(Book Three, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance Series)
By Shirleen Davies
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Cameron “Cam” Sinclair is smart, driven, and dedicated, with an easygoing temperament that belies his strong will and the personal ambitions he holds close. Besides his family, his job as head of IT at the MacLaren Cattle Company and his position as a Search and Rescue volunteer are all he needs to make him happy. At least that’s what he thinks until he meets, and is instantly drawn to, fellow SAR volunteer, Lainey Devlin.
Lainey is compassionate, independent, and ready to break away from her manipulative and controlling fiancé. Just as her decision is made, she’s called into a major search and rescue effort, where once again, her path crosses with the intriguing, and much too handsome, Cam Sinclair. But Lainey’s plans are set. An opportunity to buy a flourishing preschool in northern Arizona is her chance to make a fresh start, and nothing, not even her fierce attraction to Cam Sinclair, will impede her plans.
As Lainey begins to settle into her new life, an unexpected danger arises —threats from an unknown assailant—someone who doesn’t believe she belongs in Fire Mountain. The more Lainey begins to love her new home, the greater the danger becomes. Can she accept the help and protection Cam offers while ignoring her consuming desire for him?
Even if Lainey finally accepts her attraction to Cam, will he ever be able to come to terms with his own driving ambition and allow himself to consider a different life than the one he’s always pictured? A life with the one woman who offers more than he’d ever hoped to find?
Read One More Day, another heart-warming and romantic story of passion, love, choices, and commitment in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance series.
How would you make a decision that could be made by either your heart or head?
I’ve always felt that I am governed by my head but ruled by my heart. For me, this means that I look at the pros and cons of most situations to come to a tentative decision. If it’s an impersonal situation, then my head rules.
If it is a decision that has very personal implications, the final outcome will be what my heart commands.
Let me clarify, using a love relationship as an example. If I’m with someone, they are going to be ‘comfortable with themselves’, have similar values, exhibit a strong sense of right and wrong and willingness to help others, possess a good sense of humor including the ability to laugh at themselves, and have a big-heart. In other words, there are certain qualities a man must have for me to feel okay in a relationship. If those are present, love may follow. So a head decision is then followed by one made by the heart.
If we’re talking about a decision regarding my children, that’s actually more tricky. You love them, unconditionally, yet there are times you must make a decision with your head even when your heart is screaming at you. These are the gut-wrenching choices that we must make as parents. I’ve been prepared to make them, even though there have been times when I hate the decision. This has everything to do with guiding a child or young adult into a world with tough choices and challenges, and nothing to do with what feels good. To let my heart rule in all cases involving my children would be a disservice to them.
The end analysis is that each situation is different. For me, I must look at the whole picture, not just how I feel this moment, today, or this week. Sometimes it’s the head and sometimes the heart.
I think of the lyrics in a Mary Chapin Carpenter song. “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug…”
You do the best you can. I guess that’s life.