Author: We're welcoming Bradley Harrington Coleman III to this blog today, a former rodeo rider best known for his championship bull-riding. Bradley, tell us a little more about yourself.
Buck: First, ma'am, let's get something straight. Nobody calls me Bradley.
Author: What should we call you then?
Buck: Buck is the handle I prefer.
Author: Don't tell me you're the Buck folks in Lakeview are calling the White Knight?
Buck: Can't rightly say, ma'am. I've been Buck for over ten years, and that's how I think of myself, just plain ole Buck.
Author: Some folks in Lakeview are calling you "Bill Gates on a horse." What do you have to say about that?
Buck: I suspect I've been called worse.
Author: It's true, then, that you've been giving away your family's wealth?
Buck: Only to folks who need it, but why is that so upsetting? I have more than I need, more than I'll ever be able to spend in this lifetime, so why shouldn't I share with those less fortunate? Who can find fault with that?
Author: No one's faulting the new roof you put on the community hall and on one of the Lakeview churches, but what's this I hear about you putting a new roof on that old Victorian house north of town, the house that pretty middle school teacher owns?
Buck: She's pretty all right, and has a heart as big as Montana. Did you know she even devotes her Saturdays to kid? Holds a story hour for leukemia patients at Children's Hospital and teaches equine therapy classes for abused children. Her new roof was just my way of showing her my appreciation for all she does for local kids.
Author: What brought you to Lakeview, Buck? How did you hear about our town?
Buck: Off the record, ma'am? My grandfather was a lying SOB who long ago cheated some of the good people of Lakeview out of their life savings.
Author: He did! How?
Buck: By promising the railroad he represented was coming right through Lakeview, then absconding with all the money the townspeople invested in it. Broke at least one of the lady's hearts, too, I'm told.
Author: Folks compare you to Bill Gates. Any truth to that?
Buck: No, my philanthropy is more personal. I have met and talked with everyone I've helped, and that includes church congregations, too. I've learned it helps to involve members in the work. Ups a man's self-respect when he can point to a wall or roof and say, "I helped put that up," don't you think?
Author: Looks like it's working. What's this I hear about a home for forgotten and abused boys?
Buck: (His grin widens.) That's Treasure's fondest dream, and I hope to make it a reality.
Author: Like restoring her house to its original splendor?
Buck: Can't blame a man for trying.
Author: Sounds to me like you've fallen in love with Treasure Montgomery.
Buck: Hasn't everyone?
Author: Maybe so. Thanks for the interview, Buck. Guess I better let you get back to Restoring those Dreams.
RESORED DREAMS BLURB:
Her roof leaks, the plumbing, too. But on a teacher's salary, Treasure Montgomery cannot afford to pay the taxes on the grand Victorian house she inherited from the great-aunt who raised her, let alone pay for the needed repairs. Seeking fulfillment in an otherwise empty life, Treasure surrounds herself with other people's children.
Until she meets Buck.
The retired rodeo rider turned philanthropic-contractor donates his labor to anyone who needs a helping hand, spending his father's fortune to make amends for the man's ill-gotten gains. He wants to help, but prideful Treasure refuses to accept Buck's charity.
He persists. She resists, so Buck circumvents Treasure's objections through subterfuge. Then she learns the truth -- her new roof cost far more than planned. Fearing Buck will demand her house in payment, she empties her bank account, pays him and sends him packing.
If she would only open her heart to him, Buck might be the answer to restoring more than just her home.
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