“Jump’s poignant page turner with a Southern-fried setting and a hint of Steel Magnolias is picture perfect.” — Romantic Times BookClub TOP PICK!
“Photographer Meri Prescott returns to Stone Gap to care for her ailing grandfather and to heal physically and emotionally from a mugging. What she doesn’t count on is her first love reminding her of what might have been. Jack Barlow came home from war a broken man. When his lost love moves home, she awakens something he thought he’d never feel again: hope. Jump’s poignant page turner with a Southern-fried setting and a hint of Steel Magnolias is picture perfect. Her characters go through the realistic struggles of vets and victims.” — Debbie Haupt, RT Book Reviews
The Homecoming Queen Gets Her Man
Welcome Home, Meri Prescott!
Roll out the red carpet—Meri’s back in town! But how could the jean-clad beauty fishing for crawdads be Stone Gap’s every-blond-hair-in-place princess? It seems the former Miss North Carolina has had it with pageants and perfection. Meri’s home to care for her ailing grandpa and realize her dream of becoming a photographer. If she could just ignore her treacherous heart when she gets her first gander at her gorgeous, all-grown-up first love…
Meri was sweet fifteen when Jack Barlow gave her her first kiss—only to break up with her a year later and ship out to war. The soldier who comes home has changed, just like Meri. Doesn’t Jack know two can heal better than one? That it’s what is inside that counts? And Meri’s got so much to give to that special Barlow man.
From the Author
“I’m ridiculously excited to be writing for Special Edition and to be starting a whole new series with the hunky Barlow Brothers! I love connected books–love reading them, love writing them–and especially love writing about family dynamics in large, loving families. In THE HOMECOMING QUEEN GETS HER MAN, I introduce Jack Barlow, the hunky former military man with a secret to keep from his old girlfriend, former beauty queen Meri. I had so much fun bringing in his brother Luke, and introducing the Barlow family. Like all families, they are far from perfect, which is what makes them so fun to write about!
I have a large family myself–three brothers and a sister. It was never quiet in my house, and even as adults, when we all get together, we still have some of the same jokes and teasing as we had when we were kids. My dad is also former military (as is my husband) so I always feel a special affinity for military heroes.
This time, my hero suffered from PTSD, something I knew very little about. I called on Colonel (Retired) Keith Landry, PhD, who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and knew a lot about the subject. He and his lovely wife Nia have been fans for a while–and even highlighted one of my older book titles in their wedding last year. So a huge thank you to him for reading passages and giving me feedback on those critical sections.
I hope you enjoy the first Barlow Brothers book!”