Lindsay took to marriage like a starlet to stilettos, but her husband had a deeper love for his business. Left alone after his death, Lindsay must find out who she is when there isn't a party to plan or another person's life to be organized. Can she find her way Back to Life? Lindsay realized when she married Ron, a man seventeen years her senior, that the odds were he'd see heaven before her, but she never expected to be a widow at thirty-five. She knows there's too much of life remaining for her to just sit around in mourning, but she can't seem to kick-start the rest of her life. Then unexpected help arrives...when Ron's first wife, Jane, shows up at Lindsay's front door. The executor of their late husband's estate, Jane is everything Lindsay's not: strong, stubborn, independent...and a lot older. There are other surprises as well, including Ron Jr. (whom Jane insists is not "really" Ron's son). But against all odds, a most unlikely friendship begins to develop-as each woman discovers how to own up to her past mistakes and to reevaluate what is really important. Told in the alternating voices of Jane and Lindsay, and featuring the return of many of the unforgettable characters introduced in The Trophy Wives Club, Back to Life is a lighthearted, relatable read about where to turn when life goes in a direction you never planned.
There are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend.Will she trade them all to be madly in love?Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter. He's everything she wants in a husband.And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he's a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for a friend's wedding. As his date.But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there's still a magnetism between them she can't deny.Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasing, Christian marriage. But what if there's more? What if God's desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that's what Luc has offered all along?"Katie and Luc dance off the pages of this book, making you fall in love with them and New Orleans. Full of surprises and romance." --Carolyne Aarsen, author of The Baby Promise
A plastic surgeon, a condemned house, and a wedding date from the dark side. It's enough to send a girl and her gal pals running for the spa! Christian chick-lit.
Silicon Valley chiropractor Poppy Clayton is as calm, cool, and adjusted as they come . . . or is she?Known for her bad fashion sense, a love for all things natural, and the inability to get a second date, Poppy is beginning to wonder if she might be misaligned herself.Poppy's route to self discovery will be an unnatural one involving a plastic surgeon (of all people!), a condemned house in Santa Cruz, and a wedding date from the dark side. It's enough to send a girl and her gal pals running for their favorite spa!
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Three friends. One spa. And an infinite amount of oversharing! From the outside, Morgan Malliard has it all: diamonds at her disposal, a willowy figure, a doting daddy, and all the elegance that money can buy. But money can't buy happiness--or an identity to call her own--and Morgan is realizing her perfect life has no purpose other than spectacular grooming (which isn't really a purpose at all . . . unless you're a chimpanzee). Then a falling-out with her father drop-kicks Morgan into the real world, and she is suddenly forced to get an actual job, wear affordable shoes, and cope with public transportation--not to mention deal with that mysterious hottie who may or may not be stalking her! It's time for a spa getaway with her best gals, Lilly and Poppy--because there's just something about lying under a pile of sweet-smelling papaya plaster that can help a girl figure things out. Like the fact that life isn't about living up to a perfect ideal, and that with God's grace, the beauty of it may just be in the flaws after all.
Morgan seems to have it all, but her etiquette-controlled, well-sculpted life has left her without an identity to call her own. Christian chick-lit.
Fall, winter, spring, and summer, Smitten is a place for love . . . and mystery.But will professional cupid Zoe finally meet her match?There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic--a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to town. How did the dog tags end up in the Grandma's attic? It's a romantic mystery fit for a town like Smitten, Vermont, which has been working hard to reinvent itself as a destination for lovers. Rose's three granddaughters are determined to investigate, though their mother Anna has reservations about digging up the past. But will they get distracted by mystery men of their own before they solve the puzzle of the dogtags?In Make Me a Match, Zoe sinks every dollar she has into a matchmaking service, but the good-looking new city manager seems determined to shut her business down. Is he an obstacle to her success . . . or a divine gift for her own lonely heart?Excerpted from Secretly Smitten, a novel in four parts written by Inspirational fiction's most popular romance novelists--and real life BFFs!
