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For Abby MacKenzie, a few months working in an apple orchard--far away from Los Angeles--may be just what the doctor ordered. Hard physical labor, fresh air and nothing to remind her of the trouble at home. So she drives across the country and arrives at Templeton Orchard. The large Templeton clan is warm and welcoming--except Dr. Jake Templeton, who doesn't want Abby anywhere near his unhappy young daughter. However, as the busy apple season progresses, the little girl reaches out to Abby. And Jake finds himself falling for the sensitive, beautiful woman who's haunted by her past.
"Tell Lila not to wait..." Five simple words--scribbled on an impersonal Christmas card to his parents--changed Lila Sullivan's life forever. Jason Parker, the boy she'd loved, was never coming back to her...or to the daughter he'd never seen. He'd fled Pilgrim Cove five years before, taking all his hurt and guilt with him. Only his promise to return had kept Lila going. Now four more years have passed, and Lila is about to marry someone else. Eight year old Katie is thrilled to be getting a dad and a sister. A real family of her own. Then Jason sends a new message. This time it's personal. He's coming home.
Sea View House in Pilgrim Cove offers its residents the sea, the sun, the sound of the surf and the call of the gulls. But sometimes serenity is only an illusion...Laura McCloud has come back to Pilgrim Cove-- the source of her fondest childhood memories-- to pick up the pieces of her life. The solitude of Sea View House is just what she needs. But as she settles in at her rented beach house, a colorful crew of concerned citizens keeps reminding her of the past. And one resident in particular-- single father Matt Parker-- takes her back to the thrill of young love and the memory of one perfect summer day....
When a broken arm forces Dr. Eric Mitchell to hire temporary help, the veterinarian who arrives on his doorstep takes him by surprise. Physically, Alison Truesdale seems too fragile. Emotionally, her smile never quite reaches her eyes- especially around his son. The boy, Eric soon discovers, reminds her of a past she can't outrun. By the time he finds a runaway hiding in his barn, Eric has started to accept the unexpected. Because the teen shows him the way to Alison's heart, and helps him see that his house full of strangers could make a perfect home. Single FatherSometimes he gets things right. Sometimes he needs a little help-
Molly Porter was on her way to the Olympics, a member of the women's downhill ski team. A horrific accident left her, after years of recovery, alive and well, but carrying a lot of scars-- not all of them visible. Because Molly can no longer have children.Throwing her energies into her new career as a hotel manager at the Bluebonnet Inn, Molly is finally satisfied with her life. Until she meets Sam Kincaid, the new owner. He's handsome, he's smart and it looks as if their professional relationship is blossoming into something more. But Sam has very clearly expressed his desire for children-- children Molly could never give him. She has to tell him, but if she does, will her world come crashing down...again?
Love or money?Amanda Shaw's life is almost perfect. She's about to make partner in her New York law firm, she has her own apartment, furnished to her taste and, best of all, she finally has financial security. Then Zach Porter-- her childhood friend-- shows up to tell her she's needed back home in Vermont.... The usually idyllic mountain resort is in chaos. Amanda's father is in the hospital, her mother's at his bedside, Amanda's teenage sister is out of control and the business is losing money. And Zach-- her father's new partner-- refuses to sell the place. He loves the mountains...and he loves Amanda.As the weeks go by, Amanda realizes what was missing in her almost-perfect life. Love and family ...and Zach.
Heather Marshall is fearless. But to Officer Dave McCoy, the social worker's fearlessness spells trouble. And he can't understand why she's so afraid to trust her safety -- and her heart -- to a cop. Heather's dad was a cop -- one with problems that nearly destroyed her family. But she survived. And she's proud of her instincts as the can-do force behind a thriving inner-city shelter program. Now her father wants a second chance. Well, he can get in line behind McCoy, because when it comes to cops, Heather has a hard time believing what any of them say. It's up to Dave to change her mind.
Sea View House in Pilgrim Cove offers its residents the sea, the sun, the sound of the surf and the call of the gulls. But sometimes serenity is only an illusion... A summer at Sea View House means a chance for Shelley Anderson and her two young children to recover from a painful divorce. And when Shelley meets her intriguing neighbor Daniel Stone, she believes she may even have a second chance at love.... Until her ex-husband shows up. He's running for political office, and he'll look better if he's a devoted family man. If Shelley won't come back to him, he'll find a way to take the children from her. But he's dealing with a new, stronger Shelley, who is determined to protect her family. And hold on to her newfound happiness with Daniel.
A party-loving sports figure is not an ideal parent in Alexis Brown's eyes. Too bad quarterback Dan Delito is the only parent her niece has. Alexis isn't in a position to raise the baby on her own, which means she needs Dan's help. And that means she'll have to make nice with the unsuitable man. Fine. Much to Alexis's surprise, however, Dan is good with his daughter. He also knows he needs help, So he convinces Alexis to act as a nanny until he gets this parenting thing down. And soon their uneasy friendship changes into an unlikely romance. But can a football player, a lawyer and a baby really make a family?
You can go home again...Rachel Goodman never thought she'd return to Pilgrim Cove. Too many unpleasant childhood memories. But she's no longer an awkward, defenseless kid, so when the one person who'd been kind to her needs her, she gets ready to face the past.What she's not ready for is the challenge of working with Jack Levine. The man doesn't follow rules or take advice. Which makes being his boss very difficult. And being his housemate downright impossible.Until the stormy night Jack and his boat go missing, and Rachel realizes how much she needs him. Her home-- Sea View House--
When a broken arm forces Dr. Eric Mitchell to hire temporary help, the veterinarian who arrives on his doorstep takes him by surprise.Physically, Alison Truesdale seems too fragile. Emotionally, her smile never quite reaches her eyes-especially around his son. The boy, Eric soon discovers, reminds her of a past she can't outrun.By the time he finds a runaway hiding in his barn, Eric has started to accept the unexpected, because the teen has shown him the way to Alison's heart, and helped him to see that his house full of strangers could make a perfect home.
World War II to Present. Her Joe. Killed during the Second World War. Rose Kaufman thought she'd never stop grieving. He died without even seeing his baby daughter. But Charlie Shapiro, Joe's war buddy, didn't die. He came home to Brooklyn and dreamed of rebuilding his shattered life. With Rose. . . It's hard to believe sixty years have passed since Rose said I do to Charlie. Sixty years since she entered this marriage of convenience. . . not knowing if she'd ever love the gentle, caring man who adored her without question. Can love be as true the second time around? For Charlie, now in his eighties, only one woman can answer that.
Katherine Kirby has a new home and a new job. Houston, Texas, is a long way from Chicago, and teaching adults-- high school dropouts, most of whom haven't sat in a classroom for years-- is a far cry from teaching English at a prestigious university. But she has to admit there's something about these students that touches her heart...especially the tall, dark Texan who sits in the second row.