"You can trot right back to your 'broken down' car and drive back to wherever you came from."
For most of her life, Jessica has played the role of the perfect daughter, perfect stepdaughter, and, ultimately, the perfect fiancée, concealing her true self behind the person she thought everyone else wanted and expected her to be. That all ends the day she discovers that her future husband is cheating on her.
Her spur-of-the-moment escape comes to a grinding halt when her car breaks down on a lonely country road. But no gallant knight comes to her rescue. Instead, she's confronted by a handsome stranger who believes that she's a spoiled, self-indulgent, high society brat up to no good.
Jessica is only too willing to obey the stranger's command to get out of his sight. But fate and a mischievous, matchmaking grandmother steps into the fray, and two stubborn people who have been unlucky in love may discover that true love really can change everything.
- A clean, contemporary romance. Book 1 in the King's Valley Romance series but can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel -
Margaret Desmond's books are clean*, sweet (but not sugary) Romances with a capital R. Her writing is inspired by a delightful mix of her favorite romance authors: a smidgen of Debbie Macomber, a pinch of Rosamunde Pilcher, and a dash of Betty Neels. If you like any of these authors, you're sure to like the characters of King's Valley.
*Clean Read: No sex. Stories do contain sweet or sensual tension & kissing. Stories may also contain mild profanity and/or social drinking. Rating: PG
Each book in the series can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone. Of course, Margaret prefers that you read the series from the beginning to fully appreciate each story.
Here's what readers have said about the King's Valley Romance series:
"It's so fun how all the characters in the King's Valley books intertwine.It's this awesome community that I seriously want to live in."
"Like a romance in a 1940's move...These are good people and you are happy when they find each other."
"Great book and fun to read!"
"The story kept my attention from the first page to the last"
"A fun story with cute wit and humor."
"The place and the people are amazing."
"It's refreshing to read a clean romance that isn't about the Amish or something similar. As much as I enjoy those stories occasionally, I do like to read a clean romance that isn't pushing religion on me."
"The detail in this story had me feeling like I was an invisible witness in every scene."
"To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement."
"The writing style reminded me of Debbie Macomber. Her characters were really nicely filled out and you could totally picture all of them."
"Margaret Desmond is going places as an author. I really enjoy her writing style and how her stories unfold."
The town of King's Valley in Margaret's King's Valley Romance series is loosely based on her hometown of Petaluma, California, as well as the northern California towns of Tomales and Sebastopol. A 5th-generation Californian, Margaret (a.k.a. Maggie) now resides in the beautiful Flathead Valley in northwest Montana. There's a rumor her next book will be set in Montana.