Thursday, July 2, 2015

Karen Barnett’s ‘Beyond the Ashes’ 5-Book Giveaway

Beyond the Ashes Karen Barnett
Head back to 20th-century San Francisco as the city rises from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and Ruby and Gerald face their fears in book two, Beyond the Ashes, of Karen Barnett’s The Golden Gate Chronicles series. Ruby and Gerald’s fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. Together they must ask—is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?
Enter to win a copy of Beyond the Ashes—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced July 20 on Karen’s blog!

Beyond the Ashes


(Abingdon Press, June 2015)
Where better to rebuild and face one’s fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes?
Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she’ll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn’t anticipate finding new love.
Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he’d always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert’s widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed.
Ruby and Gerald’s fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. Together they must ask—is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?
Karen Barnett


Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the Ashes, Out of the Ruins, and Mistaken. Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing novels, she loves speaking at women’s events, libraries, and book clubs.
Find out more about Karen at

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Secrets and mystery tie two families together in Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

Uncover a plethora of secrets and a mystery that tie two families together in Melanie Dobson’s new book, Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor. Years ago, the body of Oliver Croft, heir of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor, was found drowned in the River Coln. Authorities searched for answers, but no one was ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor - COVER


(Howard, June 2015)
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.
Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.
Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.
Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.
Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.
Melanie Dobson


Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.
Find out more about Melanie at

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What if your worst mistake was really the best choice?

New book by Beth K. Vogt explores how God’s

best often comes disguised as a second chance

Marriage is serious business — both for the couple tying the knot and for wedding vendors, with the average cost of an American wedding topping $25,000. As budgets get stretched, so can fraying nerves and already-taut emotions, as captured in Beth K. Vogt’s new Destination Wedding series.

In the first novel in the series, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Howard Books/June 30, 2015/ISBN: 978-1476789781/$14.99), paramedic Vanessa Hollister thinks she has moved beyond the pain of her first marriage — a “what-were-you-thinking” teenage elopement — and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Fla., with her new fiancĂ©. Her dream of an idyllic beach wedding is disrupted, though, with the sudden reappearance of her first husband.

Storm chaser Logan Hollister is used to taking risks, but a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning his career’s future. Coming face-to-face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa.

When a powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other, and the two are left with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

Vogt’s Destination Wedding series will explore the power of love and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle. Vogt says she was ready to write something a little different. “So often in contemporary romance stories, the wedding comes at the end of the novel — often as an epilogue,” Vogt points out. “In this series, the wedding is a main plot point. And travel — who doesn’t love to read about new travel destinations?” Fans of Vogt are in for an extra treat; Vogt is releasing an e-short, Can’t Buy Me Love, on May 5, 2015 in which chic bride-to-be Bellamy plans the Manhattan wedding of her dreams.

Vogt’s writing process always starts with a story question. For Crazy Little Thing Called Love, her question was: Is it possible what you thought was your biggest mistake was actually the right choice? “God’s best often waits behind the doors marked ‘never,’” Vogt muses. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love delves into the choices we make and asks, if we are given a second chance at love, should we take it?” Vogt says she hope readers will close the covers of Crazy Little Thing Called Love understanding that while a second chance in life or love might not be an automatic affirmation from God, it should be approached prayerfully and counted as a treasured opportunity.

Advance Praise

“Take the safe way or risk it all for love? In Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Beth Vogt takes her characters (and readers) on a journey where the choice must be made . . . readers will be reminded that God can turn our old mistakes into a beautiful present."
~ Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love is another winner! I truly love Beth K. Vogt’s voice, and the characters she has created here are authentically honest. . . . A wonderful story with a heartfelt message of forgiveness and redemption.”
~ Catherine West, award-winning author of Yesterday’s Tomorrow

“Second chances at love, storm-chasing danger, and a destination wedding? I’m in! Beth K. Vogt’s newest book, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, hits all the right notes, touching on more serious subject matter without losing any of Beth’s signature charm. This is sure to be a favorite addition to any fan’s Christian romance library.”
~ Carla Laureano, RITA® award-winning author of Five Days in Skye and London Tides

About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author who said she’d never write fiction, the wife of an Air Force physician who said she’d never marry anyone in the military and a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “never.”

A 2014 Carol Award finalist, Vogt enjoys writing contemporary romance fiction because she believes there’s more to “happily-ever-after” than the fairy tales tell us.  Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Vogt introduces a four-part Destination Wedding series with the eBook, Can’t Buy Me Love, and her new novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

A magazine writer and former editor of the MOPS International magazine, Connections, Vogt is a part of the leadership team for the writing community My Book Therapy. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, and their youngest daughter.

