Her lifelong search for home...
Caring for his son, Steven, is single dad Dr. Kent Larson's first priority. But the boy's stunning new piano teacher makes him take a second look at his to-do list. Still, he's lost at love before - how could he risk another heart-battering? Does the doctor dare to go all in?
MY REVIEW: One of my favorite authors, Lynne Marshall, begins her "Home in Heartlandia" series with "A Doctor for Keeps". The storyline is set in the charming community of Heartlandia, by the Columbia River, along the ruggedly beautiful coast of Oregon. For as long as she can remember, Desdemona Rask, known as "Desi", has longed to touch base with her heritage. After her mother's death, Desi visits her grandmother, Gerda, a piano teacher who is also the mayor of Heartlandia. Desi's mother, Ester, had left home after becoming pregnant--she and her family were Scandinavian, and Desi's father was African-American. Ester had inherited Gerda's musical talent, and she passed it along to Desi. After years on the road, traveling from city to city as an entertainer for a large hotel chain, Ester succumbed to cancer. Desi turned to the only family she knew--the grandmother whom she had only seen a few times in her life. Her grandmother's handsome next-door neighbor, Dr. Kent Larson, has the tall, blonde appeal of his Nordic ancestry, and his little son, Steven is a real charmer. As Desi steps in to help Gerda with her piano students, she becomes friends with Kent and Steven, who is taking lessons. Kent thinks Desi is special from the first time he lays eyes on her, but the pain from his wife's abandonment of him and his son has left him with a guarded heart. Desi is equally smitten with her "Viking", but until she finds out the real truth of her parentage and her family history, she doesn't feel able to commit to Kent, which also means a commitment to a young boy who desperately wants a mother. Is love the key to unlock all mysteries? Will hearts full of hope find a way to take the best of the past and make the most of the future? Lovers of well-crafted contemporary romantic fiction will find a reader's home in "Heartlandia".
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WRITING HER OWN HAPPY ENDING?
Journalist Lilly Matsuda just writes headlines; she doesn't make them. That is, until she runs afoul of Gunnar Norling while on assignment in the tiny town of Heartlandia. The handsome policeman intrigues more than Lilly's investigative senses…but she isn't going to let Gunnar's megawatt smile or smoldering good looks melt her heart.
Gunnar isn't a fan of people snooping around Heartlandia. He's been sworn to secrecy about the town's mysterious past, and he refuses to compromise that for anyone…even beautiful Lilly, who's hot on the story's trail. Besides, she's not going to stick around forever, and Gunnar refuses to let his heart get trampled on—unless Lilly decides to put love first!
MY REVIEW: Author Lynne Marshall returns readers to the fictional community of Heartlandia with "Her Perfect Proposal", Book Two in the "Home in Heartlandia" series. Petite powerhouse Lilly Matsuda, a thirty-year old journalist from a well-to-do family, has decided to move forward with her own choices in life. Leaving San Francisco behind to work for a small-town newspaper, with a secret plan to buy out the paper and start it over fresh in her style of reporting, seemed like the way to go. Beginning with police officer Gunnar Norling, who reprimands her for jaywalking, Lilly finds that small towns often offer up big surprises. Gunnar, gorgeous, green-eyed, and definitely not lacking in confidence, is knocked for a loop by the dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty who shows him that short and sassy is sexy, indeed. While Lilly scents out leads involving a possible headline-making story about the town's history, Gunnar is working just as hard to keep that story under wraps until a select committee of townspeople can figure out how to handle the backlash the revelations may bring. Sparks fly between the handsome lawman and the lovely lady journalist, but will their fiery attraction lead to something more? Is there a way for them to merge his concern for the community and her reporter's instincts into a mutually rewarding compromise? Will a love story turn out to be the top headline after all? "Her Perfect Proposal" is a charmingly compelling contemporary romance from talented storyteller Lynne Marshall.
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KEEP CALM AND…HAVE A BABY?
Leif Andersen wants to be alone. Everyone in Heartlandia knows about his tragic past and they allow him to keep to himself. With his blue eyes and blond hair, the rugged workaholic contractor might be an "excellent catch." But he has zero interest in being caught…until Marta Hoyas moves into his house while she is working for him.
Marta wants to be alone. Her baby's father dumped her. The last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement with a gorgeous guy who can offer no promises.
Leif and Marta want each other. All that stands between them is the past…and the future. And a little baby who could give them both what they need most!