Summertime Dream

The River #1 ~ The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers,

the fireworks have just begun.

★★★★½ InD’Tale Magazine

9.2 RomCon Reader

Summertime Dream, a contemporary romance, by Babette James

Print ISBN 978-1-62830-203-5
goodreads Summertime Dream

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved time from his demanding schedule to dispose of his great-grandparents’ home and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life–love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams, and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past allows a fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

Come fall in love at the river!

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~ Reviews for the Book ~

“Summertime Dream is a perfect glass of Lemonade on a hot day. Simple, elegant and beautifully written. I enjoyed each scene. Loved the chemistry between the characters and the house. Great story!” ~ Deborah Diez

Family is of utmost importance in life for both characters in spite of their vastly different backgrounds. This makes their instant connection and love of solving a family mystery so enjoyable to follow. Their love of, and dedication to, fixing the house is a beautiful metaphor on the work relationships take . . . ~ InD’Tale Magazine (4½ Stars–Crowned Heart)

I loved this story! The unveiling of the house in all its ancient glory was quite interesting to read, and equally as intriguing as the mystery of Christopher’s family genealogy. I thought this plot line was quite unique and unfolded in a well written and engaging way. The romance between Christopher and Margie was sweet and tender and developed at just the right pace. The overall story was a fun, lighthearted read filled with tender moments and emotionally satisfying scenes. 5 delightful stars! ~ Maria Rose for RomCon Reader

Loved this sweet and sexy small town romance! Totally Recommend and Will Definitely look for more stories from Babette James! The scenes between Christopher and Margie range from sweet to steamy, and the secondary characters all add so much to the story. ~ Katie O’Sullivan

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~ Excerpt ~

Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford.  It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration…” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back…” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had  just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out an unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

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The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day
on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
~Author Unknown

Come fall in love at the river

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