Christmas at the Meadowlark: Sometimes the best family is the one you make for yourself…
Book One: Gee Whiz it’s Christmas
The Meadowlark is one the finest restaurants in Atlanta and it’s owned by Geneva (Lady G) and Will (Uncle Popsicle) Whitfield. Over the decades the Whitfields have fostered countless children including Casey Brooks. Casey was the youngest of the kids she grew up with and always felt she had to prove herself, especially to Carter Reese, the rich boy next door.
Though nothing could be more clichéd, she’s had a crush on him almost from the moment she moved in with her foster family. For Carter, she was just his neighbor’s pain in the ass little sister and gaming buddy until the summer she turned sixteen. He realized his feelings for her right before he left for college and was compelled to let her know. Unfortunately, their love collapsed under the weight of anger, jealousy and bitter betrayal. Ten years later Carter has returned to town and is stunned to discover the truth about their break-up. The feelings are still there, and they might have a second chance but only if Casey is willing to believe in Carter, their love and most importantly, herself.
Book Two: Oh, What A Christmas
Leonie Brooks will never forget the day she and her three sisters were put into “the system.” At twelve, she’d been the oldest, and used to being in control and responsible for them all. The day that control was snatched away was the day she promised herself that she’d send the world to hell before she’d ever let herself be put into a situation where it could be stolen away again.
Sixteen years later Leonie is flying high and riding on a wave of success in the exclusive private equity firm she works for. She realizes she’d been lucky to have been placed in the foster home of the owners of The Meadowlark, one of the finest restaurants in Atlanta and will be forever grateful for having found another family that supported her and helped her get to a place in her life where she has control. Her hard-won control is as precious to her as a child is to its parents. The one person she can see herself willingly giving it up for is the boss’s son and it terrifies her, which is why she has made it a point to keep him at arm’s length.
Buck Kilpatrick, IV has loved Leonie almost since the moment he met her when they were 21-year old interns in his family’s firm. He doesn’t know everything about her, but he knows that her past is what’s keeping her from letting go just a little bit and embracing a future with him. She knows they’d be good together, but is too afraid to try, and while he loves their friendship and the sexual teasing they engage in, he wants more — so much more. He has a decision to make, and so does she: continue with the status quo, or cut ties completely.
Book Three: Christmas Wishes & Kisses
She had known him for most of her life…
Having suffered horrific abuse as a child that left her deaf, Tabi has worked hard to assert her independence and learn how to survive and thrive as a deaf woman in a hearing world. Her foster brother Scrapper has always been there, lending his support and protection. He’s been both playmate and Knight in Tarnished Armor. One mistletoe-fueled kiss changes all that and now Tabi finds herself struggling with new and unexpected emotions. Intrigued by her attraction to Scrapper she wants to explore those feelings, but there is one major barrier; Scrapper.
Having lived most of his life in foster care Scrapper knows what it is to have nothing and no one, not even his own name. His foster family is the lodestar of his life, the foundation that helps him contain and conceal his deep-seated fears and insecurities, and he is determined to hold onto it at all costs—even if it means he can’t have Tabi, the only woman he has ever loved.