Gardenias for Breakfast

 “Everybody has a story. You listen to that story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you.” Her Grand Lady spoke these words when Abby was just a girl, spending the summer in rural Louisiana, surrounded by an extended, loving family. She’s been listening carefully ever since. Now Abby is raising her own family thousands of miles away. And even though Hawaii might seem like paradise to some, it’s a long way away from those idyllic days she remembers, sitting with her grandmother, learning about the beauty and mystery of life. So Abby has just one wish: that her daughter Hannah might be touched by the beauty of her 92-year-old Grand Lady’s stories, before it’s too late. But when Hannah finally does spend time with Grand Lady, the old woman crushes her tender spirit. And a mother-daughter journey home becomes an adventure of discovery-about the importance of family and the healing found in forgiveness. In Gardenias for Breakfast , mothers and daughters may recognize a branch or two from their own family trees and find themselves wishing not only for Grand Lady’s guidance but also for Hannah’s ability to smell the clouds.

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

On A Whim Book #2 Katie Weldon Series

What’s next? Ever since high school, Katie Weldon has wondered what it would be like to be Rick Doyle’s girlfriend. As a college senior she’s about to find out. In the swirl of Katie’s upgraded dating life, she receives an unexplained bouquet, an unexpected call from her mother, an unprecedented girls’ night out with Christy, and an unhappy moment when her beloved car, Baby Hummer, takes its last wheeze. Rick’s new roommate, Eli, complicates things by inviting Katie on a midnight jaunt to see a meteor shower. Under a canopy of stars Katie grasps a new view of the universe–out there as well as up close. As if she had nothing else to do, on a whim she singlehandedly starts a fund-raising campaign for clean water for Africa. With Rick caught up in making plans for the future, how will Katie navigate her way through the remainder of her college career with no money, no transportation, no spare time, and no idea what God is up to? On a Whim is the second book in the Katie Weldon Series.

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

RV There Yet?

Life’s a journey. Midlife’s an adventure. But two weeks in a RV with the hot-flash sisters could drive anyone over the hill. Dede signed on for this cross-country RV trip selflessly, for Millie and Lydia’s sakes. Besides, she needed to get her mind off a love gone wrong and a demanding gourmet chocolates business. And it’s for a good cause–sprucing up the old summer camp in Colorado to save it from closing. It will be a fun, memorable last hurrah before she turns fifty. Right? But Dede’s more of a luxury hotel kind of girl. She likes mints on plumped pillows and room service. Bunking with friends in a motor home the size of a phone booth is not her style. And with the mysterious biker gang and a stalking ex-boyfriend, the RV seems to be shrinking. Still, with friends, a bountiful supply of truffles, and a boy from her past who has aged very well, this trip might be the best vacation ever A hilarious story that celebrates the life in midlife–even the occasional moose and mosquitoes–and the surprising grace of God.

Author: Diann Hunt

False Pretenses Book #1 Secrets of Roux River Bayou Series

Zoe Broussard loves the life she and her husband Pierce have built in her beloved Louisiana hometown–especially their popular brasserie Zoe B’s, to which folks drive all the way from Lafayette for lunch or dinner. It seems like heaven. But it’s about to become hell. A series of anonymous notes is making her life a misery–because Zoe has a secret so terrible it could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Can she find the courage to face her past? The first in a new series from Kathy Herman, False Pretenses is a gripping suspense novel that leaves a lasting impression about honesty and accountability.

Author: Kathy Herman