Can a cat person and a dog person find common ground? And maybe even love? Come to Sunshine Bay* and find out!
A year after a difficult marital separation, Helen learns her daughter Kim won't be home for the holidays. She is staying in Ontario with her new husband and his family this year. Alone for the first time in years, Helen wants nothing more than to leave her house full of memories behind and spend her holiday somewhere where no one knows her or her ex-husband.
When her friend Sylvia calls from Sunshine Bay to ask if she would be a cat-sitter for her cat, Angel, for the holidays, Helen jumps at the chance for a peaceful holiday away from everything she has known. All is well until she meets the neighbors: Neville, a devilish Westie determined to escape his yard to pursue Angel, and Joe, Neville's reluctant dog-sitter, who makes Helen's heart beat a little faster whenever he's around.
Joe is spending the holidays alone this year except for his son's West Highland terrier, Neville, a dog that hasn't met an obstacle he can't dig under or squeeze through. Neville's antics are interfering with Joe's ability to get his work done. Worse, Neville has attracted the attention of the new neighbor, Helen, a bewitching woman Joe is finding hard to ignore.
The more Helen and Joe try to keep Neville happy and out of trouble, the more sparks fly between them. Will the pair solve the problem of Neville and be able to have the peaceful holiday they both crave? Or with Neville's help, will they see they belong together?
If you like a story of friendship, love and second chances in the second half of life, this one may be for you.
*Each book in the Sunshine Bay Series can be read as a standalone.
About the Author
Jeanine Lauren writes stories about characters who experience challenges and loss, and about how love and community can support them to overcome whatever life brings.
Jeanine lives in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada, a few miles east of the fictional town of Sunshine Bay she writes about, with her spouse of three-plus decades.