Grateful Hearts

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As Thanksgiving approaches, the residents of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, gear up for a delightful holiday festival. The co-owners of the Magnolia Harbor Inn - sisters Grace Porter and Charlotte Wylde - prepare for the festivities while they greet their new guests.

After suffering from a mild heart attack, Eden Masterson reluctantly takes a vacation from her stressful job in a public relations firm. But when she arrives at the inn, she has no idea how to relax. Will her time at the bed-and-breakfast help her learn how to slow down and embrace her second chance at life?

When Jenna Salzman makes a surprising discovery about her family, she stays at the inn to heal from her broken heart. With the support of her new friends in Magnolia Harbor, Jenna realizes she must come to terms with the past so she can face her family and her future.

Charlotte, co-owner of the inn, volunteers to help Dean Bradley when he receives distressing news. The two chefs have a friendly rivalry, but as Charlotte spends time with Dean, she wonders if there could be something more than friendship between them.

There is so much to be thankful for at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. Will these women find the strength to open their grateful hearts as they celebrate the spirit of the season?

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!