After a super-wet, record-tying monsoon season last summer(which gave birth in my yard to about a billion ponderosa pine seedlings), it’s been a strangely warm, dry winter in the Arizona mountains, with hyacinths and forsythia blooming MUCH earlier than normal and deciduous trees already budding.
A usual winter average of 100 inches of snow is currently registering barely above 30 and springtime winds are gusting, further drying out the surrounding pine forest. Monsoon season 2014 won’t start until early-mid July, so we’re praying for more moisture to reduce the likelihood of forest fires—a constant danger in the Arizona high country.
But it’s early summer in “Pine Country Cowboy,” where Brett Marden and Abby Diaz meet, both having learned the hard way that life can sometimes hand us things that we never “get over”—things that impact the remainder of our lives and we’ll never truly understand. But that doesn’t mean God has forgotten us. He can heal our hearts and bring us peace and hope even in the midst of our reality—if we choose to let Him.
I hope you enjoy reading the story of Brett and Abby’s journey to love as you welcome another Spring!
No Place Like Home. Abby Diaz longs to reestablish a relationship with her father, so she heads to Canyon Springs, her Arizona hometown, with a painful past she can’t share with anyone. But then she’s needed to care for her young nephew. The little boy takes a shine to a happy-go-lucky cowboy, a handsome man who’s everything Abby can never have. The more time she spends with Brett, the more she realizes he’s harboring a heartache of his own. As she works on repairing family ties with her father, Abby knows that opening up to Brett is key to forging a new future...together.