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.

Nora :o)

If you have any question please feel free to contact me

Nora St.Laurent

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Oh, how funny. I thought he was called Harry for real. I just looked up his full name Here is it is. I had no idea. Henry Charles Albert David

Thanks for sharing this Bonnie! Good to know! Fun Fact! Grin!

Thanks for the full name.  I could only remember Henry Charles -  -


I hadn't planned on watching the Royal wedding, but did anyway. I couldn't believe how long the ceremony was. I'm glad they got to sit down for some of it. I was most surprised by Prince Harry's emotions. The way he had to keep wiping his eyes. It was so sweet. It's so wonderful to see true love like that. Hope they have their happily ever after.

I haven’t been to any weddings lately but some of my favorite weddings have a lot of kids running around having fun.


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.

Nora :o)



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