After losing her husband, Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan no longer believes in happily ever after. Her family thinks it’s time for her to shed her “widow’s weeds” but she’s content with her memories, her pet opossum and her dreadlocks and blue jeans. That is, until she needs to find a buyer for her family’s Biltmore-style estate. She then undergoes a makeover that changes more than her appearance.
Atlanta real estate developer J.C. Dirk believes in building green developments, but he soon sees red when Bridget storms into a meeting demanding to see him in person. He never returned her calls, but becomes interested in the estate — and Bridget — after hearing her family’s last name. But he harbors a secret that could break Bridget’s heart. (MULTNOMAH, Jul., 352 pp., $14.99)