Ladd Haven

BloominThyme Press
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Troy Parker returns home, a pregnant Casey Owens rejects him outright asserting
he lost his right to honesty when he abandoned her to pursue his fortune in
Kentucky. Jimmy Sweeney, friend and ally to Casey, never cared for Troy and is
more than willing to take part in her deception.


Foster has a few tricks of his own, beginning with reconciling his daughter
Felicity Wilkins with the Foster family. Her mother, Delaney Wilkins, wants
nothing to do with family reunions, knowing some relations are best left


as time passes, lies unravel. Casey can no longer deny her feelings for Troy
and confronts him about the pregnancy. Felicity is doing some confronting of
her own now that she’s learned a disturbing truth. Yet it’s Delaney's
confession that causes families to collide as folks take sides, shattering both
past and future generations, ensnaring Casey and Felicity in painful
complications for which neither is prepared...


feuds run deep and wide, threatening even the most solid of unions. Find out who survives the perils in this
chapter of Ladd Springs…

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About the author

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 along the way provide for never-ending fun on her garden blog: BloominThyme.


You can also find her on twitter @DianneVenetta and Plus, learn how you can become a member of her street team, Bloomin’ Warriors, where you’ll be eligible for special discounts, advance excerpts, author swag and unique gift items throughout the year. For full details, be sure to check out her website,

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BloominThyme Press
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Published on
Oct 21, 2013
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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