NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers.
Rescued as a teenager from an abusive household, Anabelle Crane loved the time she spent at Serenity House. But when she’s hired to become a nanny to wealthy Congressman Nathan Hyde’s daughter, she finds a different kind of love. She comes to care deeply for her charge and, though she fights it, she falls for the handsome and powerful Congressman himself. But when he reveals he’s in love with her too, passion explodes. Their relationship ends bitterly. Fifteen years later, Anabelle has become a cop who stands for the rights of others. It’s when she’s wounded and returns home that she meets up with Nathan again—after she heals, she becomes his bodyguard while he's being stalked! This time, can they stop their inconvenient and, now, dangerous feelings for each other?
"Author Kathryn Shay pens an intriguing romance in AGAINST THE ODDS. Fans will likewise enjoy the return of previous Serenity House residents, and can only hope for a second-generation series one day! AGAINST THE OODS comes highly recommended. Word Weaving
“A romantic journey from the past to the present.” RT Book Reviews
“Fans will enjoy the latest visit to this engaging series.” The Best Reviews
“Deeply touching…emotional and poignant…A great read.” Old Book Barn Gazette
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In 1987 Hyde Point, New York, the Crane brothers assault their teenage stepsister Annabelle. Before they can sexually molest her, law enforcement official Dan Whitman rescues her and helps her move into Serenity House for troubled teen girls. A few years later, she works at the home of Nathan Hyde and soon they have an affair that ends when he returns to his wife. Licking her wounds Annabelle becomes an undercover cop in Seattle, but a bullet sends her home to recover............................... Nathan is now a Congressman, but someone is stalking him. He refuses to make this public, but accepts Dan¿s suggestion he hire a professional to watch over him. Annabelle agrees to do so, saying she is perfect as she used to work for Nathan and has the experience to do the job. The only problem remains her heart. As she tries to keep him safe while uncovering the stalker¿s identity, they fall in love. However, all signs indicate that this is déjà vu.................... Once the reader hurdles past that Nathan tries to hide the threat that is probably common towards leaders, fans receive a strong Serenity House romantic suspense. The tale spins on two subplots with the stalking and the romancing heating up so that the audience becomes engrossed in what happens to Nathan and Annabelle. One added pleasure occurs at the end when Annabelle meets one of her odious stepsiblings. Fans will enjoy the latest visit to this engaging series................................. Harriet Klausner