Somewhere in the hills of Western Maine lies the fictional town of Jackson Falls, home of the Bradley-Lindstrom-MacKenzie clan. Here, you'll find tales of love, life, rock and roll, and growing into the person you were meant to be. The stories are interwoven, a true family saga built around the strong central character of Casey Bradley Fiore. Peopled with realistic and charismatic characters, these stories speak to the heart but aren't afraid to tackle the sometimes harsh realities of life. Come home to Jackson Falls. You won't regret the trip!
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The year is 1974, and aspiring songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore sweeps into her life and turns it upside down. The first time she looks into Danny's turbulent blue eyes, Casey is ready to toss aside her entire future for a man who will almost certainly break her heart.
Together with guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie, Casey writes the songs that catapult Danny to a fame beyond their wildest imaginings. But life with Danny isn't what she expected. The road to success is loaded with land mines, and rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage. Every time Danny breaks her heart, it's Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.
It isn't until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty can differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.
Coming Home is a poignant story about the seasons of a woman's heart, and the roundabout route we sometimes have to take to get to where we're meant to be.
Hard experience has taught Rose MacKenzie Kenneally that men can't be trusted. But when gorgeous high school English teacher Jesse Lindstrom sweeps her off her feet at her brother's wedding, Rose temporarily forgets that she's given up on men forever. Eight weeks later, the unthinkable happens when this thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two teenagers discovers she's pregnant by a man she barely knows.
When Jesse proposes marriage, Rose digs in her heels. She cherishes her hard-won freedom, and no man, no matter how infuriatingly sexy or nice, is going to take that away from her. But her teenagers are running wild in the city. Her ex, Eddie the snake, is too busy with his new trophy wife to be bothered with something as trivial as fatherhood. Luke and Devon need the stabilizing influence of a man like Jesse Lindstrom. So she accepts Jesse's proposal with a few conditions of her own.
Jesse wants a real marriage, but Rose is determined to resist his charm. The harder she resists, the harder he pushes, and indifference becomes increasingly difficult. But Rose carries a dark secret, one she's kept hidden for twenty years, a secret that could destroy their shaky marriage. When Jesse faces a serious accusation, Rose is forced to confront her demons head-on. Is Jesse Lindstrom the one man she can trust, or will she find out that she's sleeping with the enemy?
It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
For nearly two decades, they were best friends. Business partners. Musical collaborators. He was her rock; she was his beacon of light, both of them willing to open up a vein and bleed for the other. The one thing they weren't supposed to do was fall in love. That wasn't part of the plan. He was supposed to find Ms. Right and settle down. She was supposed to live happily ever after with charismatic rock icon Danny Fiore.
But fate had other plans for Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie. They did fall in love, the kind of love that addles your brain and tears out your heart and turns your world upside down.
The kind that leads to forever.
But forever doesn't come without a price tag attached. Marriage, even to your best friend, can be a bumpy ride. Still haunted by the ghost of Casey's first husband, they've spent their first year of marriage tiptoeing around the elephant in the living room. While Rob struggles with long-held insecurities, Casey is gradually blossoming into the woman she was always meant to be. But with change comes uncertainty, and even as she finds herself overwhelmed by the ferocity of her feelings for her new husband, Casey wrestles with divided loyalties and the unexpected changes this marriage has wrought in her.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter Rob never knew about comes to live with them, the quiet life they've carved out for themselves in Casey's rural Maine hometown is turned upside down. As Casey and Rob face the challenges of parenting a rebellious teenager while trying to become a family, they unravel secrets and discover truths about themselves and their relationship, truths that, if not dealt with, could threaten their future as a couple.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a full-length novel. This is a 25,000-word novella, written for fans of my Jackson Falls Series. If you haven't already read DAYS LIKE THIS, I strongly urge you to do so before reading THE NEXT LITTLE THING.
Sometimes, love is complicated. Sometimes, love just is.
New baby, new house, new life. In this short novella-length follow-up to DAYS LIKE THIS, Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie are finding that marriage continues to pose its challenges. Casey has finally achieved the happiness she sought for years. But for Rob, adjusting to these major life changes is more difficult, leading to tensions and misunderstandings that the couple must work through in order to grow and thrive as a family.
THE BLACK SHEEP RETURNS.
A decade ago, Colleen Bradley Berkowitz walked away from everyone and everything that had ever mattered. In the intervening years, whenever she’d imagined her homecoming to the tiny town of Jackson Falls, she’d fantasized about sweeping into town on a wave of triumph. Never had she pictured herself limping in with empty dreams and emptier pockets, behind the wheel of a car that should have long since met its destiny in the crusher.
Big-city lawyer turned small-town farmer Harley Atkins has been raising his daughter alone since his ex-wife left them for greener pastures. He’s heard the stories about Will Bradley’s younger daughter, and the last thing he needs is to fall for another gorgeous face that’s hiding a stone-cold heart. Besides, Harley has planted his roots firmly in the rocky Maine soil, and it’s clear that Colleen Berkowitz won’t be hanging around for long.
But life is what happens while you’re making other plans. Colleen’s estranged sister is determined to rebuild their relationship. Her brother-in-law offers her a job. And as she forges an unexpected and surprising relationship with the incomparable Harley Atkins and his twelve-year-old daughter, Colleen watches her escape plans slowly but steadily unravel. When the son she left behind shows up at her door, she’s forced to reevaluate all those bridges she burned a decade ago.
REDEMPTION ROAD is a heartwarming story about love, about sisterhood, and about second chances.
A wife trying desperately to hold onto her sanity. A husband trying desperately to hold onto his marriage.
Rock musician Rob MacKenzie is in New York, producing the latest record album for a spoiled teenage pop star, when an unexpected loss sends his comfortable life into a tailspin. Reluctant to leave his wife, Casey, alone at their home in small-town Maine, Rob brings her and their two daughters back with him to New York while he finishes the album.
But Casey isn’t the same woman she was before. Too many losses have brought her to a dark place where he can’t seem to reach her. They've become two strangers facing each other from opposite ends of a long dining table. As the distance between them grows, Rob tries frantically to hold onto the woman he's loved since he was twenty years old. But for the first time in the two decades he's known her, Rob can't put Casey back together. While Casey seeks her own solution to their dilemma, Rob's juggling act includes a growing suspicion that he may have taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way.
When everything falls apart, can love go the distance, or will these two people lose everything they waited so many years for?
A steamy Southern summer. A beautiful ex-con. A burned-out cop. And a killer on the loose.
Wrongly convicted of her husband’s brutal murder, Kathryn McAllister has spent the last four years in a North Carolina prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When new evidence leads to the overturn of her conviction, Kathryn returns to the sleepy little town of Elba, North Carolina, determined to clear her name and find Michael McAllister’s killer.
Police chief Nick DiSalvo has come to Elba to bury himself someplace where he can forget his past and pretend he was born the day he drove into town. His plan is working until Kathryn McAllister walks through the door of his office, hell-bent on justice.
Drawn to each other by an irresistible heat, Nick and Kat are at cross-purposes. He wants her out of his hair; she wants to bag a killer. When the sizzling attraction between them explodes into full-blown passion, they discover that in this picturesque Southern town of many secrets, nothing is as it appears. As they draw nearer to discovering the identity of Michael McAllister’s killer, they unearth a secret so terrible that one individual would stop at nothing—including killing again—to keep them from uncovering it.
A decade ago, Laurie wrote six romantic suspense novels for MIRA. Final Exit was a USA Today bestseller, while several others made the Waldenbooks romance bestseller list. Although all are now out of print in paperback, the good news is that they are still available in Kindle editions! Click here to purchase any of these books for your Kindle.