As the Snow Fell: A Lake Harriet Novel

Deanna Lynn Sletten
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A Lake Harriet Novel

In the charming Lake Harriet neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN, where we first met Kristen, Ryan, and their beloved dog, Sam, in Walking Sam, we meet another couple who are struggling to find true love.

Mallory Dawson is planning the winter wedding of her dreams. She’s found a wonderful man to share her life with and is looking forward to a promising future together. But one month before her wedding, she runs into the man she once loved who she hasn’t seen in ten years. Soon, her entire life is turned upside down.

James Gallagher fled to California ten years ago to start over after the love of his life, Mallory, refused to marry him. But when his dad passes away and his mother becomes ill, he returns home to help run the family business. Seeing Mallory again brings a flood of memories back, and he begins to wonder what his life would have been like if he hadn’t left.

Will the wedding go on or will fate play a hand in Mallory's happily ever after?


 

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About the author

 Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of MAGGIE’S TURN, FINDING LIBBIE, ONE WRONG TURN, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

 

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd, traveling, and relaxing on the lake.

 

Deanna loves hearing from her readers. Connect with her at:

 

Her website: http://www.deannalsletten.com

Blog: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deannalynnsletten

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deannalsletten

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Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Published on
Nov 21, 2017
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Pages
270
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ISBN
9781941212295
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
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 Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything...


Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she's ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.


Luke Brennan isn't interested in having his heart broken again. He's loved and lost once, and he's hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she's a city girl, and engaged to another man. She's off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it's too late?


Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?

 

 

What readers are saying about Kiss a Cowboy:

 

 "KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews


"I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life." ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag


"I absolutely cannot wait until the next book comes out! Luke, Randy, Colt, Ginny and Andi are all so addicting and you will find yourself loving each and every one of them." ~ A. Gehman ~ Avid Reader

 

"Colt isn't going to know what hit him," Luke Brennan teased when Colt first met Carly. That was the understatement of the year.

 

Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss…

 

Colt Brennan is a sweet, shy cowboy who has spent his life working the family ranch in Montana. He's never given a thought to doing anything different until the vivacious Carly Stevens comes along and steals his heart. Everyone warned him that Carly gets bored with her men easily, but Colt doesn't believe it's true. Once their relationship goes beyond a few stolen kisses, he's sure that Carly is the woman for him. On Carly's invitation, Colt leaves everything behind to move to Seattle and live with her. But sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, and although he wants much more with Carly, he finds her slowly pulling away, leaving him confused.

 

And then there's Beth. Colt feels an instant connection with Carly's roommate, Beth Owens, and is intrigued by her quiet kindness and inner strength. Beth is the one to bring a smile to his face and warm his heart when all his life plans goes awry. As time goes by, Colt finds himself caught between the woman he thinks he loves, and the woman he feels a deep connection to. Who will be the woman who steals Colt away with just one kiss?

 

 

What readers are saying about the Kiss a Cowboy Series:

 

"KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews

 

"I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life." ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

"I absolutely cannot wait until the next book comes out! Luke, Randy, Colt, Ginny and Andi are all so addicting and you will find yourself loving each and every one of them." ~ A. Gehman ~ Avid Reader 

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

“Lauren Layne writes characters I want to tackle and keep as my best friends, woven into smart, sexy, utterly romantic tales of love.”—Violet Duke

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Love Unexpectedly series can be read in any order:
BLURRED LINES
GOOD GIRL
LOVE STORY 
WALK OF SHAME
AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:

The I Do, I Don’t Series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT

The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

The Oxford Series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE

The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED

The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT

Praise for An Ex for Christmas

“Charming, witty, and sexy—An Ex for Christmas was so easy to devour! It had everything you want in a holiday read including a hunky best friend and quite a few tumultuous mistletoe scenes. Honestly, who knew mistletoe could be so hot?!”—R. S. Grey, USA Today bestselling author

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Love isn’t always a walk in the park…

 

Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find someone he can love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly gives in and starts going out on weekends, and soon discovers that women have changed as well as the rules of dating. He’s longing for a fulfilling relationship but the women he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he’s happy to find they have a lot in common. There’s only one problem—she’s not available.