Could it be that the life Daphne's always wanted is right under her nose? Daphne Sweeten left Paris--and a job she loved--to marry the man of her dreams in the U.S. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, she's left reeling and senseless. Literally. She's been trained as a perfume creator and now her sense of smell has disappeared along with her fiancé. She has to figure out why her nose isn't working, fix it, and get back to Paris. Meanwhile, she'll rely on her chemistry skills and just hope her new boss at Gibraltar Products, Jesse, doesn't notice her failing senses. They'll be working together on household fragrances, not posh perfumes. How hard can it be? As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work as never before. And the promise of what's possible is as fresh as the scent of rain. "Witty and upbeat" --Library Journal
The century-old Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!Abby likes nothing better than losing herself in a Jane Austen novel. But her friendship with the adventurous Wyatt may be blossoming into a modern romance!Abby is the sassy but introverted librarian member of The Smitten Book Club. She loves Austen novels and has kept the library's copy of Persuasion out of circulation more times than she could count.Enter Wyatt, an outdoorsy patron who is determined to help the less-adventurous librarian learn to seize the day. But Wyatt and Abby encounter misunderstandings the likes of which even Jane Austen never imagined. Will this couple ever find their own happily ever after?"The award-winning Billerbeck has developed an uplifting romance novel that is sure to be a hit with readers of light contemporary fiction." --Booklist of A Billion Reasons Why
With her two best friends, Lilly Jacob is contemplating life, love, and the pursuit of the perfect pedicure. When Lilly Jacob's coveted promotion as a fashion designer is given to a less-talented co-worker and her boyfriend develops issues with monogamy, she's convinced her bad hair day is responsible for it all. Will a Spa Weekend with her Spa Girls help? Or will it take more desperate measures?
Forever friends Morgan Malliard, Poppy Clayton, and Lilly Jacobs live completely separate lives---and "catch up" at California's Spa Del Mar. When Lilly decides that "bad hair" is at the root of all her problems, her cohorts are full of "helpful" advice. But what does God have in store for three gals pursuing the perfect pedicure?
Ever been on the verge of buying your own engagement ring?Ashley Stockingdale, the charming but always-in-over-her-head patent attorney from What a Girl Wants, has finally found the man she wants to marry. But after nine months of dating, it seems her commitment-phobe boyfriend will never use the "M" word. And just when she thinks she's got it all together, Ashley is having trouble knowing where to put it.A massive remodeling project, a hyperactive puppy, and an ex-boyfriend who wants to be part of her life again all keep Ashley's world spinning. As the mayhem escalates, Ashley's life quickly goes from What a Girl Wants to out of control.
After moving out of her apartment, Ashley lives with her friend Kay. When Kay asks her to buy half the house, Ashley agrees. Her boyfriend, Seth, isn't close to proposing, so she sinks her savings into the deal. Then Seth gives her a puppy, and mayhem ensues. But Ashley can handle the chaos---can't she? 288 pages, softcover from Nelson.
When a group of friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country's premier romantic getaway, Julia finds her own true love along the way. With the local lumber mill closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners--Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese--decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They'll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination! In "Small Town, Big Dreams" by Kristin Billerbeck, Julia Bourne has big city dreams for her hometown of Smitten. Will grill owner, Jake Grant, send her plans up in smoke? Excerpted from Smitten, a novel in four parts written by Christian Fiction's most popular romance novelists--and real life BFFs!
Welcome to Smitten, Vermont.With the help of four friends, it's about to become the most romantic town in America.The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they've got just the plan to save Smitten. They'll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers--complete with sweet shops, a high-end spa, romantic music on the square, and cabins outfitted with fireplaces and hot tubs.But is this manly town ready for an influx of romantically-minded guests?Country music sensation Sawyer Smitten, the town's hometown hero, wants to help by holding his own wedding there on Valentine's Day. And little Mia's lavender wreaths hang all over town as a reminder that faith can work miracles. Along the way, four women spearheading the town's transformation--energetic Natalie, sophisticated Julia, graceful Shelby, and athletic Reese--get in the spirit by reviving their own love lives.Join best-selling inspirational romance authors (and real-life BFFs) Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for an inspiring stay at the (soon-to-be) most romantic town on the eastern seaboard.One visit . . . and you'll be smitten too.
