Award-winning author Kathleen Gilles Seidel still longs for the small Kansas hometown of her birth. To fill that longing, she builds her own small towns, filling their imaginary borders with strong robust characters seeking their own happily-ever-afters. Kathy lives outside of Washington, D.C. She and her late husband have two grown daughters.
When Jack’s mother marries Amy’s widowed father, they invite allthe children to spend the summer at the Legends’ retreat in northernMinnesota. They never imagine just how well Jack and Amy are goingto get along—as affection unexpectedly flares into a burning attractionthat threatens to damage already fragile familial bonds. Agreeing to denytheir desire until the vacation is over—caught between long-simmeringconflicts and clashing personalities—Jack and Amy find, nonetheless,that they are falling deeply in love. And passion this strong couldn’tpossibly wait until summer’s end . . . no matter what the consequences.
But when her dying grandfather asks her to go back, she cannot refuse. And on the banks of the Missouri River, she meets Ned Ravenal, a vibrant man who is living his dream, excavating a paddlewheel steamboat that sank one hundred and fifty years ago. Tess had family on that boat, and Ned uncovers their secrets that, in turn, unlock the mysteries of Nina's life. No longer afraid of the past, Tess discovers in herself spirit, passion, and richness as intricate as her lace.