 

Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a pediatric oncology nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn’t want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend—a surgeon—proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a thirty-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon or the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy.

 

Can Sam’s furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together?

 

Walking Sam is a heartwarming story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.

 

 

What readers are saying about Walking Sam:

 

“An uplifting story that leaves the reader with a warm smile and feeling that something really good happened!” – Maryann Bruner

 

“Walking Sam is a beautiful, warm, loving story.” -  Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

“I LOVED this book, it was a very moving book of loss and love!” – Diane E. Damico

 

“I love all of Deanna's books. They keep you involved in the stories and I hate to put the books down.” – Shirley Dodge 

She never expected to fall in love…

 

Carly Stevens loves to have fun but her carefree lifestyle has finally caught up with her. Broke and in debt, she heads to Montana to spend the summer with her sister, Andi Brennan, at the Brennan ranch. Her sister agrees she can stay on two conditions—she works to pay down her debt and changes her wild-girl ways. Reluctantly, Carly agrees, but it isn’t long before she breaks her promise and finds herself in a bind and Randy comes to her rescue. Carly begins to see the "crusty old cowboy" in a different light and soon finds herself falling for the one man she’d never thought it was possible to fall in love with.

 

Randy Olson’s life has never been easy—growing up with an alcoholic mother and an absent father— but he considers himself lucky to work for the Brennans and to be considered a part of their family. When Carly shows up to stay for the summer, he does his best to ignore the spoiled city girl, as he's done over the past two years when she’s visited. Then, one night, everything changes and he realizes there may be more to Carly than he ever imagined. As their relationship grows, old doubts plague Randy. Could a city girl like Carly ever truly love a simple ranch hand?

 

 

What people are saying about the Kiss a Cowboy Series and Kissing Carly:

 

 

“This is a fun, highly romantic story. Thanks to great characters, witty dialog, and well-built relationships (I especially loved Luke's mom and how she takes in Andi), Kiss a Cowboy has a real depth to it.” ~ Tia Bach of Mom in Love with Fiction

 

"KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews

 

“Deanna is one of my must read authors now and I have loved everything she has written. Her stories are just so easy to get lost in and like I said, the characters become friends. Her books go to the top of my TBR list when they come out! I know the stories are going to be so good!” ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

"Colt isn't going to know what hit him," Luke Brennan teased when Colt first met Carly. That was the understatement of the year.

 

Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss…

 

Colt Brennan is a sweet, shy cowboy who has spent his life working the family ranch in Montana. He's never given a thought to doing anything different until the vivacious Carly Stevens comes along and steals his heart. Everyone warned him that Carly gets bored with her men easily, but Colt doesn't believe it's true. Once their relationship goes beyond a few stolen kisses, he's sure that Carly is the woman for him. On Carly's invitation, Colt leaves everything behind to move to Seattle and live with her. But sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, and although he wants much more with Carly, he finds her slowly pulling away, leaving him confused.

 

And then there's Beth. Colt feels an instant connection with Carly's roommate, Beth Owens, and is intrigued by her quiet kindness and inner strength. Beth is the one to bring a smile to his face and warm his heart when all his life plans goes awry. As time goes by, Colt finds himself caught between the woman he thinks he loves, and the woman he feels a deep connection to. Who will be the woman who steals Colt away with just one kiss?

 

 

What readers are saying about the Kiss a Cowboy Series:

 

"KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews

 

"I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life." ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

"I absolutely cannot wait until the next book comes out! Luke, Randy, Colt, Ginny and Andi are all so addicting and you will find yourself loving each and every one of them." ~ A. Gehman ~ Avid Reader 

 Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything...


Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she's ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.


Luke Brennan isn't interested in having his heart broken again. He's loved and lost once, and he's hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she's a city girl, and engaged to another man. She's off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it's too late?


Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?

 

 

What readers are saying about Kiss a Cowboy:

 

 "KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews


"I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life." ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag


"I absolutely cannot wait until the next book comes out! Luke, Randy, Colt, Ginny and Andi are all so addicting and you will find yourself loving each and every one of them." ~ A. Gehman ~ Avid Reader

 

Reflected in Her Eyes ~ A Short Story

 

Marissa loved her husband so much that she was willing to risk everything to give him the one thing they both wanted most: a child. Four years later, her past comes back to haunt her and now all she holds dear may be taken away from her.

 

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ Chapter Sampler

This book also contains the first three chapters of the following novels by Deanna Lynn Sletten

 

Memories

 

Michael and Dani fell in love years before when Michael was still recovering from his tour of duty in the Vietnam War and was single-handedly raising his young daughter. Dani was only eighteen, but she was deeply in love. Then, without a word, Michael left Dani without a word of explanation. Her heartache was increased when she made a fateful decision that would alter her future and she blamed Michael for her loss. Years later, the two meet again. Michael believes they can find love together again, but Dani hates him and he doesn’t understand why.

 

Dani and Michael share a journey of heartache, loss, and painful memories that threatens to keep them apart. Can they break free of the past and finally find love again?

 

 

Sara’s Promise

 

Do you believe in soul mates? William wife, Sara, promised him she would always be there for him and the children no matter what happened. She believed she was his soul mate and they'd be connected forever. Five years after Sara’s sudden death, William meets Annie, and is surprised by how much she reminds him of his deceased wife. Has Sara come back in the form of Annie to watch over him?

 

 

Destination Wedding

 

Claire Martin is excited to go on a tropical island vacation for her daughter's destination wedding except for one small detail—her ex, Jim, will be there, too. But Claire believes she can ignore Jim throughout the vacation, until a strange twist of fate thrusts them together for the entire week. Even worse, Claire soon finds she is still attracted to him. But forgiving and forgetting the past may be too difficult for Claire.

 

 

Summer of the Loon

 

After the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Ali Jenson leaves California to live with the grandfather she has never met in the deep woods of Northern Minnesota. She tries and fails to connect with her grandfather, Ben, who clearly isn’t pleased about having the young teen in his home. The past and present collide as Ali tries to break through the old man’s cold exterior and find a way into his heart. Can Ben find it in his heart to accept Ali and leave the past behind?

 

 

Walking Sam

 

Ryan is attracted to his new neighbor, Kristen, but she's dating someone. Kristen likes Ryan, but she thinks he’s the neighborhood playboy. Can Sam's furry charm bring these two together? A heartfelt story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.


Kiss a Cowboy (Book One)

 

Andi is heading toward her future. Luke is hiding from his past. When the two collide, sparks fly. Can the city girl and the cowboy ignore their growing feelings for each other or are they destined to be together? A heartwarming romance.

 

 

Widow, Virgin, Whore: A Novel

 

A heartwarming story of three very different women who are all at crossroads in their lives. They decide to share a home together along with their children. When one of them learns the devastating news that she is infected with HIV/AIDS, the household is turned upside down as they all learn to cope with this tragedy. It's a story about friendship, sisters, family, rebuilding broken relationships, and tolerance. 

 1968 - 1971

Charlotte Parsons is devastated over losing her brother in the Vietnam War. Desperate to learn more about the war, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers and befriends Joseph Russo, a young soldier. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still confused as to why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home.

Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She’s been dating her brother’s long-time best friend, Deke Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char isn’t sure how she feels about the war. Then a stranger comes to town and changes everything.

Joseph Russo served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury as well as a life-long limp. He’s ready to put the war behind him. While in Vietnam, he’d corresponded with a girl from Grand Falls and he enjoyed reading about her idyllic life. When he’s discharged, he moves there to attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he’s taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and beauty.

The battle lines are drawn as Deke resents Joe’s presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle.

Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, can Char and Joe find enough middle ground to fall in love?

 

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