Garden of Secrets

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Excitement is in the air in Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, when a dog show comes to town. The owners of the Magnolia Harbor Inn— sisters Grace Porter and Charlotte Wylde—eagerly join the festivities as they greet their new guests.

Samantha James is grieving her missing poodle, Stormy, and hopes attending the dog show will raise her spirits. But she finds it difficult to heal from her loss when she’s surrounded by dogs and a poodle that resembles Stormy. Will her stay at the inn give her the strength to move on?

For Louis Parker, animals are his entire life. He’s a dedicated veterinarian and the proud owner of a show dog. Although Louis normally shies away from the spotlight, he shows his dog in memory of his late wife. After Louis meets a kindred spirit, he must decide to remain in the past or take a chance on the future.

Penelope Grandby is anxious for a relaxing getaway at the charming bed-and-breakfast. But her peaceful vacation is shattered when she finds out about the dog show. Penelope is terrified of dogs, and she panics when she sees them all over town. With the support of her new friends, Penelope must discover the courage to confront her fear.

When surprising secrets come to light, the innkeepers and guests encounter unexpected challenges. Will they find a way to deal with them before the entire event is ruined?

The Characters

A Southern woman through and through, hospitality runs deep in Grace's veins. When the grand antebellum mansion in her hometown of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, was up for auction seven and a half years ago, Grace (now age 47) knew purchasing the estate with her sister, Charlotte, and remodeling it to become the Magnolia Harbor Inn was her new calling.

While she'd enjoyed many years of success working in the corporate world, the long hours and constant hustle of life in Charleston had taken its toll. Plus, it had been no small feat raising her son, Jake, on her own after a tragic accident took the life of her beloved husband when Grace was just 26 years old.

Now that Jake was grown and making a life of his own, Grace was happy to trade in the traffic jams for relaxing strolls along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Haven. Maybe she'd even wander down the lane to visit her handsome new neighbor, Spencer Lewis, who recently bought Blossom Hill Farm. A friendly gesture that Grace knew her aunt Winnie would surely approve of, but not before checking to make sure each guest at the inn has everything they need.

With an incredible knack for knowing what others need, often before they do, Winnie's intuitive nature, gentle spirit and worlds of wisdom are appreciated not only by her nieces, Grace and Charlotte, but by the guests who come to stay at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. At 69 years old, Winnie lives a fun, fulfilling and active life. She enjoys taking daily walks over to the inn, which is less than a mile away from the home she shares with her husband, Gus, and meeting up with The Busy Bees Quilting group to handcraft beautiful blankets, table runners, wall hangings and more.

Thirteen years younger than Grace, Charlotte is a smart, savvy and sensational chef who loves mixing up homemade dishes for the guests at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. In fact, purchasing the inn with her sister was just the step Charlotte needed to get out of Charleston's cutthroat restaurant business and into running the inn's kitchen as she sees fit. When she's not piping ganache onto her freshly baked pastries, Charlotte is penning recipes for her next cookbook--she already has three that made the best-seller list!