Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.
Amelia York seems to have it all: a great career, good friends, and she’s married to her high school sweetheart. Starting a promising new job is just another step in the life she has all figured out. The intense connection she develops with a handsome co-worker, however, threatens to derail all her well thought-out plans.
Declan Kavanaugh’s whole world revolves around his daughter. Overworked and under-appreciated both by his wife at home and his colleagues at his family’s firm, the stress is starting to get to him. Making friends with the pretty new accountant comes as a surprise, but he finds time spent with Amelia is like the breath of fresh air he so desperately needs.
Neither of them wants any complications in their lives—and the last thing they want is to fall in love.
But as they discover, sometimes no matter how much you fight it, life has other ideas.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is always a tough question for me. I guess it was a combination of some bits and pieces from real-life stories I knew (not from my own life, I’d like to stress), and an idea I’d had to just blend them together and wrap it all up in fiction. My goal was always to keep this story as realistic as possible, and to not follow the cookie-cutter formulas that most romance novels seem to use. I wanted to create a touching story that would move my readers, but would also feel unique and real.
Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents’ deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her. Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective. When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.