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Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.
Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who’s spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He’s achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him–Britt’s heart.
When Zander’s uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.
As they work together to uncover his uncle’s tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?
When I was growing up, my father was a teacher, which allowed him weeks of travel time in the summer. Because of that, my parents took us overseas to Europe for the entire summer two different times before I turned ten.
We traveled inside a VW van that we fondly called the “Jaffa bus” because of the Jaffa Drink advertisement emblazoned on its side. (Jaffa Drink is an orange-flavored soft drink produced in Finland). A bed took up most of the back of the Jaffa bus, though there was a small rectangle of floor space directly behind the two front seats. During the day, my sisters and I stretched out across the bed in the back and filled coloring book after coloring book while we drove. At night, we pulled into campgrounds and slept inside the bus. Yes. All five of us! My bed pallet spanned the two front seats.
We were too young to mourn the lack of a nearby bathroom, seat belts, fancy food, air conditioning, comfort, and square footage. We roved around the campgrounds, playing. We visited beautiful and historic places. We listened to mom or dad read books to us in the van at night. And we saw huge swaths of Europe.
I look back and I’m amazed that my parents were brave and hardy enough to spend their summers overseas in a VW van with three small kids. But I’m so very glad they did. We had the best time!