In Nice to Come Home To, Cass Gentry returns to the lake because it was only place she was ever truly happy. She doesn't expect to find that again--too much time and too many things have crossed the bridge for that--but inheriting half of Keep Cold Orchard and having temporary custody of her half sister Royce bring her back.
Luke Rossiter, the handsome widower who owns the other half of the orchard, hopes Cass will want to sell him her percentage. He likes her, but he doesn't have any interest in a relationship. None at all.
Although the writing of this book was difficult--sometimes it just is, isn't it?--so much of it was fun. Like when I went to pick up my grandson Shea at McClure's Orchard, where he worked, I looked around. And walked around. And drank apple cider slushies. And petted goats and listened to music and...
My thoughts went to what a great place it would be for a book. I took the whole orchard out to Country Club Road by the lake, planted Aunt Zoey's (you'll love her) farmhouse in the middle of it, a round barn replica near the entry, and made myself--not to mention Cass, Luke, and some family members--right at home. I hope you like it there, too.
I also ate lots of Honeycrisp apples, which actually had nothing to do with this book. However, if you don't already know it, Honeycrisps are the edible definition of Heartwarming romance. They are crisp and sweet and memorable and one is never enough.
One of my favorite things when I was writing the book was naming the orchard. Friends offered many suggestions, but Cheryl Reavis suggested Keep Cold Orchard, taken from a Robert Frost poem. I not only loved the name of the orchard, but love the words of "Good-bye, and Keep Cold" as well. I leave you with them.