Making Change: 6 Stories About Starting Over

by Karen Green

The end of the year always brings about a time of reflection, when we look at the year that’s passed and think about the year ahead. Is it time to make a change? Do we have a choice? For the heroes of our favorite stories, change, whether precipitated by happy or sad events, always leads to the unexpected.

New beginnings are perfect for this time of year, and in these six stories, making a change, going home or starting over is just the inspiration we need for our end of the year reading.

 

Tonight & Forever (Madaris Family Saga) by Brenda Jackson (Available January 15)

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After her marriage ends in bitter divorce, Lorren Jacobs returns to her roots in Texas to escape the trouble and heartbreak men cause, but then she meets physician Justin Madaris. Justin thought no woman could ever move him as deeply as his wife had, but Lorren rekindles a desire he never believed he’d feel again. But sharing a life together means letting go of the past.

The Wanderer (Thunder Point) by Robyn Carr

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Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough

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Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss.

Texas Rebels: Elias by Linda Warren

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Maribel McCray knew moving back to Horseshoe, Texas, would mean facing Elias Rebel, the cowboy she was forbidden to love in high school. She just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. With her teenage son, Chase, in trouble, she needs Elias’s help. For the lone bachelor of the Rebel clan, there’s only one way to make up for lost years with his son—become a family for real. But Maribel’s distance runs deeper than the Rebel-McCray feud. How can he convince Maribel some second chances are worth taking?

Winter of Change & A Matter of Chance by Betty Neels

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Winter of Change

When her grandfather passes away, it comes as a huge surprise to plain nurse Mary Jane Pettigrew that she’s inherited a large house and an income to go with it. But there’s a catch—surgeon Fabian van der Blocq is to be her guardian! His young ward certainly isn’t going to let Fabian have it all his own way—but that’s easier said than done with a man as arrogant and handsome as Fabian.

A Matter of Chance

Cressida Bingley needs a fresh start—so moving to Holland for a new job seems perfect. Until she finds herself lost in Amsterdam and must accept help from a charming knight in shining armor, who turns out to be her new boss’s partner! Dr. Giles van der Tiele can’t forget the alluring young woman he rescued.

Cowboy Lullaby (The Boones of Texas) by Sasha Summers

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“Click” Hale is a reminder of Tandy Boone’s past and of the heartache they endured years ago. But the handsome horse trainer is back in Fort Kyle, Texas, raising a toddler on his own, and stirring up all the dreams—and emotions—he and Tandy once shared. Click is reeling, and only partially because Tandy is back in his life. Can Tandy and Click find a way through their old pain to build a new family together?

Which of these stories about starting over will you read as the year comes to an end? Let us know in the comments!

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