Susan Wiggs is a historical and contemporary romance novelist from the United States. She was born in 1958 and attended Harvard University before becoming a math teacher. She wrote her first novel when she was eight years old. She put writing and publishing on hold for several years while she pursued her education.
Her first novel was published in 1987. By 1992, she had given up teaching and decided to devote her time to writing. She began her career writing romance novels set in different places and periods. After that, she shifted her focus to women’s fiction.
She writes about relatable topics like relationships and friends. Topics like this made her books sell millions of copies. Wiggs recalls being immediately engrossed in ‘Harriet the Spy’ as a kid. The author was inspired by Harriet’s habit of looking at people and taking memos of everything. Wiggs’ mother was crucial to her achievement because she fostered her reading habit and used to write down the stories her young daughter made up. Wiggs was inspired to write her own stories as she grew older by the many wonderful books she read. The author, unlike most of her colleagues, writes the first manuscript of her books by hand.
Wiggs currently resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Susan Wiggs Books in order
Bella Vista Chronicles
- The Charm School (1999)
- The Horsemaster’s Daughter (1999)
- Halfway to Heaven (2001)
- Enchanted Afternoon (2002)
- A Summer Affair (2003)
Great Chicago Fire Trilogy
- Summer at Willow Lake (2006)
- The Winter Lodge (2007)
- Dockside / Dockside at Willow Lake (2007)
- Snowfall at Willow Lake (2008)
- Fireside (2009)
- Lakeshore Christmas (2009)
- The Summer Hideaway (2010)
- Marrying Daisy Bellamy (2011)
- Return to Willow Lake (2012)
- Candlelight Christmas (2013)
- Starlight on Willow Lake (2015)
- At the King’s Command / Circle in the Water (1994)
- The Maiden’s Hand / Vows Made in Wine (1995)
- At the Queen’s Summons / Dancing On Air (1996)
- Texas Wildflower (1987)
- Briar Rose (1987)
- Winds of Glory (1988)
- Embrace the Day (1988)
- Moonshadow (1989)
- The Lily and the Leopard (1991)
- The Raven and the Rose (1991)
- The Mistress of Normandy (1991)
- The Mist and the Magic (1993)
- The Maiden of Ireland (1993)
- Lord of the Night (1993)
- A Fairytale Christmas (1996)
- Miranda (1996)
- The Lightkeeper (1997)
- The Drifter (1998)
- The You I Never Knew (2001)
- Passing Through Paradise (2002)
- Home Before Dark (2003)
- Summer By The Sea (2004)
- The Ocean Between Us (2004)
- Table For Five (2005)
- Lakeside Cottage (2005)
- Just Breathe (2008)
- How I Planned Your Wedding (2011)
- The Goodbye Quilt (2011)
- The St. James Affair (2014)
- Island Time (2016)
- Family Tree (2016)
- Map of the Heart (2017)
- Between You and Me (2018)
- The Oysterville Sewing Circle / Club (2019)
- The Oysterville Sewing Circle / Club (2020)
- Jean Kwok’s Searching for Sylvie Lee follows the search for a missing sibling. Sylvie and Amy are Chinese-American sisters. Sylvie was raised in the Netherlands and has to go back to visit her grandma.
- Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt follows a mother and her son. Lydia and Luca have to flee their home in Mexico after their family is murdered by a drug cartel.
See also: Shari Lapena Books in Order.
Most recommended books
- Susan Table for Five (4.16 Goodreads score)
- The Summer Hideaway (Lakeshore Chronicles, #7) 4.16 Goodreads score)
- Summer Brides (includes Fool’s Gold, #2.5) (4.15 Goodreads score)
- Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8) (4.14 Goodreads score)
- The Ocean Between Us (4.11 Goodreads score)
Wiggs has received the Rita, the RT Reviewers Choice, and the Romance Readers Anonymous Awards.
Susan Wiggs’s next book, Sugar and Salt, will be released on July 12th, 2022. It is the latest installment in the Bella Vista Chronicles Series.
The Apple Orchard (2012)
Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their owners. People like Annelise Winther, who has just been reunited with her mother’s long-gone necklace, are worth a sum that could change her life. To Annelise, whose family has torn apart during WWII, the necklace represents her history, and the value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, and a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. Then the enigmatic Dominic Rossi arrives on her San Francisco doorstep with the news that the grandfather she never knew is in a coma and that she’s destined to inherit half of his apple orchard estate called Bella Vista. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen, the half-sister she didn’t know she had. With Dominic and Isabel by her side, Tess discovers a world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep. A place where falling in love is not only possible but inevitable. And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don’t believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you’ve not made the right kind of memories. Wiggs deftly weaves a narrative that takes the reader from present-day California to Denmark during WWII to tell a story of family ties both old and new—and the moments that connect our hearts.
