Strands of Fate

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Meet Shannon McClain—accomplished jewelry maker, loving mother, and recent widow. 

Shannon runs her own custom jewelry business from a workshop next to her home in Scotland. While she works hard to ensure her teenage children get the attention and guidance they need, the money from her late husband’s insurance policy is nearly depleted, and she struggles to make ends meet.

When a mysterious package arrives from a law firm in the United States, Shannon is shocked to learn she’s been listed as a beneficiary in the will of Victoria Paisley, a wealthy stranger who claimed to be her grandmother.

Shannon never knew her maternal grandmother because her own mother vanished from her life when she was four years old. Her father wouldn’t discuss her mother’s disappearance, and Shannon could never understand why.

To claim the unexpected inheritance, Shannon must travel from her home in Scotland to the coastal town of Apple Grove, Oregon, and attend the reading of the will. Upon arrival she finds new friends among the townsfolk, including the women of the Purls of Hope knitting circle. But she also finds danger. It seems not everyone in town is happy she’s there. Someone will go to great lengths to try and make her leave before she can claim her inheritance … or unearth a dark family secret. 

Is Shannon willing to risk her life to finally learn the truth about her family? And can she trust the handsome investigator who offers his help? Join Shannon and her friends as they unravel the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance and discover the identity of the one person who would like nothing more than to see Shannon disappear as well.

The Characters

Shannon is an avid beader -- running her own custom jewelry business. She thrives on expressing her talents through her one-of-a-kind creations. She is headstrong and can be stubborn at times. But she's best known for her sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, and for her beautiful smile. Widowed at only 37, she draws strength and inspiration from her two teenage children, but worries about their future. She knows she needs to move on with her life ... but she never expected anything like this mysterious inheritance!

A striking and personable 42-year-old, Michael is 6 feet 2 inches, with straight black hair and striking blue eyes. He owns an elite security consulting firm with many long-reaching connections to nearly all levels of industry and politics. He is strongly attracted to Shannon from the moment he meets her, but unwilling to reveal his secrets, which raises a barrier between them. Death has followed people he's loved, having lost his wife as a result of his dangerous career -- and he is unwilling to trust his heart again. This will change with Shannon, though he tries to hold her at a distance for a long time.

Morgan is the manager of the craft market and quite the expert at card making and stamping. She is most unhappy to have Shannon on the scene as her new boss but she hides it well. What dark secret lurks behind her friendly façade?

Alec has his father's calm, thoughtful nature. He is a good son and very supportive of his mother's quest to learn the truth about her past. When he's not out with his friends, or studying for his classes, he enjoys fishing, something his father taught him to do years earlier.

Lara has inherited her mother's flashpoint temper. But she also inherited her mother's creative talents and is an expert crocheter. Lara possesses a rare talent for noticing things others miss -- seen as well as unseen. This makes her a great asset to her mother throughout the series as Shannon is drawn into the mysteries of Apple Grove.

Deborah was Shannon's grandmother's cook and confidant for more than 30 years. She becomes a comforting presence in Shannon's life, helping her adjust to life in America. Deborah is thrilled that Shannon has inherited the crafts mall. An avid quilter herself, she and Shannon find much to talk about.