Title: LIGHTHOUSE POINT
Word Count: 84,000
Beautiful, independent, and once confident, Emma Peroni is determined to find herself again after a brutal stalker attack has left her shaken, untrusting, and searching for refuge on the island known as a sanctuary for souls . . . Sanibel Island.
Unwavering in her decision to avoid close ties with anyone, she manages to resist the charms of Sheldon Barringer, a handsome local real estate investor with a passion for windsurfing.
However Sheldon’s intoxicating sense of humor and protective bearing eventually sweep Emma into the delightful experience of falling in love, causing her recurring nightmares to diminish . . . for a time.
Plagued by the past, will she trust a new future in her safe sanctuary, or be shattered by the man who is out to get her?
The creamy citrus taste of Key lime pie charged my senses as I drove over
the Causeway onto the island. Memories of Nonna and I making pies flooded my
memory, causing a giggle to escape my lips. “It has eggs and fruit,” I could
hear her say, trying to justify our choice to have a slice for breakfast.
My reverie was shaken as The Cowboy Junkies began singing “Sweet Jane” over
the radio, the mellow relaxed melody instantly transforming my mood, like
water seeking its own level. I started to sing along until my thoughts
returned to the reason I had been driving for hours, away from my hometown
toward an island that I used to dream of one day calling home. Many things
beyond my control had changed since that day on the sand as a little girl
I had missed the island so desperately and wondered if it would be the same
after all these years. Fear and excitement of my unknown future filled me. I
didn’t know how long I would be able to stay on Sanibel. I would have to
find a job at some point before my money ran out and settle somewhere . . .
wherever that might be.
I rolled the windows down and let the fresh salty air permeate the inside of
my silver Volvo C70. The thick sweet air warmed my skin and my soul as I
breathed it in. All doubt was gone as the lighthouse came into view, letting
me know I was almost there.