Ah … the Fifties!
A time of innocence, and the not so innocent. From “I Love Lucy” and “Willy” to “Private Secretary”, “Father Knows Best” and “Bachelor Father”, television and music from the fifties gave us inspiration. Come take a trip down memory lane with these five vintage reads!
Get your romance on, and make grandma proud!
Ed Loves Marnie ~ 1955 – Can this handsome military man convince the single mother to take another chance at love? Or, will their shared memory put a wall between them?
Willa Thomas, Attorney-in-Love ~ 1956 – Will these co-workers be able to tow the company line and forego a chance at love? Or, will they risk everything for love?
Professor Knows Best ~ 1957 – Will this freaky trip back in time to 1957 give her the answers she seeks? Or, only more confusion? How difficult will she find it to navigate being best friends with the college-age version of her own mother?
His Private Secretary ~ 1958 – Can she run interference between her handsome boss, his needy family, and the scores of women trying to bed him and wed him and still remain unaffected by his many charms?
The Bachelor Father ~ 1959 – Will Nanny #5 be the one to finally ace the job, and coax him out of his shell and back into life? And, will a family vacation to Paris fulfill their wildest dreams?
Day 9: His Private Secretary ~ 1958
“I didn’t hear you come in,” Eleanor said, as she followed her boss into his office.
He chuckled, the timbre of his voice sinking into her subconscious. There were many things about her boss’ life she’d learned to ignore, or at least accept. His deep, sexy voice wasn’t one of them.
“You were too busy discussing pastry with our new receptionist.”
Eleanor met his teasing gaze and broad grin. “She’s inquisitive, and very bright.”
“And now she knows everything there is to know about pastry in the workplace.” He removed his suit jacket and handed it to her before adding, “As long as she can answer the phone without hiccupping in the client’s ear, I’m happy.”
Eleanor did her best to control an outright laugh. “Yes, that was definitely a problem. I can’t imagine wanting to be a receptionist if you panic every time the phone rings.”
“Whatever happened to…what was her name? Clarice?” he asked. “Did you let her go?”
Eleanor shook her head. “I transferred her to the mailroom.”
“Good for you. I hate to see anyone out of a job.” Reaching for the telephone he asked, “Has my sainted mother called already this morning?”
“Yes, promptly at seven-thirty. For some reason she thinks you’re angry with her and don’t want to speak to her.”
Looking up until their gazes met, he rolled his eyes and shook his head. “I don’t know where she got that idea. No wait. It might have something to do with the fact she arranged another blind date for me.”
Eleanor quickly covered a smile with her hand and pretended to cough. “She worries about you.”
“Worrying is one thing. Arranging a date with one of this year’s debutantes is ridiculous. Hell, I’m nearly old enough be the girl’s father.”
A quick, and thoroughly unwanted, picture flashed through Eleanor’s thoughts. Jess Norton surrounded by a bevy of evening gown clad debutantes, each of them doing their best to snag a rich, influential businessman.
“If you check the engagement announcements in the newspaper, it seems most well-established businessmen prefer to marry gently-raised, properly educated younger girls.”
“Not me. I prefer my women a bit more on the experienced side.”
Eleanor felt her cheeks warm with her boss’ honest admission. Turning toward the ornate table behind Jess Norton’s desk, she busied herself with rearranging the picture frames and crystal candy dish.
“Speaking of experience, Mrs. Carpenter called. It seems she’s lost her bracelet and thought it might be…” She hesitated, reluctant to mention the couch cushions or how the bracelet may have gotten there.
“She thought it might be where?” he asked.
“Somewhere here in the office.” Eleanor waved her hand from side to side, the motion encompassing the entire room. “I assume she thought you might know where she’d left it. I hadn’t yet written out her message, but she wants you to call her at your earliest convenience.”
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Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
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