Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to share our newest feature, More the Merrier Mondays where will take a look at books in an individual author’s series. Our guest this Monday is author M. Kate Quinn. Her series, The Perennials, is from The Wild Rose Press.
The first book in the series, Summer Iris, was a Golden Quill Award finalist for Best First Book.
About the Book:
The last thing Iris Stanton feels like doing is celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She’s divorced, has been downsized out of a job, and her post-marriage condo is for sale and she can’t afford to buy it. And when her crazy, out-there best friend, Yvonne, offers her the use of a beach cottage for the summer, Iris thinks the idea is preposterous. That is, until she comes up with what could be a solution to her pending homelessness. Selling off her small piece of waterfront property would save the very roof over her head, so she heads to the shore with a mission.
The cottage is in the midst of renovations orchestrated by handsome flirtatious owner, Sam Hanratty. His roguish attention gets Iris’ heart doing flips, jump starting it into remembering she’s still a woman. Sam’s foreman, Eddie Morgan, is the most annoying hulk she’s ever met, and Iris’s heart sinks like lead when she learns that he alone could sabotage the sale of her property.
Iris’ heart gets a workout this summer, with a string of unlikely events that force her to turn inward to examine what makes her tick, what is her heart’s true desire and who might hold the key.
Book 2 in the series, Moonlight and Violet won the coveted Golden Leaf Award for Best Contemporary Novel.
About the Book:
Forty-four-year-old Violet Terhune wants to go back to Vermont like she wants a root canal. But, thanks to her ever-annoying little sister, that’s just where she’s headed. Penny, the quintessential apple of their mother’s eye, is engaged to a dentist. The week-long wedding-fest is booked at The Pines, the Vermont lodge where the Terhune family had spent the girls’ childhood summers.
Though she swore she would never return to the place where the owner’s son, Logan Monroe, shattered her heart years ago, Violet embarks to the rustic setting to find it run now by Logan himself.
The discovery of her girlhood diary unlocks the memories Violet has worked so hard to forget. During this whirlwind visit she and Logan confront new fears and uncertainties, and try to deny the chemistry that resurfaces between them. But, can a door stay shut once it’s been unhinged?
The final book in the series, Brookside Daisy, was a Gold Leaf Award finalist.
About the Book:
Affluent playboy J. Randolph Press Jr. learns of his disapproving uncle’s deathbed threat to cut him from his will, and he’s desperate to change his mind before it’s too late.
Daisy’s job at the Brookside Café can barely cover her household needs let alone fund the prestigious art school she feels her son, Adam, should attend. When Rand stops into the café and eavesdrops, learning of her financial crisis, an outlandish idea is born.
Daisy agrees to play Rand’s fiancée in order to receive money for Adam’s college. But what will happen when the line between fact and fantasy blurs, when feelings and longings emerge for which neither realizes their hearts yearn?
Note: All three books in the series can also be purchased directly from the publisher at their link at the top of this post.
About the Author:
Born to a feisty Italian mother and a gentle blue-eyed Irishman, I was given the name “Marykate,” inspired by Maureen O’Hara’s character in the movie, The Quiet Man, an old-time favorite love story that co-starred John Wayne. With a grandmother Catherine and an Aunt Mary the name was an obvious choice.
I’ve been writing stories all my life. There’s an old Macy’s box in my attic filled with my writings from childhood, now smudgy-looking pages produced on my portable Olivetti Underwood typewriter, an eighth-grade gift from my Grandmother Catherine.
I am a recent First Place winner of a short story contest sponsored by Reader’s Digest Magazine and write a column entitled “Boomer Humor” that appears monthly in my neighborhood newspaper.
My husband and I are our own love story. We have a slap-happy middle-aged second marriage with a combined total of six grown children, one delightful granddaughter, another precious little baby on the way and one ridiculously spoiled, amazingly handsome cat named Sammy.
Thanks so much for joining us today. Please come back again for Welcome Wednesday and Sneak Peek Saturday. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.