War correspondent Leo Ericson returns to his hometown of Bluestone Lake, Minnesota, when his parents notify him his young son is having trouble fitting in at school. Leo doesn’t know how to be a single parent since the death of his wife, and he certainly has no desire to return to Bluestone. But he needs a place for his son, a place where he’ll be with family, while Leo does his job. He’ll stay long enough to get Max settled, then go back to work.
School counselor Trinity Madison watches Leo struggle with his son, trying to overcome the mental barricade she’s erected against the man who sent his son away when he’s perfectly capable of caring for the child. The situation brings about her own unsettled feelings about giving her child up for adoption when she was young. But as she observes Leo’s difficulties, his sacrifices, she softens toward the man.
While he’s in town, he ends up working with some old friends and Trinity on a committee to revitalize Bluestone. The former resort town is struggling and looking for ways to bring tourists back. Leo finds himself charmed, then smitten with the feisty counselor, but will he still love her when he learns her secret?
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was visiting my dad in Minnesota. When we were driving to the lake house, my step-mother pointed to a log cabin looking bar and said, “He’s been trying to sell that place forever.” She went on to tell me how the economy and high gas prices had hurt the small resort towns. By the time we reached the lake house, I was brimming with ideas and had outlined my series!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I have always loved the idea of coming home (this from someone who lives ten minutes from the house where she grew up.) I wondered what my hero could be coming home FROM, and since I’ve written romantic suspense, a war correspondent seemed a good choice. As for my heroine, well, no one seems steadier, more rooted than a teacher. Give her a secret and him a problem and voila!
About the Author:
MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching elementary music, and diving into her own writing–traveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to the past.
She’s a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist, and she won the 2009 Eppie Award with Hot Shot and the 2010 Eppie with Breaking Daylight.
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