The Beekeeper’s Ball (2014)
Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the enchanting Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school—a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista’s rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens, and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel’s project…and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel’s carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O’Neill arrives to dig up old history. He’s always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel’s kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.
Sugar and Salt (2022)
Jerome “Sugar” Barnes learned the art of baking in his grandma’s bakery, also called Sugar, on historic Perdita Street in San Francisco. He supplies baked goods to the Lost and Found Bookshop across the street. When the restaurant that shares his commercial kitchen loses its longtime tenant, a newcomer moves in Margot Salton, a barbecue master from Texas. Margot isn’t exactly on the run, but she needs a fresh start. She’s taken care of herself her whole life, pulling herself up by her fingernails to recover from trauma, and her dream has been to open a restaurant somewhere far, far from Texas. The shared kitchen with Jerome’s Sugar Bakery is the perfect setup: a state-of-the-art kitchen and a vibrant neighborhood popular with tourists and locals. Margot instantly takes to Jerome’s grandmother, the lively, opinionated Ida. The older woman proves to be a good mentor, and Margot is drawn to Jerome. Despite their different backgrounds, their attraction is powerful—even though Jerome worries that Margot will simply move on from him once she’s found some peace and stability. But just as she starts to relax into a happy new future, Margot’s past in Texas comes back to haunt her…
The Charm School (1999)
An awkward misfit in an accomplished family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her life as a wallflower in Boston society. Fate intervenes when she learns that a ship bound for Rio de Janeiro is in need of an interpreter—a pursuit she very much enjoys. The only problem? The surly and handsome captain is adamantly opposed to a woman taking the role. Sea Captain Ryan Calhoun used to have a good family name. But he’d purposely walked away from everything it afforded him, driven by his quest to right an old wrong. When he finds himself falling for the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship, he’s determined to stay away from her—if only to keep her out of his secretive, dangerous plans. As the tides of attraction flow between them, Ryan and Isadora must risk it all for love. A true lady must learn to speak her mind, and Isadora is ready to put her newfound charms to the test.
The Horsemaster’s Daughter (1999)
An unbroken horse, a broken man, an estate that needs her…Virginia, 1854Once a privileged son of the South, Hunter Calhoun now stands a widower shadowed by the scandal of his wife’s death. Burying himself in his business breeding Thoroughbred racehorses, he’s left his family to crumble and his young children to mourn alone. But when a poor investment threatens to bankrupt him, Hunter is forced to seek help by other means…Eliza Flyte is a horse whisperer like no other. Removed from the world of wealth and social privilege, she grew up on an isolated island off the coast of Virginia and learned the secrets of gentling horses. When the wounded and grieving Hunter shows up unexpectedly at her doorstep, with a crazed and wild stallion in tow, she must brave Virginia society in order to heal them both. As the two worlds collide, Hunter and Eliza can no longer fight their attraction for each other. But it just might take a miracle for these two mismatched lovers to find their happily ever after.
Halfway to Heaven (2001)
Washington, D.C., 1870sAt a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he’s not interested…yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her woefully lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her…someone who is a master at the art of seduction. Jamie Calhoun’s handsome looks and easy charm have made him as popular on the Senate floor as he is with the capital’s most attractive women. But secretly he loathes the cynical, manipulative man he’s become. Initially, he befriends Abigail as a means to a political end. But somewhere along the way, the plan goes awry. First laughter and then love take them completely by surprise in this wildly romantic story. For a man convinced he’s incapable of love and a woman who believes she can reach the stars, could this be a match made in heaven?
Enchanted Afternoon (2002)
Beautiful, charming, and respected as the wife of an ambitious senator, Helena Cabot Barnes is the leading lady of Saratoga Springs. But beneath the facade lies a terrible deception. Helena married for all the wrong reasons—and discovered too late that her husband is a dangerous man. Fearing for her safety, she ends her marriage and flees to the legendary Moon Lake Lodge, where she creates a refuge for other women in need of a safe haven. And there she finds the courage within to become the woman she was meant to be. But Helena can’t outrun her past. In desperation, she turns to Michael Rowan, a man she once loved, a man who broke her heart. A brilliant inventor, Michael is still ruggedly handsome, still defiantly unconventional. For Helena, the road to trusting Michael again is long and hard. And the danger lies ahead. But Michael has just discovered a shattering truth…and a reason to stay and fight for the woman he once lost. With a deft hand and a unique voice, acclaimed author Susan Wiggs creates an enchanting story that will take your breath away as it reaffirms the power of love and the magic of forgiveness.
