When the local community theater's resident director falls ill and the leading man lands in hospital, Julie is coerced into directing a contemporary take on The Taming of the Shrew and Nate is recruited for the lead. Their initial clash makes way for friendship, and attraction blossoms into love. But a series of vandalisms threaten to close down the show—and gets personal for Julie.
Without Sofie's knowledge, her friend spins a lie about them to impress a pair of businessmen and worse yet, sets Sofie up with one of them.
Also on board is Finn Baxter, an ex-cop private eye hot on the trail of a con man with whom he has a personal vendetta. He has plans for the con man—which he keeps under wraps—but he didn't plan on meeting a feisty red-head and losing his heart.
While Sofie and Finn try to resist their growing attraction, mysterious accidents begin to happen to her. Could the perpetrator be Finn, who always seems to be on the scene of the accidents? Or another man, who may be trying to scare Sofie into his arms? Or a fellow passenger with an unexplained but obvious hatred of Sofie?
What IS clear is that a cruise gets complicated when you start it with a big fat lie!
"These are heroines you'll recognize because they are real women like you and me," Bagshaw says. "They have busy lives and character flaws. They make mistakes and have regrets. They long for long and have suffered hurts. But they persevere. And in the stories in this collection they find the love they've been looking for, sometimes where they least expect it."
The problem is, Jack is the major creditor who got the bulk of her father's estate and Gillian is not impressed.
It will take overcoming a mountain of misunderstanding before Jack and Gillian dare to believe everyone deserves a second chance.
Genre: Informational Text
Comprehension Skill/Strategy: Identify Main Ideas/Details
Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA): 40
Guided Reading Level: S
Lexile Level: 810L
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