A second chance at the life he left behind…
Third grade teacher Jenny Wright pours everything into her job, determined to help Mercy Elementary improve its test scores so it can keep its accreditation. She’ll even kiss a pig on the snout if it gets her students to read more books. The principal isn’t so keen on her unorthodox methods, however, and makes a deal with her—he’ll support her unique approach if she makes room for a volunteer classroom helper: Nate Dole. The Nate Dole, who joined the Marines, left Mercy behind, and broke her heart.
Nate is just fine wallowing in his little house. The bullet that tore through his knee ripped away his career as a Marine along with his belief in himself. Now he’s back in Mercy, lost and depressed, wondering if he still has a purpose in life. When his mother volunteers him to help out at Mercy Elementary, he’s suddenly in close quarters with the one woman he never thought he’d see again. Jenny is just as beautiful as he remembers, but he isn’t the same man who left town years ago. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he’s still in love with her, but she’s not falling into his arms just yet.
As his week of volunteering comes to a close, Nate knows he’s running out of time to make amends for the past and build a new future. Can he convince Jenny that he’s in it for the long haul this time? Or will Jenny’s caution keep them from their second chance at forever?More info →
This time I'm making a match for my old school chum--with the man she deserves!
If there's ever a socialite who needed her comeuppance, it's personal consultant Parris Hammond. Lucky for me, scruffy but sexy marine biologist Bradford Smith is just the man to give it to her. (He's already learned the only way to tame this shrew is to kiss her speechless!) And now that he's bought a makeover from her, the barbs--and sparks--are flying! Parris knows this frog is more man than she's ever met...but can he truly be her prince?
Still a matchmaker,
MerryMore info →
Life couldn't be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she's set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There's just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man's bed. Candace thinks she'll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride...More info →
Widower Luke Dole is finally getting his life back on track—except for the fractured relationship with his twelve-year-old daughter, Emily. Just as he thinks he’s beginning to rebuild their connection, Emily runs away—again. He finds her sneaking into the window of a vacant rental property. When he climbs in after his daughter, Luke is shocked to find someone living inside the tiny house.
Anita Ricardo moved to Mercy to provide a better life for herself and her unborn child. The house she’s rented turns out to be a bit of a fixer-upper, and more than she bargained for. She smacks an intruder with a skillet, only to find out it’s Luke, a man she once worked with—and once kissed, a moment she’s never forgotten.
But Anita isn’t interested in a man to solve her problems—she can do that on her own. And Luke isn’t sure he’s ready to move on from his wife’s death, either. When Anita’s employment plans fall through, Luke offers her an opportunity with his fledgling business. It all sounds good, except for the pesky problem of the chemistry that flares between them like hot summer lightning. Will either of them be brave enough to risk becoming a forever family?More info →
It’s winner takes all as two rivals square off to win a new RV. But as the contest heats up, so does their attraction and it’s not long before love is on the line in book two of Shirley Jump’s Mercy, Indiana series.
Claire Richards will stop at nothing to get to California and give her dad his dying wish, including compete against her sworn enemy to win the perfect getaway vehicle—an RV. Maybe competing for the same RV wouldn’t be so bad, except the contest pits twenty strangers against each other inside the vehicle…and the last person standing wins.
Mark is desperate to save his brother’s business and help him get on track again. His plan is to win the RV, then sell it for quick cash before his brother loses everything. Mark is prepared to use every tool in his arsenal to get what he wants—charm, logic, stubbornness. But before long he realizes he has a weak spot: Claire. Suddenly winning doesn’t seem like everything.
If Claire loses, she also loses her chance to make amends with her father. Mark loses, his brother pays the price. Someone has to win—but will winning cost them their forever together?More info →
Welcome to Mercy, Indiana, where happily ever after might be just around the corner…
What’s worse than putting on a banana costume in a desperate bid to save your business? Running into your ex and his new fiancé at the worst possible moment. For Katie Dole, moving on from being left at the altar has been her top priority, until desperation has her kissing the town bad boy to send a message to her ex. Katie thinks she holds all the cards, until that simple kiss turns into something far more enticing…
Matt Webster has just blown back into town on his Harley. After the death of his son and the end of his marriage more than a decade ago, he has put Mercy, Indiana in his rear-view mirror. Now he’s home, ready to rebuild the life he left behind. And the first person he runs into—literally—is pretty Katie Dole. What should be an easy favor becomes more complicated by the hour, especially for a man who wants to keep his life relationship-free. But Katie’s the kind of woman who has commitment written all over her.
As Matt’s heart softens toward this sweet shopkeeper, he has to decide if he’s ready to move past his old wounds and give Katie the love and future she deserves…or lose his second chance at happiness.More info →
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