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A Man of Influence
     

A Man of Influence

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by Melinda Curtis
 

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She isn't giving up—on her town or herself

An accident cost Tracy Jackson not only her high-profile job but also her ability to easily communicate. Back in her California hometown, she's working at the bakery and painstakingly relearning how to speak. Now she has a new mission: to protect her community from Chad Healy.

The travel writer

Overview

She isn't giving up—on her town or herself

An accident cost Tracy Jackson not only her high-profile job but also her ability to easily communicate. Back in her California hometown, she's working at the bakery and painstakingly relearning how to speak. Now she has a new mission: to protect her community from Chad Healy.

The travel writer is in Harmony Valley to cover the Harvest Festival. And—big surprise—he's helping Tracy make her dreams happen. But his lampooning style could hurt her town's longtime traditions. Filled with conflicting emotions, can Tracy find the words to let Chad know how she feels before he's gone for good?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373367832
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
03/22/2016
Series:
A Harmony Valley Novel Series , #7
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Melinda grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentall ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.

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A Man of Influence 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute story with a cast of characters that are real and funny. A great reread and mood lifter
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Man of Influence is such a great read. There are quite a bit of laugh out loud moments in this book. It is so sweet, clean, and, of course, fun, and I just couldn't put the book down. This is a new Melinda Curtis favorite for me. 5 stars.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
A Man of Influence is sweet romance by Melinda Curtis. It is a story that revolves around characters who live in Harmony Valley. This is Tracy Jackson and Chad Healy's love story. Tracy didn't want to spend her life working in a coffee shop. She has always been a talker and loved working in her high profile job, but when she suffered an accident that she almost lost her life in she suffered a severe head injury that made verbal communication considerably difficult. When Chad comes to town for the Harvest Festival in order to gain information about the town for his travel magazine Tracy is the only one who has ever heard of him and is concerned that he will hurt the town and it's longtime traditions. Chad however sees something in the people and town that he has never seen before and finds himself helping out when and where he is needed. He has also been doing his best helping Tracy make her dreams come true. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Chad Healy Bostwick is at a low point in his life. He cared for his father until his death. Now as he tries to put his life back together, he's let go from his job as editor-in-chief of a national magazine. The final blow is that in his will his father requested that he be removed. This is unbelievable. He'll show them. He comes to Harmony Valley for a story, but stays for the romance. Tracy Jackson had a full life until a car accident left her with expressive aphasia. She came home to recover. I admired her courage and determination. She's an inspiration. Chad is attracted to her at first sight, but she's wary of this man. She won't let him hurt Harmony Valley. Chad has become bitter and angry. . He no longer enjoys life. He likes this town and the people who live there. They welcome him with open arms, but he doesn't want to commit. This story has it all. There is love, forgiveness and healing. Harmony Valley is such a special place. It's where people care for each other. I'm sure Chad has mixed feelings since he is continually getting hurt. I love this series. It has heart. Melinda Curtis always deliveres. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
I received and advance copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a moving story. Tracy is battling the after effects of her accident, and it makes her self-conscious. Chad is starting over after the death of his father and loss of his job. Tracy is protective of Harmony Valley and isn't about to sit back and watch Chad make fun of their quaint little town. I love how Chad grew and changed and learned so much about himself during his short time in Harmony Valley. The quirky secondary characters were just as great as always. I wish Harmony Valley was a real town because I would love to visit.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
Whenever I receive an offer to read an advanced copy of Melanie's Harmony Valley series, I don't hesitate a moment and anticipate a fun and heartwarming story. I was not disappointed. This California town that is made up of mostly elderly men and women has what it takes to charm new visitors simply by being who they are. Their goal is to get new younger residents to start businesses and help revitalize the town. Chad arrives in Harmony Valley for the town's upcoming Harvest Festival to start a new column named "Happy Bachelor Takes a Different Path" after being released from his former position of working for his dad. His intention is to beat the Bostwick Lampoon magazine from writing an article first. Planning on staying for approximately 10 days, he has the determination of a bulldozer to prove the magazine wrong in letting him go. Tracy has returned home, temporarily working at Martin's Bakery, to try and get back to a previously held career that was put on hold after an accident left her pretty much speechless. After researching Chad's previous articles, she fears that he will smear and poke fun of this town and the people in it. I was charmed and honored to revisit Harmony Valley. It is a lot of fun! This book can be read as a standalone. [I received an early copy from the author for an honest review.]
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Man of Influence is part of the Harmony Valley series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel. I have read other books in the series and always love returning to the quirky and lovable elderly characters that make this town so unique! This story just has so much wonderful humor, wrapped up with poignant moments, as well. One of the things I really liked about this book was that the main character, Tracy, was working on overcoming a speech difficulty following an accident. I really liked Tracy’s character. She was strong, yet insecure. She was able to look at Chad and his writing and see the underlying pain that directed his decisions, however, she struggled to figure out what she wanted for her life. Chad and Tracy both grew so much in this story. This was another fun addition to the Harmony Valley series. The Harmony Valley series is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line of books, which feature contemporary stories and are rated as clean romances. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Tracy is back in her hometown working at the bakery. She is used to working in a high-profile job, but she was phased out of her job because she was in an accident and is having a hard time talking. She was told to reduce her stress. Chad was also phased out of his job when his father died. Even though he is part owner of the company, he has lost his job. He had been taking care of his elderly father and doing everything he could to do the job as his father wanted. Apparently, it wasn't enough. Now, he his trying to make a name for himself away from the company. Tracy feels the attraction to Chad but can't completely trust him because she feels he is out to ruin their small town. That is what he does and she just doesn't want it to happen to her town.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
Loved this sweet story of taking chances and learning to love. Tracy was outgoing and confident until a car accident took it all away from her. Now she struggles to form sentences and hides from her career in a bakery in small town Harmony Valley. Chad is the Happy Bachelor...or his column was until his dad booted him out of the company upon his death. Now he's out to avenge and prove himself. And Harmony Valley looks like the best place. What he didn't expect was to fall in love with the town and the peopl or the change that would take place inside himself. With the older townsfolk constantly throwing them together will these two find happiness together or will change be something they shy away from and stay in their comfort zones?