Bring Holly Home
F/F Amnesia Trope with a touch of an ice queen
She’s lost everything. Can one woman bring her home?
Leading fashion magazine editor Victoria Hastings always thought that her trusted assistant quit her job and abandoned her in Paris.
A year later, she discovers that Holly Carter was injured in an accident. Brain trauma led to amnesia and Holly cannot remember anything about her life.
Guilt causes Victoria to bring Holly home and into her life to aid her in recovery. But when guilt turns into something else, what will she do?
Louise took a deep breath and quickly started to recite the schedule to her boss.
“So, as you know, the gala is tonight. The table plan is in your room for final approval as you requested. Your car arrives tomorrow at ten o’clock to take you to Charles de Gaulle. I’ll be checking out of the hotel earlier to get the Guerlain samples that you requested for your sister, so I’ll meet you at the airport at quarter to eleven.”
Louise knew this was an exercise in futility. Her boss knew the schedule back to front, and yet she felt the urgent need to fill the awkward silence that permeated the back of the limousine. She subtly turned her wrist in her lap to look at her watch.
“Hm,” Victoria murmured.
Louise looked up to see if her boss would say anything else.
Victoria continued to look over the top of her glasses at the passing Parisian scenery.
Louise debated if she should say something else. Maybe give another rundown on the first-class menu on offer on-board the flight from Paris to New York. Maybe attempt to get a tiny amount of kudos for having changed the red meat option from lamb for the entire cabin, simply because Victoria couldn’t abide the smell of lamb.
Not that Victoria would ever acknowledge any of the backbreaking, soul-destroying work that Louise did on a daily basis for the impossible-to-please woman. But she lived in hope that a nugget of gratitude would work its way into Victoria’s conscience.
Maybe enough to promote her from her role of assistant. Being an assistant to Victoria Hastings was certainly prestigious. Sadly, it didn’t pay the therapy bills that Louise would need if she managed to survive the role.
Louise’s mobile phone rang, and she answered immediately. “Yes?”
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