I hope everyone is having a wonderful February and that your household is untouched by the flu that seems to be everywhere. I spent three plus weeks sick and believe me, the experience has made me long for warm weather and no more cold and flu season!
The second book in my Homegrown Love series, A Recipe for Romance, released in mid-January. That, coupled with the flu, prompted me to take a few weeks “off” from writing.
But now that A Recipe for Romance is out (and the paperback will be out next week) and I am finally feeling better, it’s time to devote all of my attention to the third book in the series, A Reservation for Romance. I can’t believe it! It seems like just yesterday when we started working on the Arcadia Valley project.
Now, I don’t like to play favorites when it comes to my book characters…but I have to admit that Brooke Jennings Lockwood is kind of at the top of my list! I first introduced Brooke in A Romance Rekindled, my novella that is part of the Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley collection.
In that story, we first got to know Brooke through the eyes of her cousin, Kate. Then On Board for Romance showed us a little more of Brooke’s life and how much her youngest sister, Riley, relies on her.
A Recipe for Romance gave us a little more insight into Brooke as she gave her sister, Olivia, sound advice as she dealt with a crisis.
And finally—finally! A Reservation for Romance (coming in July) will tell Brooke’s whole story! If you’ve read the series so far, you know she’s a widow and a young mom—and she runs a farm full of Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens—but there’s more to her than that. In A Reservation for Romance, Brooke is finally going to be ready to find love again…or as ready as someone in her situation can be.
And her love interest is another of my favorite Arcadia Valley characters—and he has also been in every one of the Homegrown Love books so far! Grant Ward, owner of the Beanery, is friends with several of the characters—and his place is a regular hangout for Riley, Brooke, Kate, and Olivia. He and Brooke even went to high school together.
But, of course, Grant has lots of secrets of his own—his story is one that I think you’ll find very interesting.
Brooke and Grant have both had more than their fair share of heartbreak—so their love story won’t be an easy one. (but as an author, it’s a satisfying one to write!)
As I’m writing Brooke’s story, I’m trying to decide how much of Kate, Riley, and Olivia’s stories I want to “wrap” up. For those of you (like me) who love to read books in a series so you get to really know the characters and you get to see them throughout several years—how do you prefer to see a series end: Do you like to see all the characters lives wrapped up so you feel like you know how the future will unfold for them? Or do you like to have some things left unsaid, so you can draw your own conclusions? (Or maybe you’re in another camp and you want to see more stories! That’s a fine answer, too!) :)