A Summer Affair (2003)
A gifted but troubled physician, Blue Calhoun runs a thriving medical practice from his Nob Hill mansion in San Francisco while raising his son alone after an unthinkable tragedy. Then one day a female fugitive with a gunshot wound appears in Blue’s surgery. Even though she holds a pistol aimed at his heart, the desperation in her eyes awakens Blue’s compassion. Reluctantly he is drawn to her fragile beauty, her nerves of steel, and the mystery surrounding her circumstances. Isabel Fish-Wooten has spent most of her life on the run, but everything changes when she forces a stranger to save her life. Yet her rescue comes with an unexpected price. As Isabel recovers from her wounds, she finds herself touched by this remarkable man and yearns to reach out to him and his rebellious son. From danger-filled back alleys to the glittering ballrooms of high society, Isabel and Blue confront the violence and corruption that threatens their newfound passion. Theirs is an unforgettable quest to discover a rare and special love, and the precious gift of a second chance at happiness.
A saga of Columbus’ voyage to the North American continent follows the young Italian as he plans the seemingly impossible voyage with Queen Isabella of Spain
Jewel of the Sea (1994)
Appalled by the cruelty of their countrymen, Armando, a restless wanderer with an uncertain heritage, the beautiful Gabriella, Paloma, the child of a Spanish grandee and an Indian wise woman, and Will, a musician, organize and fight back.
Kingdom of Gold (1994)
Queen Elizabeth charges Sir Francis Drake and his companion, Evan Carew, to search for an heir to the throne in the New World, where they encounter love in the form of two spirited women.
The Hostage (2000)
Deborah Sinclair is a beautiful, accomplished young heiress with a staggering dowry. But her fortune does her no good when, one horrible night, Chicago is engulfed in flames. Tom Silver will walk through fire to avenge a terrible injustice—and he may have to. But when he makes Deborah a pawn in his revenge, the heat of the inferno fades next to the attraction he feels for his captive. And the further he takes her from everything she’s known, the stronger their passion grows, until it threatens to consume them both.
The Mistress (2000)
Most days Kathleen O’Leary is a penniless maid. But tonight she takes a risk and masquerades as a glamorous heiress, thanks to a borrowed gown and her friends’ sense of adventure. To her surprise, the ruse succeeds–even Dylan Kennedy, Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, seems enraptured. But like Kathleen, Dylan isn’t who he says he is. And before their true identities can be revealed to one another, fire erupts, sending rich and poor alike running for their lives. Now, though virtually strangers, Kathleen and Dylan must rely on each other for survival. And when the embers cool, they’ll find that the greatest risk has been to their hearts…
The Firebrand (2000)
Chicago is burning. And Lucy Hathaway is running for her life. As she rushes past a fine hotel engulfed in flames, a wrapped bundle tumbles from a window into her arms. Seconds later the building crumbles—and Lucy is astonished to discover the swaddled blanket contains a baby. Five years later Lucy walks into Rand Higgins’s bank and knows: the orphan she rescued that day actually belongs to this ruthless financier. Now, to keep the child she’s come to love, she’ll have to give up her hard-won freedom and become his wife. But giving Rand her heart? That, she could never have expected…
Summer at Willow Lake (2006)
After breaking up with her fiancée, Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family’s old resort camp in the Catskills to renovate the bungalow colony for her grandparents. Camp Kioga brings back old memories of her summers as a teenager when she was still discovering her passions. The camp is now in disarray, and to her chagrin, Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis—a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp. But as the days grow warm, not even the inviting blue waters of Willow Lake can cool the passions flaring or keep shocking secrets at bay. The nostalgic joy of summers past breathes new promise into a special place and people…a promise meant to last long after the season ends.
The Winter Lodge (2007)
On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But as she finds comfort in the predictability of running the family bakery, she’s surprised by the ongoing support of the Avalon community, especially local police chief Rourke McKnight. When she finds an unusual treasure among her grandfather’s belongings, she embarks on a search for the truth, and on a path she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half-sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a refuge for Jenny as she seeks the truth. In the peaceful quiet, she can focus on rebuilding her life — and pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. But when a blizzard traps her there with Rourke, Jenny suddenly doesn’t feel so secure. Unlocking the secrets of the past might just mean walking away from her one chance at love.
