Mary Jane Hathaway's novella, Spring's Blessings, is part of the Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley collection. It sets the stage for the Seasons of Faith series unfolding in the community of Arcadia Valley. In this novella: A librarian’s desire for a simple garden is complicated when a large white rabbit, a motherless child, and a mysterious neighbor encroach on her carefully laid plans.
Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley includes these six novellas introducing six romance series set in Arcadia Valley:
Spring’s Blessing (Seasons of Faith) by Mary Jane Hathaway
Nico Delis has done just fine as a single father to his young daughter and will challenge anyone who says otherwise. He’s perfectly content running his artisan butcher shop and raising little Elena by himself, even though his large Greek family assures him another wife is just what he needs. When the pretty librarian moves into the farmhouse next door, Nico does his best to avoid her. Unfortunately, his daughter’s pet rabbit has other ideas, and before he knows it, Nico is falling hard for a woman who might not even stay in Arcadia Valley. Can he trust that God’s plan for his life doesn’t include a second round of heart ache?
Loaves and Wishes (Baxter Family Bakery) by Elizabeth Maddrey
Content to farm the family land, Corban DeWitt only needs a wife to make his life complete. When he returns to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, from settling his parent’s estate in Florida, he finds Ruth Baxter has taken over the Bed and Breakfast next door. Despite getting off to a rocky start, something in his new neighbor piques his interest.
After a failed endeavor to run a hotel in Washington, D.C., Ruth is determined to make a success of the B&B she inherited from her best friend. Even if it means moving to the middle of nowhere to do it. When a disgruntled would-be beneficiary starts to make trouble, Ruth must decide if she can trust her neighbor—and the feelings she’s developing for him.
Sheltered Hearts (Romance from the Heart) by Lee Tobin McClain
Alex Quintana doesn’t want to be a small-town celebrity, but his rapid rise and fall as a major league baseball player have made him a legend in his hometown of Arcadia Falls. When a woman pounds on the door of El Corazon Restaurant and Market during a surprise snowstorm, he figures she’s another groupie out for his money and fame.
On the run from the wealthy, prominent fiance who jilted her, Patricia Aiken wants nothing of the kind. As they help her injured dog and other stranded motorists, Alex and Patricia are drawn to each other… but each of them is harboring a secret. When the sun breaks through, can their newfound feelings survive the light of day?
Sow in Love (Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer
Real estate consultant Joanna Kraus’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly man’s grandson. In fact, it seems like sending her back to the drawing board is his primary joy. How can a vintage 1960s house and two greenhouses generate income for the church in receipt of the trust?
The more Grady Akers gets to know Joanna, the more he finds himself hoping it takes a long time to find a solution, but his charm may be no match for the armor wrapped around Joanna’s heart. Will the perfect solution for the property be perfect to grow a love that’s just been sown?
The Scent of Romance (Legacy of the Heart) by Danica Favorite
When Caroline Hearst’s grandmother is injured in a riding accident, her extended family uses it as an excuse to try to force the elderly woman into selling the family farm. Though her family thinks it’s crazy to carry on the family farm’s legacy when a sale could make them all rich, Caroline is determined to see it through.
High-powered lawyer Hayden Donnelly just wants to get the old lady to sign on the dotted line. Not because he thinks making her sell the farm is the right thing to do, but because it’s the only way to earn his disapproving father’s respect- and hopefully, love. Can time in the lavender-scented fields bring a solution neither Caroline nor Hayden expected?
A Romance Rekindled (A Homegrown Love Story) by Annalisa Daughety
Kate Groves finds herself back in Arcadia Falls at the request of her dying father. Not only does he want her to agree to remain in her hometown to oversee the renovation of her childhood home, he also wants her to take over as manager of the Arcadia Valley Farmers Market. Kate has no desire to stay in a town filled with ghosts of mistakes past. And when she learns that part of her dad’s plan is for her to work side-by-side with her ex-fiancé, she’s less than thrilled. No matter how charming or handsome Drew is, Kate continually reminds herself that he broke her heart — and she doesn’t intend to allow that to happen again.
Drew Harrison has spent the past eleven years trying to move on from Kate. He first fell in love with her in the sixth grade and losing her was the most difficult thing he’s ever been through. After having no contact for more than a decade, Drew can’t help but feel drawn to her again — even though it’s obvious Kate still doesn’t trust him.
When secrets from the past come creeping into the present, can Kate and Drew find a way to let go of old wounds and consider a future together? Or are some wounds too deep to be healed?