BOOK COVER: A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive? With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride — one who is eight years older than him. When Claire tries to welcome her new daughter-in-law, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Will Claire and her family survive her son's marriage?

Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom's adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson?

From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire's gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she's got. With her son's future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it's Claire who needs a guardian angel.

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar women’s fiction novels in this genre may be categorized as: women’s fiction, inspirational women’s fiction, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome women’s fiction.

ABOUT AUTHOR: While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). 

Ane firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Her passion when she isn't writing her Southern-fried Fiction, is Community Theatre. She's Creative Director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, an avocational non-profit theatre group, where she and her husband act, direct, build sets, and are chief gofors. 

Contributor to the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and a wooly mammoth. 

You can find Ane on her website and blog: If you'd like to see a map of Chapel Springs showing you where all the characters live, visit


Ane is giving this book away in celebration of her son Greg's first wedding anniversary. So, my question theme is  around weddings.

1. Have you been to a wedding recently? If so, what did you like about it?

2. Out of all the weddings you've been too was there a surprise moment and/or  a thing that you saw you wished you had done in your wedding? Plan to incorporate that into your future wedding plans?

3. Did any of you see the grand wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? If so, what surprised you about that wedding? What made you smile?



THANKS for your participation. It was so much fun to talk about the Royal Wedding and weddings in general.

Kristina I've sent your contact information to the author.

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3. I saw much of the Royal wedding through replays and I think that it was their very evident love for each other and their joy on this day that touched me the most! I can't imagine spending that much money or living life in a goldfish bowl but I do pray that they have a long, happy marriage! 

Thanks for this giveaway and Happy Anniversary to Greg.

Thanks, Connie. I'll pass along the greeting. :)

We went to my brothers wedding a year ago.  It was lovely.  I loved the reception and our family being together.  

Thanks for the chance,


I did see the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan and I loved how they just kept looking at each other.  

It was a precious ceremony. I loved how they smiled at one another! I went back and watched his brothers wedding and Kate and William didn't smile much. They seemed pretty nervous. They also had a bigger crowd of people at their wedding compared to Prince Harry. I think I'd be nervous too! Grin!

Haven't been to any weddings in ages.  I did watch the Royal Wedding.  I like watching those on T.V. better than attending a wedding in person.  And you can stay in your pajamas!  I watched the pre-show wedding coverage too.  I liked seeing Meghan's dress and also wondered what Harry and William would wear.  Prince William's birthday is the same day as mine - June 21.

Yes, seeing the wedding on TV you see so much more than if you were in person. That church is enormous!  Grin! Happy Almost Birthday! Grin!

I went to a nephews wedding last year. Formal gowns and tuxes. Bare feet. It was outdoors. 

I did not watch the wedding. But heard it was lovely. Kind of reminded me of Grace Kelly marriage from years ago. Fairy tale!!

Good evening!! I have a wedding to go in July!! I watched Harry and Megan’s wedding until 7 than drove to Cincinnati. My sister taped it!! I watched 4 hours of the wedding!! My hubby taped it for me, so when I got home, watched it again!! I’m a Royal family buff!!! I loved when the Pastor talked about love!! I thought it was fantastic when Prince Charles walked his future daughter in law down the isle!!The love between Harry and his brother and to his bride!!! Betsy Schaknowdki

Oh, My Gosh Betsy! That's lots of wedding watching! LOL! I LOVED the Pastor that talked about LOVE TOO!! He was great. The wedding was very sweet, fun and had lots of smiles. I watched Harry's brother's wedding when they exchanged vows and they didn't smile much. But Harry and Meghan smiled all the time and held hands. It was so cute. Grin!

I watched most of the royal wedding.  What surprised me was that Harry's full real (legal) name was not used (or I missed it.)  Harry is his nickname.

Hmm, is that marriage legal then?  I must try to find the full wedding on BBC site or someplace.

I did see most of the royal wedding, which was lovely.  One think did surprise me, however.  My daughter and I thought that during the vows only the name Harry was used.  Harry is the prince's nickname.  I must try and find the wedding on BBC's internet site to see if his full correct name was used.


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