Dockside / Dockside at Willow Lake (2007)
With her daughter off to college, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure. Motherhood, after all, has left little time for dating, traveling, and chasing dreams. She decides to become the general manager of the charming Inn at Willow Lake, a place where she has fond childhood memories. But just as she begins to dream of owning the inn one day, she learns that it’s been purchased by Greg Bellamy, a man with whom she has a complicated history. Greg lost his first marriage to a demanding career. Now he’s determined to make a new start and to put family first before it’s too late. Between juggling work, raising his young son, and helping his nearly grown daughter face life’s ultimate challenge, he has no time to fall in love. Still, with Nina Romano, this might be a chance for a new beginning.
Snowfall at Willow Lake (2008)
International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most—the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. There Sophie discovers the surprising rewards of small-town life—including an unexpected passion for Noah Shepherd, the local veterinarian. Noah has a healing touch for anything with four legs, but he’s never had any luck with women—until Sophie. But Sophie’s heart needs healing…and both she and Noah need a chance at happiness.
Baseball hopeful Bo Crutcher is about to get his shot at the majors. That is until life throws him a curveball. When AJ, the son he’s never met, lands on his doorstep, Bo’s life becomes forever changed. He quickly learns that he’ll need all the help he can get. When Kimberly van Dorn was hired to smooth Bo’s rough exterior for the media, she expected the kind of shallow pro athlete she’s used to handling. But Bo is willing to sacrifice everything for his vulnerable son. Over a breathtaking winter on frozen Willow Lake, she realizes she still has much to learn about putting love first.
Lakeshore Christmas (2009)
Maureen Davenport finally gets to direct Avalon’s annual holiday pageant, and she’s determined to make it truly spectacular. But then she’s forced to work with former child star Eddie Haven. Though Eddie can’t stand Christmas, a judge’s court order has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. He and Maureen spar over every detail of the pageant, from casting troubled kids to Eddie’s original—and distinctly untraditional—music. Though Maureen thinks Eddie is sabotaging the performance to spite her, with a little Christmas magic, she may just turn this Scrooge around—maybe fall in love along the way.
The Summer Hideaway (2010)
Never get attached—Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner live by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way. Never give up—In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake—where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago. Never let go—George’s grandson, Ross, is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Claire…yet sparks fly whenever she’s near. In the face of wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.
Marrying Daisy Bellamy (2011)
Daisy Bellamy has struggled for years to choose between two men—one honorable and steady, one wild and untethered. And then, one fateful day, the decision is made for her. Now busy with a thriving business on Willow Lake, Daisy knows she should be happy with the life she’s chosen for herself and her son. But she still aches for the one thing she can’t have. Until the man once lost to her reappears, resurrected by a promise of love. And now the choice Daisy thought was behind her is the hardest one she’ll ever face….
Return to Willow Lake (2012)
Sonnet Romano has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. But when she learns her mother is unexpectedly expecting a high-risk pregnancy, she puts everything on hold and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even if that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake—award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger.And in a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, Sonnet may find the home of her heart.
Candlelight Christmas (2013)
A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O’Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O’Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season. One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake—Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent, and intent on guarding her heart, she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas. Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods and the toasty moments of a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime.
Starlight on Willow Lake (2015)
Faith McCallum is intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a formidable challenge in the form of her new employer, Alice Bellamy. Recovering from a tragic accident, she opens her historic lakeside home to Faith and the girls. While Faith proves a worthy match for her sharp-tongued client, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy—Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his fast-paced, exciting life in Manhattan…and his beautiful, jet-setting fiancée.The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, but his mother’s devastating mishap—and a long-buried family scandal—has called him home. Faith McCallum, with her legendary nursing skills, is supposed to be the key to his escape. But when Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance. Now he finds himself wondering if the supercharged life he’s created for himself is what he truly wants…and whether exploring his past might lead to a new life—and lasting love—on the tranquil shores of Willow Lake.
At the King’s Command / Circle in the Water (1994)
Frustrated by his own failures at matrimony, King Henry VIII punishes an insolent nobleman by commanding him to marry the vagabond woman caught stealing his horse. Stephen de Lacey is a cold and bitter widower, long accustomed to the sovereign’s capricious and malicious whims. He regards his new bride as utterly inconvenient…though undeniably fetching. But Juliana Romanov is no ordinary thief—she is a Russian princess forced into hiding by the traitorous cabal who slaughtered her family. One day she hopes to return to Muscovy to seek vengeance. What begins as a mockery of marriage ultimately blossoms into deepest love.
