Vermont Valentine

Vermont Valentine

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by Kristin Hardy
     
 

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"IN EVERY GENERATION OF TRASKS LIVES ONE MAN BORN TO BE ALONE…."

And Jacob was clearly his generation's representative. Because while his brothers sought their livelihoods—and loves—elsewhere, he knew he had to stay where he belonged. Where he was needed. And where eligible women were as rare as an eighty-degree day in January&

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"IN EVERY GENERATION OF TRASKS LIVES ONE MAN BORN TO BE ALONE…."

And Jacob was clearly his generation's representative. Because while his brothers sought their livelihoods—and loves—elsewhere, he knew he had to stay where he belonged. Where he was needed. And where eligible women were as rare as an eighty-degree day in January…

And then came a possible danger to his beloved family farm. The bearer of bad news? A petite, gorgeous, non-stop talker named Celie Favreau. And though captivated by Jacob's rugged good looks and piercing blue eyes, she had to stay on track. She'd come to warn of a threat to his trees.

The threat to his heart was merely incidental….

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459222175
Publisher:
Silhouette
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Series:
Holiday Hearts , #1739
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
801,727
File size:
636 KB

Meet the Author



Kristin has been book-crazy her entire life. When her mom would tell her to go to bed, she'd hide in the bathroom just so she could read a few more pages. In the afternoons, she'd play with her dog, Misty, in the backyard and tell her elaborate stories of princesses and Indians, dressing the dog up to play the part.

She grew up in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland. When she was 12, Kristin started her first novel about a boy growing up with a racehorse. She managed to get only about 10 pages into it, but the seed of ambition was planted. She wrote short stories throughout junior high and high school, and entered college as a creative writing major. Unfortunately, the pressure of writing literary short stories for a weekly college course was far different than writing one story a semester in high school, and that was the end of that.

Shortly after, now as a geology major, Kristin read about category romance in a Sunday supplement and decided to give it a try. Her first effort brought together an aviatrix and a cowboy and had a great scene in which the heroine airlifted a sick ranch owner in the midst of a thunderstorm. Unfortunately, it didn't have much else. A few years later, now as an engineering major, she decided to try again with a book about a lady architectural engineer and the gorgeous owner of a shipping company. This time, she had a cute meeting scene and a great kiss scene, but still no real plot or conflict. She tossed it after three chapters.

The next year, this time as a physics major, she came up with a plot about a firefighter and an engineer. Things were looking good when she thought about plot points and conflict and actually developed a solid story line. A couple of chapters later, though, she moved away to attend grad school in Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World. (Are we seeing a pattern here?) The manuscript moldered in her closet.

After graduation, Kristin worked in Connecticut on the mirrors for a NASA X-ray telescope now orbiting the earth. Writing kept calling to her, though. She quit engineering and moved to New Hampshire to join the editorial staff of an engineering trade magazine. There she met and fell in love with her husband. Suddenly all those romance novels made a heck of a lot more sense.

Plot possibilities followed her when she left the editing job to join a business-to-business dot-com (where she was an on-paper millionaire for a heady 30 seconds). Around that time, a publisher tried to recruit her to launch a print magazine for an engineering society. Driven by the conviction that it was time to finally finish one of those danged books, she took the job and negotiated a four-day workweek that would allow her time to write.

Her ambition coincided with the announcement of the creation of the Harlequin Blaze line. Inspired by a presentation at a writers' conference, she plotted out a Blaze novel on the plane home and wrote the draft of chapter one that night. Ten months later, she typed the words The End and did victory laps around her living room. My Sexiest Mistake sold to Harlequin's Blaze line for publication in June 2002. In 2004, My Sexiest Mistake became a made-for-television movie on the Oxygen network!

Kristin lives in New Hampshire with her husband, also a magazine editor, who is her critique partner, copy editor, web master, and master of her heart.

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Vermont Valentine (Silhouette Special Edition #1739) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Vermont Valentine by Kristin Hardy is a delightful romance for readers especially on the most romantic day of the year Valentine¿s Day. Jacob Trask is a solitary man, he was his generations ambassador of the man who lives alone on the family farm. His brothers have gone off and found lives in the city leaving Jacob to run the families Maple Farm alone. Though their mother lives near Jacob lives in a house farm from the family homestead. He really hasn¿t missed companionship much until feisty Celie Favreau invades his quiet world and turns it on its ear. Celie Favreau career in forestry has had her traveling all over the country. She loves her job but it pains her that she has to cut down trees to safe other healthy trees. Celie is in Vermont to hopefully head off a major bug infestation that could damage livelihoods for years. Celie wasn¿t planning on quiet and rugged Jacob Trask stirring her soul. Jacob and Celie race to safe as many trees as possible. Celie takes an unorthodox chance with an unapproved chemical to safe Jacob¿s farms. She is also taking a major chance with her heart. Jacob and Celie relationship is heartfelt, deeply moving as well as sensual. Their ups and downs will melt your heart and praying that they find their way to an everlasting love. Kristin Hardy brings her Holiday Hearts trilogy to an emotional and genuinely satisfying conclusion.