Deirdre is almost 40, estranged from her teenage daughter, and determined not to feel sorry for herself. She does the best she can with the cards life has dealt her and she's dreaming of another island wedding...but it certainly can't happen with the widowed Chief of Police.
Deirdre Bernard has a restraining order against her, because her daughter lied about everything. She's moved across the island to Getaway Bay, where she's trying to rebuild her life one day at a time.
Wyatt Gardner has been a widower for years now. He's tired of the political games and constant pressure of his job as Police Chief, and with his daughter happily married, he thinks it's time to start dating again. When he runs into Deirdre leaving the Sandy Singles event, he decides to be brave and ask her out.
And...she says no.
Deirdre doesn't think it's smart to date the Chief of Police. Though she's not violent and her daughter was never in any danger, the protective order is still there. And she doesn't want to tell Wyatt about it. Better to just steer clear of the man, even if he does make her heart-strings vibrate.
She can say no to him, but Deirdre can't say no to her boss when she's assigned to plan the year-end celebration at the police station. And who will she need to coordinate with the most? Wyatt Gardner. As they spend more and more time together, Deirdre finds her resolve to keep her family secrets waning.
Can Wyatt and Deirdre find a way through their past heartaches to their very own island wedding?
Lisa is 36, tired of the dating scene in Getaway Bay, and practically the only wedding planner at her company that hasn't found her own happy-ever-after. She's tried dating apps and blind dates...but could the company party put a man she's known for years into the spotlight?
Lisa Ashford can't skip the party; she's in charge of the whole thing. So she goes to the top of the fancy resort, determined to step out of her comfort zone and ask someone to dance.
Cal Lewiston lost his wife a couple of years ago, and he's floundering to raise his fourteen-year-old daughter alone. He does a lot of contract work for Your Tidal Forever, and when Lisa, a pretty blonde wedding planner, asks him to dance at their company party, he does something he hasn't done in a long, long time.
He says yes.
He also has to help her stay safe as a tsunami hits the island during the party. And after that, Cal and Lisa are once again thrown together as he gets hired by her HOA to repair any damage to the homes in her neighborhood.
As they navigate the storms of rebuilding her house and starting a relationship, he also has to face letting go of his late wife. Lisa has to figure out how to support him as a dad and build a relationship with his daughter.
Can Cal and Lisa overcome the odds stacked against them? Or will Lisa be back to square one and facing a different kind of storm: attending another party without a date?
Riley Randall has spent eight years smiling at new brides, being excited for her friends as they find Mr. Right, and dating by a strict set of rules that she never breaks. But she might have to consider bending those rules ever so slightly if she wants an escape from the island...
When thirty-five-year-old Riley finds a watch on an airplane, she manages to track down the owner—an Evan Garfield, lead singer for Georgia Panic, the #1 rock band in the country. Maybe even the world. Riley retreats, because Evan's not a permanent resident of Getaway Bay (that's rule #1), and there's no way a superstar like him would be interested in a nobody like her.
Oh, but Evan is interested, and he manages to find Riley even after she flees the coffee shop where she met him to return the watch. He desperately needs an escape from his high-pressure life as a celebrity, and he loves the way she treats him like a normal man. As they start a romance on the island, Evan only wants to be with Riley, and she has to admit that she's glad she bent her dating rules just a little bit...
But his agent needs him in LA. The band has some hard-nosed negotiating to do with their record label. New proposals are made for Evan to become a solo artist. Through the whirlwind of who he is and what he does for a living, Riley is left behind.
Will he be able to navigate the potholes of his career and keep Riley in his life? Or will she be forever destined to watch others find their happily-ever-after—and watch Evan escape the island without her?
Shannon's 35, divorced, and the highlight of her day is getting to the coffee shop before the morning rush. She tells herself that's fine, because she's got two cats and a past filled with emotional abuse. But she might be ready to heal so she can retreat into the arms of a man she's known for years....
Shannon Bell has been the owner's assistant at Your Tidal Forever, a wedding planning service, for five years. She's content in her single life and fearful of ever having an intimate relationship with a man due to previous abuse. She sees Jeremiah Yeates in line to get coffee every morning, and sure, he's the drop-dead gorgeous doctor who works next door to her office. But actually starting a relationship with him? Shannon's not so sure about that.
For a year now, Jeremiah has timed his coffee runs so he can see Shannon. They've been friendly, but he doesn't know how to take his flirty to the next level - until she gets a flat tire in the parking lot and needs a ride to work. He's being honored at an island-wide event for his counseling work with children, and he needs a date. When he asks Shannon, she says yes, because Jeremiah has the perfect arms for a retreat....
The connection between Shannon and Jeremiah them is undeniable. But he's busy helping his aging parents with their yard work and dealing with his client load. Then the owner at Your Tidal Forever starts training Shannon to take over the whole business. Combined with her still-healing wounds from the past, can Shannon and Jeremiah make time for their island retreat? Or will their happily-ever-after go out with the tide?
She's 37, single (except for the cat), and a synchronized swimmer looking to make some extra cash. Pathetic, right? She thinks so, and she's going to spend this summer housesitting a cliffside hideaway and coming up with a plan to turn her life around.
Zara Reddy comes from a very traditional Indian family, but she's chosen a different path than the generational restaurant. She performs in some of Getaway Bay's biggest shows as an acrobat and synchronized swimmer and takes other odd jobs-anything to stay below her mother's 'where's your boyfriend?' radar.
When she lands a lucrative housesitting job in the biggest mansion hideaway on the bluffs above the beach, Zara thinks she'll get some rest, plenty of sun, and time to make her life plan. But when she walks in, she comes face-to-face with Noah Wales, a man who makes her blood boil - and not only because his dog almost attacks her.
