A billionaire, an emerald lake, and a lifetime's worth of happy endings.
John Fletcher is used to living his life on the edge. He's an ex-Navy SEAL and the owner of one of the most successful security companies in the world. When his daughter asks for the one thing he can't give her, it breaks his heart.
Rachel McReedy isn't impressed with John Fletcher's money, fast cars, or jet-setting lifestyle. What she cares about is Bella, his eight-year-old daughter. She might not have had the type of life Bella has, but she knows what it's like to be left on her own. Rachel is determined to show John the error of his ways, but she isn't prepared for what she's about to discover.
When a threat to John's life turns deadly he does everything he can to keep his daughter safe - even if that means losing the one person who could have changed his life forever.
Discover the magic of Emerald Lake in the first book in the Emerald Lake Billionaires series. All of my series are linked. If you find a character you like in one story they could be in another novel! Happy reading.
Other Contemporary Romances by Leeanna Morgan:
Book 1: Forever Dreams (Gracie and Trent)
Book 2: Forever in Love (Amy and Nathan)
Book 3: Forever After (Nicky and Sam)
Book 4: Forever Wishes (Erin and Jake)
Book 5: Forever Santa (A Montana Brides Christmas Novella)
Book 6: Forever Cowboy (Emily and Alex)
Book 7: Forever Together (Kate and Dan)
Book 8: Forever and a Day (Sarah and Jordan)
The Bridesmaids Club:
Book 1: All of Me (Tess and Logan)
Book 2: Loving You (Annie and Dylan)
Book 3: Head Over Heels (Sally and Todd)
Book 4: Sweet on You (Molly and Jacob)
Emerald Lake Billionaires:
Book 1: Sealed with a Kiss (Rachel and John)
Book 2: Playing for Keeps (Sophie and Ryan)
Book 3: Crazy Love (Holly and Daniel)
Book 1: Safe Haven (Hayley and Tank)
Book 2: Just Breathe (Kelly and Tanner)
Book 3: Always (Mallory and Grant)
Book 4: The Promise (Ashley and Matthew) Book 5: Coming Home (Mia and Stan)Book 6: The Gift (Hannah and Brett)Book 7: The Wish (Claire and Jason)
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Rachel parked her car outside her friend's apartment. For the entire ride across town, she'd been thinking about the envelope sitting on the seat beside her, the exciting news that would bring a smile to Annie's face.
For the last couple of months, Rachel had been helping a group of friends who'd started The Bridesmaids Club. They gave donated bridesmaids' dresses to brides in distress. Most weeks, at least a dozen dresses were sent to them, packed in boxes, bags, and anything in-between.
Sometimes she helped with the dress fittings, but her main job was to sort through the letters they received. She made appointments for the bridesmaids to see the dresses and contacted the people they couldn't help.
Nearly a year ago, a letter had arrived from a little girl called Bella. All of her friends had spent weeks trying to find her. But Bella wasn't easy to find. With no return address and no last name, the glittery card with sparkling jewels had become their mystery card. The only clue to where she lived was the Bozeman postmark on the envelope.
Bella's big, round handwriting had made them smile, and her request had touched their hearts. Bella didn't want a bridesmaid's dress. She wanted a bride for her daddy.
Rachel picked up Bella's envelope and smiled. She was almost one hundred percent positive that she'd found the little girl they'd been looking for.
She got out of her car and headed toward Annie's apartment. The cold October wind tore through her coat and left her shivering on the doorstep. They were lucky it hadn't started snowing. Montana's weather could be unpredictable at the best of times, but during the fall, they could have four seasons in one week.
Annie opened her front door just as Rachel was about to knock. "Tell me you've got good news?" She pulled Rachel into her apartment and closed the door.
"What's happened?" Rachel stared at the boxes scattered around the living room. Annie was getting married the following weekend. She had everything organized, right down to the way each napkin would be folded on the tables. She'd been determined not to get stressed, or give in to the last minute pre-wedding nerves that most brides seemed to develop.
