The Andersons' marriage is no longer the fairytale it once was. Jake and Nora scramble to keep the pieces together, but hairline cracks of disillusionment and despair have been spreading, weakening the foundation beneath them. Jake steps up but in all the wrong ways. His concerted efforts to win Nora's approval only make him seem needy, and she becomes distant and withdrawn. Caught in a vulnerable place of hopelessness, she's swept off her feet by a disarming artist who wants to capture more than her image on canvas.
Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves. Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III's wild living has gained him a reputation as the bad boy among the elite social circles of Newport.
Do Squire and Kelly have enough patience and faith to make their second chance possible? After his deployment, injured and discharged Major Squire Ackerman returns to Three Rivers Ranch, anxious to prove himself capable of running the cattle operation so his parents can retire. Things would be easier if the ranch wasn't missing $1.6 million, which forces Squire to hire Kelly, the girl who rejected his high school prom invitation, as his accountant. She's back in town with her four-year-old son, living in her parent's basement until she can get her life back together.
"You'll enjoy this contemporary western!"
First Lieutenant Peter Marshall has never felt as safe and whole as he does at Three Rivers Ranch. With massive scars covering most of his upper body, he's self-conscious and searching for his life's purpose. He thinks he's found it in Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for veterans he's starting out at the ranch. He didn't plan on the beautiful Chelsea Ackerman looking at his deformities with admiration.
Life has finally started to settle down for Sergeant Reese Sanders after his devastating injury overseas. Discharged from the Army and now with a good job at Courage Reins, an equine therapy center at Three Rivers Ranch, he's finally found happiness. Then down-on-her luck Carly Watters becomes his veteran care coordinator and wants to assist him with tasks he most definitely doesn't need her help with - until a horrific fall puts him right back where he was years ago: injured and depressed.
Just days before Christmas in the mountain town of Elk Park, Colorado, genealogist Anna Denning discovers a client's body. When she starts asking questions no one wants answered, she becomes the killer's next target. Still grieving the death of her husband, Anna must draw on her wounded faith to enter a world of Wicca and witchcraft - reminders of a past she buried long ago - and discover the secret of The Witch Tree.
"Always a winner"
Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming. Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble.
"Get Over Yourself"
Commander Brett Murphy left his family's construction firm in Oklahoma City for a life of hard work at Three Rivers Ranch. Alone, without a wife and kids, Brett needs the camaraderie he enjoyed while serving overseas with his Army buddies, Squire Ackerman and Peter Marshall. What Brett doesn't need is the reappearance of his ex-wife. Fiery Kate Donnely has come to Three Rivers to confess to Brett that they're still married, and oh, he has a seven-year-old son she never told him about. At least not in letters she mailed.
Green Acres newcomer Chelsea Riehl is annoyed. After all, she signed on as an event planner, not to pit plums alongside mission-minded hippie Keanan Welsh, the only other single on the farm. Discouraged by Chelsea's lack of spiritual depth, Keanan is confused when she offers to arrange meals for the church Alpha program he is co-hosting. Maybe he misjudged her after all.
"My favorite book from a favorite series!"
Juliette Gustafson is heartbroken after waiting years for a proposal from her boyfriend that never came. Her three sisters devise the Monday ManDates: an intervention plan requiring Juliette to endure what turn out to be a series of remarkably disastrous blind dates. Then there's Victor Jarrett, the police officer with an affinity for pulling Juliette over when she's at her very worst. But no one is more surprised than Juliette when she meets the one man who can right the wrongs in her past and change her future.
Prodigal cowgirl Lila Andrews returned to her hometown on a whim, but she's been unable to step foot on the family ranch because of childhood memories that haunt her. That hasn't stopped ranch foreman Ben Taylor from dogging her heels around town. Ben has been managing the Circle A ranch since Lila's father passed away. He made a promise to his mentor that he'd see Lila back where she belonged.
Two years ago, a fist not only tore away the last tattered threads of Riley Ross's ability to trust another human being with her heart, but also stole any chance she would ever have of carrying another child. Since she wouldn't ask any man to walk through that grim reality with her, she's made a decision not to start any relationships.
Men are weeds. Allison Hart doesn't need them in her carefully tended life, though her friends at Green Acres seem happy with their guys. Why can't Allison open her heart to anyone but her young nephew? Then again, he'll be a man one day, too. If only the irritating contractor in charge of building her home and farm school wasn't the boy's favorite person. Fireworks with Brent Callahan's newest client shift from antagonism to the rocky possibility of a relationship. Can a little boy help weed out the past before it chokes their future?
Justin Michaels is not your typical college kid. For one, he's 27 and the other students seem like kids to his jaded eyes. But after suffering a career-ending injury, the former bull rider has to do something to get his life on track. Valri North is only a few credits away from completing her pre-med degree. Her life is consumed by helping care for her big family and trying to keep her grades up. The last thing she needs is a distraction...and the cowboy seated next to her in class is a major one.
When Marie Sinclair's three-year-old daughter crashes - quite literally - into Reece Cahill in the aisle of the Thrift and Save, sending pickles and glass crashing to the floor, Marie wishes she could vanish. He's the only man she ever really cared about, and it's her own fault he broke things off. Sure, she's changed. But her former easy-girl reputation still precedes her everywhere she goes. And the last thing Reece needs is to be burdened with that.
"Will Marie always measure herself by past mistakes"
Houston firefighter Jeff Taylor is a fireman's fireman. He's not afraid of anything, and no situation is too dangerous to keep him on the sideline if lives are at stake. Lisa Matheson runs a semi-successful ad agency that's on the brink of falling apart. Her employees are incompetent and her schedule has become exhausting. When she takes on a client with a brilliant idea for a big conference, she thinks that maybe, finally this is her lucky break.
Scottlyn Rich is 67 days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through the door. Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn's trust. He can't believe how easily she's willing to accept her mom's excuses about where she's been for the past 17 years. There's something off about Jocelyn Rich and he's determined to find answers.
The past Jenna ran from six years ago is finally coming for her, and she must make decisions that will drastically alter the new life she's been living. Does she compromise who she is and run the risk of becoming trapped in a life she abhors, or does she run again, dropping off the face of the Earth to keep her loved ones safe? Ultimately, a trail of lies and deceit will force Jenna to choose between a life with or without love - a life with Landon or a life without him.
This short story is the perfect introduction to best-selling author Virginia Smith's latest series, Tales from the Goose Creek B&B. Set in the years before the Richardsons launch their bed and breakfast scheme, the quirky residents of the small Kentucky town are all in a tizzy over the upcoming Fall Festival. Alison, Al and Millie's headstrong daughter, astounds everyone with the news that she's getting married - in three weeks - to a Colombian!
Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position.