Anna Campbell is ready to take her first tentative steps back into the world after widowhood. On a singles cruise, she meets divorced professor Ryan Robertson, and the sparks between them are undeniable. Back home in West Texas, Anna and Ryan continue their romance, and Anna decides it's time for their families to meet. Anna is delighted when her daughter, Christina, hits it off with Ryan's daughter, Renee. The two girls are close in age and have lots in common. Ryan's son, Patrick, is college-bound and somewhat aloof, but Anna feels sure they'll grow closer in time. She happily accepts Ryan's proposal, confident in the bond they've formed. But the idyllic relationships Anna is hoping for is quickly thrown into doubt. Ryan and his children may not be all she thinks they are. And as the situation grows more desperate, Anna must reach deep within and draw on all her courage and self-reliance to fight for the family and home she deserves.
The Ladies' Society for the Conservation of Martinis--once dissolved under life-shattering circumstances and now reunited again after the death of one its members--discovers a letter that reveals a shocking secret and a final wish that will send the women on a life-changing journey and proving that nothing is more powerful than the will of a true girlfriend and a good, strong martini.
Ellen is putting the finishing touches on her granddaughter June's wedding quilt-made from scraps of old dresses, both remembered and forgotten-when June breaks off her engagement and seeks sanctuary at her grandparents' ranch. June's fiance is set to go off to fight in Korea as soon as they're married, but the young bride doesn't think she can go through with it. Ellen has spent the last fifty years on this ranch with her beloved husband, Ben. Theirs has been a wonderful life, the best Ellen could imagine; yet, she cannot accept the fate which is looming all too close. Ben's failing memory and her poor health have made selling their ranch and moving into town an inevitability. Ellen wants just one more winter in front of the fireplace Ben built, the two of them warm under the quilts she's stitched, before they say goodbye. But first, June's uncertain heart needs tending. With the rose-colored New Mexico desert as backdrop, Ellen tells June the story of Nell, a Kansas-born spitfire who ran away from three different weddings before marrying the love of her life. It's a tale filled with excitement, heartbreak, disappointment, self-discovery, and hard-earned life lessons that taught her how a woman can learn to love without giving up who she is and who she wants to become. Ultimately, the story of Nell revels a twist with tremendous significance not only for June as she decides her fate, but also for Ellen, as she embraces hers.