Once Upon A Friendship Anthology
Ten of your favorite bestselling authors have come together to bring you ten full-length novels of family, friendship, and love. These feel-good books will have you cheering, dreaming, and anticipating your next great read as you work your way through the tears and triumphs.
From Ashley Farley’s southern charm to Cindy Kirk’s sweet hometown romance to Elizabeth Thompson’s passport to faraway worlds, get ready for your next favorite book. And your next. And your next. Be inspired by dynamic characters as they explore the complexities of family, learn what it really means to be a friend, and find their own personal happiness. A touch of heartbreak, a symphony of laughter, and more than a little happily ever after—all awaiting you.
Here’s a taste of what’s in this collection:
Promise Me Provence by Elizabeth Thompson
Rita Brooks has a talent for making life beautiful for her clients in Savannah, Georgia. Never mind that her personal world is in disarray. She’s so busy she barely has time to notice…especially now that she’s landed a dream project transforming an eighteenth-century rectory in Avignon, France into an artists’ retreat. The farther away from her heartache this young widow can get, the better. The only problem is the silent partner in the venture is world-famous furniture artisan Philippe Beaulieu—young, eccentric, irritatingly… French. Their sensibilities clash from the first bonjour, but, as the saying goes, vive la différence!
Working closely in the magical Provençal countryside, Rita discovers they have a lot more in common than she first thought. As she faces her fears, she begins to believe a second chance at love might be in the picture. But can she find the courage to design a perfect life for herself?
One and Only You by Cindy Kirk
Rachel Grabinski is no stranger to setbacks, but she never stays down for long. When she catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman, her sunny and optimistic nature is sorely tried. Jumping into another relationship is the last thing on her mind.
On the surface, successful, smooth-talking Dixon Carlyle is every woman’s dream man. But Dixon’s past holds secrets, ones that could derail the life he’s been building in Hazel Green. For years he’s kept his heart safe…but that was before Rachel’s sweet nature crept under his defenses.
It’s not the right time for love for two people with wounded hearts. And trust doesn’t come easy when you’ve been burned before. The safest thing for Rachel and Dixon would be to walk away now…
But their time together has awakened all kinds of new dreams in Dixon and Rachel–dreams they’ll fight for, no matter what the cost!
Wishing Beach by Heather Burch
After a painful divorce from a narcissist, Angela Reed-Baker has taken up residence on the famous Wishing Beach Island, a destination known for granted wishes beneath the mysterious Banyan tree near her beachfront estate.
Just as Angela begins to settle in, her life takes an unlikely turn when she discovers a tattered photograph of a young woman among her groundskeeper’s belongings.
Intrigued, she asks him about the picture. With time weathered fingers and an underlying sadness in his eyes, he slips the photo from Angela and admits the girl was, “The One.”
When he refuses to reveal more, Angela digs into his past. What happened to the young woman he loved? And why does there seem to be a judicial cover-up shrouding the story of the two star-crossed lovers, a cover-up that may reach all the way to the Florida Senate.
But Angela’s journey is also one of self-reinvention as she navigates life free from the bonds of her controlling ex-husband.
With her handsome neighbor and new friend, mystery novelist Ryan North by her side, Angela embarks on a voyage of discovery but the trail quickly runs cold until she’s whisked away to the romantic streets of Paris, France. She realizes the bonds of love shared by her groundskeeper and the young woman run as deep as the brooding Atlantic Ocean.
Along with that love are dark secrets, long hidden, but with the power to threaten life as she knows it.
Also in Once Upon A Friendship:
The Whisper in Wind by Rachel Bloome: With the help of a quirky, close-knit community, two polar opposites find love, friendship, and family while healing old wounds.
Longing for Love by Debra Clopton: A struggling author is sent to an inn on Sunset Bay where the beautiful owner helps him find his writing mojo … and a whole lot more.
Home for Wounded Hearts by Ashley Farley: A cast of memorable characters form new bonds of friendship as they face a host of life’s challenges.
Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert: How far will a mother go to save her daughter?
Paws & Pastries by Barbara Hinske: When Clara Conway’s cross-country trip away from her cheating husband is interrupted by car trouble right before Thanksgiving, she soon learns that being stranded in a welcoming small town may be the best holiday gift of all.
A Road Trip to Remember by Judith Keim: A woman and her granddaughter take a road trip and discover new possibilities for everything they’ve ever wanted.
In Over Her Head by Terri Osburn: Chasing her dreams, a talented chef lands on tiny Anchor Island and learns the true meaning of love and family.