Sweet and Sassy: The Best Kind of Romance
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Do you sigh when you see young lovers embrace? Does your heart sing to know that romance is in the air? Whether it’s love at first sight, affairs of the heart, or a second chance to get it right – our wonderful collection, featuring 9 uplifting love stories, is the perfect place for you to find that springtime magic.
It’s all the sweeter when the Magic Makers are NY Times & USA Today best-selling authors who have chosen these sweet and sassy stories to help you enjoy your happy-ever-after.
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY, by Mimi Barbour, NYT and USA Today bestselling author: Big girls don’t cry because no one is listening.
HEAL MY HEART, Mona Risk, NYT and USA Today bestselling author: With the help of a baby girl and four little boys, a handsome doctor may teach her the true meaning of love.
TURNAGAIN LOVE, Nancy Radke, USA Today bestselling author: Can she love a man who keeps trying to get her to go away?
MEND ME MEND MY HEART, Suzanne Jenkins, Multi-Award-winning author: Dating again has never crossed Charlotte’s mind, until she takes a fall at the cemetery where her husband is buried bringing the handsome caretaker to her rescue.
SUMMER LOVIN’, Jacquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author: Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes?
A KISS UPON A STAR, Tamara Ferguson, Multi-Award-winning author: When fate gives Tim and Emily a second chance, can an air force veteran break through the hardened heart of a rising star?
THE MONARCH AND THE MOM, Leanne Banks, NYT and USA Today bestselling author: A mix-up in the lab means the father of Sophie’s baby is a prince. Can they turn this royal surprise into a forever love?
TOMBOY BRIDE, Alicia Street, USA Today bestselling author: Will he ever see her as a grown woman?
NEVER TOO YOUNG, Dani Haviland, USA Today bestselling author: Their secret marriage was strong enough to withstand deceptions and ruffians, but would time do them in?
What readers are saying
One book alone makes this set worth the purchase price. So far I have read:
Summer Lovin’ by Jacquie Biggar:
This is a sweet story about Rebecca and Mitch, a separated couple, who married in Vegas secretly on a whim and are living in the same town. Even though it was years prior they never signed divorce papers. One day after Rebecca comes out of the school where she works she encounters a young boy whom she ends up assisting. The boy’s guardian shows up and has a confrontation with Rebecca until Mitch steps in to rescue her. Up until this point, they had managed to avoid each other. They are concerned for the welfare of the boy. Can they make sure this boy is safe and are the sparks between Rebecca and Mitch still there?
The author has a great cast of characters that the reader can’t help but fall in love with and continue to feel that they know them as friends and neighbors. The town of Tidal Falls is one that the reader is ready to move to in an instant.
There is something special about this novella as it is not just about pre-wedding planning and celebrations or rekindled lost love, but it is also about saving two boys from a life of misery, beatings and deprivation and teaching them what family and true love is really about.
The multiple story lines blend very well together and allows the reader to learn even more about all the characters internally and externally. There is more in-depth feelings and thoughts revealed behind many of the characters. Misunderstandings are revealed and dealt with and the honesty, be it spoken or unspoken, reveals stronger and more realistic characters allowing this novel to feel more open to the reader. A great attribute demonstrated by the author.
Excerpt from Summer Lovin’ by Jacquie Biggar
Tommy cried all the way home. Not great hiccupping sobs like he’d done in the past when they’d first arrived at his uncle’s house and realized they were worse off now than when their parents died. No, these tears were silent. A steady stream that ran down his face and dripped unheeded off his chin. Tears of despair, of a childhood lost, of faded dreams.
Just for a moment today with that pretty schoolteacher he’d felt something close to peace. Her scent when she’d held him in her arms reminded him of his mom and he hadn’t wanted to let go. But then his uncle had shown up.
He reached the edge of town and looked for the overgrown drive. A broken down gray wooden fence and a lopsided Keep Out sign pointed the way to the old cabin hidden amongst tall spruce trees. The dirt lane was rutted so bad it tossed his bike from side to side but he refused to walk; his uncle had warned them there were snakes in the grass just waiting for little boys. Tommy wasn’t taking any chances.
He pulled up next to the sagging porch and slowly laid his bike on its side, listening for his brother. A soft humming led him to the corner of the building. Jasper sat in the dirt, his scrawny bare back bent over a little toy truck he was using to make roads with in the sand. Tommy sighed his relief, no new marks that he could see. He’d gotten here in time then.
“Hey, brother, whatcha doin’?” He let Jasper know he was there before moving forward.
Jasper jumped up, ready to flee, then realized who’d spoken and cracked a mile wide smile. “Tommy, Tommy you’re back.” He ran and wrapped his arms around his brother and Tommy frowned at how thin they were.
“Did you eat the food I hid for you?” he demanded.
Jasper shrugged, his chin digging a hole in Tommy’s chest. “I wasn’t very hungry,” he mumbled.
Tommy frowned and set him back so he could look him in the eye. “Jas, you gotta eat. We ain’t ever gonna get outta here if you ain’t strong enough to run.”
Jasper’s eyes lit with hope. “Can we go now? Can we, huh?”
Tommy cursed his big mouth. Why’d he go and say anything? “No. We can’t go until we have a plan.” Jasper’s lips wobbled and Tommy changed the subject. “Show me the roads you’ve been building.”
It worked, for now. Jasper trotted over and sprawled out on his belly, reaching for the little blue car he’d been playing with. “Wait ‘til you see this. I made a hill and my car flies,” he said, his voice filled with excitement.
Tommy followed more slowly, his mind on that nice teacher. Why couldn’t someone like her have taken them in? He missed his mom so bad and yet sometimes he got scared because he couldn’t quite picture her in his head anymore. The teacher reminded him of her though. She smelled good too and had a pretty dress. His mom always wore nice clothes; she said she liked to look pretty for her boys. Man, he missed her. She’d know what to do right now because he sure didn’t. The only thing he did know for certain was that he’d promised to take care of his brother and he darn sure was going to.
The rumble of a vehicle coming up the drive had both boys scrambling for cover. A ratty blue tarp hanging over a pile of scrap metal nearby did the job, though it was a tight fit. Their uncle had warned them often enough to keep outta sight of strangers.
“Who is it?” Jasper asked, his voice squeaky with a mix of fear and excitement.
“Shh, we’ll know soon enough,” Tommy whispered. “Just keep quiet, okay?”
The rattle as the engine shut down told him who it was even before the tinny door slammed shut and his uncle stomped around the corner looking like the axeman from Snow White.
“Where the hell are you hiding, you stupid little shits?” he roared. His heavy work boots kicked up tufts of dust as he circled the yard in search of them. He glanced at Jasper’s toy car, reached down, picked it up, and sent it flying into the bushes.
Jasper whimpered but thankfully held silent, his body vibrating so hard the tarp rattled. Tommy jerked him away, pulling him up against his own shaking body. He was so scared he needed to pee.