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HER COUNTRY HEART
Sierra Creek Series Book 1
BY REGGI ALLDER
Fall in love with Her Country Heart Sierra Creek Series Book 1 by Reggi Allder
“Great Characters, I’m hooked”
Amy Long needs a forever home. Downsized, she lost her apartment in the city and returns to the small town of Sierra Creek to find a fresh start. Does she belong? Cowboy Wyatt Cameron doesn’t think so. She’s in the way of his plans and as executor of her grandmother’s estate, he has the power to send her packing.
What can she offer to change his mind?
Sparks fly when opposites attract in the small town of Sierra Creek.
My Country Heart Book 4 in the Sierra Creek Series will be released October 18. The charming characters from the other books return and a couple of new personalities move into town, a firefighter and a jewelry designer. A mystery is an added ingredient in this Sierra Creek Series book.
“Sierra Creek,” the driver shouted as the Greyhound bus came to an abrupt stop on the two-lane highway.
Amy Long pushed her hair behind her ears and grabbed her worn suitcase. Surprised to see her hand tremble, she seized the case with both hands and rushed toward the front of the bus.
A gust of hot wind slapped her face as she stepped outside. Gravel pelted her bare legs when the bus drove away. She squinted and read a faded road sign, Sierra Creek population five thousand. There wasn’t a building in sight.
After years of living in the city, she’d forgotten how sweltering and desolate it was here. She’d vowed never to return home. Odd it was the first place that came to mind when she and her young son needed a fresh start.
With Granny gone, there was no family left to welcome her. She swallowed a sob. Maybe it was a mistake to come back.
The relentless afternoon sun beat down on her shoulders and her arms began to burn. San Francisco, the air-conditioned city, seemed a million miles away.
Impatient, she cleared her dry throat, wiped perspiration from her forehead, and let out a groan as the minutes ticked by. What wouldn’t she give for some shade and a bottle of ice water?
With a sigh, she pulled out her smart phone and checked the time. Thirty minutes since she’d arrived at the bus stop and not a single car had gone by. Where was the arranged ride into town?
Granny’s handyman was supposed to meet her. He obviously wasn’t a stickler about being on time. She reminded herself she was in the California foothills not in a busy metropolis where time was money.
The sound of a truck rumbled in the distance. With the back of her hand, she pushed her bangs out of her eyes and squinted. Hopeful, she watched the pick-up come closer. A shiny black Ford F 150 with extended cab pulled up in front of her.
“Amy,” a man yelled through the open window as his brown hair fell casually over a high forehead and deep-set blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight. She moved nearer and stared at his wide cheekbones, square jaw and full lips. About thirty?
A flutter of recognition stirred in her as palpable charm radiated from his broad smile—
His muscular arms flexed as his huge hands squeezed the steering wheel. “Don’t just stand there. Get in.”
Surprised by his gruffness, she stepped back.
“I heard you need a ride into town,” he said quietly as if he understood her reaction. “It’s me, Wyatt.”
“Hi, nice to see you again.” Even now, her cheeks burned with the memory of him. As she gawked, her heartbeat increased and her breathing quickened. “Granny’s handyman is going to give me a ride.”
“You could say that’s me. Toss your suitcase in the back and get in the truck.”
She shook the pebbles from her flip flops and picked up her suitcase. Filled with everything she and her son might need, she grunted and struggled to lift the enormous bag high enough to push it into the raised truck bed.
Wyatt hopped out of the cab and brushed by her. With a sharp intake of breath, she took in his fresh just-out–of–the-shower scent.
Effortlessly, he tossed the bag into the truck.
She quickly hauled herself into the vehicle and slammed the door. “Nice pick-up. Beautiful upholstery,” she said trying for casual conversation. She ran her hand over the black and white leather seat.
“It’s custom. Had it done in Sacramento by a guy who specializes it tuck and roll car seats.”
Pretty fancy truck for handyman. The job must pay better than she’d thought. For some reason, she’d believed Granny’s handyman would be an old retired guy gnarled from too much sun and hard work, not the hunk sitting next to her.
“Where’s your son? Thought he’d be with you.”
“He’s staying with a friend of mine in San Francisco. Bobby’s only four. I thought it’d be better if I took care of things here before he comes to the farm.” She paused. “It’s only been a few hours since I left and I already miss him.”
She sighed, leaned back, and let the air-conditioned breeze wash over her. The purr of the truck’s engine was soothing and her breathing slowed.
“Thanks for picking me up. If you drop me at my grandmother’s farm, I’ll…”
“It’s too late for that. We can’t keep Judge Wilcox waiting.”
“Reggi will hold you on the edge of your seat as you follow her real-to-life characters. Grab one of her books. You won’t be disappointed.” NL reviews “The book was so good I didn’t want it to end.” V Reader
Reggi Allder writes compelling romantic suspense and heartwarming small-town contemporary novels. Whatever their situation, her characters are determined to overcome obstacles and control their future. She has two series as well as other books, and has contributed to two cookbooks. Her series include: The Dangerous Series beginning with Dangerous Web. The Sierra Creek Series starts with Her Country Heart Book 1. Whether in a series or not, each book is a complete standalone read.
An animal lover, Reggi raised a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind and has done foster care for the Humane Society. She now has a rescue dog who barks too much and a pure-bred dog who doesn’t—her own Lady and the Tramp. 🙂 An avid movie buff, she has collected many films. She and her hubby have a standing date for a movie every Friday night. Her hobbies are sometimes reflected in her novels by way of a character’s interests.
Her Country Heart Sierra Creek Series Book 1 On sale for 99 cents for a short time.
Have you ever wanted to move from the city and live off the land—clean air, no traffic, no crime, and no worries?
When Reggi lived in Los Angeles, she often overheard people daydream of doing just that. Having lived in both a city and in a small town of about eighteen hundred people, she can relate to the idea. What if a young woman decided to return to a small town for a fresh start? With that question the idea for the Sierra Creek Series was born.
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