The thought of exercising with a gorgeous personal trainer makes Darcy Collins break out in hives. But when Ian Halbrook asks her to mentor his withdrawn twelve-year-old daughter in exchange for training sessions, how can she say no? Sweet, shy Michaela clearly needs a woman to talk to, and Darcy yearns to get in shape.
A barter arrangement with compassionate Darcy seems perfect–Ian gets a feminine influence for his daughter without the emotional baggage a girlfriend would bring. But he never anticipated that he and Michaela would grow so attached to the spunky hairstylist. Attached enough to consider revealing his guilty secret.
Neither bartered for love, but with Ian by her side, Darcy just might accept herself...for better or for worse.
When Leyna Williams puts a For Lease sign outside her Civil War memorabilia store, she has no idea Matthew Ebron, the new pitcher on the fall softball league, will offer to buy the building! She only wants to rent out half her space. But Matthew's equally adamant he needs her prime location to sell his mid-century home furnishings. With mounting medical bills for her mother’s multiple sclerosis, Leyna decides to lease him half the shop.
Soon, Leyna drags Matthew to local battlefields, and Matthew goads Leyna to shop at flea markets and estate sales. Her heart is drawn to this unlikely suitor, but she’s been used for her store before. And Matthew has something to prove to his wealthy family before he’ll ever settle down.
This stubborn pair will have to learn to lean on each other if they want a new lease on love.
Recently fired from her art teaching position, Lindsey Kreisner slinks home to spend the holidays with her parents until she can find a new job–preferably in another state. She has no desire to resume her old life in Frankenmuth, Michigan. But her meddling sister pushes her to the one man who could convince her to stay.
Patrick Bachmeyer doesn’t have time for fun, not if he wants to be a top political analyst. When Lindsey shows up and declares it her mission to add holiday cheer to his life, he reconsiders. A few weeks with bubbly Lindsey won’t derail his dreams–as long as he keeps an emotional distance.
By opening their hearts to each other, they could gain more than twelve days of hope. They might find a new meaning of home.