To Honor and Betray

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing in Pleasant Creek, Indiana, for none other than Liz Eckardt, owner of the Olde Mansion Inn bed-and-breakfast, and Jackson Cross, the town's dearly beloved mayor! Taking care of guests and making the many decisions necessary for the wedding and reception are no piece of cake, but fortunately Liz has the help of her friends and quilting partners, the Material Girls, her Amish relatives, and even Beans, her lazy but adorable canine companion. Less than a month away from the much-anticipated marriage, Liz is confident that nothing could possibly go wrong . . .

Liz has always found comfort and strength in the pages of her mother's diary, which brought her to Pleasant Creek and her new life. But her breath hitches as she opens it this time. Inside is a link to her long-dead father, one she never noticed before, and she quickly realizes his unexpected message will be the perfect addition to her nuptials. When the diary disappears, Liz is devastated. Who would commit such a dreadful deed? And why?

To make matters better, or worse, an overly friendly stranger arrives, bearing far too many gifts. The story he tells Liz doesn't quite ring true, and she's determined to have it investigated and to hold him accountable if necessary. Meanwhile, someone's been tampering with Liz's bank account, which has her tied in knots. More secrets from Liz's mother's past are coming to light like candles on an altar, yet only one thing is clear: this mystery is turning out be far more than a simple song and dance, especially when a guest of the inn is unceremoniously dispatched.

Liz vows to lift the veil on betrayal before her trip down the aisle becomes a death march, for her or someone she loves.

The Characters

Liz always loved and admired her mother, Abigail. She was an amazing, hard-working woman and role model. It is no surprise Liz inherited Abigail's determination and strong work ethic, earning Liz a successful career as one of Boston's most prominent attorneys. But even so, at 40 and with Abigail's recent death, Liz is running on empty.

When she inherits an old diary from Abigail's childhood after her mother's passing, Liz is stunned to read about the life Abigail had growing up in an Amish community. She'd never mentioned any of it to Liz. Ever. Why would her mother keep such a big secret?

Determined to find out what caused Abigail to abandon her Amish life at the age of seventeen, Liz leaves Boston and moves to her mother's hometown of Pleasant Creek, Ind. While she settles into the quaint and friendly community as the new owner of the Olde Mansion Inn, Liz is careful to keep her connection to the Amish a secret ... at least for now.

Will Liz's journey bring her the answers she longs for about her mysterious heritage ... or send her straight into harm's way?

Liz didn't realize when she bought the inn that she was also "inheriting" the resident lazy-yet-lovable English bulldog, Beans. She doesn't have the heart to give him away, so she adopts him into her new life. Although he spends most of his time sleeping by the front door, Beans still manages to get mixed up in the mysteries of Pleasant Creek.

Known for her delicious home-baked apple pies and impressive quilting skills, Mary Ann is one of Pleasant Creek's most loved citizens. She is also the proud co-owner of Sew Welcome, the fabric shop located on the first floor of the Olde Mansion Inn. Having lived in Pleasant Creek all her life, can Mary Ann help Liz learn more about their Amish neighbors and track down the true identity of her mysterious family?

An accomplished and sometimes wildly creative quilter, Sadie co-owns Sew Welcome with Mary Ann. Shrewd, and salty-tongued, 70-year-old Sadie says exactly what she thinks, which sometimes lands her in hot water. Sadie takes a liking to Liz right away, often treating Liz like one of her own children. With a bit of a reputation for being a busybody, Sadie always seems to know everything going on in Pleasant Creek. It's nearly impossible to keep a secret around her, but Liz must be careful not to reveal her real reason for coming to Pleasant Creek until the time is right.

Jackson is the handsome mayor of Pleasant Creek who also owns Cross Furniture Co., a local business that employs many of the Amish men in the area to help handcraft high-end wood furniture. Jackson is well-liked in the community and stays very involved in everything that goes on in town. From the moment they meet, he is attracted to Liz, but senses there is more to her than meets the eye.