Vesey ever . . and save the world from Lisa Leann Lambert and her gooey cinnamon rolls. It was the least I could do, I decided, as president of the Potluck Club. Well, I’ve gotten ahead of myself again. I’m good at that. I don’t mean to be confusing; it’s just that I want you to understand what’s happened in the month since my nuptials to Vernon. Then again, I suppose if you’re really to understand everything as it pertains to all of us, we’ll have to go back a bit.