SWEET LAUREL FALLS
Thayne takes readers back to Hope’s Crossing, where life’s burdens are easier to bear because neighbors care. Thayne presents a heartfelt tale of sorrow, redemption and new beginnings that will touch readers.
Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still recovering from the loss of one daughter in a senseless accident, she’s now being thrown for a loop by the reappearance of her oldest daughter Sage, with Maura’s first love — and the girl’s father — in tow. Jackson Lange never knew that, when he fled Hope’s Crossing nearly two decades before, he left Maura pregnant. But he never forgot the girl he left behind. Now, back in town, he has to deal with becoming an instant father, contend with his desire for Maura and repair his broken relationship with the father who betrayed him. As the newly formed family moves toward a tenuous acceptance, Sage’s secret could test the bonds that have been painstakingly forged. (HQN, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)