Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives --- romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life.
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend --- a male friend --- to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.
After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can't wait to return to work. But when her plans are derailed, she must fight for the right to have a life of her own. Hayley Batchelor believes that a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny --- no matter how high the cost. A great new guy tempts divorcée Nicole Lord to believe maybe the second time's the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love? As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life's toughest changes.
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy --- until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze, who came to Fool's Gold looking for a normal life, not for love. Nevertheless, "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met, and Madeline finds real-life Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?
In this first novel of a brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery, three women at different stages in life come together in the beautiful seaside town of Mischief Bay, California, to provide solace and support through shared laughter and tears, proving that when all else fails, you always have your friends.
As a young girl, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on Dylan Black, who only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, promising that one day they would have an adventure of their own. When Molly walks back into his life, grown up and gorgeous, he decides to take her away for some no strings attached fun.
Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More “Mom” than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school --- and her first love --- so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn’t exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina’s life has suddenly become…complicated.
Bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you to taste the local cuisine of her beloved fictional town and share in a year's worth of deliciously seasonal recipes. Fool's Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it's also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool's Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool's Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time.
Dancer Evie Stryker learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to her estranged family. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she just wants to get the task over with and move on with her life. Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is too much! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction he feels, but Evie is his best friend's sister--off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart.
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.