Title: Everything’s Coming Up Daisy (Last Chance Beach Romance)
Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kristen Matthews is a single mother of a very precocious five-year old named Daisy. When Kristen and Daisy relocate to Last Chance Beach to live with Kristen’s eccentric aunt, Kristen has her reservations. The move brings them in close proximity to her ex-boyfriend’s rich family. Given Daisy’s father never wanted a permanent arrangement, neither he nor Kristen ever told his family about Daisy’s birth.
Ellis Tait has taken over the management of all of Tait Holding’s businesses since his father’s passing. His step-mother prefers her Summerville mansion. His playboy brother hasn’t been seen or heard from in nearly five years, preferring to travel around Europe squandering his inheritance. After a number of intense business negotiations, Ellis travels to the family’s vacation estate on Last Chance Beach for a few weeks of relaxation—not that he ever truly relaxes.
When Kristen and Ellis meet for the first time, Kristen’s determined to keep the secret of Daisy’s heritage to herself. However, the more she gets to know Ellis, the more she realizes he’s nothing at all like his younger brother.
A modern twist on the classic Sabrina. Can this single-mom avoid her ex’s family and hide the fact that her daughter is heiress to the family fortune? Or, will the island magic of Last Chance Beach unite an overworked mom and curmudgeon of a family patriarch in time for a happily-ever-after?
Crosswinds Bridge, Point of Entry for Last Chance Beach
This was a mistake. A huge mistake.
Kristen Matthews pulled into line behind the cars waiting for access to the bridge leading to the island. She spared a quick glance in her rear view mirror and assured herself that her daughter was securely buckled, and her booster seat was in the upright position.
To Daisy, this was a big adventure, a chance to live in a place filled with sunlight, ocean breezes, and fun! To Kristen, it was a recipe for disaster.
“Are we almost there, mommy?” Daisy asked.
“Yes, Doodlebug. We’re about to get on the bridge. Then, once we drive across the water, we’ll be on the island.”
“I wanted to take the ferry, like we did last summer when we came to visit Auntie El.”
“We couldn’t this time because we’re pulling a trailer full of our things. There’s no room on the ferry for trailers, just cars.”
“Are we going to live in one of Auntie El’s cottages, or in the big house?”
“We’ll live in the big house with Aunt Eloise. From what she told me in her last email, she got rid of the cabins last fall.”
“She gave them away?”
“No, dear. She had them torn down and the land cleared. I’m pretty sure she also had the main house painted as well.”
A soft whimper sounded from the back seat. “But I liked the polka dots. I hope she kept them.”
“This is Aunt Eloise. Even if the dots are gone, I’m pretty sure there will be something just as fancy in their place.”
“Maybe it’ll be unicorns,” Daisy reasoned. “I love unicorns.”
“Yes, I know,” Kristen agreed, a chuckle smothered rather quickly behind a yawn. It had been a long day, with no measurable end in sight.
“I can’t wait to see Jerry, and Elvira, and Petunia, and even Juniper. Maybe this time, she won’t think my finger is a carrot stick.”
“In Juniper’s defense, you have to remember she is blind in one eye. You have to be careful when you offer her food and make sure you approach from her good side.”
“I wonder if Auntie El has adopted any more guinea pigs?”
Oh please, no. Kristen pulled in a breath and prayed there wouldn’t be more rescued animals added to the menagerie who lived in her aunt’s home. Between the four guineas, two barn cats, and her fourteen-year-old terrier, Jake, you couldn’t go ten feet without tripping over a water bowl or stray toy.
They reached the island less than twenty minutes later, and Kristen merged into traffic along Ocean Drive. Eloise’s home was on Windsurfer Drive, with a beautiful ocean view and within walking distance to one of the nicest public beaches on the island.
“Look, mama,” Daisy said suddenly. “You can see someone flying up in the sky.”
Kristen chuckled. “I’d better not take my eyes off the road. No doubt it’s a tourist taking advantage of Land or Leap’s parasailing adventures.”
“I think it’s a superhero flying around protecting people.”
She spared a quick thought for her good friends Chase and Jared, owners of Land or Leap. Both were certainly hunky enough to be considered superheroes. “Maybe,” she conceded. “Or, maybe, it’s a flying guinea pig.”
Daisy’s exaggerated sigh echoed through the car. “Don’t be silly, mommy. Piggies don’t fly. According to Auntie El, all they do is eat and poop.”
“Well you know what your grandpa always says. ‘If you’re going to do something, do it really well.’ I’d say the piggies have mastered both.”
They passed Barnacle Bill’s mini golf, the pier leading out to Rod’s bar, the parking lot at Cliff House, finally turning onto the side road leading to house. Pulling into her aunt’s long driveway, she drew to halt, raised her gaze, and let the latest changes to the century old home sink in.
For frick sakes! Like Daisy, Kristen found herself wishing for the return of the polka dots. “What do you think, Doodlebug? Has Auntie El outdone herself with the renovations?”
“Wowzers,” Daisy said, giggling. “One, two, three, four... um... five different colors. It looks like a box of crayons exploded all over the front of auntie’s house.”
“One thing’s for sure. We’ll never get lost. I’m pretty sure this place glows in the dark.”
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If money were no object, where would you go for a Spring Break vacation and why?
Since Everything’s Coming Up Daisy is a beach book, I guess I’d have to say Grand Cayman. I was there once many, many years ago and have based a couple of books there, including one coming out in July. The island is beautiful, with tons of natural history. Definitely a vacationer’s paradise.
Why is your featured book a must-read this spring?
Who doesn’t love the occasional reworking of a classic? While I firmly believe nothing ever takes the place of the original, it’s always fun to try. I believe I’ve brought a new twist to the classic by adding the element of a ready-made family. I hope the readers agree. Plus, of course, it’s Last Chance Beach so there’s always a chance you’ll get to see the return of old friends.
One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card
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Runs April 1 – 30
Drawing will be held on May 2.
NANCY FRASER is a best selling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.
Her spicy romances have won top awards year after year and received cover quotes from some of the most recognized names in the romance industry.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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