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Nothing is as it seems in calm, quaint Legley Bay.
Famous novelist, Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward--if private--and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life...but was it?
When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother's life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something--or someone--else entirely.
Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He's the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she's left with, but he's also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last? Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything?
When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.
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Tea and Primroses
Never have I been so taken over by a character as Constance Manning! Her love story with Patrick was so real to me that it wrecked me to write their story. I was as in love with Patrick as Constance was.
The two-story lines and how they weave back and forth were tricky to write. But the image of Sutton seeing Patrick standing at the edge of her mother's yard had fallen into myimagination with an unrelenting power. I had to write this story.
This is a multifaceted book, exploring the mother/daughter relationship. I was intrigued by the complex relationship between Constance and her mother. I had such a heart for her mother, even with all her damage. I'm very moved by people who love with such passion but cannot express it. I have a few of them in my life and have learned over the years to hear what is unsaid.
Tess Thompson is a mother and bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor. Tess lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two daughters and two cats. They recently combined their home with the love of her life along with his two sons and three cats. This modern “Brady Bunch” family — yes, you read it correctly — four kids and five cats — live in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. In spite of their busy household, Tess manages to turn out three books a year, keeping her fans satisfied with such hits as “Riversong,” “Riverbend,” and “Riverstar” as well as many others.
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