The Maiden’s Hand / Vows Made in Wine (1995)
Roguishly handsome Oliver de Lacey has always lived lustily: wine, weapons, and women are his bywords. Even salvation from the noose by a shadowy society provides no epiphany to mend his debauched ways. Mistress Lark’s sole passion is her secret work with a group of Protestant dissidents thwarting the queen’s executions. She needs no other excitement—until Oliver de Lacey drops through the hangman’s door and into her life. As their fates become inextricably bound together in a struggle against royal persecution, both Oliver and Lark discover a love worth saving…even dying for.
At the Queen’s Summons / Dancing On Air (1996)
Feisty orphan Pippa de Lacey lives by wit and skill as a London street performer. But when her sharp tongue gets her into serious trouble, she throws herself upon the mercy of Irish chieftain Aidan O’Donoghue. Pippa provides a welcome diversion for Aidan as he awaits an audience with the queen, who holds his people’s fate in her hands. Amused at first, he becomes obsessed with the audacious waif who claims his patronage. Rash and impetuous, their unlikely alliance reverberates with desire and the tantalizing promise of a life each has always wanted—but never dreamed of attaining.
Texas Wildflower (1987)
All her life, beautiful Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father’s revered footsteps as one of the Texas frontier’s greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance—by bringing sexy outlaw Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants him to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But Justin has other ideas. . . .The secret spy has a mission to complete, and he knows what will happen in Houston: he’ll be forced into a sham marriage that will destroy the dream of Texas independence he’s fought for, unless . . . he’s already married. In one bold moment, the tables turn, and Shiloh finds herself the captive of a new husband she cannot trust—or completely resist. Soon both are vulnerable to a passion as wild and unforgiving as the land they love, even as they’re pursued by those who would stop at nothing to destroy everything they hold dear . . .
Briar Rose (1987)
Beautiful heiress, Briar Rose longs to find a man whom she can love. Then she meets the dashing but disgraced Lord Gareth Hawke, who has fallen on hard times. But there are those who seek to do anything they can to thwart such a union, including her spiteful stepmother and Hawke’s arch-enemy.
Winds of Glory (1988)
Freedom’s FlameIndentured bondsman Ashton Markham thought he knew all the hazards of spying for the Colonial cause – until he was forced to wed wealthy Tory Bethany Winslow to escape the gallows. Yet as he risked his life running British blockades off Rhode Island’s besieged coasts, he found that beneath Bethany’s fierce loyalty to the crown lay a rebellious, courageous spirit – and a passion beyond his most daring dreams. Love’s FireBethany had loved Ashton from childhood but never imagined that her bold ruse would result in their marriage. Surely such a marriage of convenience was doomed. But against bitter distrust and shattering betrayal, she would match his defiant bravery, challenge his pride – and claim her place in his fiery heart forever.
Embrace the Day (1988)
Filled with dreams of a better life, 17-year-old Genevieve Elliot makes the perilous journey from England to colonial Virginia, where she and handsome frontiersman Roarke Adair tame the savage wilderness and survive the sorrows of war to make a home.
Brash, beautiful Jessica Darling preferred to forget what she’d done to survive her destitute childhood. Now, her shameful past safely behind her, she found contentment as the governess of two motherless children – until their long-lost father returned unexpectedly to take them. Fletcher Danforth, imprisoned for five years in the colonies, felt little love for anyone – except his son and daughter. He would take any risk to claim them from their guardians – even blackmail Jessica into marrying him! But as the sweet passion of moonlit nights claims them, Fletcher discovers the healing power of Jessica’s love, only to realize he may have lost all hope to win her heart.
The Lily and the Leopard (1991)
In the turbulent France of 1414, Lianna of France, mistress of a great castle in Normandy, and Rand of England, Henry V’s most trusted warrior, experience a destined love as their countries battle for power.
The Raven and the Rose (1991)
One of Napoleon’s mercenaries sent to conquer the Hospice of St. Bernards, Daniel Severin, falls in love with Lorelei du Clerc, the illegitimate daughter of King Louis XVI, who is cloistered there, and the two risk their lives for a passion that cannot be denied.
