Coming Home for Christmas by Fern Michaels

By Fern Michaels

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I mean, he can be really sweet, but he can also be an uptight, money-hungry yuppie. And the thing is, those money-hungry times just seem to be getting longer and the sweet times shorter, and I don’t really believe you can change a guy, and who am I to decide to change him, anyway? He’s happy the way he is. We’re better off apart. ” Gina sighed. “I think you should lose your mind and marry him. God knows, I would. ” “How very mercenary of you,” Tess said. “How very practical of me,” Gina said. ” “Come on, yourself.

I mean, he can be really sweet, but he can also be an uptight, money-hungry yuppie. And the thing is, those money-hungry times just seem to be getting longer and the sweet times shorter, and I don’t really believe you can change a guy, and who am I to decide to change him, anyway? He’s happy the way he is. We’re better off apart. ” Gina sighed. “I think you should lose your mind and marry him. God knows, I would. ” “How very mercenary of you,” Tess said. “How very practical of me,” Gina said. ” “Come on, yourself.

I don’t want a rich guy. ” Tess said. “You would not. And speaking of sticking out, what was the deal with the gum? You only chew gum when you get nervous. ” “Nick kinda makes me nervous,” Gina said. “It’s not his fault. He just always looks so…slick. ” “I know,” Tess said gloomily as she sank back into her chair. “Listen, I appreciate this, I really do,” Gina said, her words tumbling out in a nervous rush, “but I can’t go to this thing with you. ” “No, you won’t. I’ll be with you. Besides, you need this.

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