Title: Promised Hearts
Series: Lines in the Sand, bk 4
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2018
How could we be anything but forever to each other when our lives are so irresolutely melded together?
Two years ago, Avery Johannas swore she wouldn’t give her heart to another man again—and then Jesse Pearce changed her mind. Now, with wedding bells getting ready to ring, Avery’s relying on her friends to get her through all the hectic wedding planning. However, she’ll have to let go of the past in order to say “I do” one more time and take the risk again.
Avery and Jesse’s relationship isn’t the only one changing. Reed’s role as wedding planner makes Lysander realize all he is missing. With wedding fever in the ocean air, will the two be ready to take the next big step as well—or will Lysander be left craving the promise of forever?
As the couples from Midsummer Nights get ready for Avery’s big day, they’ll pull together in a memorable way—and the surprise twist up their sleeves is sure to make fans of the Lines in the Sand series swoon.
One year, a love for fried pickles, a new painting business, and a sweet proposal at Midsummer Nights. That’s what it’s taken for me to open my heart up to marriage again and point me in the direction of the aisle.
In truth, maybe I’ve been waiting for this moment all along and just didn’t know it. Maybe all those years with Chris really were just a way to bide my time until the real love of my life, one I couldn’t even imagine then, came along.
Jesse Pearce is, in all fairness, nothing like the man I once said “I do” to. He’s taught me that love isn’t about giving up your dreams. It’s not an either/or situation. Real love, the kind I have with him, only makes your dreams stronger, your love a little bit surer. So when Jesse proposed last year, I said something I never thought I’d say again—I said yes.
As I pop the sunglasses on my head and prepare to head out the door to meet with Reed, my wedding planner and one of my best friends, I think about how not so long ago, this would have seemed
impossible. There was a time before Jesse when I thought marriage was a swear word, a wretched contract I’d never enter into again.
But here I am, ready to say “I do” in a couple of short months, ready to walk down that aisle. In so many ways, I can’t wait. I’m ready to do this, to commit to that green-eyed man who stole my heart from the first tattoo he gave me.
Still, despite the fact that my love is unwavering and I know my decision is a good thing, I’ve also learned this along the way—weddings are never, ever easy. And they’re never, ever without the bumps in the road.
I try to tell myself it’s all going to be okay, that these shaky legs will carry me down that aisle just fine. I tell myself it’s different this time, and that it’s going to be smooth sailing.
Still, as I get into my car and drive over to Reed and Lysander’s to talk ribbon colors, veils, and all sorts of details I had no idea were important, I can’t help but recognize the nerves rising inside.
And no matter how sure I want to be that this decision is the perfect one for me, I don’t think I can completely quiet the voice inside my head and the voice spewing from my mother’s mouth—the voice that says maybe, just maybe, this is going to end in another disaster.
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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.