The Sweetheart Bargain (A Sweetheart Sisters Novel)

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The Sweetheart Bargain

SHIRLEY JUMP

THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

Published by the Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA)

375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA

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THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN

A Berkley Sensation Book / published by arrangement with the author

Copyright © 2013 by Shirley Jump.

Excerpt from
The Sweetheart Rules
by Shirley Jump copyright © 2013 by Shirley Jump.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author’s rights. Purchase only authorized editions.

Berkley Sensation Books are published by The Berkley Publishing Group.

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eBook ISBN: 978-1-101-60757-2

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Berkley Sensation mass-market edition / September 2013

Cover photos copyright © Shutterstock/Thinkstock.

Cover design by MN Studios.

Interior text design by Laura K. Corless.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

Contents

Praise

Title Page

Copyright

Acknowledgments

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten

Eleven

Twelve

Thirteen

Fourteen

Fifteen

Sixteen

Seventeen

Eighteen

Nineteen

Twenty

Twenty-one

Twenty-two

Twenty-three

Twenty-four

Twenty-five

Special Excerpt from
The Sweetheart Rules

Acknowledgments

Sincere thanks to the people who shared their knowledge that helped make this book possible. Their generous spirit gave me the information I needed to bring the characters in
The Sweetheart Bargain
to life, and I am eternally grateful to so many people for their time.

A special thank-you to USCG Lieutenant Commander Adam Merrill, who was a fabulous source of information about Coast Guard life, the Kodiak station, and a day in the life of a pilot. These are the guys who put their lives on the line every day, and for that they deserve a big round of applause and gratitude.

Luke’s eye injury was a complicated medical situation; thanks to Dr. Daniel Krach and Dr. Paul Bodendorfer, two of the most knowledgeable ophthalmologists I’ve ever talked to. Hopefully I was able to create a realistic depiction of Luke’s retinal detachment and the ensuing complications. Their assistants, Janice Richards and Paula Schomburg, were also super helpful and stepped in when I needed a doctor-speak translation.

Kazzie Anderson, founder and director of Pets Assisting Well-Being & Success (PAWS) Placement Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana, shared wonderful, heartwarming stories about the miracles that a furry friend can help bring about in a handicapped person’s life. Her dog Carl touched a lot of lives before he passed, and his devotion to others served as a model for my fictional Miss Sadie.

A big thanks to my critique group: Janet Dean, Julie Sellers, Karen Morris katz, and Jeremy Asher, who read umpteen drafts of the first chapter before it became the book it is today. Thanks for your support, your input, and your patience! Thank you to my agent, Pamela Harty, for her support and belief in me, and to the Shirley Jump Reader Posse, whose enthusiasm and support are immeasurable. And a special thank-you to Kate Seaver at Berkley, who believed in
The Sweetheart Bargain
and brought Greta and the girls to life on the printed page.

My husband, who took over the housework and meals when I was on deadline, and who created the most memorable celebration ever for the sale of this book, deserves a shout-out and a mega thank-you. He’s always there with a cupcake or a hug (or both!) when I need them most.

A final thank-you to my readers. You all make my job so rewarding! I love your letters and e-mails!

Any mistakes in this book are my own, and a direct result of long writing days with too little coffee and chocolate!

One

Olivia Linscott made the most insane decision of her life in less time than it took to microwave a burrito. Before she could think twice, or worse, hesitate, she’d packed what remained of her belongings into her car, loaded up on gas and 5-Hour Energy drinks, then ditched her life in Massachusetts and headed south.

All because a lawyer had shown up on her doorstep with a mysterious will, a crinkled photograph, and a butterfly necklace. Olivia’s heritage, reduced to a nine-by-twelve manila envelope.

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