The Dream (1st book in the Crosslyn Rise Trilogy)
Picture Crosslyn Rise, a grand old Colonial home standing proudly on a hill for five generations, a rolling front lawn that spills down to the sea. Age has crept up, along with taxes and the cost of repairs, and Jessica Crosslyn, the sole family member living there, can barely afford to heat the place, much less replace broken-down plumbing and electrical systems. Determined to save her ancestral home, she conceives of a way to develop it commercially while still preserving its glory and charm. For this, though, she needs a consortium, and to get a consortium, she needs beautifully-drawn plans.
Enter Carter Malloy. Son of the mansion’s one-time housekeeper and gardener, he spent more time at Crosslyn Rise than he dares to recall – years as an unhappy child who lived to vent his misery on others. Jessica abhorred him then and has no desire to work with him now. But he is an architect and, perhaps, the one person in the world who might care what happens to the Rise.
The Dream is the first of a trilogy written in 1990. It was and is a romance – a love story, actually, between two people, the home they both want, and each other.
The Dream Unfolds (2nd book in the Crosslyn Rise Trilogy)
With the opening of The Dream Unfolds, the second book of the 1990 Crosslyn Rise trilogy, the building begins. As part of the consortium, Gideon Lowe has invested every last nickel in this project. But he is also the builder of record, so his professional reputation is on the line. He knows how to keep his projects on time and on budget and his crew focused – until Christine Gillette shows up.
Christine is the project’s interior designer. Independent and self-contained, she finds Gideon intimidating to the extreme. Talk about focus? He homes in on her and doesn’t let up. But Christine has priorities, plus one big secret that will take readers by surprise. The Dream Unfolds was and is a romance – a love story between two people who know what they want until each upsets the other’s apple cart.
The Dream Comes True (3rd book in the Crosslyn Rise Trilogy)
The Dream Comes True, the final book of the Crosslyn Rise trilogy, pits true opposites against each other. Nina Stone, the realtor who is marketing Crosslyn Rise, is a bundle of aggressive energy; petite and short-haired, she is a workaholic driven by the need for independence and financial security. John Sawyer, consortium member and potential buyer, is tall, shaggy-haired, and laid-back; not one to rush through life, he takes his time considering every word and act. John is also a single parent to a special needs son – not a good thing at all for Nina, to whom children of any kind are positively alien.
Like its sisters, The Dream Comes True was written in 1990, before the age of cell phones, texting, and Google. Fortunately, emotions don’t go out of style. The Dream Comes True is a love story between two people whose lives are so full that they don’t think they need love. But here’s a timeless notion: We all need love.