-Deborah Smith, NYT bestselling author
-Mary Balogh, NYT bestselling author
Old friends, best friends. . . GIRLFRIENDS. They met ten years ago, and they've been friends ever since. Zoey, Charlotte and Lydia.
At their last reunion, they all accepted a challenge: look up your first love. Find out what happened to him, what kind of man he became. Since Zoey's spending the month before Christmas back in her old hometown— Stoney Creek, in British Columbia's interior-she decides she'll take the opportunity to search for Ryan Donnelly, the boy she'd loved with all the passion in her teenage heart.
Zoey ends up visiting the Donnelly ranch, and she discovers that Ryan-who's still single-does seem interested in pursuing something with her. But what about his brother, Cameron? Cam Donnelly, successful rancher and single dad, is as remote and mysterious as Ryan is flirtatious and charming. Does he approve of her "romance" with Ryan or not? What does he think of her? Zoey's not sure why it even matters. . . and yet she knows it does.
Charlotte's taken the Girlfriends' challenge: Find your first love. What's he doing? How's he doing? On a business trip to Prince Edward Island - searching for antiques and folk art - Charlotte doesn't have to look very hard to find Liam Connery. But he's not what she expected. Not at all...
Instead of the pilot he wanted to be, he trains and raises dogs. He's a man living a secluded existence in a rambling country house. A man with secrets.
And yet - like Jane Eyre, with Liam playing the Mr. Rochester role - Charlotte's powerfully drawn to him. Falling in love, dreaming of marriage and babies and the promise of forever. A promise Liam may not be able to make...or to keep.
Lydia Lane didn't take the Girlfriends' challenge - to find her first love - seriously at all. But then, Sam Pereira finds her... or rather, his ex-wife does.
Lydia runs a business called Domestica, organizing people's lives and teaching them household skills. Sam's ex figures he needs something like Lydia to create order out of chaos - and Sam agrees.
Back when Lydia first knew Sam, back when she was secretly in love with him, he was Trouble with a capital T. A sexy motorcycle-riding "bad boy." Now he's a successful lawyer and a single father - but still sexy, still a rebel in his own way. Lydia knows she could fall for him all over again...and for his little girl!