Protecting the Single Mom
(Shores of Indian Lake #7)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She's kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.
Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he's more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there's something he's not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he'll trust himself with her heart.
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Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom
This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. - Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
Though Cate was newly pregnant when she hitchhiked into Indian Lake, she was befriended by Captain Redbeard and his wife, Julie, who own the Marina and the attached Marina Mini Mart.
When they asked her name, she didn’t give her real name, Susan Kramer, she said, “Cate Sullivan.” She had come up with it so naturally, and from that moment Cate began making her new life and for her, changing her name had been an important part.
She made up lies to tell her son, Danny, when he was old enough to start asking questions about his father. But the saving grace for Cate was that she WAS a brave woman. She didn’t shy away from people and live a solitary life. She stuck out her neck a lot. She went to real estate school and borrowed the money from Julie to pay her tuition. Instinct told Cate she’d be good at selling homes, because deep down, the one and only thing she wanted for her son and herself was a safe haven. A house by the pretty and tranquil Indian Lake.
Cate created peace and harmony in her life. She loved her friends and did a lot for them. Because they loved her back, when Trent asked her to risk her life for his plot to bring her ex-husband to justice, it was her love of her friends and her town that motivated her to accept the challenge.
Cate is one of those standup people who lives her life to the fullest, even when she’s keeping secrets---including wearing a disguise.
It is not until she finally tells Trent the truth about her past and her life with Brad, that she discards her brown contacts and goes back to being the natural blonde that she is. Then she lives a genuine life.
Cate’s last secret is that she is terrified of falling in love with Trent. She has to be courageous to let him into her heart and it’s the most difficult challenge of her life.
- 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia's Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie's Path (US only)
- Ends April 11th