Till I Kissed You
First chapter in the "Sweet Refrain" series
It's 1957. The Everly Brothers are on the radio. Desegregation is in the news. And Emma Chandler - only child, talented violinist - is on the brink of an exciting new life as a freshman at Willette Women's College. But the day before she leaves for school, she finds something that nearly destroys her: her adoption papers.
It's bad enough that her boyfriend cheated on her last spring; her parents have been deceiving her for her entire life! Emma wants answers: Who is she? Where did she come from? Why did someone give her away? But Emma isn't prepared to confront her parents. Not yet.
At Willette, Emma meets her new roommate, Beth, who's keeping a secret of her own, and her dorm mates: Nancy, a politician's daughter; Juanita, who'd rather be at UCLA; Kathleen, a timid redhead; and Carolyn, who's either painfully shy or downright stuck up. And then there's Paul - the gorgeous timpanist in the orchestra with the heart-stopping smile. He's interested... she's afraid. Why risk another disappointment? Better to keep him at arm's length... because she knows she'll be a goner if he kisses her...