Hotel Ladd

Ladd Springs

Book 3
BloominThyme Press
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After
years of battling the Ladd family, Annie Owens has finally procured her
daughter’s legacy, title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of streams and springs in the
eastern Tennessee mountains—only she can’t afford to keep it. Cal Foster’s
father owns the biggest bank in town and has devised a way to help Annie retain
the property, but when hotel developer Jillian Devane offers to buy the land
outright, Annie is torn. She’s tempted by the huge sum of money—money that will
secure her daughter Casey’s future, something Cal cannot guarantee.



 



According
to Annie’s sister, Lacy Ward, an insider with the Ladd family, Jillian’s
proposal is tainted by revenge—the depth of which Annie has no idea. She only
knows the woman is out to compete with the upcoming Ladd hotel making any deal
with Jillian Devane tantamount to betrayal. When Cal is offered a position with
Hotel Ladd, Annie is backed against a wall. Selling to Jillian will end any
hope for a future together with Cal, a man she has come to love. But it isn’t
until Casey’s romance with Troy Parker blows apart that Annie’s decision is
made.



 



Will
“selling out” exile Annie from the Ladd family, including any chance for
happiness with Cal Foster? Or can she find a way to make amends, ending a
long-standing feud once and for all? Find
out in this episode of Ladd Springs
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Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab Cody-boy! An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables, surprised by what she finds there every day. Who knew there were so many amazing similarities between men and plants? Women, life and love and her discoveries provide for never-ending fun on her garden blog: BloominThyme.

 

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Publisher
BloominThyme Press
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Published on
Aug 7, 2013
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Pages
265
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ISBN
9780988487161
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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