Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Lake Bride

When I was writing my sweet historical western Henley, I had a general idea of how I wanted the book to end. 

However, as I was working on the final chapters, I started thinking about Doctor Evan Holt having a place out by the lake. It would make a grand place for a fellow to propose, if he was so inclined. 

As I wrote that scent about Henley and Evan out at the lake, I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to the beauty of the place as I envisioned it in my mind. Neither was I ready to let go of Henley and Evan.

Then I landed on the idea to write a story set at the lake about one of their descendants. My goodness! I had so much fun writing about their great-great-great-grandson! 

Like his ancestors, Bridger Holt is all about honor and service. He's spent two years as a guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

When life takes an unexpected turn, Bridger isn't sure which way to head. So he goes to Oregon to the cabin on the lake he inherited from his uncle. 

While he's there, his ancestors become more than just names on a family tree, and he founds pieces of himself he hadn't even realized were missing. 

Fall in love with a soldier, a nurse, and a small-town adventure brimming with delightful characters, amusing animals, and abiding hope.

Twenty-one steps. 

The past two years of Bridger Holt’s life have centered on the twenty-one steps he repeatedly walks back and forth as one of the sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Now that his duty is coming to an end, Bridger has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. Guilt from his past and trepidation about his unknown future drive him to the mountain cabin he inherited from his beloved uncle to gain clarity and direction. The quirky residents in the nearby town of Holiday, the assortment of wildlife that adopts him, and the woman who shines a light into his tattered soul might be what Bridger needs to find the redemption he seeks.

Outgoing, upbeat Shayla Reeves spreads sunshine wherever she goes. Holiday has become her home, and she enjoys spending time in the mountains around town. She adores the patients in the dementia facility where she works as a nurse. But something is missing from her mostly joyful world. When she mistakenly camps on private land owned by the mysterious and brooding Bridger Holt, she realizes what her life is lacking isn’t adventure but love.

Will two opposite personalities overcome their challenges and figure out a way to build a future together?

Find out in Lake Bride, a sweet love story full of hope, small-town humor, and the wonder of falling in love.

Releasing June 23!

Preorder your copy today!

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield grew up on a farm where her childhood brimmed with sunshine, hay fever, and an ongoing supply of learning experiences.

Today, Shanna draws on her rural roots to create sweet romances filled with hope, humor, quirky small-town characters, realistic heroes, and women of strength.

When this award-winning author isn’t writing or testing out new recipes (she loves to bake!), Shanna hangs out at home in the Pacific Northwest with her beloved husband, better known as Captain Cavedweller.

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Julie Lence said...

Congrats on your upcoming release, Shana! I think everyone would love to have a lake house. I know I would. Hugs!

Shanna Hatfield said...

Thanks, Julie! Wouldn't it be awesome to have a cabin on a beautiful lake!

Melissa said...

Both books sound great. Love the idea of returning to the lake house. Is it real? Can I escape there to write? LOL