ABOUT THE BOOK
The Trouble in Willow Falls
Title: The Trouble in Willow Falls
Series: Willow Falls Series, book 2
Author: Pat Nichols
Print Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: November 8, 2019
Publisher: Guiding Light Women's Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, historical romance
After a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast tarnish Willow Falls’ reputation as a secluded North Georgia tourist destination, the town council votes to use the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town's image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to boost Willow Falls’ appeal. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents invest their time and limited resources to spruce up Main Street’s appearance. Willow Post editor Emily Hayes can't help but shake her head at her town's desperate efforts.
For months, