An engrossing story with a unique cast of characters—both human and animal—written in a unique and confident voice.

LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH

A former Olympian finds herself working on a llama ranch in Fields’ (Bliss, 2013) charming new novel.

Merry Manning’s dreams of winning gold for the U.S. Olympic ski team are dashed when she's injured in a horrific accident on the slopes. Broke and struggling to deal with her life post-injury, she scores a job writing a travel column for the online magazine Pulse. When her pieces aren’t garnering enough page views, her boss proposes a new idea for her column: “Don’t Do What I Did.” The plan is to show a different side of travel, and her first assignment has Merry working as a ranch hand for the Last Chance Llama Ranch located in Aguas Milagros, New Mexico. At the ranch, Merry meets owner Dorothy “Dolly” Cassidy, a down-to-earth caretaker to a veritable herd of llamas, alpacas, goats, and other animals. Then there is Dolly’s nephew, Sam Cassidy, who instantly judges Merry as a wealthy snob looking to exploit the locals and terrify the animals. Life on the ranch is tough for Merry, and her prior injuries make the actual ranch work almost impossible, but she refuses to let on how difficult it is for her even to walk when she's being asked to trek up a mountain or carry a heavy load. Truth is, though Merry can barely make ends meet, she has another choice—meet with her parents and settle the inheritance from her grandmother that would have set her up for the rest of her life. But to Merry, that is not an option: at 6-foot-3-inches and clumsy, she has always felt like an outsider in her parents’ world of high society and is intent on making her own way, even after all that she has lost. The novel is interspersed with posts from Merry’s online column—in which grumpy and aloof Sam is cast as the romantic hero and the quirky locals of Aguas Milagros steal the show.

An engrossing story with a unique cast of characters—both human and animal—written in a unique and confident voice.

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-316-27742-6

Page Count: 350

Publisher: Redhook/Orbit

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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