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19th Century New England.
Shipwrecks, emotional flotsam from past wrecked relationships, jilts, deceits, lost fortunes, and building passion swirl around Abigale Hawthorne and Randolph Blessing. Can the pair overcome the negatives to win each other’s trust and hearts?
They say retirement kills. And it looks that way in MERRY ACRES, a planned community in South Florida for the over-fifty-five crowd. Husbands are dropping fast. Georgiana Duncan wonders who will next wear the black veil of widowhood. Should she be worried....or happy about such dire prospects? Perhaps, like Georgiana, other wives in Merry Acres have secrets, too. Skeletons rattling around personal closets that so mar the gloss of happily-ever-after that only murder can make amends.
My spin on the SECRET BABY plot!
B-a-b-y is just a four-letter word to Maggie Duncan. The widow is childless by choice. Besides, Maggie has a baby of sorts, a new venture-The Sauced Lady. This commercial undertaking combines her cooking skills and gal-pal’s marketing savvy but gets Maggie into big time trouble later. With loan sharks.
Alas, love, too, is lately only a four letter word in Maggie’s world because heartthrob Bruce Herring disappears for weeks at a time. Why, she wonders. Has Bruce found another, younger woman, perhaps?
Bruce isn’t stepping out on Maggie as she suspects. He’s been blindsided by a call from his father from whom he hasn’t heard in decades after the guy abandoned wife and son. Turns out Dad’s dying and makes a last request Bruce can’t refuse, a baby brother to raise. An infant? That’s something the retired cop never planned on, certainly not at this stage of his life. Can he convince kid-adverse Maggie, the only woman in years who has tempted him to once again march down the aisle, of the worthwhile benefits in accepting a two-for-one deal?
In this zany romp, widowed Maggie Duncan learns life is a song with the help of an AWOL opera star and color-blind cop. One captures her interest; the other her heart.