Connecticut contractor, Glen Garber, is facing different crisis on many fronts – one of his houses has burned down under suspicious circumstances, the current housing market has caused his business to crumble,
and he has no new jobs prospects coming in. Now his wife, Sheila, is late coming home from a business course that she’s been taking at night at a nearby college. He learns that Sheila has been involved in a car accident and that she is the one who was found responsible because she was intoxicated, an empty vodka bottle was found in her vehicle. Glen believes that this is impossible and searches for what really caused the accident. Acting with conviction, Glen uncovers secrets, corruption, and illegal trade in knock off items including purses, electronic products and unregistered pharmaceuticals embedded in his neighborhood and among those he once called friends. Everything seems to revolve around a mysterious envelope that Sheila had in her possession the day of the accident. He is determined to find the truth, but two questions that continue to haunt him: Was Sheila really at fault in the accident that took her life? Was the accident that caused Sheila’s death really an accident at all?
How far would you go to save someone you love?
Lauren Holloway has it all. Her career as an educator is on the fast track to the top. She is engaged to Tucker, the man of her dreams. They are finalizing the plans on the home they will share. She will be a mom to Kristy, his young daughter. But then on a stormy night, her life is dramatically changed forever.
On that fateful evening, contractor and co-business owner Tucker Kane was looking forward to an evening with Lauren. He just has to stop by an old abandoned house to pick up a load of rare mahogany paneling before joining her for dinner. But his world is turned upside down when he discovers the body of his ex-wife Margot lying in the abandoned house where the mahogany should be and his wood and hammer are missing. His relationship with Margot has been tumultuous since the divorce and the animosity between them has increased with the recent bitter battle for custody of three year old Kristy. His discovery of Margot’s body, the evidence that is stacked against him, and the fact he has no alibi, plunges Tucker into a nightmare where the police and almost everyone else is convinced that he is the one who murdered Margot. As the mounting evidence points to Tucker, in desperation, he asks Lauren to change her statement to give him an alibi. Can Lauren tell this one lie to give him an alibi if it means it may give him the time and freedom to find the real killer? Can she give him the alibi to keep him from being arrested for a crime he did not commit? How far would you go to save someone you love?
Roses – a pact was made among friends. A reminder of the duties of friendship.
A red rose will be sent to ask for forgiveness.
A white rose will be returned to say all is forgiven.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the small Texas town of Howbutker is dominated by three families: the Tolivers who preside over the massive cotton plantation, Somerset; the Warwicks who possess acres upon acres of timber; and the DuMonts, who developed their business selling luxury dry goods. The children of these families pretty and stubborn Mary Tolliver, who only has room in her heart for Somerset, suave Percy Warwick, and faithful and constant Ollie DuMont. Percy and Mary often find themselves at odds with each other, but there is also an underlying attraction. Percy insists that someday she will marry him. However, fate seems to keep them apart. The consequences of their separation vibrate throughout the years, giving rise to lies, deceit, secrets, and tragedies. Ultimately only Percy, Mary, and perhaps fate can make everything right in the end. A multigenerational saga that is told by in three segments – one by Mary, one by Percy and one by Rachel, Mary’s Great Niece, who has the Mary’s strength and hopes to carry on the tradition of Somerset. Roses is a novel of love, the choices we make and the consequences of those choices. And it is the story of the power of the red rose - the power of forgiveness.
The day started like any other day. Twenty year old Matt Hunter, a college student on his way back to school from a vacation agrees to stop by a party with a friend. When his friend becomes involved in a college brawl Matt steps in to help him and accidentally kills another college student. Even though it most likely was an accident and Matt appears to be innocent, he is found guilty. He serves the next four years in prison. The InnocentLife for Matt, as he knows it, will never be the same. He is now convicted felon.
Nine years later-
Matt is married to the woman of his dreams, Olivia, who is expecting their first child. They are ready to close on a home in his old neighborhood. Life is good. Anticipating the baby’s arrival, they each buy a cell phone enabling them to send pictures to each other.
The day started out like any other. Matt’s phone rings and once again his life, as he knows, it will never be the same. The photos that appear on the phone make his heart stop. They set into motion a series of events that lead Matt to wonder if he knows who Olivia really is. Matt’s life is suddenly spiraling out of control and he again finds himself again involved in murder. No one was willing to believe he was innocent fourteen years ago. Now, he is a convicted felon. As the evidence mounts and the police close in Matt wonders – How will he be able to prove he is innocent this time?
Matt and Liz were high school sweethearts, but went their separate directions in college and sometimes in their careers. However, they always managed to maintain their love for each other across the distance.Two Kisses for Maddy Finally after years of the long distance relationships, they are able to settle together in LA. They believe they finally have it all: the perfect marriage; the house of their dreams; and Liz is expecting their first child - a girl. They have chosen the name Madeline Elizabeth – Maddy and are planning for the life they will have together. But Liz’s pregnancy is difficult. Fraught with morning sickness and complications that eventually lead to her being hospitalized with orders for complete bed rest. Madeline’s born 2 months early, weighs a little over three pounds is beautiful and healthy. The Logelins rejoice in her birth and make plans to take her home when she has gained strength.
Just 27 hours later as Liz is going to visit Madeline for the first time, she suffers a pulmonary embolism and the hospital staff is not able to revive her. She dies without ever holding her daughter, whose arrival she had so eagerly anticipated.
Matt suddenly realizes he is solely responsible for raising this child. He will not be able to follow Liz’s lead as he planned. It will be up to him to make a life for Maddy. With help from strangers and friends, Matt moves forward and adjusts to the life of a single father. He faces parenting issues, the aloneness of a widowed spouse, but he also discovers the strength Maddy unknowingly provides. He tells of decisions made and the legacy he hopes to leave for his child.