The Abalone Shell

The message was undeniable… Fight for her.

Six months after her divorce, Hope St. Cloud is struggling with her guilt over leaving her daughter’s father. She needs a fresh perspective, and she knows exactly how to find it—by spending the summer at her family’s cottage in Sea Glass Cove. Surrounded by abundant peace and fond childhood memories, Hope and her daughter will be able to find a new rhythm with just the two of them.


Nothing could’ve prepared her for the immediate and tantalizing attraction to local gallery owner Owen McKinney. Or for his instant connection with her shy daughter.

It’s been three years since the accident that stole everything Owen held dear. That’s more than enough time to mourn and move on, but he can’t seem to let go… until Hope and her adorable daughter stroll into his gallery. In them, he finds everything he lost—all the joy and adventure that comes with being a family. But Hope’s divorce is still fresh, and he’s afraid she might’ve made a mistake divorcing her husband.

Then a sign straight from his past makes it clear he can’t let them walk away.

Don't miss the next book in the Sea Glass Cove series, The Driftwood Promise—now available!
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About the author

Maren Ferguson is the "sweet" alter ego of USA Today bestselling author Suzie O'Connell, who is best known for the Northstar romances.
 
Though she is a self-professed mountain-loving nerd, she has a fair amount of salt water in her veins, courtesy of her "salty dog" grandfather, and once in a while, she gets to craving the crashing ocean surf. It was during one of these episodes that the Sea Glass Cove series was conceived.
 
Suzie has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, and it shouldn't come as any surprise that her first story, written (and illustrated) way back in second grade, was about the mouse who went to the sea.
 
When she isn't writing, you'll probably find her in the mountains with a camera in hand and enjoying the beauty of Montana with her husband Mark, their daughter Maddie, and their golden retriever Reilly. You might even find her--on her rare trips to the coast--getting in touch with her inner pirate. Just kidding. Sort of.

Find out more about Maren and her books at marenferguson.com

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Suzanne O'Connell
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Pages
223
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Suzie O'Connell
When Ben Conner killed a man in the line of duty and orphaned an eleven-year-old boy, he pushed everyone away, including the one woman who would have shown him he’s not a monster.

Half a decade later, Ben is at a crossroads. The guilt and nightmares are tearing him apart. A trip home to Northstar to see his old friend June Montana sounds like heaven, but instead of the escape he hoped for, Ben is reunited with the boy he orphaned. Luke is June’s son now, and she’s made a promise to put his happiness before anyone else’s—even Ben’s, no matter how much her heart aches for her old friend. If Ben can’t accept that, he’ll lose her for good. The promise of forgiveness and family lies before them if they can only grab on to it, but before they can figure out if Luke and Ben will be able to overcome the past, a new threat arises. Someone from June’s past wants revenge for a broken heart… and he’s willing to kill to get it.

With a poignant mix of suspense, humor, and hope, Summer Angel won’t let you go until the last page. Pick up your copy today and dive in this heartwarming story of hope and redemption.

NORTHSTAR ROMANCES (by series):
NORTHSTAR ANGELS: 
Mountain Angel (Book 1) 
Summer Angel (Book 2) 
Wild Angel (Book 3) 
Forgotten Angel (Book 4)

HAMMOND BROTHERS: 
First Instinct (Book 1)
Twice Shy (Book 2) 
Once Burned (Book 3)

NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS:
Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)
Starlight Magic (Book 2)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT:The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.
Suzie O'Connell
 Henry Hammond and Lindsay Miller are in Northstar for a wedding, but neither of them feels like celebrating. Lindsay has sworn off men until her son is old enough not to be hurt by them, but she’s drawn to Henry, a man devastated after learning that his son isn’t his.


