Mason Avery and his son live on twenty acres up in the mountains, land that has been in his family for three generations. Since the death of his wife, he’s let things go downhill, but he refuses to sell to all the real estate folks who want to fill the beautiful land with condos. The latest buyer is different, but he still refuses to sell.
Dana Preston, a former Denver PD detective, has a vision to start a camp for those who lost loved ones to violence. To help children before the wrong people get them while they’re vulnerable. And she found the perfect spot near where she grew up in Arizona. The only problem is that it’s not for sale. But she doesn’t quit easily.
I loved this story and am so excited for this new series. Dana was introduced in the Wander Canyon series as she had worked with Sawyer Bradshaw. His story is told in A Mother’s Strength, an incredibly touching story worth reading.
Elizabeth “Libby” Beckett has moved back home to Collinstown, Maryland, and opened up her dream shop. Y.A.R.N. She hadn’t realized how she wasn’t following her dreams when she married Sterling. Once married, she’d found that life with him was his way only. After more complications down the road, she now returns home single but doing okay.
During the big event she planned, hoping to get Y.A.R.N. out there, tragedy strikes. So Libby becomes an amateur sleuth to find justice. Along with her bulldog, Hank, her meddling mother, her friend who owns a pie shop across the way from Y.A.R.N., and many other unique characters, it was a fun book to read.
Libby Beckett had many successful events since the disastrous one in October. That first event was to be her first big hurrah for Y.A.R.N., her newly opened shop. A well-known knitter was to speak…but, well, let’s just say that dream event had died right along with her speaker.
But not this time. Gavin Maddock, the mayor and Libby’s teenage love, has put together a See More Than Seafood Festival, and she named her event Wield More Than Wool, and Julie Wilson was coming to show knitters how she dyed her unique plant-based yarns. Looking back, the title they chose wasn’t so great. Watch Julie Wilson Dye.
Spray-painted sheep protesting, Libby’s mom, Hank the English bulldog, running against King George for Chamber president, and murder make this story a real page-turner. Looking forward to Libby’s next adventure.
Wyatt Walker had always been Wander’s bad boy. And now, the town looked at him with disgust because he left his legacy…Wander Canyon Ranch.
Marilyn Sofitel has returned to Wander Canyon after her husband passed away. With her twin daughters in tow. Also with secrets. She just didn’t realize how bad the secrets were until they were exposed.
Such a heartwarming story. Wyatt was still the outcast and bad boy, but Marilyn sees through to a different man. And the little girls added to the story. Not to mention a few pinch-faced older women to complete the story.
Bo Carter, Car-San Construction, had to see her. She was back in town for a wedding and he couldn’t stop himself. The girl who had left him six years ago. Stomped on his love and his heart and went to New York City. And he quickly realized that she could do that to him all over again…and he’d let her.
Toni Redding was coming home. She wanted to remake Redding’s General Store into a newfangled place. Let her dad retire while she took her turn at the store her parents had started together. Realizing that she should’ve been home sooner. Dad looked tired. The store was a lot of work now that Mom had been gone these seven years.
Toni wanted the store redone by locals. The only construction company was Bo’s though. But he was also one of the best. When she finds it wasn’t so easy to leave her boss after quitting her New York job, they come up with an idea that she came home to Wander Canyon for Bo. Not such a good idea. Tissue alert for sure, but a really wonderful story.
Emma Mullins loved living in the small town of Wander Canyon. She was a preschool teacher at the church and was hoping to become the new director, as the current one was retiring. Not everything about the town was perfect. There was gossip and Norma Binton. A bitter woman who wanted her niece in the director position and was all around unhappy.
Jake Sanders was a happy bachelor. He owned half of a company with his friend Bo. And then, everything changed when his sister and brother-in-law were in an accident...murdered. Not only did he lose his sister, but he also gained guardianship of his nephew, Cole. Something he struggled with. Being a parent and working through grief.
Emma and Jake were pushed into an arrangement of her helping out with Cole. She had plenty of secrets from her past that she kept to herself, but it helped her connect with Jake and Cole. Life is so much better when you can share your troubles with others. Emma learns that a bit too late. Wonderful story. **Tissue alert
Molly Kane tries her best to stay optimistic. But, with a son like Zack, that can be challenging. Her seven-year-old son is anxious about everything. Her ex-husband is out of their lives, which didn’t help Zack either. So when the counselor suggests something that can help Zack, Molly grabs the idea and is about to ask a stranger the favor of a lifetime.
Sawyer Bradshaw moved from Denver to Wander Canyon to hide. He works at the hated golf course as a night-shift security guard, and being the town hates the course, he hopes they’ll stay away from him. However, he has secrets that he prefers to keep hidden.
Sawyer is a bit blindsided when the barista he gets his coffee from every morning after work throws out a favor. He, of all people, is not someone to help a young boy. And yet, something about the bouncy barista has him willing to say yes to anything she asks. So ends up, he understands Zack and likes the kid. Great story. Keep tissues handy if you cry easily.
Tessa Kennedy was born and raised in Wander Canyon, Colorado. She loves the small town with all its quirks. Tessa is hoping to write a book on the town’s history, but, in her research, she finds something about her own life.
Dr. Neal Davidson is a veterinarian from Minnesota. He’s come to Wander Canyon to try and find answers to his past. He rents a house next to Tessa, and his vacation is soon interrupted by his new temporary neighbor.
Adorable kids and kittens, a bitter older woman, and old secrets come together to make this another page-turning story. So if you cry easily…tissue alert, keep them handy. It was sad to say goodbye to Wander Canyon with its unique carousel and nosy but loving residents.
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