Leigh Raffaele's life mirrors Goldilocks. Growing up in the suburbs had been a little too soft. A short stint in the city had been a little too hard. But a recent move to the country proved just right.
Married to her college sweetheart, she now lives on a farm in the mountains of north-western New Jersey with acres of pastures and woodlands, 20+ goats, a dozen chickens and hopes to add a puppy to the family. She's biased--as all grandmothers are--in that she has two beautiful granddaughters who call her Farm Mama.
The mother of three grown sons, she says raising them was such an adventure, she'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Boy Scouts, softball, music lessons, WWE Wrestling, camping...boys are so cool!! And then they grow up to be the models for heroes in her books!
She loves jigsaw puzzles, coloring, the odd combination of watching HGTV shows and Discovery's Alaskan Bush People. She's addicted to Hallmark movies and loves small-town stories with quirky characters.
Welcome to Cedar Ridge! A small town in Northwestern New Jersey where quirky residents are always underfoot and loyalty is abundant. The best way to meet some of the locals is at The Bean & Brew.
Check in with owner Evan Cavanaugh, whose life is pretty good right now. It has been rough for a while, what with his father’s death and his wife skipping out on him and his daughter. But his decision to move back to Cedar Ridge to keep the family coffee shop alive was a good one.
Everything is brewing along nicely and then Nora Bainbridge strides into town, turning his world upside down. He knows he should stay away since the scars his ex left him with have recently healed. But he can’t ignore the attraction, especially when his young daughter worships Nora, his friends are enamored with her, and his mother suddenly takes to matchmaking.
Not wanting emotional entanglements, Nora finds herself in a pickle. Her plan is simple: complete this final expansion project for mega-giant MoonBurst Coffee, get the promised promotion, and continue her life in the city. Problem is, the irresistible coffee shop owner, Evan, has her doing things she never imagines, causing her well-thought-out plan to come to a grinding halt. Falling for him and his adorable daughter has her following her heart. But what will Evan do if he learns she is responsible for MoonBurst Coffee’s attempt to put him out of business?