Through it all, the magnolia trees continued to bloom, majestic live oaks curtained with Spanish moss waved their limbs, the great Mississippi River continued to flow, and somehow, people got on with their lives and continued to live. Alice lifted her head in the gentle breeze off the river and sniffed the sweet magnolia blossoms with a smile on her face. She’d rear her children in her beloved state with rolling farmland, wooded hills, and the warm, moist breeze scenting the air with magnolias. Small-town Brookhaven, Mississippi, would remain her haven from the world in her husband’s loving arms.
Bert Russell bent and kissed Alice Russell as their son reached eagerly for the picnic lunch, and their daughter slept peacefully beneath a massive oak that shaded her from the Mississippi sun. He chuckled as he tucked a stray hair behind her ear. “Whoever would’ve thought that the belle and the officer would become a happy couple? When we first met, your eyes shot sparks, but not the kind that made me happy."
Excerpt from The Belle and the Officer by BJ Robinson, included in A Touch of Passion
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