The Mistress of Normandy (1991)
Rand Fitzmarc has fought his way to prominence under the banner of King Henry V. At long last, his loyalty to the English crown will be rewarded with a title and land…in Normandy, France’s richest prize. Now the freshly knighted nobleman will have to battle once more for the right to possess his French barony, and for the hand of the woman who holds it. Lianna of Bois-Long is determined to keep her lands free from the usurping English king and the husband he’s chosen for her…and her heart safe from any man. Yet when she meets a golden stranger in a sunny forest glade, Lianna is seduced by the heat of his tender gaze and his strong embrace. But when her forest lover is revealed as the English baron who has come to claim her ancestral home, will Lianna be able to forgive his deception? Or will pride keep her from the man who has managed to steal her heart?
The Mist and the Magic (1993)
Caitlin MacBride wishes on sunset for her true love, and when John Wesley Hawkins walks out of the mists and into her life she knows it will be forever–until she finds that John is an English spy assigned to sabotage her Irish homeland.
The Maiden of Ireland (1993)
John Wesley Hawkins was condemned to hang, accused of treason and heresy. As he’s transported to the scaffold at Tyburn, however, the Lord Protector steps in and offers him the hand of mercy—if Wesley agrees to travel to Ireland on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Irish resistance against English rule. He’ll have to seduce the rebels’ secrets from a headstrong Irishwoman, but that shouldn’t be a problem for a man of Wesley’s reputation…. Caitlin MacBride is the mistress of the beleaguered Irish castle Clonmuir, and she makes no secret of her loyalty to her countrymen. She’s determined to remain strong for her people, but a wish for true love one evening at sunset yields the one thing that may sway her resolve. When Wesley walks out of the mist that fateful night, Caitlin’s faith in the magic of Ireland is briefly restored—until she discovers he’s one of the treacherous Englishmen she has spent her life fighting against.
Lord of the Night (1993)
Under cover of night. . .Sandro Cavalli, Lord of the Night, is legendary for bringing criminals to justice. But in the city’s shadowy alleyways, a new, deadly plot is afoot—a sinister threat that even Sandro needs help to uncover. He enlists the aid of an alluring, sensuous beauty, Laura Bandello. But Laura’s innocent loveliness may hide a dark secret, and Sandro vows to keep his distance. Yet the deeper he delves into the underworld, the harder he falls for Laura. Pursued by unspeakable danger, Sandro risks his honor, his reputation, and even his heart—all for the love of a mysterious beauty he can’t quite trust.
A Fairytale Christmas (1996)
Ace reporter Jack Riley loves his job, or at least he did until Madeleine Angston took over as publisher for the Courier. The perfect blonde ice queen is a daunting presence in the newsroom and an irresistible distraction, despite Jack’s determination to avoid her as often as possible. Even if it means boycotting her fancy Christmas party. Then a chance encounter with a stranger transforms Jack from a scruffy journalist into a debonair Texan in a tux, and he suddenly finds himself at the center of Madeleine’s attention. As they embark on a fairy-tale evening together, Jack realizes that Madeleine isn’t the woman he thought she was…but unfortunately, she no longer recognizes him in his new “Prince Charming” attire! Will Madeleine still be able to love the man behind the suit when she discovers who he really is?
Who was she? In Regency London, a woman escapes from a burning warehouse only to realize she doesn’t know her own identity. Although the locket around her neck bears the name Miranda, she has no recollection of her past. Nor does she know why two very different men want her—the devilishly handsome Scotsman Ian MacVane, and Lord Lucas Chesney, the nobleman who claims to be her betrothed. In a race against time to discover who she is and which man she can trust, Miranda embarks on a soul-stirring journey that takes her from the dazzling salons of London to the craggy Highlands of Scotland. All of her beliefs—about herself, her world, and the nature of love—are tested to their limits as she seeks the truth about her past and finds an unexpected passion that ignites the hidden fires within….
The Lightkeeper (1997)
Once, the sea took everything he loved… Jesse Morgan is a man hiding from the pain of his past, a man who has vowed never to give his heart again. Keeper of a remote lighthouse along a rocky and dangerous coast, he has locked himself away from everything but his bitter memories. Now, the sea has given him a second chance. A beautiful stranger washes ashore, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Penniless and pregnant, Mary Dare is a woman who carries painful memories of her own. With laughter, hope, and joy, Mary and her child bring light into the dark corners of Jesse’s world. But when their friendship turns to passion and passion becomes love, secrets from the past threaten to take it all away.
