Mark has been raising his niece since she was a small child. Abandoning his own life in the big city, he settles in a small town and devotes himself to Jenny. When Mark’s sister dies in an accident, Mark is given full custody of his precocious twelve-year-old niece. Just when he thinks the worst is over, he finds out that his sister left instructions to contact Jenny’s father, a man she had always refused to name.
Mark is terrified that Jenny’s father will try to take Jenny away from him but Cole Waters is not anything like he expects at all.
“Did you get a kiss goodnight?” Jenny asked over scrambled eggs.
Mark put down his fork. “What?”
He pointed his finger at her, “Don’t say that again. Button it.”
Jenny did the button thing with her fingers in front of her lips. “He is cute, almost as cute as Timothy’s older brother. And he’s gay.”
“Buttoned lips cannot make sound.”
“Um…um…um,” she tried to speak with her lips closed.
Mark shook his head and attacked his breakfast.
The phone rang and Jenny shot up to answer it. “Hello. Oh hello, Cole. Yes, Uncle Mark is here. It was fun last night. Yeah, cool. I’ll have to ask Uncle Mark. He’s in a crappy mood this morning, told me to button my—”
“Give me the phone,” Mark told her, holding out his hand.
Jenny handed him the phone and made some kissing sounds.
Mark pointed to her chair.
Jenny giggled and sat back down to finish her breakfast.