"I absolutely adore this book...love story begins slow—like a delicious lowcountry boil—but heats up to the perfect ending." --Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of The Black Midnight
A heartwarming Avon debut of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.
Maya Jackson has worked for a renowned New York City bridal gown brand for years and dreams of becoming Head Designer. She has the talent, she just needs a chance to showcase her unique style. Due to an illness, she’s always prioritized her career over her personal life until Maya’s father fractures his hip and she returns to Charleston, SC. While home for only a few months, she’s thrilled to find an opportunity at the local bridal gown boutique, never expecting sparks to fly with its owner...
A military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan hopes to save Always a Bride from bankruptcy in order to preserve the legacy of his family. He also wants to reconnect with his estranged, twelve-year-old daughter, who is still recovering from the loss of her mother. The last thing he needs is a relationship with a beautiful, smart, complicated woman who will be leaving soon.
When Derek begins to fall for the lovely Maya, he knows there’s no future. But destiny has its own plans, and these two lonely people with big hearts discover that coming home to love is the best gift life can give.
A struggling bridal shop owner finds love with a wedding dress designer in this inspiring romantic romp from Williams (Healing Hannah's Heart). Maya Jackson returns to Charleston, S.C., to help her father recover from a broken hip. On unpaid leave from her N.Y.C. bridal gown brand, she accepts a temporary job at a bridal shop while she's there. Derek Sullivan's wife died in a mass shooting three years ago, and now he's working to save the shop he inherited from his mother and reconnect with his 12-year-old daughter, Jamila. Maya's experience and eye for style breathes new life into Derek's almost-bankrupt business, and her presence gives Derek and Jamila hope for a brighter future. Meanwhile, Maya gets a chance to showcase her designs, which have always been rejected by her famous boss. But as Maya, who has sickle cell anemia, grows close to Derek and Jamila, she worries her prognosis will be too much for them to handle. Maya's determination is admirable as she manages her illness and works for the happy ending she deserves. With this heartwarming tale, Williams has created a budding family that readers will root for.