The mansion hideaway definitely isn't empty. The man is positively scrumptious. Too bad he's demanding, spoiled, and running from the paparazzi. Noah and Zara argue about who'll be hiding in the house, but in the end, they decide this could be a mutually beneficial arrangement. Zara can keep the press out of Noah's hair while he works on repairing his reputation, and she gets the summer away from everything, just the way she wanted.
Can Noah and Zara fight their feelings for each other as easily as they trade jabs? Or will this summer shape up to be the one that provides the romance they've each always wanted?
Ashley Fox has known three things since age twelve: she was an excellent seamstress, what her wedding would look like, and that she'd never leave the island of Getaway Bay. Now, at age 35, she's been right about two of them, at least.
With an ill parent to take care of and her trusty sewing machine, Ash loves living in Getaway Bay and owning her own custom wedding dress shop. But the husband and wedding she's always dreamed of? Those seem like they're never going to happen for her.
When her best friend and beach running partner, Burke Lawson, asks her for a favor she says yes. If she'd have known he was going to ask her to be his girlfriend-for-a-night because his father insists he 'settle down' before turning over the multi-billion dollar flower company to him, Ash might have said no.
She's had a crush on Burke for a while, but he's never been serious about anyone. Ever. She knows it's part self-preservation and part façade, but she has no idea how much she's willing to jeopardize in their friendship for a shot at something more.
Burke has never told anyone about his past heart-crushing relationship, but he suspects Ash knows. She goes along with his player persona, but when he can't stop thinking about having her as his girlfriend for more than one day, he wonders if he can take this fake relationship into something real.
And when he accidentally blurts that they're engaged? They become an island scandal.
Can Burke and Ash find a way to navigate a romance when they've only ever been friends?
The Parrot’s Perch opens in 2013, when Karen Keilt, age sixty, receives an invitation to testify at the Brazilian National Truth Commission at the UN in New York. The email sparks memories of her “previous life”—the one she has kept safely bottled up for more than thirty-seven years. Hopeful of helping to raise awareness about ongoing human rights violations in Brazil, she wants to testify, but she anguishes over reliving the horrific events of her youth.
In the pages that follow, Keilt tells the story of her life in Brazil—from her exclusive, upper-class lifestyle and dreams of Olympic medals to her turmoil-filled youth. Full of hints of a dark oligarchy in Brazil, corruption, crime, and military interference, The Parrot’s Perch is a searing, sometimes shocking true tale of suffering, struggle—and survival.
Karen Keilt lived through the darkest days of Brazil’s military dictatorship. In her courageous and compelling memoir, Keilt narrates an emotionally honest reckoning of her desire to find true happiness. Forbidden by her wealthy family to even mention her imprisonment, torture, and rape, Keilt is forced to make a change that will affect the rest of her life. Seen through her testimony to the Brazilian National Truth Commission at the UN, readers become witnesses to both her vulnerability and her quiet strength.
Patti M. Hall’s life is pitched into an abyss of uncertainty when a golf ball–sized tumour is discovered in her teenage son’s head and he is diagnosed with gigantism, a disease of both legend and stigma. After scrambling to access a handful of medical experts in the field, Patti learns that her son could grow uncontrollably, his mobility could be permanently limited, and his life could be cut short without timely and aggressive treatment.
Patti’s attention shifts fully to her son, away from her relationships as well as her own career and health. Her new normal sees her step into a dozen additional roles, including nurse, researcher, advocate, risk assessor, and promise maker, while she struggles and fails to rebuild her life as a recently divorced woman.
In Loving Large, Patti discovers that resilience is learned and that the changes experienced in the aftermath of crisis can often create the greatest opportunities.
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There is no limit to the lies, suspicion, and secrets that can poison the perfect marriage in this twisting novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.
Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won.
Tish Nelson has it all. Youth, influence, a life of luxury, and a new husband. But the truth is, there’s a lot of baggage. Namely, his first wife—and suspicions of his infidelity. After all, that’s how she got John. Maybe it’s time for a romantic getaway, far from his vindictive ex. If Kate plans on getting John back, Tish is one step ahead of her.
But what happens next is something neither Kate nor Tish saw coming. As best-laid plans come undone, there’s no telling what a woman will do in the name of love—and revenge.
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It's 1971, and Gideon Walker is on the cutting edge of all the technology coming out of Texas. He has big dreams and wants to make something of himself. Then he meets Penny Aarons, and everything changes. He only has eyes for her, but she's got plans and dreams of her own... Listen to this origin romance for Momma and Daddy from the Seven Sons series today!
They were just actors auditioning for a play. The marriage was just for the audition – until a clerical error results in a legal marriage. Can these two ex-lovers negotiate this new ground between them and achieve new roles in each other's lives?
Simone Foster has been breaking out of her normal routines more and more lately, and that includes joining the Three Rivers Theater Group. She's been in several plays but has never landed the lead role. But she's not going to give up, and she's thrilled when she makes the cut for the lead. Just one more audition to go...
Micah Walker is new to acting, but he's not new to his heartrate accelerating every time he sees Simone. They've tried a relationship three times, and he joined the Theater Group just to be near her. He and Simone audition for the play — a marriage scene, complete with a kiss — but it's not real, even if he's thought about what being married to her would be like.
Then his brother comes over with a marriage certificate, and Micah and Simone learn that the preacher, who was also auditioning for the play, accidentally filed the paperwork from the play along with his real marriage license applications.
She and Micah are married. It was an accident and easily undone, but neither of them want to undo anything. As they navigate this new ground between them, can they rely on their faith – and each other – to discover if they can have a real, lasting, meaningful marriage?
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