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Belle loved Ebenezer Scrooge once, but his obsession with money drove her away. In the years since she has married, had children and been widowed, but she still remembers Ebenezer fondly. If she goes to see him, will he have changed for the better, or the worse?
Fifteen years ago, Elaine fell in love with Johnny McMannus, the local bad boy. He was nineteen and she was jailbait. To keep them both out of trouble, Johnny left town.
But years later his father's heart attack brings him back to run the family garage. Hoping to reconnect with Elaine, Johnny has to first fix the mess his parent's alcoholism has made of things. Before Johnny can deserve Elaine, he has to salvage his family's reputation, save their home, and rescue the business.
Too bad Elaine doesn't want to be deserved. She wants to be loved. She never got over Johnny and she's done sneaking around with him as they had before. If he can't love her in public, to her way of thinking he doesn't love her enough.
Warning: Nosy neighbors, hypochondriac mothers and underage girls.