M.J. Wilson has made a living in an eclectic group of professions taking her from Washington to Georgia finally settling on Lookout Mountain. The natural beauty there fuels her love of the outdoors and provides the perfect setting for creating stories. When she is not writing she can be found hiking with her dog or at the barn working with her other passion, a know-it-all Trakehner who determines how hard she works by how many peppermints she is bribed with. Growing up as a closet writer it took adulthood to help her decide to start sharing her stories with others.
A seemingly perfect life goes awry for Mallory Larsen after discovering her fiancé’s affair with her maid of honor. Escaping to her childhood home she hopes to hide from her humiliation and heal. Her quirky family and an understanding neighbor provide temporary solace. However, life in a small town gets complicated when the maid of honor ends up dead, and Mallory is at the top of the suspect list.
When Wade Porter inherits a house in a quiet neighborhood he never imagines the pandemonium that will follow. After meeting the neighbor’s daughter, he’s catapulted into a world that is spinning out of control. How deep should he go into the chaos to help out a virtual stranger who has motive for murder and no alibi?
Will Wade decide Mallory is worth the upheaval she brings into his life? Will Mallory’s family and friends be enough to save her from what appears inevitable? And in the process, will she see through the murk to finally realize the good things life in a small town has to offer?
Christmas is to be a time of family and good cheer, but for Samantha Passaretti it holds only memories of tragedy and heartbreak. To her it was the day she lost her family and the last Christmas she celebrated. Her friends referred to her as the Grinch, unable to understand her disdain of most people’s favorite time of year. Many years before, she made the personal decision that her difficult history was her burden alone to carry, keeping her past a secret from even those closest to her.
A happenstance meeting with a most unusual Santa Claus, Aidan Mulroney, directs Sam down a path she believed she would never travel. Will this Santa do the one thing no one else in Sam’s life has been able to accomplish? Will he be the one to help restore her faith in Christmas and give her the gift she never thought imaginable—the gift of a Christmas Miracle?
The day after graduation is considered the beginning of adulthood. Jenny Hammond is embracing her newfound independence by moving into a new apartment with her best friend after securing her first job. Life is perfect, that is until it gets hard. An unexpected tragedy will push her to an emotional edge. Conflicts at work could end up costing her the job she loves driving her closer to that edge. As she struggles to hang on she finds that the hand reaching out to her belongs to the one person she never would have expected to lean on.
Discovering that becoming an adult brings with it hope and despair, love and loss, and weakness and strength. Will she be able to navigate through all the challenges blocking her path before all is lost? Will she find a way to move past her insecurities to allow in the one person who might be able to help heal her heart and find a way to start living again? Can she come to terms with all the changes a year can bring?