But she found a home
Never in her wildest dreams could single mom Ella Monroe imagine co-inheriting the small town of Second Chance, Idaho—or falling for its curmudgeonly doctor, Noah Bishop. Despite his rough edges and protests for isolation, Noah has her believing in love at first sight again. But when she’s pressured to sell her stake, Ella is torn between family loyalty and following her heart.
Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).
Kissed by the Country Doc
Something crashed into Noah’s thigh.
The toddler wiped her nose on Noah’s black ski pants and then looked up at him with a mischievous grin and said, “Hi,” before fleeing with a squeal and a giggle across the diner.
“Penny.” The girl-next-door snatched a napkin from the holder on the table and wiped at the streak of snot on Noah’s ski pants. And then she froze, her hands inches from Noah’s thigh.
Noah’s ears filled with white noise, not caused by any head cold or sinus infection. This was one of those surreal moments where a beauty had unwittingly touched a beast. Noah’s heart went out of rhythm. He felt light-headed.
Heart attack? Negative.
Low blood sugar? Negative.
High-altitude dehydration? Likely.
Despite his diagnosis, Noah reached for his dehydrating coffee. But his eyes… His eyes couldn’t turn away from her.
“My apologies. That was inappropriate.” The woman’s cheeks bloomed with color. Her bright blue gaze bounced to Noah’s and away before she, too, made a run for it. “Penelope Arlene, you come back here.” Penny’s laughter drowned out the white noise in Noah’s head, and sent others in the room chuckling, breaking the tension that the arrival of the Monroes had caused.
The Story Behind the Story
When Harlequin asked me if I wanted to consider writing a new series, I immediately said, "Yes," and pitched two different ideas. The winning idea was: A wealthy man only left his grandchildren a remote mountain town - Second Chance, Idaho. Every romance would be a second chance romance! Little did I realize the logistics required to set up such a platform - why didn't they get any money, who got the money instead, etc. But I was so pleased to develop a lovely cast of characters already living in town, like Dr. Noah Bishop - former orthopedic surgeon to sports stars, now small town doctor. For Noah, going from such a prestigious job to being a backwoods town doctor is jarring. He's a bit cantankerous and 100% private about the scars he bears - both physically and emotionally. I love wounded heroes, don't you?