Maggie Guirdano leaves a high-paying job in Pittsburgh to start a winery in the Virginia countryside. She almost fails, but for the elderly owner of Lake Hollow Farm who steps in to help her. Four years later her winery is thriving, but Carl Snyder’s health is failing. Before he passes, Carl gives Maggie a private document to ensure the future of the vineyard he helped her get started on leased land at Lake Hollow Farm. She loses the document and puts her vineyard in jeopardy.
Complicating matters is Jerrold Snyder, Carl’s great-nephew, and heir to Lake Hollow Farm. To acquire his inheritance, he must spend two months there per instructions in his great-uncle’s will. Jerrold moved three thousand miles away to forget his past and has no intention of complying with Carl’s request.
As Maggie struggles to save her vineyard and Jerrold battles old demons, can they fight their attraction for each other?
1st Book in the O'Donovan Family Saga"
KILPARA is a beautiful story. . ."--Manhattan Book Review
Ellis O'Donovan, the son of Irish emigrants, Ann and Angus O'Donovan, is called away from his bachelor life in post-civil war Baltimore. He returns home to rural Maryland to find his mother seriously ill from consumption. She implores him to take her back to Ireland to see Kilpara one last time, the estate once owned by the O'Donovans for over three hundred years.
After much quarreling, Ellis gives in to his mother's request and arrives in Ireland to find Kilpara ruled by overlords, a fact that hasn't changed since his parents left a generation ago. Lord Purcenell, an obstinate Englishman, denies Ellis' mother her wish and thrusts Ellis into the maelstrom between the strife-ridden Irish who want to see an O'Donovan reinstated at Kilpara, the English lord whose word is law, and Ellis' growing attraction for his nemesis' daughter.
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The 3rd Book in the O'Donovan Family Saga
"UNEXPECTED and CAPTIVATING"
-Midwest Book Review
Grace Welcomes her sister Deirdre Home after a year abroad. Instead of finding her sister worldlier, Deirdre is moody and listless. Unbeknownst to Grace, Deirdre is concealing a well-guarded secret. When Cecil Sloane discovers Deirdre's secret, He demands her hand in marriage for his silence. A price so dear it shakes the O'Donovans to their core and tests Grace's courage and loyalty, and threatens her very survival.
Aunjel is the third novel in the O'Donovan family saga series. Aunjel’s career at the Metropole Gentlemen’s Club unravels when the singer injures a U.S. congressman with a near-fatal knife wound, after he drunkenly accosts her onstage. Her life spirals further downward from news that her mother is critically ill. Aunjel rushes to her mother’s home at Stonebridge House, an estate owned by the O’Donovans in Maryland.
Before her death, her mother confesses that Ellis, one of three O’Donovan brothers, now living in Ireland, is Aunjel’s biological father. Left with no family and unable to return to Baltimore, Aunjel accepts Ellis O’Donovan’s offer to become a governess to his granddaughter at Kilpara in Ireland. When an elusive enemy threatens the O’Donovan family, Ellis’s daughter, Grace, suspects the new governess.
Is Grace correct in her assumption, or are other forces seeking vengeance against the O’Donovans, and even Aunjel herself?
Leslie Maitland, a well-established doctor at Chicago General, returns home to live with her grandmother in the quiet town of Craicsville, Kentucky after her broken relationship with long-time lover Paul Packett. Her homecoming is upended when she discovers aspiring politician, Travis Winston, has ingratiated himself in her grandmother’s life. His constant presence grates on Leslie’s apolitical nerves and dashes her hopes of a tranquil existence as the town’s newest doctor.
Against her will she is plunged into a political firestorm that forces her to confront a childhood tragedy in her past. Redemption means placing her trust in the very man she despises.
This is a slow & steady romance. The story has a few twists & turns, with some surprises; it’s well written & the characters are developed.
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"Kilpara is a beautiful story. . ." -Manhattan Book Review
Set against a climate of unrest and struggle for home rule in Ireland, romance and suspense merge in this emotionally charged story. Though the plot unfolds gradually. The book and grips the reader with several shocking turns that have life-and-death consequences. The characters and descriptions of the countryside’s beauty and charm leave a lasting impression.