Rose Baldwin had been faithful, honest, loving, and patient when her husband, Harry, kept putting off having children. Three years later, there Harry sits at the annual Sweet Water Sweethearts’ Banquet with his new wife, happy, smug, and with three stepchildren and a baby to dote over. Rose, on the other hand, their server for the evening, is still devastatingly alone. Derek is back in his hometown of Sweet Water, North Dakota, taking over the family farm from his grandparents. When Derek and Rose reunite, after many years and a world of pain, they easily fall into the lie that they are an item. Only neither one of them are good liars, and their hearts are deeply wounded. Surely, the straw house they’ve built could never survive the wild North Dakota wind. Or could it?
1979 is getting on Piper Penn’s nerves. Struggling to survive past tragedies, she finds comfort in Old Hollywood movies in her native San Francisco. Seeing no reason to adhere to man-made rules after her first-hand look at the ultimate in hypocrisy, Piper does what she wants, and trouble follows. An unexpected inheritance on a tiny Midwest island in the Straits of Mackinac provides an escape.
A decorated Lieutenant Colonel plagued with guilt. A captivating widow whose husband was killed under his watch… A young couple’s whose dreams have been shattered… A single mom forging a new life. A handsome chaplain who steals her heart… A fallen TV personality fleeing his failures. An ex-wife and family facing their fears…
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Scottish-born Harry Campbell is happy in his new home. Though reluctant to deal with his girlfriend-stealing younger brother, the middle son willingly steps up as head of the household while the eldest is away. So, he’s quick to jump into action and rescue a fainted woman on a country road… and is stunned by the depth of their chemistry.
Caleb Gaines is looking for a manager for his coffee shop. He’s in over his head running his successful river outfitters business, and being a single dad to a preschooler. But the perfect candidate wants nothing to do with him. Risk-taker Caleb is up for a challenge and wants to convince Faith to help him. An out-of-work chef and successful river outfitter are both hiding secret tragedies. How much faith will it take to learn to trust in each other, overcome obstacles, and find love?
Callie, a cop on disability leave, plans a new career at the inn where her father was murdered years ago. Nick, a Christian, curious to learn who is opening up the old inn, stops in to find out and someone takes aim. His uncle, who is with him, is shot but survives. Callie assumes the shooting is a planned hit. She believes she can solve the crime, but instead finds herself protecting Nick from danger. She is also attracted to Nick—a man who will only be her friend because she is not a believing Christian. As Callie’s quest for the perpetrator lead her and Nick into more peril, she finds her lost faith restored when the only way out is prayer.
After fifteen years of her husband never having time for her, Lindy Coats moves with her teenaged daughter to their summer cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan outside the town of Blueberry Beach.
She doesn’t want a divorce, she just wants…something. Something more than being a single mom yet doing a man’s laundry.
With a lonely single dad on one side of her, a crochety old business owner on the other and a young mother with terrible secrets and a son fighting leukemia across the road, it doesn’t take Lindy long to discover that learning to enjoy life is less about what she chooses to do for herself and more about what she chooses to do for others.
As she sinks into the small town atmosphere, healing her soul and excited at a new business opportunity, her ex shows up, wanting to reconcile.
Can she decide between her bright tomorrow or come to see the values of yesterday’s treasures?