Authors: Helen Conrad
This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the writer’s imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales, or organizations is entirely coincidental. All rights are reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Copyright © 2013 Helen Conrad
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First Edition April, 2013 published by DoorKnock Publishing
Promoted to Wife
Destiny Bay Book 5
By Helen Conrad
She has to prove she can do the job as butler.
But is sleeping with the hot shot son part of the job description?
Terry Yardley is trying to keep her father’s butlering job open for him until he recovers from an accident by doing the work herself.
Cleaning and preparing for a ball she can handle, but no one told her she would have to deal with a blow up doll, a set of hard-to-handle children, Rick’s Aunt Julia and the very sexy Carrington gentleman himself.
Destiny Bay-Forever Yours
Book 1-My Little Runaway
Book 2-Wife For a Night
Book 3-Too Scared to Breathe
Book 4-Make Believe Wife
Book 5-Promoted to Wife
Book 6-Not the Marrying Kind
PROMOTED TO WIFE
The three children of
, wealthy local patriarch.
His wife is
, an internationally known poet.
~oldest daughter of Dr. Stephen, Kathy was expected to do great things—but what she was best at—swimming—didn’t quite fit the roadmap her father had for her, and he let her know she was a disappointment at every turn.
She’s now married to:
~known as Jace, he’s a former Olympic swimmer and Kathy’s idol from the days when she was winning.
She proves herself to him daily in so many ways, even if her father is still blind to her true worth.
~ a widower with two young children who scare him to death, and a yen for good practical jokes.
Who could have guessed he might fall in love with the butler?
She’s only taking her father’s place until he’s well enough to take over, but she soon finds herself falling for Rick, as well as his children.
The five year old boy who carries around a koala bear and secretly loves his dad.
~Rick’s twelve year old daughter, a faux sophisticate at a young age and seemingly quite disgusted with her situation.
In truth, she’s in emotional pain and doesn’t know how to fix it.
~the baby of the family developing a career in clinical psychology and trying to convince herself she has no time for men, a sad lie Michael Hudson will have to deal with in the next book,
Not The Marrying Kind
The three sons of
, wealthy attorney
Martha Grover Carrington.
~ambitious attorney determined to restore the reputation of his family after his father’s scandal almost ruined them.
Now he’s married to:
~who grew up next door to the Carringtons, but left in order to save her parents from heartbreak.
Now she hopes to bring her family new joy with the birth of her baby.
~has been gone for years after a rift with his father sent him into undercover work in Los Angeles.
He owns hotels in Destiny Bay and Hawaii and is now married to:
~a lovely young woman he met while running a major con on a swindler.
She almost ruined his operation but ended up changing his life instead.
The baby she’s carrying will bring them even more changes.
~always a rebel, Grant went against his father’s plans for him and became a race car driver whose championship career was recently in jeopardy over serious injuries—physical and emotional-- suffered in a crash.
~Mickey’s cousin, a young physical therapist who has recently returned home to Destiny Bay.
Now married to Grant, she’s carrying Carrington baby number three.
A Few Others
Stephen’s father, grandfather to most of the younger Carringtons, lately living in a senior home but coming back to stay in his mansion in Destiny Bay
Aunt Julia Carrington~
Calvin’s sister and Rick’s favorite great-aunt.
Rick’s favorite cousin and his best friend, always ready with a joke or two.
~a Carrington cousin, younger and more adrift, he lives mostly on his boat and avoids all risk of becoming a responsible adult.
He loves Mickey but is allergic to commitment and trying to stay out of the way of her happiness.
~ Missy and her brother Tag spent too many years being hauled around the countryside as children by their hippy mother and now pay the price.
She’s shy and somewhat agoraphobic.
~owner and proprietor of Mickey’s on the Bay, a local café where the Carringtons tend to hang out.
She’s hopelessly in love with the much younger Tag and torn between him and the wealthy man who could make the future so much brighter for her and her child:
~Mickey’s adorable three year old
~wealthy financier who wants to make Mickey his own.
Tables of Contents
Carry On, Jeeves
Oh oh. Time to panic
Terry Yardley held her breath and listened. Someone was coming up the long, circular driveway to the old Carrington mansion. No one was supposed to be here until Saturday.
“Darn,” she whispered, eyes wide, nerves jangling.
She’d counted on a good two days to get things under control—and to work up an explanation as to why she was here, and not her father—the real butler.
She set down her feather duster and looked around at the long, carpeted hallway. She'd just finished dusting the family portraits that lined the hall, polishing up each ancient Carrington, getting them ready to greet their current family members. Ordinarily this work would have been assigned to the maid, but no maids had appeared as yet, so Terry was doing it.
Why? Because she was the butler, that’s why.
She’d known from the beginning it was going to be tricky pulling this off. Butlers weren’t usually female. Especially not young, relatively attractive females such as she was—if she did say so herself. But she had to make this work. She owed as much to her father. She had to save his job for him.
She knew people were going to frown. If there was a woman in the family group about to arrive, she might do more than that. She knew the risks and she was prepared.
That is—she thought she was. Once she got to the Carrington mansion and began going through the place, the size and scope began to scare her. Could she really pull this off?
And then she’d heard the car. This was too soon! She wasn’t ready. But maybe it was just a delivery. Or the chimney sweep she’d hired. Sure, that was it. Had to be.
She rushed to a window and looked down from the second floor bedroom, expecting to see a workman's van. Instead, her wide eyes took in the purring approach of a low-slung, candy-apple-red Ferrari.
“Scratch the relief,” she whispered to herself, goose bumps prickling across her skin, “and prepare for a com
plete freak-out. The Carringtons have arrived.”
She pulled back from the window and tried not to hyperventilate. It was going to be okay. She had to be cool. She had to project dignity. After all, butlers were figures of calm and authority.
“Ah, Mr. Carrington, I presume?” she would say, giving a little bow. “I’m afraid you’ve caught me unprepared.”
And improperly dressed!
Terry turned to look at herself in the enormous mirror at the end of the upper hallway. She was wearing tiny white shorts that barely covered her bottom and
a plaid, cotton blouse that was missing two buttons.
She'd pulled out the ends to tie in a big knot between her breasts—and that gave quite a revealing view of her flat, tanned stomach. Her long, smooth legs made her look like a Spring colt—or filly might be more apt. Staring in horror at the mirror,
Terry knew she was scantily clad for a meeting with the
master of the house.
“What's wrong with this picture?”
That's what she
looked like. It was no good. There was just no way the
Carringtons were going to believe she was the new butler.