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A headstrong woman discovers it’s never too late for change in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s spirited novel about lost hope and second chances.
Substitute counselor for wayward teens isn’t how public-school teacher Jayden Bennett planned to spend her summer vacation. However reluctant, she’s hiking up her jeans and heading for remote Piney Wood Academy in north Texas. Two months. Seven days a week. Few amenities. And three troubled girls daring Jayden to make a difference. She understands what she’s up against. She has her own burdens to bear.
Jayden’s not in it alone. The devoted elderly couple who run Piney Wood trusts in Jayden’s tough-love approach to get the job done. So does drill instructor Elijah Thomas, whose hardened boot-camp hide conceals a heart broken one too many times. Jayden is making it beat again. For both of them, falling in love is a risk. Because all summers must come to an end.
But with each new sunrise on these rustic acres, Jayden discovers that Piney Wood is a last chance for her, too. And with so many lives in turnaround, a new beginning for everyone could be a dream come true.
Jennie Sue è tornata a casa, e le chiacchiere di paese sono pronte a esplodere
Possibile che sia lei? È proprio Jennie Sue Baker quella tipa trasandata e grassoccia appena arrivata con l’autobus? E pensare che era stata la reginetta della scuola... ed è la figlia di una delle più ricche famiglie di Bloom, Texas. Di sicuro le malelingue del paese sono già all’opera, e le voci hanno iniziato a correre velocissime e a ricamare succulenti pettegolezzi.
Come se non bastasse, si dice che Jennie Sue sia fuggita da New York dopo aver messo fine al proprio matrimonio ed essere rimasta senza un soldo. E che ora si sia ridotta a fare la donna delle pulizie, abiti in un appartamento sopra un garage e abbia una cotta per Rick Lawson, un semplice agricoltore con modeste pretese. Una vera vergogna per l’altezzosa famiglia Baker.
Ma Jennie Sue ha capito che questa nuova vita è solo un’importante opportunità da cogliere per poter essere finalmente se stessa. Insieme all’amore per Rick, scopre di poter avere degli amici sinceri e di essere ancora in grado di ridere e divertirsi, nonostante il destino sia sempre in agguato con i suoi incredibili sconvolgimenti. E nonostante le infinite chiacchiere di una cittadina di provincia, dove tutti parlano di tutto.
It's a battle of the sexes like never before in this delightfully funny, escapist cowboy romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown!
She's a self-made city girl...
The last thing I expected out of my life was to be saddled with a watermelon farm deep in the Oklahoma countryside. I'm a city girl, through and through, and my stilettos are not meant for farming. The only solution is to sell the place before I'm stuck with a truckload of overripe watermelons, and I'm forced to set up a farm stand on the side of a dirt road. *Shudder.*
But the minute I think I've got a way out, my drop-dead sexy new neighbor Rye O'Donnell shows up. Maybe there's time for a little cowboy love after all...
He's a down-home rancher…
Knowing my former neighbor Granny Lanier's property was going up for sale, I thought I might have a chance at my dream property. But then I met her granddaughter, Austin, and found myself knocked sideways by the sexy-as-hell, savvy businesswoman.
Perhaps it's time to set aside my real estate ambitions and convince this gorgeous city slicker just how much fun a little fling on the farm can be.
"A crazy fun read. Carolyn Brown's books give me that happy feeling…you know, that happy feeling that makes you want to sing."—Love Romance Passion
"Fun, witty and easy to enjoy... you can't help but wish for your own piece of country life."—My Overstuffed Bookshelf
"What an absolutely adorable story... This book will have you laughing so hard."—The Romance Studio
"Peopled with quirky characters and full of sassy fun."—BookPage
Quattro generazioni di donne si confidano i loro segreti nascosti e scoprono che nessuna è perfetta come credevano
La famiglia Brewer è formata da ben quattro generazioni di donne. La capostipite è Hanna, energica e determinata bisnonna ottantenne, contro cui nessuno riesce a spuntarla. Lo sanno bene la figlia Karen – sessant’anni e un senso di opprimente tristezza –, la nipote quarantenne Sue e la pronipote Kim, che a soli vent’anni ha già il proprio bel carico di segreti. Una focosa relazione, un avventato e subito annullato matrimonio a Las Vegas, ed ecco che Kim si ritrova sola e incinta. Ma prima che la sua confessione possa incrinare l’apparente perfezione della famiglia, la bisnonna Hannah lancia la bomba: ha deciso di vendere il Brewer Hotel per trasferirsi in una fattoria in Oklahoma, e vuole portare con sé figlia, nipote e pronipote. Ben presto le quattro donne si ritrovano a coltivare l’orto, vendere i loro prodotti a una bancarella sul ciglio della strada e sentirsi una vera famiglia. E mentre le loro vite prendono strade inaspettate, Kim sente che la fortuna in amore ha ricominciato a girare e ha il volto di un bellissimo cowboy di nome Luke. Ma per riuscire a trovare la vera felicità, tutti dovranno prima scavare nei propri segreti nascosti.
