“You’ve had one bad experience. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail with all men.”
She sighed. “Dad, you know how bad it was.”
“You got through it.” He reached across the divide and grabbed her hand.
“At what cost?” Kelsey scoffed. Tears stung her eyes as she briefly considered what she’d had to give up.
“Making choices is a part of life, darling.” George Morgan squeezed his daughter’s hand before releasing it and placing his back on the steering wheel. “Sometimes it’s hard, but it only makes you stronger for the next one.”
Kelsey nodded her agreement. “But I don’t want to make another mistake.”
Her phone vibrated in her lap and she picked it up. Patrick had texted her back. He was happy she was riding with her father and wanted to know if she’d still call him when she got home. She held the open phone in her lap as she looked out the window and considered her response.
“Then don’t,” came her father’s gentle comment from beside her. She turned to look at him as he shrugged a shoulder. “The choice is always yours to make, Kelsey, you just need to make sure it’s the right one for you. Then regardless of what happens, it won’t be a mistake.”
She stared at her father’s relaxed face and felt the turmoil she’d been feeling for the last several weeks fade away. When had he become so philosophical?
And why hadn’t he offered this advice six years ago?
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