It was late afternoon and Dr. Alexavier Wyndham was exhausted. He glanced from his laptop screen to the door of his office when a crisp knock sounded. "Enter," he called.
His office assistant, a middle-aged, no-nonsense woman over the age of fifty, poked her head around the door and grinned. Since Gladys Buttons rarely smiled at him, he frowned. "Yes?"
It wasn't a secret that he and Gladys often butted heads, so her smile puzzled him. Then he decided it was because she was a short-timer. Her contract with the organization would be over as soon as he authorized her replacement.
She said, "My replacement is here." Her grin widened.
Now he was completely baffled. "Okay, show him in." He heard Ms. Buttons laugh as she closed the door and he got an uneasy feeling.
A few minutes later there was another knock. He yawned and turned his attention to meeting his new assistant. He'd been up most of the night with a child suffering from malnutrition and the ailments associated with it. The child had been brought to the only doctor within a hundred miles—him. The poor mother hadn't been in much better condition after her three day journey on foot. He typed one last notation into his laptop, hit the save button, and closed the screen. The door opened and Ms. Buttons entered, blocking his view of whoever was behind her. With a flourish, she waved her hands and stepped aside. "Dr. Wyndham, meet Miss Hannah Tanner, your new assistant."
Alexavier's eyes widened and then narrowed. He had specifically requested his new assistant be male. Life in a third world country was grueling, and other than cantankerous Ms. Buttons who could survive anything, he'd already witnessed the affect it had on young women in the organization. Often, they came believing their ideals were all they needed. He never doubted they were well-intentioned, but after weeks of sometimes unbearable heat, unusual food, little sleep, and the overwhelming needs of the population, the women began to fade. The sparkle left their eyes as they attempted to become all things to anyone who needed them.
Alexavier pressed his hands onto the top of his desk and glared at Ms. Buttons. He said, "What the bloody… Tell me you're kidding."
After writing books six and seven in this series, I knew I had to reveal Hannah Tanner's story. The aforementioned books, Rock Star Kisses and Forever Kisses, are about Hannah's twin brothers, Preston and Toby, and their rocky roads to romance. Hannah's story is just as rocky, maybe more so. While she is working in a third world country she meets the doctor she will fall in love with. However, she has little hope that he will consider her anything other than his office assistant. He's older, worldly, and the son of an earl. Something tells me she's wrong...
Collin Banks has made treasure hunting his profession...and he's good at it! His latest project brings him to Oasis, Arizona where he's attempting to solve the hundred year old mystery of a gold heist from the Manfred Schneider Gold Mine. Locating the gold would put another notch in his already extensive resume. However, while flying his Cessna Skyhawk over the small town and surrounding desert, something goes horribly wrong and his plane crashes!
Dottie Arnez enjoys walking the wilderness road outside her ancestral home in Oasis. Over the past few months, however, she's begun to wonder if she's going through a mid-life crisis. Operating Dottie's Dime Store in the small town isn't as satisfying as it once was. She's decided her life is very...boring! Little does she realize that during one of her evening walks an unforeseen event will forever change her daily routine. At great peril to her own life, she rescues a man from his downed plane. Pursued by media, both she and Collin Banks escape to Florida where she finds herself diving for sunken treasure!
Perhaps Collin and Dottie, while searching for treasure in the earth, will also discover the treasure within their hearts.
Lucinda made the biggest mistake of her life when she threw Harris "under the bus" and she regrets the exposé that appeared in The Seattle Daily. The only way to make amends is to swallow her pride and print a public apology in his town's local newspaper. Of course, no one knows she was hired by The Paxtonville Weekly because the editor of the "Daily" made a secret deal to get her there. She's digging a hole for herself that she may never escape.
Note: This is the last book in the "Romance on the Ranch Series" and many characters from previous books find their way into this story.