In Hope Springs, Texas, every first love deserves a second chance. Luna Meadows wove a successful career out of creating the sumptuous, richly hued scarves that adorn Hollywood's elite. Now she wants to give back to her hometown of Hope Springs, Texas, by creating a community arts center on the property that once belonged to her best friend: a talented musician named Sierra who perished in a car crash at age eighteen. As Luna sorts through the personal belongings left in the Caffey family's former home, she confronts her own guilt and memories. But when Angelo Caffey?Sierra's brother and Luna's first love?returns unexpectedly, Luna must also face the pain of their long-ago relationship. Headstrong, handsome Angelo walked away from Hope Springs?and Luna?eight years ago. But this time, he's staying until he gets his answers. Still haunted by Sierra's mysterious accident, he demands to know the secrets Luna has harbored all these years. But will revealing the truth leave Luna heartbroken? Or can she finally bury the past and help Angelo come home for good?
A rat tells of his observations in "One Rodent's POV of humans. A young turtle is teased and banished because he has on doll clothes in "This Turtle Wears Clothes." In "The Puppy Love That Worked a Miracle", middle school magician Frank Barnhardt finds a magic wand left by a UFO. But can that magic wand help save a dying little girl? Members of a ghostly wagon train's good deeds are revealed as they journey toward their final rewards in "Heaven Bound Pioneers". More to read and more sharply edited for easier and leisurely reading.
Nine previously published tales from sunny side up to over hard. Includes Agatha nominated short story of 2010.This collection includes the story nominated for an Agatha in 2010, a diet spoof, a Walmart people short short, and much more. These stories originally appeared in Hard Luck Stories, Mouth Full of Bullets, Mysterical-E and others.
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