The story that began on a North Carolina beach with a blind marine, a divorced mother, and a child with Down syndrome continues as the young family struggles to adapt to a new addition. Now eight months pregnant, Trish worries about her baby, her daughter, and her husband. But maybe she should be more concerned with herself. Dan struggles to prove himself at work in the face of what others consider his disability. As he wrestles with his job, he is also concerned with life at home and the impending birth of his son.
With her strict no-dating-within-the-department rule, Firefighter Lina Standish has a nickname in the Salem Hills Fire Department: Lina 'Standoffish'. But Firefighter Kevin Daly has had his eye on Standoffish ever since a locker room incident nearly a year earlier, and now he plans to break all her rules. With the help of his niece and a hot-air balloon, he gets Lina’s attention and she agrees to “hang out” with Kevin as friends off duty, to take it slow and see where things go between them.
Punch and Juliette make a pack to live a wild life in Key West for a year, creating scenes to use in his novel with the climax a legendary suicide during Fantasy Fest. But the money runs out early, and their escapades, such as the break-in at Hemingway House and robbing gourmet restaurants for carry-outs take a serious turn. Bohemian atmosphere, a sex-maniac Yorkie, and a Key West witch add magic to the romp as the young woman and her alcoholic African-American-Italian boyfriend try to outsmart fate.
The McGee family is devastated when their beloved patriarch, Justin, suffers a heart attack. Having lost their mother too soon, Ryan and Sean can only pray for their father’s recovery. Justin knows how much his children love and need him, but he's tired and they have families of their own now. Watching his sons with their wives is bittersweet for him, because it makes him miss his beloved Beth all the more. Not a day goes by when he doesn't think about her...want to be with her.
In this engrossing first solo novel - the author is also co-author of two thrillers, Untimely Death and Just Your Everyday People, prolific author Jan Yager tells the engrossing story of psychologist Dr. Emily Taylor who seemed to have it all. She's thin, attractive, happily married with children, and with a successful therapy practice and writing career, when she is interviewed on a major talk show to discuss her new bestseller. The author's strong novel explores how success catapults Emily on a food binge.