The Drifter (1998)
She seeks a home. He seeks redemption. What they find is each other. Leah Mundy has spent her life dashing from town to town, one step ahead of her father’s dreadful reputation. Now she wants to create a home for herself and build a medical practice in Coupeville, a cozy village nestled amid the majestic isles and mountains of Washington Territory. But her neighbors are loath to trust a newcomer, especially a woman doing a man’s work. On the run for a crime he didn’t commit but can’t deny, Jackson Underhill is desperate when he holds Leah at gunpoint. He needs her doctoring to mend his wounds, but he soon realizes that she is also capable of healing his soul. But Jackson has been hardened by life as an outlaw, and Leah knows that a future together is impossible…unless they confront his past and learn to trust the redeeming power of love.
The You I Never Knew (2001)
Michelle Turner thought she lost everything at seventeen. Her father, a Hollywood legend, had finally summoned her to his Montana ranch. But when he learned of her affair with Sam McPhee, a hired hand, he had Sam fired and destroyed his family. Michelle, pregnant and alone, fled to Seattle. Now a successful advertising exec, Michelle is safe-safe from love, safe from hurt. But her son is lost to her, a troubled teen on the verge of self-destruction, a boy who blames her for the absence of his father and grandfather. And then her father calls to tell her he is dying. He has only one chance to live-if she will donate a kidney to save him. For her sick father, she must bridge the gulf that distance and time have widened. For her son, she must find the miracle that will pull him away from the abyss that threatens his future. And for Sam, the man who left her years ago, she must face all the secrets of the past and find a way to heal the scars and love again.
Passing Through Paradise (2002)
After she decides to sell her beach house, a widow must decide whether to risk trusting a romantic new man in her life with deep, dark secrets — and possibly her heart. It’s been two years since the mysterious accident took Sandra Winslow’s politician husband, Victor — the favorite son of a town called Paradise — and left Sandra under a cloud of suspicion. She decides to sell her beach house on the edge of town and hires Mike Malloy, who touches her lonely heart. Can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to a community she’s eager to leave behind — and who is determined to unearth her deepest secrets?
Home Before Dark (2003)
As an irresponsible young mother, Jessie Ryder knew she’d never be able to give her newborn the stable family that her older sister could, and the security her child deserved. So Luz and her husband adopted little Lila and told her Jessie was but a distant aunt. Sixteen years later, having traveled the world with the winds of remorse at her back, Jessie is suspending her photojournalism career to return home—even if it means throwing her sister’s world into turmoil. Where life once seemed filled with boundless opportunity, Jessie is now on a journey to redeem her careless past, bringing with her a terrible burden. Jessie’s arrival is destined to expose the secrets and lies that barely held her daughter’s adoptive family together, to begin with, yet the truth can do so much more than just hurt. It can bring you home to a new kind of honesty, shedding its light into the deepest corners of the heart.
Summer By The Sea (2004)
With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant, voted the “best place to propose” three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her teenage love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who’s just come back to town? Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.
The Ocean Between Us (2004)
After years of following her navy officer husband on assignment around the world, Grace Bennett realizes that she’s left something behind—herself. Her husband, Steve, can’t understand the unraveling of his wife’s heart and is determined to set things right. Their already-strained relationship is pushed to the edge when old secrets are revealed. Now, with plenty of space to ponder the true distance between them, Grace begins to reinvent herself. But, just as her new self is coming to terms with her family life, the unthinkable happens a disaster aboard Steve’s ship. A navy wife’s worst nightmare collides with the cold truth that life’s biggest chances can slip away while you’re busy looking for guarantees.
Table For Five (2005)
Lily Robinson and Sean McGuire have nothing in common. She guards her independent lifestyle with a ferocity that hides a fear of love and the pain it can bring. He’s always been a rolling stone, making his own way. But with the sudden deaths of a couple close to them both, the two become joined in grief and a knowledge that they must step up and care for the three orphaned children. With little more than hope and dedication, these five embark on a cross-country road trip filled with the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations that make up a family. Along the way, Lily and Sean and these troubled children will discover that even when you’ve lost everything, love still remains.
Lakeside Cottage (2005)
If you trust your heart, you’ll always know who you are…Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family’s lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times – a place where she now hopes her shy son can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of an intriguing new neighbor, JD Harris. Although she is a confirmed single mother, Kate is soon drawn into the sweetness of a summer romance and discovers the passion of a lifetime.JD is hardly able to remember who he was before the media frenzy of becoming an overnight hero back in Washington, D.C….until he escapes to this lovely, remote part of the Northwest. Now Kate Livingston and her son have rekindled the joy of small pleasures and peace… But how long will his blissful anonymity last before reality come banging at his door?
