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About Christine Nolfi
Award-winning author Christine Nolfi writes heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Look for her new release, THE PASSING STORM.
THE ROAD SHE LEFT BEHIND has been selected as a top book club pick by Working Mother and Parade magazines, and a Best Books of Summer selection by SheReads.
The Sweet Lake Series has been recognized by the International Book Awards, Royal Palm Literary Awards, Readers’ Favorite Awards, and Best Book Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls SWEET LAKE "an uplifting and charming story." Redbook calls the book "an enchanting story full of lovable characters."
The Liberty Series has been recognized by the Next Generation Indie Awards and Put Your Heart In A Book Awards. “TREASURE ME is sure to delight and entertain. It’s light and refreshing; your old fashioned feel-good novel.” --USA Today
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“A great pick for your book club this summer.” —Working Mother
Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.
Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.
A gripping, openhearted novel about family, reconciliation, and bringing closure to the secrets of the past.
Early into the tempestuous decade of her thirties, Rae Langdon struggles to work through a grief she never anticipated. With her father, Connor, she tends to their Ohio farm, a forty-acre spread that itself has enjoyed better days. As memories sweep through her, some too precious to bear, Rae gives shelter from a brutal winter to a teenager named Quinn Galecki.
Quinn has been thrown out by his parents, a couple too troubled to help steer the misunderstood boy through his own losses. Now Quinn has found a temporary home with the Langdons—and an unexpected kinship, because Rae, Quinn, and Connor share a past and understand one another’s pain. But its depths—and all its revelations and secrets—have yet to come to light. To finally move forward, Rae must confront them and also fight for Quinn, whose parents have other plans in mind for their son.
With forgiveness, love, and the spring thaw, there might be hope for a new season—a second chance Rae believed in her heart was gone forever.
She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.
When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.
But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.
Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.
First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.
Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?
Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.
Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…
Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.
After her nephew’s world is destroyed in a burst of gunfire, Annie receives temporary custody of five-year-old Dillon. Now the greenhouse she managed with her late father isn’t bringing in enough money. If she doesn’t get her financial house in order, a judge will allow a couple in Baltimore to adopt Dillon—and remove him from her life forever.
Desperate, she takes on a second job at Rowe Marketing. The instant attraction she shares with Michael Rowe is a circumstance Annie can’t risk. But should she walk away from a love sure to last a lifetime?
Fresh, heartwarming and inspiring, The Dream You Make reveals that hope always carries the promise of new beginnings.
Praise for Nolfi's other bestsellers:
"Sure to delight and entertain." --USA Today
Second Chance Grill:
“A wonderful and highly recommended prequel to Treasure Me.”
--Susan Bethany, The Midwest Book Review
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge:
“A novel of remarkable, rare substance.”
The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, The Impossible Wish, Four Wishes and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
Second Chance Grill is the prequel to Treasure Me, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist, which The Midwest Book Review calls “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”
Praise for Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge:
“Treasure Me is a riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.”
—Susan Bethany, The Midwest Book Review
“The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is a novel of remarkable, rare substance.”
Meade isn’t the only woman in town confronting hard choices. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky hopes the preparations for her upcoming wedding will bring her closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.
Welcome back to Liberty, Ohio where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in unexpected ways.
Q & A with the Author
For readers new to the Liberty Series, please give us some background.
The Liberty Series are clean romance kindle books that blend humorous moments with scenes that’ll bring a tear to your eye. I think of the books as relationship novels centered on inspiring stories about the extraordinary events in ordinary lives.
The stories take place in a fictional small town that celebrates family life and old-fashioned values. Each book is a stand-alone novel: I don’t leave readers with frustrating cliffhangers!
What will readers discover in Four Wishes, the fourth book in the series?
In some ways, Four Wishes is a coming of age novel for a character new to the series, Glade Wilson. Glade is searching for a second chance at putting her life on the right track—she’s dealing with a teenage pregnancy when she first arrives on Meade William’s doorstep.
Meade is the sister of the main character in Treasure Me, the first book in the series. Meade is wealthy, successful and approaching middle age with the sense that all the outward trappings of a good life aren’t enough. Secretly she’d like to find love but, like many mature adults, she’s become the caretaker for an ailing parent. Her father Landon suffers from depression and grief stemming from mistakes made earlier in his life. Their relationship provides many of the novel’s more poignant moments.
Dr. Mary Chance also plays a major role in Four Wishes. Do you think her reappearance will surprise readers?
I certainly hope so! In Second Chance Grill, Mary is the doctor that finds love with Liberty’s single father, Anthony Perini. In Four Wishes, her story revolves around the parenting-career decisions the newly married couple now faces. As Liberty’s only doctor, Mary isn’t sure the time is right to have a baby. She’s happy parenting Blossom, Anthony’s precocious daughter—but Blossom is on a mission to become the big sister of a new bundle of joy. The subplot, “Should Mary have a baby?” provides Four Wishes with touches of comedy and a bittersweet look at family life.
What role does Birdie play in Four Wishes?
Readers will see her relationship with Meade develop in unexpected ways. The two sisters couldn’t be more dissimilar, but their mutual love for their father will bring them closer together.
Books in the Liberty Series:
Treasure Me (free in the Kindle Store)
Second Chance Grill
The Impossible Wish
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.
Now Rennie Perini will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.
She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?
"Highly recommended" by The Midwest Book Review
Welcome to Book Two of The Liberty Series, where love, friendship and family life arrive with a second chance in the most heartwarming circumstances.
Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.
The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Second Chance Grill, The Impossible Wish, Four Wishes and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
Wish is about to arrive in Liberty, and that means trouble. Liberty is the town that open-heartedly welcomed her daughter. Recently engaged, Birdie has turned her life around—and Wish is the last person she wants to see.
The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill, Four Wishes and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
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