The century-old Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet! The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back. Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends' romantic exploits. When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant. What's more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold -- exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting? In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman's Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.
Join popular romance novelists--and real-life BFFs--Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue. Smitten Welcome to Smitten, Vermont. With the help of four friends, it's about to become the most romantic town in America. The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of friends think they've got just the plan to save Smitten. They'll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers--and maybe revived their own love lives along the way. Secretly Smitten Summer, fall, winter, spring--Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery! There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic--a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic? The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters--Tess, Clare, and Zoe--and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, they encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Smitten Book Club The century-old Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet! The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by a Smitten, Vermont, native. When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.
She's armed--with hot irons, sharp shears, and a flair for color.She's dangerous--truly bad news for bad hair.And she's going to do whatever it takes to make a place for herself in the exclusive Beverly Hills salon.Even if that means sweeping hair, emptying trash, scrubbing dummy heads, and making soy lattes for the stars that come to Yoshi's salon.Even if it means hiding the fact that she's not really an up-and-comer from New York, but a drunk's daughter from small-town Wyoming.Even if it means igoring her attraction to a tall, dark stranger in a fedora who just stepped off the elevator . . . and into her heart.But can a talented hairdresser from the sticks really make it in image-obsessed L.A.? And can she ever find true love and real success in a town that wrote the book on fake?
Ever felt like the last item left on the clearance rack? As a successful patent attorney, Ashley Stockingdale has all the makings of a perfect catch: the looks, the brains, even a convertible. But at 31, she's beginning to wonder if she's been passed over for good. Deciding to adopt a new attitude, Ashley suddenly becomes the romantic interest of three men within a matter of days. While her heart enjoys turning the tables on the dating game, the rest of her previously predictable world is being turned upside down. Is it more than Ashley can handle? Or is it exactly what she wants? Award-wining author Kristin Billerbeck combines comedy with spunk to create a memorable story in What a Girl Wants--an all-too-realistic picture of a single girl's search for being content with who she is . . . with or without a man.
Ashley Stockingdale is a 31-year-old patent attorney in Silicon Valley. She's cute, eligible, Christian---and sitting home alone most weekends. Until she decides to go for it! But what's "it" . . . a promotion? A new wardrobe? The handsome doctor she recently met? Will Ashley discover the difference between her "wants" and her "needs"? 288 pages, softcover from Nelson.
She's got the rock, so when does happily ever after kick in?At long last, Ashley Stockingdale--patent attorney, fasionista, and homeowner--can finally add "fiancee" to her spirited resume. That means the next four months will be a dizzying and decadent waltz through aisles of Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, Sheridan sheets, Kate Spade place settings, and Oneida flatware. Well . . . maybe not.For starters, the HR department has hired Ashley's ex-boyfriend (yep, the one who ran off to India with that other woman) as the new director of software. And now her fiance is starting to sound crazy--something about moving across country, to Philadelphia of all places. Worst of all, right before her eyes, Scarlett I-need-some-Prozac O'Hara is hijacking her wedding plans!Life for our heroine is spinning from out of control to downright confusing. But whether she makes it to the end of the aisle or not, she'll never be at a loss for drama!
I've imagined my wedding dress since I was a little girl. It's an elegant shantung sheath with cap sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and tiny, seed pearls sewn on the cinched bodice. Seed pearls,hah! Now that I'm standing in the bridal boutique, something has snapped. Girlfriend, I want satin, yards and yards of it! I want sequins and crystals and a bum-bow the size of Brazil, leg o'mutton sleeves, and a train that practically explodes onto the scene. I want something that screams I'm the bride lost in a snow-flurry of white. Bring on winter, baby! Ashley Stockingdale is getting married!