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About the Book
Jonathan William Langley-Cranston IV has come to terms with the idea that he just might remain single and childless for the rest of his life. It’s not his first choice, but it seems to be what God has for him, at least for now. Until a chance encounter with a familiar face changes his outlook.
MacKenzie Davidson has been a single mom since before her daughter was born. Just once, she’d love not to worry about losing her job or what will happen if her fledgling yarn dyeing business doesn’t take off. A stormy night and flooded road bring the straws that finally break the back of her independent streak.
Her knight-in-shining-SUV comes in the form of American royalty. She’s read enough of the tabloids to know that’s how Jonathan’s family is seen and knows she can’t begin to measure up.
But when he puts everything aside to help her, her daughter, and her now-floundering business, she begins to wonder. Jonathan quickly comes to believe he’s found everything he’s looking for. Will they find their way to each other or will they be ripped apart before discovering home?
Lady Margaret of Aquitaine Toulouse
Queen Adeline of Montevaro
Prince Consort Charlemagne of Montevaro
Prince Richard of Montevaro
Princess Ellie of Montevaro
Princess Anastasia of Montevaro
Duke Dr. Jonah Fontaine of Montevaro
Prince Malachi of Mevendia
Princess Jessabelle of Mevendia
Queen Christiana of Ravenzario
Duke Alexander of Ravenzario
Princess Yvette of Mevendia and Ravenzario
Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario
Unnamed Crown Princess of San Majoria
Crown Prince William of Mevendia
Gloria from AutoHelp
Stacy, Duchess of Busselonia
Lindsey, Duchess of Carmagonia
Nana Yvette, former Queen of Mevendia
Lizbeth Bence Padovano
Lord Teobold XIV
Bill, news director
Jonathan finds a small dog in the woods. He takes it to the vet, then Walmart where he runs into a woman he danced with at a wedding two years earlier and her daughter. MacKenzie Davidson and her daughter, Lorelai, talk with Jonathan, and Lorelai names the dog Mr. Benny Hercules.
As they return home, Kenzie and Lorelai are swept off the road by flood waters. With no one else to call, Kenzie calls Jonathan to ask for help. He takes them to her small house not far away only to find it flooded. Jonathan, with help from Josh Wilson and his employees, move everything out of Kenzie’s house and take it to Jonathan’s house where Kenzie and Lorelai will be staying.
Kenzie tells Jonathan about her yarn dyeing business, but nearly everything she had ready for the show in a couple of weeks is ruined. Jonathan offers to replace everything for her. She agrees but insists it’s a loan. Kenzie gets hurt at her landlord’s office, but doesn’t tell Jonathan what happened.
Jonathan takes Lorelai to Sam’s to get supplies for Kenzie. Pictures are taken and appear in the online tabloids. Kenzie checks her mail and finds bills that are overdue, many from her late husband. Out of desperation, but without telling him the whole truth, Kenzie accepts his proposal. They go to the courthouse to get a license, then visit a judge friend of Jonathan’s to get married.
Jonathan and a recovering Kenzie take Lorelai to her first major swim meet. The Clipper Ships take first place.
Jonathan takes Kenzie to the yarn show in Spring Meadow, approximately an hour from Serenity Landing. The hotel has lost her reservation and has no other rooms available, so Jonathan offers to share the room he has reserved. They spend two days together, with Jonathan learning as much as he can to help Kenzie. He also meets the Show-Me Yarn ladies, who run a yarn dyeing business not far from Serenity Landing.
Pictures of Jonathan and Kenzie at their hotel begin to circulate, along with the news of their wedding. Kenzie’s parents return from their trip and come over to meet Jonathan. While Kenzie and Lorelai are out, paparazzi on motorcycles chase them down a two-lane country road. Jonathan meets them at the front gate with a shotgun in hand.
After the paparazzi chase Kenzie and Lorelai, Jonathan records a statement for the press/public, then arranges to take his family to Montevaro. They can stay with the royal family – who know a thing or two about keeping unpleasant reporters away. They spend the first day at the Montevarian palace, then go to the royal family’s mountain retreat.
Jonathan and Kenzie head to Mevendia, where he surprises her with a few hours at the Mevendian Yarn and Wool Festival. They attend a birthday party for former Queen Yvette, then spend the night in the capital city of Erres, before returning to the festival the next day. Lorelai remains in Montevaro with Queen Adeline’s step-daughter, Duchess Lindsey, and Princess Anastasia’s adopted daughter, Duchess Stacy. They stay for another two days then return to Serenity Landing.
Kenzie moves her things into Jonathan’s room. He finds a bank receipt showing far less money than he expected in the account he set up for her. He confronts her about it, and she admits to marrying him, in part, for the money. Furious, he takes off and boards the first flight he can – to Atlanta. He sits next to a mother/daughter whose husband/dad is deployed. They’re returning from a funeral for his grandmother. Jonathan realizes he’s never quite understood how desperate Kenzie must have been. After secretly giving all the cash he has to the military mom, he returns to Serenity Landing to apologize. He knows Kenzie wouldn’t have married him just for the money, though it played a role in when she said yes.
After putting the appropriate notices in local papers, Jonathan’s adoption of Lorelai is finalized. They take pictures to commemorate the occasion.
Jonathan takes Kenzie to dinner at Savarino’s for their one-month anniversary. He surprises her at the end of the meal with a new car to replace the one she lost in the flood.
An unexpected guest arrives, and Jonathan is thrilled to discover his long-lost brother, Philip, is still alive. Kenzie is horrified to realize Philip is the one-night stand that resulted in Lorelai. Jonathan tries to kick Philip out when he understands what Kenzie is saying. Philip says he just wants to be a doting uncle and introduces them to his wife. He left his car abandoned in the middle of the road and went to rehab under an assumed name. He’s been clean for two years.
Lorelai spends the night with her best friend, Alyssa Wilson. Josh and Stephanie, Alyssa’s parents, are headed out of town and leave their nanny, Alivia, in charge. While Alivia is helping tie Alyssa’s shoe, Lorelai wanders off and can’t be found. Police and volunteers descend on the Jamison Estate to look for Lorelai. Philip, his wife, and a small contingent of law enforcement begin searching from Jonathan’s home next door – nearly a mile away. Jonathan sends a couple of reporters he can trust to cover the story from that angle. They find Lorelai near Jonathan’s property, and she’s rushed to the hospital. Once home Jonathan and Kenzie admit their true feelings for each other. Kenzie tells him she thinks she’s pregnant – a surprise since her doctor had told her she couldn’t have children. With Kenzie, Lorelai, and Mr. Benny Hercules all snuggled in his bed, Jonathan realizes he’s finally discovered home.