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Melody Carlson has a way of winning readers over with her heartwarming stories. Courting Mr. Emerson features an endearing duo, hopeful love, and Carlson’s signature touches of humor.

When quirky and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, their wildly different personalities clash. Despite the odds, Willow finds George intriguing, and George cannot deny his attraction to her. What follows is her mission to get him to embrace change and find his love of life again.

As Willow welcomes George into her whimsical life, she begins to fall for him, but he struggles to accept her fun-loving ways. He’s not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them. However, as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

Fan favorite Melody Carlson pens a story of two delightfully eccentric characters who get a second chance at life and love.

Q&A with Melody Carlson

I know an idea is good when…I can’t stop thinking about it. I find myself telling the story in my head—in the middle of the night. Or I text myself key words to remind myself of what it is that’s nagging me to write. When an idea won’t leave me alone, I feel there’s a reason for it, and I hope that it’s a good one.

I stay in touch with the world through…The TV in my office. Now some writers think I’m nuts to have a TV in my office, but I’ll admit that I do. I keep it tuned to a congenial news show while I’m doing my ‘business’ work in the morning. It helps me to remain connected to what’s going on out there, but also, since writing is such a quiet and solitary process, it’s nice to hear friendly voices (besides the ones in my head). I’ll tune it to HGTV or TCM in the afternoon, with the sound turned down low. As weird as this sounds, it helps me with the 20-20-20 rule (to help preserve eyesight). Every twenty minutes, you’re supposed to look up from your computer screen, for about twenty feet, for twenty seconds.

I wish I could travel to…I’d like to take my husband to Ireland for about a month. I was there before—and loved it—but he’s never been and he has Irish roots. During that visit, I’d like us to go to Norway and Sweden (also part of his heritage). But equally compelling is my hope to drive our RV to visit all (or most since there are a lot) of National Parks in our own country. That would be amazing!

Three guests at my dream dinner party would be…Jesus and my two sons . . . so they could know him up close and personal.

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than seven million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon.

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