Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough

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Image consultant Penny Birch is hired to coach Miles Jacobs so he can represent Jacobs Brothers Camping Supplies Company at a series of trade shows. First, she has to find him. Miles resents any interruption in his development of breakthrough camping equipment, made even worse by his brother Hal's apparent lack of faith in him. Consequently he immediately sets out to provoke Penny into leaving him alone by showing his worst side. Back in the civilization of Asheville, Penny deals with Miles's bad manners by reminding herself that the future of Southern Images, a consulting company she started with a college friend, depends on a three-day crash program to update Miles on information he needs for the first trade show. Miles's resistance thaws when he visits with some of the men who work for the company, and learns that the company is in trouble financially. He can not let it fail; it is clear that Penny will have to go to Oklahoma City with him. While there, he has lunch with a longtime trade show acquaintance who tells him of the pride Hal expresses when he brags on Miles's work. With revived energy, Miles presses forward with determination, even pressing Penny into service in taking orders. On the flight back to Asheville, they relax their guards and drop their animosities, forming a bond in shared success. In turn, Penny feels new respect for Miles, the least of the confusing emotions she has. Back in Atlanta, she is horrified that her partner has promised another college pal, a young man with money and political connections, a place in the company in return for operating capital. Not only is he in the office, but also in their apartment. Penny objects strenuously, knowing that her father's political career caused her parents' divorce. Penny thinks she's heard enough about camping equipment to last her a lifetime. So why is she going to a camping show in Atlanta? They are both in a mood to compromise their dreams for the promise of being together forever.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc.
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587494264
  • 9781587494260