All I’ll Ever Need
by Mildred Riley
Newly married, both Elyse and her husband Barry want to have a child. But before this hope can be realized, Barry is called to active duty in Iraq. Due home just before Christmas, he is killed by a roadside bomb. Six months after his death, Elyse is summoned to their lawyer’s office, where she learns that he made a deposit in a sperm bank before shipping out. Despite objections from her family and friends, she decides to undergo in-vitro fertilization and gives birth to a baby girl. What she doesn’t know is that her husband had a daughter as a result of a teenage relationship. Complicating her life still further, she is beginning to have feelings for Ace Brimmer, owner of a local art store. Ace truly loves her, but what will it take for her to realize that he is all she will ever need to live a happy and fulfilling life?