They met when they were both in diapers. Cory Whipple was the "boy next door" who became the love of Bibs Johnson's life. Cory proposed when they were 6 years old, Bibs accepted, and they... More > never changed their minds. Then came The Sixties.
Cory, raised by two maiden aunts to think independently, balked when his country demanded actions and attitudes of him that he could not give. Bibs supported his radical decision and that's when things got shaky.
Bibs' father was part of The Greatest Generation—proud to do his Duty. Ed Johnson saw Cory in an entirely different light than Bibs did. A fault line formed between father and daughter—a fissure so deep, Bibs wondered if it could ever be bridged, even by a engineer like Cory who specializes in building bridges.< Less
Milford loves Sage Eden. She's one of their own, coming home as CEO of the long-awaited hospital. But the small Utah town isn't sure about Sage's husband, Zeke. He brought trouble with him when he... More > did the unthinkable and involved four of Milford's best kids.
When a Minnesota railroad scandal with a missing corpse rips across the Rockies and plummets to earth smack-dab in Utah, where else could tracks lead but to Zeke Eden, the mystery writer also-known-as Kiel Nede?
The viewpoint from Milford to Rochester is this: Anyone who created as terrifying a hero as Raven Crowley is smart enough to pull off the murder someone dared to lift from the pages of Kiel Nede's latest book.
When the body isn't found where his best-seller said it should be, Zeke realizes what really happened. He wishes Raven weren't just a figment of his imagination. Zeke's life derails while he seeks to reveal what only he and the murderer know: The truth.< Less
In 1944, Muriel discarded her friendship with Sanna and concocted a self-centered plot, which gave her what she wanted: Derek VanHousen. That Sanna and Derek were all but publicly engaged didn't... More > deter Muriel. Blindly she plunged into the murky waters of self-gratification, latching on to everything but a clean conscience and peace of mind.
Now it is 1964 and Sanna is returning to Dutchville. With his first-love walking the same streets again, will Derek remain true to his wife? Muriel has a tough row ahead if she's going to make what she knows to be fiction (a happy VanHousen marriage) seem real enough to fool Sanna. Muriel has a two-pronged problem: 1) keeping face in a town that remembers her deviousness, and 2) resurrecting the vivacious Young Muriel who snagged her best friend's true love.
Life is in disarray for the VanHousen family—while Sanna is as enticing as ever. Sometimes you just can't escape shadows, even shifting shadows . . .< Less
A startling pronouncement changes Dutchville's Wedding-of-the-Decade from predictable to unusual. A furtive letter delivered at the reception generates speculation and dismay. Is anyone even... More > thinking about the bride and groom? It's doubtful!< Less
When Dale Donnahue brought an unmarked box to Rick Dante, he delivered more than the notebook inside it—he dumped a nightmare on the Milford, Iowa, Chief of Police. The contents of that... More > taunting notebook point an accusatory finger straight at Chief Dante—with the brazen implication that he hasn’t been doing his job.
The cryptic caption on the title page says: Milford, Iowa: Unsolved Murders.
The murderer must be a cocky dude with ice flowing through his veins. The notebook contains irrefutable evidence of five seemingly unrelated homicides: five obituaries matched to five signs which incorporate Milford’s water tower into their sinister messages. Each sign follows the progression of the countdown to the grand finale: 1 down, 5 to go . . . 2 down, 4 to go . . .
Rick and his police force must thaw five cold cases in search of clues. Unless they find the perpetrator of those heinous crimes, the execution of “6 down, 0 to go” will stun the town. No one will feel safe anymore in Milford, Iowa.< Less
Late Harvest probes the complicated designs and tangled webs of families and friendships that cross three generations in the 1940s. Hanna has survived much over the years, but now faces the greatest... More > challenge to her wedding vows to Gustave. In sickness and in health has never seemed so poignant . . . Brigetta lived with a lie for years, but is suddenly forced to admit that gone-but-never-forgotten secret could soon undermine all she holds dear . . . Sanna, in escaping heartache, makes a choice that alienates her father when she enrolls at the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, as a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corp.
Perceptive, believable, and compassionate with humor blending it into an unforgettable story, Late Harvest is all readers have come to expect from a Hadley Hoover novel. Welcome home to the warmth and surprises!< Less
Friends old & new always meet at the Crosby ND Threshing Show each July. But rarely are they as unlikely to connect as 3 people whose problems created unending ripples in the pools of their... More > divergent lives. Hélène seeks to fuel a hope for her future, Zeke aches to fill a hole from his past, and Eddie longs to find a home right-here, right-now.< Less
Vivacious Brigetta Ter Hoorn captivates Bram de Boer’s heart until he finds her as enticing as bees do his prized tulips. But problems not easily discussed haunt the newly-weds until they... More > wonder if their marriage will survive. Beginning in the early 1900s in Dutchville, Iowa, and reaching into the 1920s at the Rochester State Hospital, the young couple faces rough terrain and tough decisions.< Less
He drives a big rig & has even bigger plans . . . for someone’s death. She drives her mother’s car & wishes she had a plan . . . for her own life. He lacks conscience. She... More > lacks confidence. He has $10,000 . . . which surely will accomplish his ultimate goal of freedom. She has $1.30 . . . until a windfall brings more freedom than she knows how to handle. He meets her when he has begun to lose hope. She meets him when she’s begun to find hope. He thinks she’s in Milford, Nebraska. She wonders why she’s in Milford, Maine. It’s an understandable, but potentially deadly mistake.< Less