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This is such a captivating story. It follows this couple, Jared Mathers and his wife, Dr. Kate Mathers, through their life. Going from the present, where a life and death situation is happening—to the past. A past where a poor girl is working her way through college on grants to become more than she’d been growing up. With a black cloud that had been following her all of her life. A black cloud that would tar the bright, shining life of a young man born to luxury.
All is not as it seems. Neither in the past or present. A real page-turner as the reader sees the situation from several points of view. Jared’s and Kate’s, but also their daughter and Jared’s mother—who never warmed up to Kate for marrying him. Sylvia Mathers’ husband died and left them without much money. She keeps up appearances but expected her children to marry into money to support her lifestyle. An emotional story that pulled me and wouldn’t let go until the end.
Abby Cahill went to college with Erin Lang Reynolds. Erin is the Administrator at Blackberry Hill Memorial and needed a summer replacement for Grace, who recently married and has retired. Abby worked as a nurse for three years and has been teaching and writing since then. After a broken engagement and a new job waiting for her in California this fall, she takes it. Arriving, Abby finds her short-term apartment has burned down, and being a tourist town in the summer, everything is full. She finds a place, but the cantankerous man ends up evicting her.
Ethan Rockwell is being told he needs to go to the Green Bay hospital because his arm is cut up so bad he needs more specialized care to heal right. He only has his son, Keifer, for the summer. When he sees no way out of going, Abby, a stranger to him, offers to take Keifer.
Abby finds herself stuck in the mud, facing a wolf, loose animals, and she needs to get to the animal shelter to save a dog before the next day. Not to mention a ten-year-old she just met. There are also some suspicious things happening. Top it off with odd things happening to her at work, and her summer is off to a great start. I loved this series and suggest reading them in order if you want the complete picture.
Michael Wells has taken Aunt Bertie up on her office for him to use her carriage house for a law office. He’s so ready to leave the big city law firm for the small-town life. He wasn’t prepared to find Bertie gone on vacation in Europe and a strange woman in her home. And animals of all kinds living there.
Lauren McClellan’s ex-husband did her wrong in so many ways. Implicating her in a crime he committed has ruined her life. However, unlike him, she wasn’t sent to prison. All the same, she’s looked at as a guilty woman. All she cares about is taking care of her daughter and having her record cleared.
Lauren and Michael find their way around sharing Bertie’s space. The animals are helping Hannah, but come September, Lauren knows she’ll have to move back to her apartment and pick up the pieces of her life once again. Another heartwarming story. Tissue alert if you cry easily.
Kate Larssen keeps busy with her job as a nurse at the local clinic and also runs the local shelter. Her track record with relationships isn't so good. Life changes when a deputy and his daughter start visiting the shelter to see the momma dog and her puppies he had rescued.
Deputy Brad Bailey is doing his best to raise Janie. They've had a rough year. At first, he thought it was a good thing to visit the shelter, but not so much now that Janie has her heart set on the runt of the litter. The cabin they rented just wasn't the right place for a puppy. However, he enjoyed visiting the shelter...maybe to see Kate more than the dogs.
A remarkable story with adorable puppies and critters. Friends getting together for Christmas when they have no other family to celebrate with.
Kristen heads to Montana to fix up her late grandmother's house before selling it. Once there, the memories of Grandma Tilly come to mind, and to her surprise, it starts to feel like home. It doesn't hurt that she enjoys her new friends.
Lane has returned home to help his twin sister with the ranch and to open his veterinarian office. It's good to be home. And it's an unexpected bonus when Kristen comes to town.
There are dark secrets that Kristen is trying to keep hidden...sadly, they may be hidden but are quite alive and still ruining her life. Fogging her vision. A great short story with wonderful characters.
Eve Blake has come to Ireland. Swapping places with a college friend for two months. It wasn't quite the welcome she expected. Shauna had to leave in a hurry to help her ill grandmother. And Eve walked into utter chaos. Welcome to Ireland, right.
On top of odd noises upstairs, the Gardaì, and Devlin O'Connor...who she doesn't realize is Shauna's brother at first...Eve's at a loss. Thankfully, things quickly get straightened out, and she gets to enjoy the small town. Not to mention a holiday away from family back in the States, a loving family that remind her of what happened and that her life will never be the same.
This is a short but sweet story.
Catriona “Cait” Walker is going on the adventure of her life. She’s heading to England to meet the man of her dreams, and visiting London is a dream come true as well. Only, her dream turns into a nightmare.
Thank goodness for Sam Holden. An American who is in London to take photographs. A stranger who becomes a friend when she really needs one. Even if he isn’t the man she came to meet, at least she’s not alone.
This is a very short story but packed full. I enjoyed it.
Lucy Davis was alone in the world. Her mother would never speak of any relatives, only to say they were all gone. After a letter from a solicitor in Scotland, Lucy finds out more about her family history. A lot more.
Brodie MacLaughlin was tucked away in a cottage at Rosethorn during his sabbatical. He needed to finish a textbook before returning to his teaching job at the university. He didn't need the distraction of an American who would be heading back to the States. Easier said than done.
A sweet, shorter story with wonderful characters. Sometimes it takes traveling far from home to find it.
Holly Foster really knew how to pick a guy. After planning a huge Paris honeymoon...on her credit cards...he left her...and her debts. So, she finds herself on her Paris honeymoon alone. Until bumping, literally, into a tall, handsome man.
Jack Gaines wasn't going to stay in Paris after his sister had to cancel, but after knocking over the petite woman...maybe he'll stay. She has already bought tickets for two, and he felt protective of her alone in the big city.
Neither Jack nor Holly was looking for a relationship, but friendship and a tour buddy was great. But then again, they were in Paris...the city of love. Incredible, short story.