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Closer Than They Appear

Closer Than They Appear

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Closer Than They Appear

3/5 (3 ratings)
46 pages
40 minutes
Sep 22, 2014


He's sexy, Scottish, and too good to be true.
That's the problem.

David Crogan's got the voice, the looks, the charm, and he loves to read. Mossy Creek librarian Hannah Longstreet can't resist that combination, though it's the first time in years this single mom has let her guard down. She allows herself to be romanced by the handsome, if mysterious, photographer, who's in town for a few weeks to photograph Mossy Creek's colorful people and places. But just when she's about to toss all caution to the wind, she finds out who he really is. And his real purpose will break her heart.

Sep 22, 2014

About the author

Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of several Regency-set historical romance series, including the Royal Brotherhood, the School for Heiresses, the Hellions of Halstead Hall, the Duke’s Men, and the Sinful Suitors. When she’s not writing in a coffee-fueled haze, she’s traveling with her husband, caring for her adult autistic son, or indulging in one of her passions: jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, music, and costume parties. With more than nine million books in print in twenty languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. She always dreams big.

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Closer Than They Appear

A Mossy Creek Short Story


Sabrina Jeffries

Belle Rabbit Books


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events or locations is entirely coincidental.

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Print ISBN: 978-1-61194-531-7

Belle Rabbit Books is an imprint of BelleBooks, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 by Sabrina Jeffries

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All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review.

This short story was previously published in a collective novel, At Home in Mossy Creek by BelleBooks in 2007

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Cover design: Debra Dixon

Interior design: Hank Smith

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A Note to Readers

This story is closely connected to the Mossy Creek small town world developed by BelleBooks. As such, it contains a few references to characters and stories from that world. The series is a wonderful compilation of ongoing tales about the town (some of them romances), and this particular piece is part of a volume in which a Cirque de Soleil type traveling group gets stranded in Mossy Creek on Valentine’s Day. So if you like my complete romance tale between Hannah the librarian and a photographer new in town, you should definitely check out the Mossy Creek books! They’re some of my very favorites.

Closer Than They Appear

HE’S HEADED THIS way, Mrs. Longstreet, my intern Linda Polk announced from the glass front door, which she was supposed to be cleaning. He’s, like, three blocks away now.

I scowled at her from behind the circulation desk. He who?

You know who. Linda faced me with a self-satisfied smile. Mr. Crogan has a thing for you, you know. That’s why he comes here after he’s done for the day.

He comes here because he likes to read, I said firmly as I keyed in an interlibrary loan request and tried to ignore the silly skip in my pulse. He comes here because there’s little else to do in Mossy Creek at night at the Hamilton House Inn. To my knowledge, it doesn’t have cable.

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    Corny, too short for a relationship to develop.