Annie ran her hands through her hair. "Dylan's mom is driving me insane. She doesn't like the table favors we've organized for each guest. We should have gotten married next April. Why did I want to get married earlier?"
"Because you love Dylan and couldn't wait to be his wife." Rachel glanced at the tulle and ribbon bags they'd filled two nights before. "What's wrong with peppermint creams, anyway? I thought Dylan's mom liked peppermint."
"So did I, but she's found a company in Vermont that makes maple toffee crunch brownies. One of her friend's daughters got married last weekend. The brownies were the most delicious thing she'd ever tasted. They come in individual boxes, gift-wrapped with ribbon to match the theme of the wedding."
"But this is Montana, not Vermont," Rachel said carefully. She didn't want to get between Annie and her mother-in-law, but with one week left before the wedding, it wasn't the time to be changing anything.
"Precisely. But is she listening to me? No. Dylan called her this morning, but she's determined to have the brownies. She called the company and they can send enough boxes to us by Friday. She even offered to pay for them. What am I going to do?"
Rachel took off her coat and scarf and left them on the back of a chair. "What difference does it make if you have the brownies?"
"Nothing, if they arrive in time. We could give the sixty bags of peppermint creams to someone else. But it's the principle that counts. Dylan and I have spent months getting everything ready."
"Do you want my advice?"
Annie nodded. "You're the sanest person in the room at the moment."
"Go with the brownies. No one's going to be worried if they get a brownie instead of peppermint creams."
Annie moved two pairs of shoes off a chair and sat down. "I suppose you're right. It's just so annoying."
"Welcome to the world of families. Dylan's mom probably had the best of intentions when she mentioned the brownies."
"If she'd had those same intentions two months ago, it would have been better," Annie grumbled.
"I've got some news that's better than your brownies."
Annie frowned. "Have you found the farmyard animal costumes from last year's Christmas play?"
Rachel shook her head. "I don't think we'll ever see them again. One of the other teachers must have left them in a box somewhere. This is more exciting than lost costumes." She waved Bella's envelope in the air. "Do you remember this?"
Annie looked closely at the brightly colored envelope. "Is that Bella's card?"
Rachel nodded. "And guess what?"
"You've found her?" Annie's mouth dropped open. "How did you do that? We spent weeks searching for her."
"The reason you couldn't find her is because she's homeschooled. Her dad travels around a lot with his job. She has a tutor who goes with them when they need to leave Montana."
"Does her dad really need a bride?"
"I don't know. I haven't spoken to him."
Annie grinned. "I'd like to hear how that conversation goes."
"You can if you want to."
"Let me guess...Molly, Tess, and Sally didn't want to go with you to meet Bella's dad."
Molly, Tess, and Sally, were all part of the original group of friends who'd started The Bridesmaids Club. "Molly's getting ready for another exhibition, Tess is baking like crazy for a Halloween party, and Sally is busy teaching."
"Sounds like it's you and me, then."
"Only if you can spare the time," Rachel said quickly. "I don't know where Bella lives or what her father's name is. If it takes more than a few days to find him, you'll be well and truly on your honeymoon."
Annie walked across to the kitchen. "How about you let me know when you've found him? Now that you know who Bella is, it must be a lot easier finding her dad."
"I hope so," Rachel said. She pulled the pretty card out of the envelope and re-read the message. Dear Bridesmaids Club. Can you please help my daddy find a bride?
Bella's message had brought back so many unhappy memories for Rachel, that she knew she had to find her. After searching through every public record she could get her hands on, Bella had simply walked through Rachel's classroom door.
She knew Bella's last name, but she didn't know where she lived. And once she had an address, she'd have to figure out how to tell her dad that his daughter was looking for a mom.
Leeanna Morgan is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in New Zealand surrounded by green hills on one side and the ocean on the other. She enjoys going for long walks, especially if she can convince her husband and two children to go with her! Leeanna writes contemporary romances set in Montana. Her books contain all of the things that are important to her; good friends, family, a strong sense of community, and a happy ending. Subscribe to updates from Leeanna about new books and other news at leeannamorgan.com And on Facebook at bit.ly/2bppQrO
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