The fifth Arcadia Valley Romance just released! Or sixth if you’re counting Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, the collection containing one introductory novella from each of the six authors.
Danica Favorite’s entry into Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley is “The Scent of Romance,” in which a high-powered lawyer must convince a woman determined to protect her family’s legacy to sell the family farm to his father’s development company, but finds his heart leading him away from everything he’s spent his life trying to accomplish.
That was Caroline and Hayden’s story, and The Thought of Romance picks up soon after in the timeline of the Bigby family. Grandma Enid, whose fall landed her in the hospital and drew the attention of her vulturous children in the novella, is now home and requires a nurse to care for her. And Enid wants nothing to do with any modern medicine.
Layla Avila has been assigned to be Enid’s home health nurse, and grandson Andrew is determined to keep a close eye on her. Really, really close!
Here’s the official description of The Thought of Romance:
Andrew Bigby gave up a successful accounting career in the city to move back to his grandmother’s farm after his fiancée died of cancer. There, he’s found a life free of complications and emotional attachments — except those to his closest family. However, when he disagrees with home health nurse Layla Avila’s ideas on how to take care of his grandmother, Andrew can’t help but get involved. Even if it means temporarily giving up his precious hermit lifestyle to stay by his grandmother’s side to keep an eye on Layla.
Layla is sick of these doctor wannabes getting medical advice off the Internet. Why can’t Andrew just leave her alone and let her do the job she was trained to do? However, the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that this isn’t so much about his grandmother’s care, but about the guilt he feels over his fiancée’s death — and the worry that he didn’t do enough to find the right doctors to save her. Though she was hired to help his grandmother, can Layla’s healing touch also extend to Andrew’s heart?
Here’s an excerpt:
“I assume you’re the new nurse. I’m Andrew Bigby.” This was the third nurse the caseworker had sent to their home to take care of Gram. Most of them got frustrated with Gram’s eccentricities and quit. He wasn’t going to bother getting to know this one either. After all, she’d be gone just as quickly as she’d arrived.
He’d admit she was kind of cute, though, if a man were to be interested in dating. Andrew had given up on admiring a pretty girl a long time ago. Still, there was something about that long, silky hair and dark eyes…
No. Focus. Andrew took a deep breath and tried to smile at her. “What’s with all the equipment?”
Layla folded her arms across her chest. “I’m afraid that’s privileged information. HIPAA laws and all that.”
So she was one of those. Fighting the urge to roll his eyes, Andrew turned to Gram.
“Would you like to do the honors, or shall I?”
Gram grinned. They’d had this conversation a time or two, and by now, a person would think that someone would have noted it in her records.
“We speak freely in this house. All the lawyer documents have been signed. I don’t keep secrets from my grandchildren. Now, my blood-sucking children, well, that’s another story.”
This time, Andrew didn’t bother hiding the groan. “I thought we were working on being nice, Gram. Remember your blood pressure.”
“I am thinking of my blood pressure,” Gram said. “Keeping it all in only makes it worse.”