In 1922, young socialite Edith Ballenger falls in love with her father's driver Clyde Moses, forcing her to choose between a life as a wealthy trophy wife or a life of full of love and poverty. Only three things hold her back – her love for her siblings, her devotion to her deceased mother's prize winning First Love gardenias, and her father's lust for money. With the threat of a pre-arranged marriage to a rich brute looming, Edith and Clyde plan to run away from Sunstone Estates. On the night of their departure, the unthinkable happens – she's betrayed by the man she loves.
A century later, 22-year-old Ada Price returns to the home she tried to escape. Abandoned at the age of five, she grew up with her distant uncle Edwin Ballenger II at Sunstone Estates. Her relatives never let her forget that she wasn't one of them. Now her uncle is sick and needs her help. Reluctantly, she goes back to the lonely mansion that gave her nightmares and faces the ghosts from her past. When an ancestral spirit comes back to haunt her, she finds herself in the middle of a century old scandal. Only this time, she's not alone. Ryan Yates, a handsome nurse, becomes her closest ally and more.
Together, Edith and Ada will try to heal the past, and perhaps First Love will bloom again.
Q- Don't you write young adult novels?
A- Yes, I do. I love writing all kinds of novels.
Q- Then why write a romance novel?
A- I write a little romance in all my novels, but this particular series has been rattling around in my brain for some time. I love the historical and paranormal aspects of Where First Love Blooms and felt compelled to write it.
Q- Where did the inspiration for this novel come from?
A- I love the 1920's era, and had the image of a grand ball in my mind. From there it developed into a murder mystery scandal with paranormal elements.
Q- Will there be more from the LaFleur Family Chronicles?
A- Absolutely! All the LaFleur women dating back to the 1870's have a story to tell. This is the first of many.