THE COTTAGE IN MAPLE HILL
“Inspiration doesn’t always come to you, child. Sometimes, you have to go out and find it.”
Liza Blackburn had long ago given up on being an artist as life took precedence over dreams. When her beloved grandmother passes away, she leaves Liza a generous, life-changing inheritance. Except it comes with a catch. One that takes her out of her comfort zone and drops her in a remote cottage in rural Ohio. She has one goal—survive the year and get back home.
Derrick Lowe’s life is simple, and he likes it that way. The last thing he wants to deal with is the hot mess granddaughter of his adopted grandmother moving in next door. When she does, he pushes his wants to the side and embraces his sense of duty. It is only a year after all.
But a lot can change in a year as Liza learns that home is relative, and Derrick finds his life might need a little messiness, after all.
When Evelyn Johnson married the man of her dreams, she had no idea five years later she’d be running from a nightmare.
When her abusive husband leaves for a fishing trip, Evelyn Johnson takes the opportunity to escape. On her own, scared, and hurt, she crosses paths with a police officer, Chris, and his no-nonsense grandmother, Lou.
Finding refuge on their farm, she’s given the opportunity to heal, both physically and mentally. Then her relationship with Chris takes an unexpected turn, and she’s left torn between her growing bond with him, and her fear of the violent man she left behind.
In the end, Evelyn is left with two choices—run to keep herself and her friends safe or face her husband, so she has a shot at a future.
Evelyn Johnson is determined to take back her life. The life stolen from her by an abusive husband. The life she’d thought she would have as a teenager, before she met the man of her dreams. The man who quickly became a living nightmare.
She lands a job, enrolls in college and rents an apartment. When she sees a flyer asking for volunteers at the local domestic violence shelter, she doesn’t hesitate. At first, she finds it difficult seeing herself in the women there. Until she meets Leslie and latches onto her, confident she can help the young woman escape. But when her life starts to unravel and tragedy strikes, Evelyn is left questioning her past, her future and her own strength.
The sequel to Finding Evelyn, Reconstructing Evelyn continues Evelyn’s journey as she works to rebuild her life – one shattered piece at a time.