She'd Never Return by Bob Holt
Kayla stood, holding the invitation. It had been thirty years since she graduated from high school, and she’d never attended any of the reunions. Why attend this one?
If there was a reason, it was Brian Howard. They’d been sweethearts from fourth grade until she left to attend college at ECU. That was twenty-eight years ago. She still had deep feelings for Brian, but their parting had been difficult. It was her fault. She’d cast him aside wanting a new life far away from the only life she knew.
She’d married, had two wonderful children, but divorced Jeff after catching him with another woman. That was twenty-four years ago.
She refused to date anyone until Lynn came into her life. He swept her off her feet, and they almost became one but his son’s accident took him from her. That was two-years ago and he was still in Paris.
Maybe she should go to the reunion? She said that she’d never return. Would she?
Bob Holt grew up in rural Duplin County in the '40s and '50s, leaving the farm immediately after graduating from high school.
He traveled northeastern North Carolina as a traveling salesman for over forty years, meeting many interesting people. Many traveled like him. Others owned restaurants or were employed by school systems, hospitals, or served on church or club committees. Each had an interesting story to tell. Many were shared with him.
He published his first romantic novel, Jim’s Recurring Dream Was Back Again, in 2000 and his second, I Am Janie, in 2002.
His third romantic novel was released in May, 2012. III Islands is a story about a young man that flees Lenoir County and the tobacco farm after earning his real estate license while attending Lenoir Community College. He moved to Arapahoe seeking a sales position in real estate.
A year passed waiting tables before he was given a chance to prove his worth and immediately excelled climbing to the top of his MLS group in sales. He lived frugally refusing to get romantically involved with anyone but dated some of the locals and different ones from each new crop of waitresses that arrived each summer.
After ten years, he bought the house of his dreams and met Candi, who would become the lady of his dreams. A few months later, he proposed, and they were to be married on the first Saturday in December. But an unwelcome call from the State Highway Patrol changed everything. A drunk driver had crossed the medium on I-95 near Gold Rock and struck Candi’s car “head-on.” He was devastated but knew life must go on; decisions had to be made.
Since III Islands, he has published six other novels, She Walked Through His Heart Again Today, Gina, JD, Darlene, His Dark-Haired Darling, His Recurring Dream, and his latest, She’d Never Return, published in 2017. Presently, he’s working on two novels, Jimmy and Lisa’s Mountain Man.
He published his cookbook, Bob’s Country Recipes and Other Interesting Stuff II, in 2012.
He and his wife live in Greenville. His hobbies are many and diverse encompassing woodworking, decoys, watercolors, pencil sketching, photography, ham radio, genealogy, Facebook, and writing.