When Caroline flees Chicago following the brutal murder of her husband, the last thing she expects–or wants–is to fall for Matt Carlson, a builder with strong roots in the small town of Mountainview, Tennessee. She needs to focus on raising her six-year-old daughter and protecting both their hearts from ever being shattered again.
Matt is struggling with issues of his own…guilt over the death of his wife and the responsibility of raising a cynical teenaged nephew who is dropped on his doorstep, abandoned by Matt’s alcoholic sister. He doesn’t have time to fall in love, yet he can’t help being drawn to the woman who is ready to defend her home–and her daughter–with nothing more than a fiesty attitude and a broom handle.
Can Matt’s help and friendship convince Caroline to trust again…and when Caroline’s daughter goes missing, will Matt be able to find the girl before it’s too late and he loses everything he loves…again?
Featuring a full cast of characters in BURIED TREASURES, Ms. Manners manages to make you fall in love with all of them. Meet Caroline, protective mom. After her husband’s murder, Caroline focuses on raising her daughter, Callie, and wrestles with whether Callie’s heart is too fragile to risk another love. And Matt, acting dad to his nephew, attempts to chase away the guilt for failing his deceased wife’s expectations. When Callie disappears, not only does Caroline’s heart break; yours will, too. Packed with sweet romance and a believable story line, this journey is one you won’t want to miss.
(Review based on my purchase of the book.)
Mary Manners is an award-winning author of inspirational romance who lives in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband and teen-aged daughter. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.
During the school year, she teaches middle-schoolers reading and Algebra. In her free time, she likes to garden, take long walks with her husband, and read romance novels in a hammock beneath century-old shade trees.
Visit Mary at www.marymannersromance.com