Maggie's Marriage (The Cloverleaf Series Book 2)(12)

By: Gloria Herrmann


“Oh, stop. I’m serious, I kind of think this is a serious family matter.”

“It’ll work itself out.”

“Liam, she’s pregnant, she isn’t speaking to her husband, and she left without telling him. I’m thinking it’s a little more serious,” Rachel countered.

“Fine, but she knows we are here to support her.”

Rachel understood that Maggie felt safe amongst the O’Briens, but she couldn’t help but think of how Michael must feel in the whole mess. “That’s why she drove here, to your home. She knows you have her back.”

“She knows that this is home, where she belongs,” Liam added, his long arms moved loosely around Rachel’s hips.

“But her home is in Seattle, with Michael. She needs to be there to figure this out, with him. I’m glad that she feels like she can come to you guys, but I don’t think leaving him without so much as a message or anything was right, Liam,” Rachel said.

“I know, but that’s her call.”

“Liam, that’s not really the case when there are children involved. I really like Maggie, and think she’s awesome, but she should have told Michael where she was going at the very least. That had to be pretty awful for him.”

Liam sighed. “Okay, look, let’s not get too worked up about this. Things will work themselves out. I’m here whenever she needs me. Last night, she needed me. So, basically, I’m not digging any further or casting judgment on what is the right call. She did what she thought was best at the time.”

“Jeez, I’m not calling her out for the call she made, I just think she should have told Michael.”

Liam’s body tensed as he dropped his arms from her. “You’re starting to shiver, you’d better get into your car. I’ll call you tomorrow.”

Rachel sighed. “Do you see why I think this is a family matter, and why I shouldn’t be involved? I don’t want to fight with you about your sister, you’re a good brother, supporting her unconditionally, and I love that about you.”

“You love me?” Liam teased. Rachel had still not quite fully admitted her love for Liam, only hinting that she thought she might love him.

“I’m going home now.” Rachel sank into her car and smiled broadly at the man who she was indeed falling in love with.



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Maggie



Maggie was lounging in Liam’s recliner when he returned. “Boy, you were out there long enough,” Maggie teased.

Liam stretched his long body out on the plaid couch. “Was just saying goodbye.”

“So, how are things going between you guys?” Maggie questioned with a sly smile perched on her lips.

“We are taking it kind of slow, I guess. Mom and Dad love her, so does Grandpa Paddy. Daniel and Patrick think she’s great too. She really likes the whole family,” Liam replied thoughtfully.

“Well, what do you think?”

“Think about what, exactly?” Liam asked quickly.

“Do you think you’ll want to marry her?”

“I’m not sure, I mean, I care about her, but there are some things we don’t see eye-to-eye on.” Liam had a faraway look that concerned Maggie.

“I love her and think she’s perfect for you. She is so nice and thoughtful. If I had to choose a wife for you, it would be her.”

Liam smiled at his sister. “Glad that’s been decided. I do care about her, and we are seeing where this goes. We still have the issue of her being my boss, so that is a hurdle we are still trying to climb over.”

Maggie drew hand up and swatted the air. “Eh, it’ll work itself out. She just needs to learn how things work in a small town.”

“True. Karen down at the school is happy that we are dating each other, the teachers don’t really seem to care or pay much attention. I tried to explain that to Rachel, but she is concerned the school board won’t keep her on if they learn her and I are an item,” Liam explained.

Maggie could see the dilemma. She remembered how it was for her and Michael at the law firm. She had only been a receptionist, not quite familiar with the large city. Michael was an up-and-coming hotshot lawyer from a prestigious family, and they had been an unlikely match. The firm frowned on employees dating, and they frowned even more when Maggie wound up pregnant and they had to marry quickly. She felt forced out of her job and ended up staying home with Melanie, while Michael focused on bringing his career to new heights. Maggie wondered if Rachel was worried she would get shoved out of her position. The likelihood in their small community was slim, but Rachel came from a large city. She wasn’t stupid, she knew how things operated, so Maggie couldn’t really blame her for wanting to keep their relationship quiet.