Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.
Talmadge Oaks is a man who has kept a deep-seated sense of guilt burdening his wide shoulders since childhood. A fear he’s never told anyone. It’s why he left his home of Red River and didn’t return often.
The last visit was seven years ago. Then he was back in town for his best friend’s wedding…and ran into Miranda. He wasn’t in her social circle growing up and seemingly ignored her, but little did she know he was very well aware of the young woman his grandmother did anything to help.
Now he’s back in town to settle his grandmother’s will and family affairs. Miranda owns his grandmother’s inn, renovating it to get it up and running. He has no intention of staying. There’s his famous eco-friendly Trinity Falls project in Washington that requires his attention to move forward, but Bea’s will has a stipulation about the inn and Talmadge’s inheritance.
He can’t stay. He shouldn’t get involved, but It’s In His Smile.