Sneak Peek Wednesday: The History of Us by Jennifer Bardsley (Giveaway)

The History of Us
by Jennifer Bardsley
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication date: July 12, 2022
Genre: Romance

Andrea Wint’s life in the small town of Port Inez, Washington, is a simple one. She works, enjoys the gorgeous view from her bay window, and visits her dad at the memory-care facility. Her father is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, but Andrea brings in one coin from his valuable collection every day—little bits of precious metals that seem to bring him back to himself, even if just for a few moments.

So when Andrea’s house is burgled and the coins disappear, she’s bereft.

To track down the culprit, she turns to Dustin Karlsson, who just happens to be her former high school sweetheart. Years ago, they broke each other’s hearts, and some wounds are slow to heal. But Dustin feels indebted to the ailing Tom Wint and wants to help.

What’s more, Dustin has a personal stake in finding the perpetrator. In fact, he suspects the thief could be his own brother-in-law, a gambler and a drunk who skipped town, leaving Dustin’s sister and two young nieces behind.

As Dustin and Andrea travel the Pacific Northwest in an effort to recover the missing coins, old feelings rekindle. Maybe their happily ever after can still be minted.




Closing the door behind her, Andrea determined that she would rather be a coward than a fool. If there was one thing that her history of failed relationships had taught her, it was that she rushed into things too quickly. Had Dustin been about to kiss her? She balled her fists and pressed them hard into the top of her stomach. Probably not. That look in his eyes was most likely due to a bacon hangover, nothing else. Andrea was notorious for misreading signals, and she refused to embarrass herself.Squaring her shoulders, she scooped up the bag with the sweatshirt and T-shirt inside, opened her interior door, and knocked on his. For the second time that morning, there was no answer. Pressing her ear against the wood, Andrea thought she heard the faint sound of the shower running. Leaving her door open, Andrea dropped the bag of clothes on her bed and walked up to the window. The sky was as gray as her mood, and the windswept beaches refused to calm. What if she had been wrong? What if Dustin had intended on kissing her? Did she want to kiss him back?

Absolutely, her heart murmured.

Dustin was the one man she had never stopped wanting, even though she’d spent the past eighteen years trying to forget him. It wasn’t only the physical attraction that drew her to him like a magnet either. There was also the way he knew her better than she knew herself, even after all these years. Like how she wouldn’t be able to resist an audiobook, no matter what the subject was about.

He knew other things about her too, like how the back of her right ear was ticklish, but the left ear wasn’t. He knew how her shoulders tensed up when she watched a scary movie and how to knead them in just the right spot to make her relax. Dustin knew that she loved cozy sweaters but couldn’t wear merino wool because it made her itch. Even the Pendleton blanket in the back of his truck made her itch but never so much that she objected to snuggling underneath it while they watched the stars come out. If she got the chance to watch the stars come out again with Dustin, would she take it?

Yes, her heart whispered. One hundred percent yes.



Meet Jennifer Bardsley

Jennifer Bardsley believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband and two children. Jennifer’s “I Brake for Moms” column has appeared in The Everett Herald every week since 2012. She also writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance under the pen name Louise Cypress. When she’s not writing books, or camping with her Girl Scout troop, you can find Jennifer walking from her house to the beach every chance she gets.

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One Thought on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: The History of Us by Jennifer Bardsley (Giveaway)

  1. I really love the premise of this one and such a cute excerpt

    Thanks for sharing

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