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Holding Back: A Heart's Journey 1

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Erica is in love with her boyfriend Peter. In fact, she doesn’t know how she can live without him. If only things will stay as it is and people does not have to grow up, then Peter will not demand what she finds hard to give.

Peter is in love with Erica and he believes they are great for each other. But he wants to know if she loves him — because she never says I love you back. But he is invited to an internship in the Florida Keys, and he wants her to go with him. That will certainly mean a step up in their relationship.

Peter wants his issues resolved before they go — but when push comes to shove, Erica still can’t tell him what he's been wanting to hear.

The truth is, Erica feels unsafe in a committed relationship because her father left her mother when she got pregnant with her. But if she doesn’t face her ghosts, she will lose the man she loves.

What she doesn’t know is that in facing her issues, she is going to embark on a journey that will give her more than she expects — a family, love, and the answers to her unspoken desires.

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Peter looked at her and continued, “I want you to come with me. We could get an apartment, they give a stipend for that, and you could get a summer job I’m sure, but—”

“But what?” Erica tentatively asked.

“But I need to know how you feel about me.” Peter had finally gotten it out.

After he had said it, he looked directly into her eyes.

Erica shifted her gaze downwards and said, “You know how I feel about you.”

“No, I don’t, sweetheart, I know how I think you feel about me, but that’s not the same as hearing you tell me.” Peter’s speech had become a little pressured.

Erica tried to defend her posture by saying, “I tell you all the time.”

“No. No, you don’t, Erica. I tell you ‘I love you’ and you smile, you never say ‘I love you’ back. You’ve never said ‘I love you’, or anything to really indicate how you feel. You never talk about the future; I mean our future, together. You talk about your plans to open a business, where you want to open your business, but never once have you put me in any of the plans you’ve talked about.”

Erica quietly replied, “People say ‘I love you’ all the time and it doesn’t mean anything.”

Peter now felt a little angry, “And sometimes it does, doesn’t it? I mean when you say it and mean it, I don’t know, it conveys something I need to hear. I mean, do you love me or not?”

Erica sat quietly looking down, not saying a word.

All Titles from the Series, A Heart's Journey:

1 - Holding Back

2 - The Father's Sins

3 - Reunited

A Heart's Journey 4 - (Coming Soon)

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