To keep up with Beth K. Vogt, visit, become a fan on Facebook (AuthorBethKVogt) or follow her on Twitter (@bethvogt) and Pinterest (beth_vogt).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Who cries the ugliest on #thebachelorette?

We start off tonight with Shawn in Kaitlyn's room to confront her since his jealousy is raging. And I do mean raging. After all, he spent a whole night with her talking back on his one-on-one date.

So, Shawn wants to know if she is in love with him. She says, "I'm falling in love with you? What happened that made you feel like this?"

He explains that as well as he thought it was going, she of course goes on other dates and it's hard. Kaitlyn tells him he has to decide if he can do this. She's not sure if Shawn knows what went down with her and Nick.

She doesn't feel guilty for being intimate with Nick, her guilt comes from where she is in other relationships and doesn't want to hurt anyone.

Kaitlyn is a total wreck in the interviews with just her in front of the camera. She supposedly doesn't want to hurt anyone who has put so much into this.

After a commercial break, Kaitlyn is still broken up, but tells viewers that the group date went so well, then Shawn came by. She's unsure if Shawn is it if he isn't sure he can be there. Does she realize Nick is the reason why Shawn is unsure.

All the rest of the guys thinks Shawn's too much given his jealousy.

However, she's going to deal with her feelings towards Shawn later. For now, she has to get ready for a two-on-one date. Kaitlyn finds JJ funny and edgy. Joe is unlike any guy she's ever been attracted to. He's sweet, hilarious, romantic, a real treat. Who will stay and who will go? I hope JJ goes.

Off they go on a boat to an island where they will have a "romantic" date for three. JJ toasts to really falling for Kaitlyn, like Joe isn't even there. Kaitlyn seems like she doesn't want to be there. Joe does take Kaitlyn off first.

Joe tells Kaitlyn that the group date in San Antonio was a turning point for him. He could tell something was happening. He's falling for her faster and harder than he has anyone before. He predictably says all the right things, including that he is falling in love with her.

When they come back, off she goes with JJ. He has to tell her the truth... he's going to humble himself and show the worst of himself. Three years ago, he cheated on his wife, a mistake that destroyed his life. Of course, he has to tell her this because she wants honesty. Although a guy cheating on her is her biggest fear, Kaitlyn thinks that means as much as it hurt him that he probably won't make the same mistake again.

After their chit chat, it's time for Kaitlyn to chose between the two. She tells the two of them that she is sick trying to decide. While she hasn't had a chance to really develop a relationship with Joe, she wants to JJ to have a chance to get back to his daughter since she's not really feeling it there later. However, Joe doesn't get the rose yet. She wants some more time to talk. Joe and Kaitlyn sail off into the sunset. Over dinner, Joe admits he's more nervous on the one-on-one date than the two-on-one.

Joe is able to take her mind off the Shawn situation that was weighing heavy on her mind.

Meanwhile back at the hotel, Shawn is off in the shadows going off the deep end. 

Joe tells her he understands it's hard for her. Kaitlyn's glad because some guys don't get that. We go back and forth between shots of Joe kissing Kaitlyn and Shawn wishing she hadn't told him how she felt. Shawn can't handle hearing about Joe's date after he comes back with his rose.

Shawn leaves the hotel room grasping his chest. He goes to her room AGAIN.

Kaitlyn is doing a camera interview when one of the producers tells her that he is on the way over. She doesn't seem to excited to talk to him again like this and breaks down crying again, sure that he knows what happens and is going to leave.

When Shawn gets there, Kaitlyn tells him he came to her on the most emotional day ever. He's freaking her out, and she says so. She is relieved that he just wants to talk about San Antonio, not Nick. He wants to tell her how hard it is to watch now that she's told him what she did and now she is dating these other guys. The more she reassures him, the harder it gets. "I don't think any of the other guys feel like I do." How does he know?

Kaitlyn tells him that it's going to get even harder with hometowns, etc.

The thing is, she's worried about how much he has to be reassured, and he doesn't even know about Nick.

What we learn as everyone is getting ready for the cocktail party is that Kaitlyn may have said something she didn't mean to Shawn when she went down to talk to the guys one night. She was trying to reassure Shawn, may have gone too far.

When she arrives at the cocktail party, she tells the guys it has been a tough week. Kaitlyn tells them that she has made some mistakes, but her heart is still open. Cupcake Chris says they have more questions than answers with her speech. They talk that over as Ben Z takes Kaitlyn off first. The guys are all questioning if it was them that made her nervous. Shawn is so egotistical he thinks it's all about him. It's also about Nick, you idiot.

Ben Z still thinks he has a chance, and tries to make his move on her. She wants to see who else is still all into this because she's reassured Shawn too much.