Just Breathe (2008)
Sarah Moon tackles life’s issues with a sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip, Just Breathe. With both Sarah and her cartoon heroine undergoing fertility treatments, her fiction often reflects her reality. However, she hadn’t scripted her husband’s infidelity. In the wake of her shattered marriage, Sarah flees to the coastal town in California where she grew up. There, she revisits her troubling past: an emotionally distant father, the loss of her mother and an unexpected connection with Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob skewered mercilessly in her comics. But he’s been through some changes himself. And just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah makes a most startling discovery. She’s pregnant. With her ex’s twins. The winds of change have led Sarah to this surprising new beginning. All she can do is just close her eyes…and breathe.
How I Planned Your Wedding (2011)
Here is the all-too-true tale of a mother and daughter collaborating on life’s ultimate celebration—a dream wedding. Often poignant, sometimes irreverent, and always hilarious, this charming book is also packed with useful advice from both ends of the cupcake-tasting table. Join mother and daughter as they wade through the trenches of flowers and favors, grueling gown decisions…and the cold, cruel realities of a budget. With luck, love, and loads of patience, they come out on the other side, bloodied but unbowed, replete with life lessons—and closer than ever before.
The Goodbye Quilt (2011)
Linda Davis’s local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: wedding quilts, baby quilts, and memorial quilts, each bound tight with dreams, hopes, and yearnings. Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? As mother and daughter embark on a cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm, Linda pieces together the scraps that makeup Molly’s young life—the hem of a christening gown, a snippet from a Halloween costume. And in the stitching of each bit of fabric, Linda discovers that the memories of a shared journey can come together in a way that will keep them both warm in the years to come….
The St. James Affair (2014)
Elaine St. James has it all—a thriving career as an elite Manhattan publicist, A-list best friends, and a gorgeous, high-profile boyfriend her parents adore. But when Byron breaks up with her on Christmas Eve, Elaine is faced with the prospect of spending the holidays alone…until the man she loved long ago reappears, much like a ghost from Christmas past. Tony Fiore was everything her Upper East Side parents wanted Elaine to avoid—the Italian-American boy from Brooklyn was hardly an ideal match for their perfect socialite daughter. Despite their differences, they always found themselves together on Christmas Eve, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. Until the year Tony failed to show up and broke Elaine’s heart. Now, seven years later, on another Christmas Eve, they might finally have a second chance at first love…
Island Time (2016)
Off the coast of Washington lies Spruce Island, home to Rainshadow Lodge, the perfect summer retreat. Neither Mitch Rutherford or Rosie Galvez expect to find romance during their a month-long visit to the rambling Victorian getaway. Mitch, an architect, is a workaholic on a deadline, while Rosie’s determined to relax and enjoy the scenery while preparing an environmental report. But despite—or perhaps because?—of their differences, they find themselves drawn to each other, and their lives are irrevocably changed by their stay at the lodge.
Family Tree (2016)
Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joins with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm. Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.
Map of the Heart (2017)
Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter Julie in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family’s secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Camille, Julie, and Camille’s father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories — recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provençal countryside that they will uncover their family’s surprising history. While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, she meets a former naval officer who stirs a passion deep within her — a feeling that she thought she’d never experience again.
Between You and Me (2018)
Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith—and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Dr. Reese Powell is poised to join the medical dynasty of her wealthy, successful parents. Bold, assertive, and quick-thinking, she lives for the addictive rush of saving lives. When a shocking accident brings Caleb Stoltz into her life, Reese is forced to deal with a situation that challenges everything she thinks she knows—and ultimately emboldens her to question her most powerful beliefs. Then one impulsive act brings about a clash of cultures in a tug-of-war that plays out in a courtroom, challenging the very nature of justice and reverberating through generations, straining the fragile threads of faith and family.
The Oysterville Sewing Circle / Club (2019)
At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific. She’s come home. Home to a place she thought she’d left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows. And in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She’s now their legal guardian—a role she’s not sure she’s ready for. But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there’s Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more . . . until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself. Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden. Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart. This time, though, Caroline is not going to run away. She’s going to stand and fight for everything—and everyone—she loves.
The Oysterville Sewing Circle / Club (2020)
There is a book for everything . . . Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about. In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father. But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief. After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works. To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries, and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.