Henry is in no mood to entertain ideas about starting a new relationship, but when Lindsay boldly introduces herself and gets him to open up with her refreshing honesty about her trials as a young, single mother, he’s intrigued. She’s strong and fiercely independent but also vulnerable and burned-out from dating the wrong men. Factor in an immediate physical pull, and they’re in trouble. Past mistakes warn them to keep their distance, but an offer of a one-night stand turns into a week-long adventure that soothes both their hearts.

Their bargain to help one another remember that they are both lovable is a temporary charade, but their initial attraction refuses to fade even after Lindsay heads home to Washington. Henry can’t stop thinking about her, and he’s the first person she wants to call after a fight with her son’s father. They may have a shot at the kind of love that lasts a lifetime, but first they’ll have to learn to trust again, and trust isn’t something that comes easily to either of them.

The Hammond brothers will tug on your emotions as they show family is all you need in Suzie O'Connell's cozy, heartfelt contemporary romance series set in Northstar, Montana, where friendship, family, and love are as bountiful as the fresh mountain air.

NORTHSTAR ROMANCES (by series):
NORTHSTAR ANGELS:
Mountain Angel (Book 1)
Summer Angel (Book 2)
Wild Angel (Book 3)
Forgotten Angel (Book 4)

HAMMOND BROTHERS:
First Instinct (Book 1)
Twice Shy (Book 2)
Once Burned (Book 3)
Last Surrender (Book 4) - Coming soon!

NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS:
Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)

Starlight Magic (Book 2)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.

Suzie O'Connell
 A strong-willed woman, a heart-weary deputy, and a cozy mountain cabin. What could possibly go wrong… or right?
For Aelissm Davis, Northstar has always been home. She hoped she’d return someday, but not like this—exhausted by fast-paced city life and shadowed by an obsessive friend. Stubborn and independent, Aelissm likes to handle her own problems, but with Adam Winters, she may be in over her head. It’s time to swallow her pride and call in reinforcements. Her meddling uncle’s solution—send his best deputy to Montana to protect her—makes Aelissm think he has more on his mind than her safety. The last thing she needs is another complication, and with those sad eyes and a gentle heart, Deputy Pat O’Neil is definitely that. Still, there’s something irresistible about the haunted man, and as her focus shifts from avoiding Adam to helping Pat overcome his demons, a different kind of problem arises. When his “vacation” is over, will she be able to convince him to stay?

Discover your next favorite small town in Mountain Angel, the first book in a heartwarming contemporary romance series about the healing power of love, good friends, and fresh mountain air. Grab your copy today and find out why readers are falling in love with Northstar, Montana.

The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES by series:
NORTHSTAR ANGELS:
Mountain Angel (Book 1)
Summer Angel (Book 2)
Wild Angel (Book 3)
Forgotten Angel (Book 4)

HAMMOND BROTHERS:
First Instinct (Book 1)
Twice Shy (Book 2)
Once Burned (Book 3)

NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS
Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)
Starlight Magic (Book 2)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.
Suzie O'Connell
When Ben Conner killed a man in the line of duty and orphaned an eleven-year-old boy, he pushed everyone away, including the one woman who would have shown him he’s not a monster.

Half a decade later, Ben is at a crossroads. The guilt and nightmares are tearing him apart. A trip home to Northstar to see his old friend June Montana sounds like heaven, but instead of the escape he hoped for, Ben is reunited with the boy he orphaned. Luke is June’s son now, and she’s made a promise to put his happiness before anyone else’s—even Ben’s, no matter how much her heart aches for her old friend. If Ben can’t accept that, he’ll lose her for good. The promise of forgiveness and family lies before them if they can only grab on to it, but before they can figure out if Luke and Ben will be able to overcome the past, a new threat arises. Someone from June’s past wants revenge for a broken heart… and he’s willing to kill to get it.

With a poignant mix of suspense, humor, and hope, Summer Angel won’t let you go until the last page. Pick up your copy today and dive in this heartwarming story of hope and redemption.

