Poet Ella Martine resists her fiancé's impulse to marry along Italy's Amalfi Coast overlooking the sea at the end of the summer. Snow. Ella wants a snowy wedding...
Growing up in Miami, Ella and her sister Edy never experienced holiday snow. Now living in the historic town of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Ella's dream is to marry legal scholar Jay Saarinen in an intimate ceremony on New Year's Eve. Their friends and family are delighted except Edy who insists if Ella is to have a destination wedding it should be in an exotic locale. Edy arrives for the bridal week only to leave within hours, finding both the town and Ella too quaint for her sophisticated tastes. She promises to return in time for the rehearsal dinner.
Three centuries earlier, Lady Ann Harrington discovers her husband's betrayal at a New Year's Eve at a party attended by Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison...
Heartbroken, she doesn't wait for her carriage and races home in a snowstorm, leaving one French satin shoe behind. She vows never to let other women suffer her fate and jumps from her bedroom window and dies. Lady Ann or someone using her story is determined to stop Ella and Jay's wedding by frightening the wedding party, slashing evening clothes, and stealing sentimental jewelry. She taunts Ella into believing her Jay and Edy are having an affair.
Ella and Jay are determined to marry despite Lady Ann's threat...
Jay insists he fell in love with Ella the first time he saw her on campus and would never betray her. He suspects someone is trying to stop the wedding by impersonating Lady Ann, but is puzzled by the motive. Jay and Edy have never met. After consulting a physician specializing in the paranormal, Ella becomes convinced Lady Ann's ghost will kill them under her cloak of invisibility. Neither she nor Jay is safe. Panicked, Ella runs out into a snowstorm, losing a designer shoe, but Jay convinces their love will keep them safe.
Yet someone with a cruel secret falls deathly ill on the eve of the wedding.
She's not your grandmother's matchmaker
Despairing of finding love in a city of workaholics, New York paralegal and aspiring fashion designer Delphinia reluctantly surrenders her love life to the family matchmaker a year after she breaks up with her ideal man. Armed with an MBA, website, and smartphone app, the matchmaker offers Delphinia three hand-selected candidates, three opportunities to woo them through email, and a dinner date with the perfect match. One man stands out, but he ironically questions whether Lydia has time for love. Two other attractive candidates don't hesitate. Once Delphinia makes her selection, a computer algorithm arranges the date. Without a heart, the computer sets the date for the most romantic day of the year—Valentine's Day. Delphinia is torn between subjecting herself to a Valentine's Day disaster or having Cupid's arrow hit the mark.
Southern heat can drive you crazy
When Maine native, Casey, becomes the first female sheriff in a low country county, she's surprised by the blistering heat and humidity of a southern summer. Worse, three unsolved murders bring a state investigator to take over the cases. Top of her forensic academy class Casey sees her reputation as a meticulous crime-solver and early accomplishments in the county give way to questions of her competency. When three murders become five, even Casey questions her abilities. Someone is killing off the county's eligible young men. It's up to Casey to find and stop them before the body count rises.