The Lifeguard, the Abandoned Heiress, & Frozen Custard

The Lifeguard, the Abandoned Heiress, & Frozen Custard

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About the Book

Adam  Wilkerson is a lifeguard at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center, and looking forward to a summer of fun and freedom before settling into adult life. The sudden appearance of a young woman with secrets, but who somehow manages to stir in Adam emotions long dormant, threatens to change his summer plans.

Gwendolyn Cranston-Schmidt is looking for a fresh start, and her one hope at help – her cousin – is unavailable. Time to find a job and a place to live. For a girl who’s never worked a day in her life, the struggle is real. Plus, her secrets are going to find her out, sooner rather than later. What she didn’t plan on was a cute guy who easily finds his way past her protective barriers.

Adam and Gwendolyn find themselves spending more and more time together – and sharing their secrets. Can they find a way to get beyond both of their pasts – or will their pasts come back to haunt them before they can move forward together?


May 5-July 6, 2017


Main Characters
Secondary Characters
Tertiary Characters


Serenity Landing

Main Characters

Beatrice Gwendolyn Cranston-Schmidt
Adam Wilkerson

Secondary Characters

Alivia Collins
Jonathan Langley-Cranston
MacKenzie “Kenzie” Davidson
Royce Kensington
Mr. & Mrs. Cranston-Schmidt

Tertiary Characters

Travis Harders
Alexander, Duke of Testudines
Prince Nicklaus of Ravenzario
Queen Adeline of Montevaro
Princess Anastasia of Montevaro
Dr. Jonah Fontaine
Prince Richard of Montevaro
Ellie Brewer
Lorelai Davidson
Grandmama Cranston
Cassie Connealy-Harders
Josh Wilson
Stephanie Wilson
Audra Sheer-Parmiggiano
Isabella Sheer-Parmiggiano
Katie Parmiggiano
Micah Parmiggiano
Bethany Parmiggiano
Lily Wilkerson
Granny Wilkerson


Serenity Landing Community Center (SLCC)
Serenity Landing Aquatic Center (SLAC)
Serenity Landing Comedy Club
Jamison Manor
Andy’s Frozen Custard
So Cheeeezzy
Jessica Keller
Goose Harbor
Mary Connealy
Sophie McClellan
Cox South
Horatio Spafford
San Majoria
Serenity Landing University
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Willis Family


Adam Wilkerson is sitting at the front desk of SLCC when a well-to-do young woman demands a job. Alivia Collins, head of SLAC, overhears and tells the young woman they need someone for the front desk. Adam sends the woman to the first meeting of the year.

Gwendolyn Cranston-Schmidt is desperate for a job and a way to take care of herself after being disowned by her family. Her very wealthy cousin, Jonathan Langley-Cranston, is out of the country indefinitely leaving her to fend for herself. After the employee meeting, she talks with Alivia who insists Gwendolyn go back to Jamison Manor with her. Josh Wilson offers Gwendolyn a place to stay for the time being, as well as a lead on a waitressing job.

A week later, Adam and his best friend, Hoppy are at So Cheeeeezy, a New York style pizzaria. Hoppy refuses to talk about why his relationship with his fiance has ended or why he’s back in Serenity Landing after moving to Kansas City the summer before. They are waited on by Gwendolyn, who gets their order wrong. They assure her it’s all right and eat the wrong pizza. Adam leaves her a large tip.