From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the “intriguing…delightful…heartwarming” (RT Book Reviews) Garden of Secrets, an emotional romance about a Marine returning to his California town and the woman he never forgot.
After his best friend Rob was killed in action during their final days of service, ex-Marine Gabe Ryder knows he must fulfill his last request by helping his struggling family, particularly his sister Alicia. Gabe has a hidden past with Alicia, however—she’s the woman who taught him that love might exist, but he walked away from her.
Alicia has more than enough on her plate with her brother’s death, her father’s injury from a tragic accident, the entire town turning against them, and a series of dangerous attacks on her business. She doesn’t need the rugged loner who broke her heart. But passion flares between them, and this time, they can’t ignore it. Alicia can’t help wondering: did Rob really send Gabe to watch over her—or did he want her to show Gabe the way home?
Bestseller Freethy (Don't Say a Word) tugs hard at the heartstrings with this contemporary series launch set in smalltown Northern California. It hasn't been an easy year for single mother Alicia Hayden: after a catastrophic accident involving her family's venerable river rafting business, her twin brother, Rob, serving in the Marine Corps, is killed in action. Alicia is grieving Rob's loss and dealing with the town's accusations about the accident which left her best friend's fianc dead when Rob's best friend, Gabe Ryder, a fellow Marine, arrives in River Rock. Gabe and Alicia had a short but passionate affair years earlier, and while Alicia is now dating a local schoolteacher whose son is best friends with her nine-year-old, she can't deny that she's still strongly drawn to Gabe. As an escalating series of incidents threatens to bankrupt the rafting company, Alicia and Gabe begin to realize the truth about their relationship and its future. Freethy's skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.