Lin Stepp

Second Hand Rose

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Surely a girl can be forgiven a moment of fantasy dancing with a tall dark stranger? And surely nothing can come of it? Wrong. Life's chance, indulgent moments always find a way of coming back to complicate everything.

Life is sometimes hard as a widowed, single mother with three young children, a business to run, bills to meet, and debts to pay. Despite it all, Rosalyn McCreary tries to count her blessings. She cherishes her shop, Second Hand Rose, her family and friends. A practical woman by necessity, she seldom indulges in impulse and fancy-except for that crazy spring day she danced with a total stranger she'd never met. Whatever was she thinking? And to later learn her mystery stranger, Kendrick Lanier, plans to move to Wears Valley. Great. Just one more problem she doesn't need.

Kendrick soon pursues her, despite Rosalyn's efforts to crowd him out, finding ways into her life, and into the lives of her children, and creating complications Rosalyn simply doesn't want to deal with. Especially since the more she learns of the man's life and secrets, the more she realizes how ill-suited they are. With Rosalyn and Kendrick's troubled pasts, and Rosalyn's temper, you'll find it a toss-up to decide if these two stubborn, determined individuals should, or shouldn't, ever get together.


“Lin Stepp has once again spun a compelling story with homegrown flavor. Her words flow across the page like a soft spring breeze in the Smokies, leaving behind traces of wildflowers and wood smoke. If you're looking for a heartwarming tale sprinkled with romance, you can't go wrong with a Lin Stepp book. Her stories always bring to mind those long summer nights sitting on the front porch and listening to my grandmother tell stories about the family and neighbors. For me, reading her books is like going home.”
— Andrea Chapman, Co-Owner of READING LARK REVIEWS

“A Smoky Mountain must read!”
— Edie Hand, bestselling author, T.V. personality, and motivational speaker

“Lin Stepp takes her readers to the beloved Smoky Mountains without leaving their chairs. Vivid, crisp, and beautiful. Her characters remained with me long after I finished the book.”… Loved, loved Second Hand Rose.”
Ann Hite, Award Winning Author of Ghost On Black Mountain

“One impulsive move can so often come back to haunt us … a riveting read of romance with plenty of humor.”

“A sentimental love story with a focus on healing, faith, and family.”
All About Women Magazine Review

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