God was a football fan, surely. (p.313)
Grayson Fowler is a hard drinking, love ‘em and leave ‘em player for the Mustangs, a (fictional, I’m guessing) Texas NFL team. When forced to accept a bodyguard due to the escalating threat of a stalker, Dru Angelica Porter is not anything that he expects. She’s tough, she’s gorgeous, and having her pose as his girlfriend is both genius and torture. Continue reading
Olivia Moore is praying desperately for guidance. Drought and plagues of insects have devastated her family’s farm in Hope County, Oregon. To ease the burden, she finds a job in town as nanny to the children of handsome widower Elijah Whitman, the president of the Bank of Bountiful. Just as Olivia settles into the Whitman household, gossip spreads about her and Elijah. The only way she can think to preserve her reputation is to leave town until Eli proposes another solution: marriage. It’s purely a business arrangement she accepts. But when the Bank of Bountiful forecloses on the Moores’ farm, Olivia is torn between her duty to her husband and love for her family.
Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.
For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.
The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.
At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. Perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.
At Emberwilde Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest. Continue reading
I was hearing and reading so much praise for Tosca Lee’s The Progeny that I was becoming quite curious. Luckily, the hold list at the library was not so long that I had lost interest before it was available.
Today I spoke with a man in the last hours of his life. Tomorrow that could be me. (p.138)
Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief.
In rural Maine in 1918, Judith Chadbourne gives up her teaching job after her mother’s death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s shattering. Ben’s efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben’s aid brings the beginnings of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter? (from the author’s website) Continue reading