“Is it really me you want?” Jessica asked. She tried to pull away from Brodie. It was suddenly very necessary to think clearly. Jessica’s meeting with Brodie Hayes after so many years was accidental yet devastating. The Brodie Hayes she remembered had been a poor young man from the wrong part of town. And he had pursued her older sister unsuccessfully. Now Brodie Hayes was a rich, powerful businessman welcome anywhere. Jessica could not help but respond to his overwhelming charm, but could she be sure his interest in her was genuine? She did not intend to be a substitute! Janet Dailey, who passed away in 2013, was born Janet Haradon in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska, before meeting her husband, Bill. The two worked together in construction and land development until they “retired” to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, setting a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was No Quarter Asked. She has gone on to write approximately ninety novels, twenty-one of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. She won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on radio and television. Today, there are over three hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in nineteen different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world. For more information about Janet Dailey, visit www.janetdailey.com.