Crystal Walton, author
Playing consultant to a guy she’s determined to crack is the perfect distraction artist Ti Russo needs to forget about the past stalking her back home. Until the real danger turns out to be a picket-fenced life she has no business falling for. With the threat of his shop’s foreclosure jeopardizing his daughter’s health care, the last thing single dad Drew Anderson needs is a distracting hippie chick swooping in to shake up what he’s fought to protect. Including himself. But as sparks flare and secrets escalate, Ti and Drew face a choice neither’s ready to make. Find the faith to surrender their past or forfeit their only chance to begin again.
Walton (Write Me Home) delivers heart-wrenching emotion in the second book of her romantic contemporary Home in You series. Ti is a former model who has fled her art studio in Astoria, N.Y., after receiving a threatening call, seeking shelter on the shores of Ocracoke, N.C., despite having an extreme fear of the ocean. While there, she encounters Drew, a single father struggling to raise his ten-year-old daughter, Maddie, and maintain the store his father built. But Drew is close to the end of his rope: the shop isn’t doing well, and Maddie has been recently diagnosed with an immune disorder that brings the medical bills pouring in. But Ti doesn’t see a struggling man. Instead, she sees a grump who needs to be shaken out of his comfortable (and failing) ways, and so she sets herself up as a consultant with the idea of helping Drew succeed. Quickly, though, she finds that she needs Drew and Maddie just as much as they need her. Walton’s writing is lyrical but not cloying. This classic love story will have readers enthralled until the last page. (BookLife)