Love In A Small Town

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Set in the 1950's, Mike is a mechanic who arrives in a small Midwestern town, eager to restart his life and Susan is the school teacher he meets at his garage when she brings her car in for repair. Starting as friends, they quickly fall in love but their relationship is challenged by a competitor and Mike's past. I based the characters on two of my favorite actors - Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Cover Art by Meg/VintageStyledHeart.Tumblr.com

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Love In A Small Town

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Set in the 1950's, Mike is a mechanic who arrives in a small Midwestern town, eager to restart his life and Susan is the school teacher he meets at his garage when she brings her car in for repair. Starting as friends, they quickly fall in love but their relationship is challenged by a competitor and Mike's past. I based the characters on two of my favorite actors - Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Cover Art by Meg/VintageStyledHeart.Tumblr.com Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Mike swallowed hard. “It’s getting late, I have an early start tomorrow,” he said quietly.   He nodded his head to... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Friday night rolled around, Kathy and Susan took in their usual movie and then decided to stop into the pub for a beer before going home.... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 11, 2013

Smitty was furious when Mike told him that he going out his own and warned him that the town was only big enough for one garage; that mad... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Susan was still sleeping as Mike slipped from bed and dressed. He got into his truck and drove to the grocer to buy coffee and grocerie... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Mike stood on the practice field with Nate and Coach Burns. They watched the scrimmage; the defensive end broke through and sacked the qu... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Susan did wind up driving home that night. She didn’t know what they said, but she did see the look on his face when Jane pressed the f... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

It was a long, tough winter. Mike invested in a plow for his truck. He swore he spent half of his day installing snow tires and plow... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Jane and Tom found Susan in the nursery. The room was only partially lit; they could barely make out her profile as they watched her slow... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Susan’s family worked on the hospital staff until they finally put Mike and Susan in the same room. They lay on her bed with the baby n... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

"Come here, little man." Mike lifted his son from his crib and cradled him in his arms. Stevie was now three months old; he smil... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

Mike hung up the phone and stared at it for a long time, wondering if he'd be able to make the call when next week came. The call dogged ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 10, 2013

David performed his investigation admirably. Smitty had been badly beaten up and suffered a few cracked ribs and a broken leg. He’d bee... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 24, 2013

When Mike entered the house, Stevie was sacked out on his shoulder, his little cherub lips blowing a bubble. Susan smiled and lifted him ... Read Chapter

Submitted: June 29, 2013

Stevie wasn’t sure about this new thing in the house. It made a lot of noise and it kept Mommy very busy. Daddy made silly faces at it ... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 09, 2013

Mike went into the living room. Susan was sitting on the couch with the kids gathered around her. He started pacing; she hadn’t seen hi... Read Chapter

Submitted: July 12, 2013

“Why didn’t you call the police?” David’s voice was so incredulous and so loud that Mike had to pull the phone away from his ... Read Chapter

Submitted: August 14, 2013

Susan called her father and bags packed, Steve showed up the next day. The kids were thrilled; Grandpa was a wonderful man who regularly ... Read Chapter

Submitted: August 18, 2013

It had been an idyllic morning. They awoke to make sleepy, tender love. Mike was voracious, kissing and nibbling his wife's warm, fragran... Read Chapter

Submitted: August 20, 2013

"Hello, son." Mike held his breath and showed no reaction when he saw the shotgun barrel pointing at him. He turned and pushed S... Read Chapter

The Finale

Submitted: August 22, 2013

Mike saw the distress on his father’s face as he crumbled on the steps. Jumping forward, he grabbed the gun out of his father’s hand ... Read Chapter