Ben H gets some time with her. She's still into him too. He wants to talk to her too. Ben H was there with Shawn when Kaitlyn sneaked down to talk to some of the guys in San Antonio. He knows something happened when he left the two together. He knows something happened with Shawn that night, and Ben wants to know he's not just spinning his wheels. Kaitlyn gets all emotional again. All she wanted to do is make a sweet gesture, and it's turned into a big mess.

At least Nick realizes the mistake talk might be about him. He sits down with Kaitlyn and wants to see if she is ok. She admits to being extremely nervous tonight. Kaitlyn tells Nick that their day and night was great. Their chemistry was great. However, she wants to make sure he isn't talking about how "romantic" their date got, that he doesn't get too detailed. He tells her he hasn't told the others how far it went, and if anyone says otherwise... Now, he gets teary eyed. He realizes he was the over-confident guy last time around and hopes that doesn't happen this time.

Shawn apologizes to Kaitlyn for making a hard week harder by getting in his own head. She tells Shawn that she shouldn't have come out and talked to them that night. She never should have reassured him and that it was unfair. Kaitlyn tells Shawn that they may need to step back.

I hate trying to blog on a business trip because I just had to make a business call. Katilyn talks to Chris Harrison before the rose ceremony where only there men will get roses. If you are like me and can't remember my name this week, much less who got roses last week, it was Nick and Jared. Joe just got one too.

Ben H. and Chris take the first two.

Will the last one go to Shawn, Ben Z. or Tanner?

She does give it to Shawn who is about to spazz out.

Ben Z is shaken up, not seeing the departure coming. He thought Kaitlyn was a woman he could have taken home to his mother.

So, this rose ceremony was in middle of the second hour, but still not back to the pattern it should be of end of show ceremony.

Now with six left, the next set of survivors will go on hometown dates. Five of the guys will have to take the bus. Kaitlyn takes Jared along with her in a car. 

While driving on the wrong side of the rode, she hits the curb at least twice. I probably would have too. On the bus, Shawn is SAWING a LOG. So loud. So very loud.

So... when they arrive in Killarny, Ireland, the two climb to the top of the castle to kiss the blarney stone for good luck. Kaitlyn is staying in a castle turned hotel and it's pretty elaborate. They have cocktails in her room. She feels that her relationship with Jared is getting better and better.

When the other guys arrive, Chris claims that this beautiful city is what his soul looks like.

Chris Harrison shows up, and it looks like he is going to shake things up. Chris asks if she is ready to meet four families. She first confesses the conversations that shouldn't have happened with Shawn, then says she regrets time with Nick.

Harrison says she needs some off camera time with the others too. He's going to switch up the schedule. She's going to cut the field to three, have the fantasy suite, exotic dates, then meet the families of the final two. He tells her needs to make things right with the guys.

The next morning, a knock on the door signals the arrival of Chris Harrison. While the guys are contemplating hometown dates, they are not ready for Harrison to tell them about the changes. He explains that there are three men who are going to get roses and get to go on overnights with her before she picks two for hometowns. He leaves a date card.

Chris... let's take our edge to the edge. 

Old Cupcake has been kind of flying under the radar. I'm thinking he doesn't make the cut. Previews show up doing a really ugly cry.

When he picks up Kaitlyn, Cupcake actually thinks he is going to have a chance. They go on a helicopter ride, which should expected, and they go to the Cliff of Moher. It's a much more beautiful and lush scene than last season when they did a helicopter ride over the brown Colorado River at the Grand Canyon.

While there will not be a rose on this date, the pressure is still on. Kaitlyn asks Chris about what their future may be like, and if he is stuck on being in Nashville. It's not long before Kaitlyn starts crying without anything really setting her off. She tells him he checks the boxes on her list, but she said she wouldn't lead anyone on. Kaitlyn doesn't know if she sees this going anywhere though there's nothing wrong with him in her mind. She's trying to not say bye to him, yet say bye to him. It goes south oh so very quickly. Though I saw a goodbye coming, I didn't see it coming that quick and without real warning.

She promptly leaves him and jumps on the helicopter. Chris isn't so sure she's really ready to find someone. He calls it... "she's a mess." Then, he breaks down into some of the worst man tears I've ever seen.

And with that... the show is over for the week. Next week, Kaitlyn is going to tell all the guys what happened with her and Nick. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice in the Lord, Always

Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice
And again I say rejoice


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Greetings from Florida!

I'm in Orlando for the International Christian Retail Show. (There's no Disney going to follow which I just don't want to talk about.)

Yesterday, I flew into Tampa since my co-worker, Christine, lives in the area. We went to a Tampa Bay Rays game so that I could check Tropicana Field off of my stadium list. This morning we drove over to Orlando and started work at the convention center.

