Orchard Hill Residents – lock up your hearts!

Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance.  Each believes she is the town’s best matchmaker.  Now they’re going to settle the question for once and for all.  They’re keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year’s time.  Both Misty and Pansy are determined to be the winner.  No heart is safe in Orchard Hill – not even their own.

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First Comes Love


If you've read the Orchard Hill stories and are curious to know how all those weddings went, read First Comes Love, for Cora Applebaum's account.

 Coming in June 2010 - Susan's Fourth of July Fireworks

Pansy and Misty matched a lot of couples in Orchard Hill but not everyone needs their help.

Cal Wensloff has moved back home to Orchard Hill and Susan Schmidt discovers that the crush she had on him in high school is alive and well.  The amazing part is that Cal seems to be interested in her, too.  But when her father forbids her to see him, and a rival sets her sights on Cal, Susan has to make some hard choices. 

The 4th of July is coming up and one way or another, there'll be fireworks for Susan 

 Saving Gracie 
Riley O’Neil and Grace Randall have been best friends since kindergarten and Pansy knows they belong together.  After Grace’s fiancée leaves her at the altar, Riley decides it’s time to tell her he wants to be more than friends.  Grace is still reeling from her fiancée’s betrayal.  She fears that if she and Riley start dating, it will ruin their friendship – and right now Riley’s friendship is something she can’t spare.  A new year is coming up and it’s the perfect time for a fresh start.  Will Grace take a chance on love with Riley?

Free Story "A Long Silly Love Chase" - a mini-sequel to Saving Gracie

Entertaining Angel 

Artist Angel Marcell is on her own for the first time in her life.  If only her brother would stop treating her like a child!  He’s asked one of his college friends to watch over her while she’s in Orchard Hill visiting cousin Misty Green.  Jeff Bradley is working day and night to make his real estate business a success.  He doesn’t have time to entertain his friend’s little sister – no matter how cute she is when she blushes.  Besides when she’s around, his life turns into chaos and he starts longing for things that aren’t compatible with his business plan.  When Angel stands in for a Valentine’s Day date, will he change his mind about what he wants?

Free Story "Catching the Bouquet" - a mini-sequel to Entertaining Angel is available for download at The Wild Rose Press. 

Considering Lily

No one in their right mind would want to date salon owner Lily Robinson.  She has a chip on her shoulder the size of Mt. Rushmore since her messy divorce.  But veterinarian Ian O’Neil can’t help considering Lily as a potential girlfriend  Lily is determined not to let any one get close enough to hurt her again.  But with Easter coming, she is reminded that the Lord makes all things new and wonders if that includes her shattered heart.  With Ian’s help, can she learn to trust again?

Free story - "An Angel's Advice" - a mini-sequel to Considering Lily.

Keeping Faith

School secretary Faith Fielding has been in love with her boss for years.  She’s waiting for him to move beyond his late wife’s memory.  But when he finally does ask someone out – and it’s not her – Faith decides she’s had enough and gives her notice.  School principal Andrew Thomas can’t imagine life or work without loyal efficient Faith but he doesn’t understand why she’s quitting.  Faith’s last day is the big end of school Memorial Day Picnic.  Will Andrew figure out how to keep Faith by then or will she be gone for good? 

Enduring Hope

Quiet, privacy loving phys ed. teacher Oliver Laurence is alarmed when he finds he is paired to work with bouncy, outgoing Hope Velasquez on the school fundraiser.  He thinks she’s loud and pushy.  She thinks he’s not a team player.  Both want the Fourth of July Softball Tournament to be a success.  Oliver wonders if he can endure Hope for that long.  But when they discover that opposites attract, will Oliver and Hope set off a few fireworks of their own?

Accepting Charity
David Daniels is at his wit’s end trying to adjust to being guardian for his three year old niece, Charity.  He fears that her disability may be more than he can handle.  Then he meets speech therapist Sarah Rogers.  She offers to help David cope until school starts and Charity is enrolled in the early childhood program there.  Soon Sarah realizes she wants more than to be David’s advisor and Charity’s teacher.  Will she find the courage to ask before Labor Day comes around and school starts again?

Disrupting Harmony                                             Harmony Solberg is happy with her quiet, orderly existence.  Then Joseph Velasquez and his brood of noisy children, teenagers and pets move next door, shattering her peace.  Against her will, she’s drawn into the children’s lives.  Soon she’s sewing Halloween costumes and helping out with the church’s fall harvest party.  Harmony realizes that she’d rather have a loud, chaotic life with Joseph and family than go back to her lonely old life but Joseph doesn’t seem to think she’s cut out for it.  Will she be able to convince him, with a few tricks and maybe a treat or two?

Losing Patience

Losing Patience – Shaun Thiesen’s jealous nature and quick temper drove his wife Patience away.  Since then he’s been through counseling with Pastor Isaac and gotten involved with the church.  Now he’s just waiting for his second chance.  When he learns Patience is visiting her parents for Thanksgiving, he thinks this may be it.  In only a few precious days he has to win back his wife, and suddenly the stakes are raised when Patience tells him he’s going to be a father.  Can Shaun show Patience they deserve a second chance?

Finding Joy

Shy, timid Joy Harper, the organist for Orchard Hill Community Church has long been overlooked by Pastor Isaac. Then Pansy Parker announces she’s retiring and Joy is asked to fill in as secretary. With an unusually large number of weddings coming up and the Christmas holidays looming, Joy and Isaac put in a lot of hours together and he discovers a beautiful and caring woman beneath Joy’s reserved façade. Can he convince her that the only gift he wants for Christmas is her heart?