Justine Gale just got incredible news. She’s inherited her uncle’s flourishing citrus grove, where she spent idyllic summers and formed lifelong friendships. The news couldn’t come at a better time. Once voted The Girl Most Likely to Succeed, the down-on-her-luck single mom has recently learned her five-year-old daughter faces a lifetime of expensive medical treatments. Treatments, she can’t afford. With help from her girlfriends, Justine returns to tiny Orange Blossom, Florida, determined to sell the land her family has held onto for four generations and provide for her daughter’s future. But when she runs into her first love, Justine soon learns the stakes are higher than she ever thought possible. From Miss June’s Pie Shop to Smalley’s Hardware, every resident of Orange Blossom earns their living from Castle Grove. Without the grove, the town will wither and die, just like the love between the caretaker’s son and the owner’s niece did years ago.
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A wonderful kick-off to a new women's fiction series by Leigh Duncan! Three friends spent summers together in an idyllic camp-like setting where nature and friends who became family made for great summertime fun! This series is about them traveling back to their vacation spot and reconnecting as life moves on around them and they deal with the ups and downs of being a grown up with responsibilities instead of the worry-free children they once were! The characters are great, the story line draws you in quickly and it's a joy to see where life takes them now.
Justine Gale is working hard to make ends meet the best she can for her young daughter. She once had big dreams but life didn't work out the way she planned and she's been left treading water to stay afloat for awhile now. When she receives word that she has inherited the citrus grove where she spent those sweet summers as a kid, she thinks her prayers have been answered! She has just received a diagnosis for her little girl that is going to cost a lot of money ... money that she has no dream of having. She heads back to Orange Blossom, Florida to get the process going on selling her inheritance so she will be able to provide for her daughter ... until she runs into a problem ... Nate Rhodes ... her first love!
Nate was the one she left behind to chase those big dreams she had, so he's not overly thrilled to see her back in town. Especially after he just found out she's taking over and planing to sell the groves ... HIS groves! He will fight her tooth and nail to save the business he's put his blood, sweat and tears into establishing if it's the last thing he does!
BUTTERFLY KISSES the first book in Orange Blossoms series by Leigh Duncan. RELEASES June 13.
They were called the Three Musketeers, a summer of skinny dipping, ice cream and riding bikes into Orange Blossoms. Unexpected death, college, a trip to Italy for one, and plans from then to now has changed. What Nate thought he would get, by being a manager of the citrus grove, after ten years of tolling the soil . Now goes to a niece, single mom with a child with serious health problems. Her goal is to sell, but the impact on the town, and what Nate has done, as mayor, can she. Emotional story, dealing with illness of a child, and everything seems hopeless. A love you had when young, still seems hopeless. Can Nate, and Justine remembering the summers in Orange Grove build into something more. Given ARC for my voluntary review review and my honest opinion.