Babette de Jongh brings you a bright and hopeful romance filled with:
•People and animals who get a second chance
•A community that makes everyone feel at home
•Friends-to-lovers romance that proves everyone deserves a forever home
Struggling widow Heather Gabriel takes a job at Magnolia Bay's Animal Shelter to provide for her family. She isn't ready to be anything more than colleagues with Adrian Crawford, the shelter's new business consultant. But the shelter's animal communication expert Reva Curtis knows there's more attraction between Heather and Adrian than they let on, and she's determined to bring them together. With the help of Heather's three children and all the animals at Bayside Barn, Heather and Adrian soon realize they can have a future together…if they can let go of the past.
Small town romance will never look the same once you've traveled to Magnolia Bay!
"Charming…a satisfying blend of romance and animal cameos."—DEBBIE BURNS, bestselling author of the Rescue Me series
"Babette de Jongh's books are crafted with heart and humor, roaring heat and cuddly love."—JOANN SKY, author of the Biggest Little Love Story series
A widowed single mother finds love with a commitment-phobic man in de Jongh's fast-paced second Magnolia Bay romance (after Warm Nights in Magnolia Bay). One year after Heather Gabriel's husband's death, Heather juggles raising her angsty 13-year-old daughter and six-year-old twins with starting a new job as director of operations for a Magnolia Bay, La., animal shelter. While getting the shelter ready to open, Heather meets free-spirited business consultant Adrian Crawford, who's helping the shelter find funding. Heather's immediately drawn to Adrian, whose shameless flirtation soon leads to a deeper connection. Care-free Adrian is wary of solidifying a relationship with a woman already committed to raising her children, but he considers giving up his fancy-free lifestyle as Heather and her children win him over. But can Heather put aside her fears of more death and heartbreak to take a risk on happiness? De Johngh creates a strong sense of Magnolia Bay's close-knit community, even delving into the inner thoughts and feelings of the animals at the shelter. Readers will appreciate the fortitude of the characters as they seek to overcome the tragedies of their pasts.