NORTHSTAR ROMANCES (by series):
NORTHSTAR ANGELS: 
Mountain Angel (Book 1) 
Summer Angel (Book 2) 
Wild Angel (Book 3) 
Forgotten Angel (Book 4)

HAMMOND BROTHERS: 
First Instinct (Book 1)
Twice Shy (Book 2) 
Once Burned (Book 3)

NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS:
Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)
Starlight Magic (Book 2)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT:The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.
Suzie O'Connell
Nick Hammond and Beth Carlyle have been best friends since birth and haven’t ever considered that there might be more than friendship between them, but during their final year of college, her boyfriend’s act of selfish brutality changes everything.

Nick has always been sure of his life’s path. When his father retires, he’ll inherit his family’s sprawling Lazy H Ranch and continue the traditions of his forefathers. It’s the only life he wants, but when an evening of fun on the town is shattered by Beth’s screams, Nick’s future is thrown into chaos. Beth’s dreams are destroyed. Forget those kids she wanted, forget showing them how great it is to be a ranch kid, and forget ever enjoying a man’s touch again. All she has left is her family’s C Diamond Ranch, a prayer that she can cobble herself back together well enough to run it… and Nick.

When Nick jumps in to protect Beth, boundaries shift and desires long ignored rise to the surface, forcing them to question everything their friendship was and could be. With their emotions so tangled by what happened, how can they know if these new feelings are only the circumstances or something much deeper? They’ll have to figure it out in a storm of other consequences, and Beth will have to find the courage to keep Nick out of trouble.

The Hammond brothers will tug on your emotions in Suzie O'Connell's heartfelt, passionate contemporary romance series set in Northstar, Montana, where friendship, family, and love are as bountiful as the fresh mountain air.

"The author grabs your emotions and doesn't let go until the very end."
-- Melton, avid reader.

"This story had everything in it. I love it in Northstar with the Hammond brothers & their amazing family. This was a page turner in every way!"
-- B Kinsey, avid reader

The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES by series:
HAMMOND BROTHERS:
First Instinct (Book 1)
Twice Shy (Book 2)
Once Burned (Book 3)
Last Surrender (Book 4) - Coming 2018

NORTHSTAR ANGELS:
Mountain Angel (Book 1)
Summer Angel (Book 2)
Wild Angel (Book 3)
Forgotten Angel (Book 4)

NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS:

Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)

Starlight Magic (Book 2)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT:The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers. 

Suzie O'Connell
Can the magic of the stars heal a tormented soul? Single father Brodie Dunn aims to find out by putting his heart on the line.Artist Celeste Dawson desperately needs a tranquil place where she can rebuild herself. Two months after her husband’s violent death, her career is in jeopardy and she can’t engage in the art that was once her escape from the world. She hopes a trip to Northstar will help her find peace. There’s no place better for healing, especially after she meets her charming new neighbor, ski hill owner Brodie. He suspects Celeste is going to be trouble right from the start, but he can’t ignore the pain in her eyes. On the saddest night of his life, he made a promise under the stars to laugh instead of cry and to help any wounded heart he comes across. He’s sure that philosophy and maybe a little starlight magic will do wonders for Celeste… if his apparent inability to take anything seriously doesn’t drive her mad first.

A tale of forgiveness and hope, Starlight Magic will grab you by the heart. Pick up your copy today and catch a little holiday magic for yourself.

The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES by series:
NORTHSTAR HOLIDAYS
Mistletoe Kisses (Book 1)
Starlight Magic (Book 2)

NORTHSTAR ANGELS: 
Mountain Angel (Book 1) 
Summer Angel (Book 2) 
Wild Angel (Book 3) 
Forgotten Angel (Book 4) 

HAMMOND BROTHERS: 
First Instinct (Book 1) 
Twice Shy (Book 2) 
Once Burned (Book 3)

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The NORTHSTAR ROMANCES are contemporary romances and contain sensual scenes and mild profanity that may be unsuitable for sensitive readers.
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