I had very stressful prep week, and knew I couldn't sight see more before the convention, but I sure which I could have seen more of the beach.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Woman tells shocking and inspirational story of corresponding with her father’s murderer

Forgiving the unforgiveable

Woman tells shocking and inspirational story
of corresponding with her father’s murderer

If you asked anyone who knew Laurie A. Coombs, they would tell you what an incredibly strong person she was — the kind of person who can make it through anything. As Coombs details in her new memoir, Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness (Kregel/June 27, 2015/ISBN:  978-0825442292/$14.99), that outward veneer of strength masked a crumbling interior.

People had good reason to believe Coombs was as tough and tenacious as she appeared. When her father was murdered while she was in college, she sought justice — and found it. Her father’s killer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole.  “I certainly had been through quite a bit, and it seemed to me I had been the one who had gotten myself through it all,” Coombs admits. “‘I don’t know how you do it, Laurie,’ some would say. And in my heart, I’d think, ‘I know. I am pretty amazing.’ These comments were intended to encourage me, but they only fueled my pride. And as Proverbs says, pride most certainly does come before a fall.”

After the trial ended, Coombs began to rebuild her life; she graduated, got married and began a beautiful family. Yet, Coombs’ life soon became overwhelmed by pain, bitterness and anger she couldn’t control. She went from doctor to doctor, desperately seeking relief for the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of anxiety and depression. Then one day, she accepted a friend’s invitation to church where she found a faith that would transform her heart and start her on the road to healing.

“I felt free for the first time,” Coombs reveals. “The joy and peace I so desperately sought finally took residence in my heart. The void I had been unknowingly trying to fill with worldly things, accomplishment, and accolades was filled with the light and love of Christ. I had been made new. “

Coombs began to realize complete healing would only come when she began to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: true forgiveness of her father’s murderer. Coombs’ situation took the biblical imperative to “love your enemy” to a whole new level, and as readers will learn in Letters from My Father’s Murderer, she discovers just how far the power of Christ’s redemption can reach when she begins to correspond with the killer.

Filled with the actual correspondence that took place between Coombs and the prisoner, Letters from My Father’s Murderer provides a unique glimpse into the practical process of forgiveness. It is messy, it is painful, but most of all, it is possible. Anyone who has been affected by the sins of others and is desperate to let go of their pain and resentment will find encouragement through Coombs’ story; freedom is within reach, and there is absolutely nothing that is irredeemable through the power of Jesus Christ.

About the Author

In 2010, Laurie Coombs was called to forgive the man who murdered her father. What happened as a result of that journey is now the subject of her new book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer (Kregel, 2015). Her story has also been featured in Billy Graham’s new film, Heaven, a part of the “My Hope with Billy Graham” national broadcast.

Coombs writes on her blog and is a regular writer for and She is a contributor to the NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015), has been published in FullFill magazine and has appeared on the radio program Living Joyfully Free.

With a background in teaching, Coombs is a passionate speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption and the blessings associated with following Jesus. She and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery. Together, they are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.

Learn more about Laurie Coombs and Letters from My Father’s Murderer at and on Facebook (lauriecoombs), Twitter (lauriecoombs) and Pinterest (laurieacoombs).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pamela Havey Lau shares how women can become safe havens for one another

Is it possible to experience close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Pamela Lau’s new book, A Friend in Me, outlines five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn’t need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact—and experience a deeper faith than we’ve ever known.

A Friend in Me-001


(David C. Cook, June 2015)
Young women long for relational connection with women further ahead of them on the journey. Yet, without realizing it, many of us tend to distance ourselves from those in younger generations.
Can we really have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Where do we start?
In A Friend in Me, Pam Lau shows you how to be a safe place for the younger women in your life. She offers five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships and talking about issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality, and vocation. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn’t need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact—and experience a deeper faith than we’ve ever known.

Pamela Havey Lau


Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
Find out more about Pamela at

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Betsy St. Amant's Love Arrives in Pieces

Can Stella discover who she really is and find hope and new love in the process? Don’t miss Betsy St. Amant’s new tale of love lost and love rekindled in Love Arrives in Pieces. A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from the broken.
Love Arrives in Pieces


(Zondervan, June 2015)
For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.
Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.
Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancĂ©e. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.

Betsy St. Amant


Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.
Find out more about Betsy at

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Add this one from Anita Higman to your Summer Reading List!

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow—and her dying wish is about to alter the course of her life forever in Anita Higman‘s new novel, Summer’s List. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

Summer's List PK


(River North, June 2015)
A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.
Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.
Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

Anita Higman


Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
Find out more about Anita at