SERENDIPITY, INDIANA SERIES

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by Magdalena Scott

USA Today best-selling author

 

Book 1: Small Town Christmas

 

Melissa is moving back to Serendipity, Indiana to raise her young son and run her new business in spite of her own painful childhood, and the fact that the man who broke her heart years ago still lives in their hometown.

With his dad’s death, the work of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. But how can he hold everything together for the sake of his grieving family, when his own secrets are pulling him apart?

When a new tragedy puts Melissa and her son in closer contact with the Standish family, ignoring the past is no longer an option. Everyone involved will have to move forward–but how?

 

“This is a very sweet romance and a perfect read for a cold winter’s night.”

 

“I love books that offer characters a second chance at love. This story tugs at the heartstrings and the happily-ever-after ending left me smiling… just what a romance novel is supposed to do.”

 

“This book was uplifting and charming with a warm and happy story.”

 

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Book 2: Emily’s Dreams

 

Emily Kincaid was seriously injured in a car wreck. Now she has to figure out how to live instead of simply surviving. Her past includes a series of broken relationships and dead-end jobs, but her future is a giant question mark. Everybody wants to help–the nurse aide Emily can’t stand, Emily’s grandmother who had the perfect marriage and wants Emily to find the right man, and her teenage sisters who are eager to get her out of their way. David Standish wants to help too, but he’s the guy Emily can never have. He’s older, and cosmopolitan while she’s small town boring…

And on top of all this, there’s the voice in Emily’s head that keeps giving her advice she can’t understand.

 

“You can’t help but root for Emily the whole book! The character is inspiring and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for her in the future! I love books when you can relate to the character and the setting.”

 

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Book 3: Christmas Wedding

 

December 1st: Jim Standish’s proposal has been accepted, and he’s ready—right this minute—to marry the love of his life with a quick trip to the courthouse. But Melissa Singer wants the event to be beautiful, romantic, and memorable.

Friends and family are doing their best to help. But they’re also busy with the holiday season on the Standish Family Christmas Tree Farm. An unwelcome reminder of the past appears, the dress designer is working overtime, and nothing seems to be going right.

 

“The plot had me both laughing and crying with this captivating tale. I found the dialog entertaining with a delightful cast of characters.”

 

“What a sweet romance novel for those who enjoy a great story with many wonderful characters with real issues to overcome. I love the unexpected and ingenious ideas that come together for the perfect ending.”

 

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Book 4: The Blank Book

 

Alice Williams’s world changed in an instant, shortly after the marriage of one of her best friends. Most everybody in the small town of Serendipity, Indiana has rallied around her, but Alice hasn’t quite found her rhythm with the new life she’s been forced into.

A girls’ night out results in a new project for Alice–one that alters her reality, and that of the man she has met only in her dreams.

Writer’s block can be maddening when you’re literally writing the story of your life.

 

“With its cozy, small town atmosphere, crisp dialogue, snappy plot, and likable characters, The Blank Book, is pleasing and entertaining. In fact, one can get lost in the enthralling romance and blissful detail.”

 

“Just the right touch of the supernatural. Great!”

 

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Book 5: The Ring

 

Carla Standish makes wishes come true, for everyone but herself. She is the go-to person for whatever her friends and family need, and is world-renowned for creating one-of-a-kind, swoon worthy dresses. She’s even surprising herself and the folks in town by dating a decent guy these days. If one missing piece would fall into place, in the jigsaw puzzle of her life, everything would be perfect. But she ruined that possibility long ago, didn’t she?

It’s been a couple of years since widower Jared Barnett and his kids moved to Serendipity for a much-needed new start. They were settling in, but now he’s getting some confusing signals from the vivacious shop owner he’s dating, and the small town “good old boy” network seems determined to always treat the Barnett family as outsiders. An offer he shouldn’t refuse would mean pulling up stakes again, but Jared will do whatever is required to take care of his family, and to protect his own heart.

 

“She writes so that you can picture your self right there with all the people she has in her stories. A romance novel with a bit of a mystery and wonder surprise at the end.”

 

“Loved this book, romance at it’s finest.”

 

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Book 6: The Road Not Taken

 

Francie Standish Carrington and husband Brad are spending Christmas in Serendipity, but it’s no vacation. There are marital problems, career decisions, and a major change on the horizon for the Standish family Christmas tree farm.

Can Francie find a way through all this, to a happy ending for anyone?

 

“I really enjoyed this story. I definitely recommend it for a feel good read that you will be happy about their ending – or new beginning.”

 

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Book 7: A Piece of Her Soul

 

Nick Marshall has a hole in his soul, and Jacqueline must help him find the missing piece. Their teenage history in the gossipy town of Serendipity compounds the situation, as Jacqueline’s visit to help her injured mother (Reba Markland, EMILY’S DREAMS) turns into something more.

The little town hasn’t changed much–the gossip tree still has branches and roots everywhere, most folks remember the town’s past better than they can imagine its future, and the autumn colors are more beautiful than anywhere she’s traveled in the years since she left.

Jacqueline’s gift is needed here, but she won’t risk her heart, or put her family in the spotlight, by staying.

 

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CIR: What inspired this series with so many Christmas stories?
SCOTT: I’ve always been interested in the coincidences of life, and how they often seem to be something more. Setting the books in and around Serendipity, a town named for “happy surprises,” seemed ideal. I love to write about families (I’m an only child, but have lots of cousins). I wrote another series that revolves around a family, and was excited to start seeing the Standishes of Serendipity come to life, and become “real” to me, and to readers.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
SCOTT: When brainstorming the story with a friend, I blurted out an idea for the ending. We both stopped talking, looked at each other, and said, “Ooooh.” I knew the ending was right. Each book has a surprise ending that is hinted at during the story. I like for my romances to end on a happy sigh.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
SCOTT: I especially relate to Lillian, the matriarch of the Standish family. Her husband recently died, and she has to figure out the future for herself, and for the family business–the Christmas tree farm. Fortunately, she has a wonderful support system–her family members, and the community. Although Lillian doesn’t “star” in any of the books (so far), she plays a part in all of them. She is a support to others, as she moves forward with her life. I also have a soft spot for Matthew, who is four years old in book one, and ages and matures a bit in each subsequent story.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
SCOTT: In Small Town Christmas, the family is still mourning Harry Standish, and aren’t sure Christmas can ever be the same again. As many of us know, although the holidays change drastically after a loss, we can find ways to do the season in a meaningful way. Every story in the series has an element of second chance. For example, in book one (Small Town Christmas), the hero and heroine dated years ago, in high school. In book four (The Blank Book), the heroine and hero are both widowed, and though they come from different walks of life, find much in common. Books four (The Blank Book) and seven (A Piece of Her Soul) are light paranormal in addition to being small town sweet romance.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers take away from these stories?
SCOTT: Even when days are dark, life is full of serendipity, if you notice, and then look beyond, the coincidences.

 

Learn more about Magdalena Scott at magdalenascott.com