Copyright 2011 by Peggy Webb
Cover design copyright 2011 by Kim Van Meter
Publishing History/Bantam Loveswept
Copyright 1998 by Peggy Webb
She hadn't set out to buy a clock that day. She'd been intent on getting a new latch for the screen door. But the temperature hovered near ninety, and Ann had detoured by the ice-cream shop to get something cool to eat, then she'd caught a glimpse of the sign over the door of the quaint little shop in the middle of the block. Blast from the Past the sign promised, and she wasn't disappointed by the delivery.
John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean stood in the back of the shop, life-size, cardboard smiles frozen for posterity. Through the speakers mounted over the soda fountain, Percy Sledge crooned, "When A Man Loves A Woman." A leather trunk plastered with stickers from the Hotel Palace in Mar del Plata and the Continental Hotel in Tangier hinted of grand adventures in times gone by.
But it was the clock that drew her to the shelves at the back of the store, a black plastic cat, tail wagging, big pop eyes rolling.
"Aren't you the sassiest little thing?" Standing on tiptoe, she tried to get the clock off the shelf, but it was out of reach.