La strana estate di tre donne che non hanno nulla in comune, a parte il marito defunto
La ricca e affascinante Kate Steele sapeva che il marito Conrad era un truffatore, e per questo lo ha piantato anni fa; ma non immaginava che la sua arma principale fosse la poligamia. Oltre a lei, infatti, il defunto marito ha lasciato altre due vedove. Jamie, una donna latina tutta d’un pezzo, che gli ha dato anche una figlia. E poi Amanda, incinta di sette mesi e disperata per aver perso il maritino.
Conrad aveva un cottage vicino a Bootleg, paesino agricolo del Texas: ognuna delle tre donne è certa di averlo ora ereditato. Così, quando Kate, Jamie e Amanda si ritrovano per caso insieme sotto quello stesso tetto, la calda estate appena iniziata rischia di diventare infuocata. Anche perché uno zelante detective di Dallas è convinto che almeno una delle vedove abbia a che fare con la morte di Conrad.
Le iniziali scintille tra le tre inaspettate coinquiline lasciano presto il posto alla voglia di conoscersi meglio e alle serate di chiacchiere in veranda. E in questa assurda situazione, fatta anche di feste di paese e atmosfere country-west, tutte e tre scopriranno di voler dare una svolta alle loro vite.
Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas—a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.
Seth isn't happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn't want a "babysitter"—much less a Massey—something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan's grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future…
New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown's contemporary romance is a delightfully fresh take on modern love.
Cathy Andrews has a choice: marry Mr. Safe-But-Boring, or take a chance on finding herself.
Cathy Andrews wants it all: a husband, a baby, and a little house in her charming small town of Cadillac, Texas. With all that she's gone through in her past, she's earned her happily ever after and is more than ready to put down some long-term roots. The trouble is, she's no longer sure the reliable man she agreed to marry is the right guy. Sure, he's got great teeth and hair, but he's also got dreams of being a politician—and Cathy doesn't know if she's ready to be just arm candy to a man who doesn't stir her blood.
It'll take the help of her twin sister to set her back on a path to being the woman she always knew she could be.
Marty Andrews has got a thing or two to say about Cathy's duller-than-a-doorknob fiancé. She thinks Cathy's meant for great things, not settling for second-best. Marty's determined to see her sister find a truly happy life, so she gathers up their squad of sisters-by-choice to help Cathy learn to let go of what she thinks is right...and become the woman she was meant to be.
Get ready to start a ruckus: What could be better than twin sister shenanigans, best friends who have your back no matter what, and a whole lot of small town Texas love?
(Previously published as The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee and What Happens in Texas by Carolyn Brown.)
A bittersweet reunion becomes a time for looking back and starting over in a heartwarming new novel from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.
Miss Janie is at the end of a long and full life, but she has no intention of crossing that finish line until she’s found her girls…
It’s been ten years since Teresa and Kayla shook off the dust of Birthright, Texas, went their separate ways, and never looked back. Apart from their foster mom, Miss Janie, they don’t have many fond memories of their hometown. Or of each other. Still, neither can forget the kind woman who opened her home and heart to two teenagers in need.
When a private investigator—who just happens to be Miss Janie’s handsome nephew—tracks them both down and tells them Miss Janie is dying, Teresa and Kayla know deep down that they’ve got to be there for her as she had been there for them.
With Teresa and Kayla together again under the same roof, old tensions may flare, but with Miss Janie’s help, they might rediscover that home is the perfect place for new beginnings.
Stella’s mama never should’ve put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella’s twenty-seventh birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip’s hotter than the city’s famous jalapeño peppers, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose.
Heather, the bossy leader of the church’s Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town’s other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do—not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella’s been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella’s relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?
Tessa Wilson’s life is all over the map. She may be clumsy, but this time she’s stumbled into a pickle by choice, not by accident. She’s agreed to take a month-long trip around Texas jammed into a ’59 Cadillac with a drama-loving teenager, two elderly spitfires, and—oh, yes—her biological mama who gave her away at birth. And the ride gets even crazier when hot-as-sin cowboy Branch Thomas crosses into her lane. They don’t call him the sexiest man in the Lone Star State for nothin’.
As the miles pass and sparks fly between Tessa and Branch, her grandmother starts dropping hints about family wedding traditions. And as Tessa discovers the power of her budding friendships and the unbreakable strength of her newfound family of strong Texas women, she wonders if she’s also on the road to the biggest adventure of all: true love.
All’s fair in love and war, and Sophie is determined to win the battle for her aunt Maud’s cattle ranch—even if it means fighting Elijah, a rude ex-military man. But it seems that even from the grave Aunt Maud is still matchmaking; her will states that both Sophie and Elijah must share the ranch evenly, and neither wants to give up a share. But Sophie’s main focus is on the ranch, not romance; she just put her life back together after being betrayed in her previous marriage.
As the two work side by side, their feelings begin to change. But before they can find their happily ever after, Elijah must see through Sophie’s hard armor to the sweet soul beneath, and Sophie must help Elijah overcome his wartime nightmares of fallen friends. In Life After Wife, second chances and true love are strong, triumphing amid heartache and despair.
A homeless young woman finds an unexpected family in beloved New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s novel of healing hearts and new beginnings in a small Texas town.
In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.
An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade.