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The last place Andrew (Drew) Morgan wants to be is back on the family avocado farm in Plentiful. If he had his way, he would still be active military and deployed somewhere far, far away. Unfortunately, he rarely gets what he wants. And being back in the orchard is just the latest in a long list of disappointments.

Chloe Taylor, a single mother, moved from Fresno to rural Plentiful, California to build her marketing business starting with the local agricultural cooperative. Her job is to convince local farms to invest in a major overhaul of the co-op’s ad campaign. A mix of modern operations and older family farms only adds to her frustration.

At the moment, his biggest challenge is bringing the owner of Plenty Good Farms in line with the others. The fact that a curmudgeonly old landlord, Samuel Morgan, has brought in his nephew to take charge of things gives him hope. Surely, the young Morgan will be more open to her progressive ideas.

When Chloe first presents her plan to the Morgan men, it is Drew who throws a wrench at his uncle’s agreement to sign the necessary contract. What she doesn’t realize is that Drew’s reluctance has more to do with his uncle’s health problems and the possibility that he may not be able to convince the man who raised him to retire.

When the military medical team forces Drew to choose between a desk job or retirement, he shares his frustrations with Chloe, and she helps him find a new purpose besides being a full-time farmer. He also helps that her attraction to him is growing. Drew has definitely fallen in love with the independent woman and her adorable daughter.

Will Chloe’s faith and determination will help her guide Drew through his difficult decisions and give them what they both need…a love that transcends their everyday challenges.

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Chloe Taylor reviewed the latest co-op contracts, happy to see that three of the five who held out had finally signed on the dotted line. If they were going to make this work, rebrand and revitalize an area that was way off the recon map, everyone had to be on board.

Even Sam Morgan.

The grumpy relic was his staunchest detractor, a man who badly needed to be dragged by his thumbs into the modern world of marketing.

He doubted Mr. Morgan had a computer, let alone internet on that farm of his. If only he could see what she had created. Appreciate the hard work he had put into revitalizing the entire county, and especially the area known as Plentiful, then perhaps he would fall in line with the others.

It was rumored in the city that his health was failing. Madelyn Pickard, the co-op’s accountant, had mentioned that Sam’s nephew would be returning to Plentiful to help him with the spring harvest.

Perhaps young Morgan would be more receptive to his sales pitch. She might have more influence with her uncle than with her, what Sam had called her, a prissy city girl with fanciful ideas.

Who spoke like that already? Obviously a man still stuck in the early to mid 20th century.

“Mom! Where is my backpack?

Chloe turned away from her computer and met the frantic gaze of her eight-year-old daughter, Jessi. “The last time I saw it, the straps were hanging from the arm of the chair in the living room.”

“I just looked,” Jessi assured him. “She’s not there.”

Chloe stood up, intending to help with the search. “I thought you already finished your homework.”

“I did. But I left a granola bar and half a cheese sandwich in there, and I don’t want it to get gross.”

Navigating an immediate U-turn, Chloe headed for the corner of the guest room. Jessi followed closely behind her on her heels.

“There’s your culprit.”

“Boomer, don’t!” Jessi shrieked. “It’s not my new backpack.”

Strips of red corduroy lay spread out on Boomer’s dog bed. The only sign left of Jessi’s cheese sandwich was the plastic bag. The granola bar wrapper tore to pieces, leaving nothing but a few crumbs clinging to the shiny silver paper.

“That’s the third one this school year,” Chloe noted. “You really need to be more careful about what you leave in your bag and where you hang it when you’re not using it.”

“Sorry mom. I’ll use my birthday money to buy a new one.”

“How about we split the cost?”

With enthusiasm, Jessi accepted. “That would be great. Thanks mom.”

“Go get your clothes ready for church in the morning. Then take a shower and put on your pajamas. We’ll watch a movie before you go to bed.

“Can we have some popcorn?”

“We’ll see. Now move while I clean up this mess and put my laptop away.”

Once the remains of Boomer’s robbery were disposed of, Chloe returned to her desk in the small room and gathered the signed contracts, adding them to the files of the Plentiful Fresh Food Cooperative. The two unsigned contracts were placed in her briefcase for their scheduled Monday meetings.

Her hard work on the co-op website had finally turned Abel Marks around and she was waiting for him to sign in at her nine o’clock appointment.

Then, with everyone else in place, he’d make another appeal to Sam Morgan. Surely a man who had been in business for what seemed like forever wouldn’t want to be left out in the cold to fend for himself when everyone else was benefiting from his aggressive campaign. Would he?

About the Author:

Nancy Fraser is an award-winning, best-selling author who happily jumps through multiple romance genres with gleeful abandon.

She is also the granddaughter of a Methodist minister known for his fire and brimstone approach to faith. Nancy has brought some of her spirit to her Christian romance. And, hers own sense of humor is off the charts to her clean and wholesome books.

When she’s not writing (which she almost never does), Nancy loves her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada, where she enjoys the laid-back pace and colorful people.

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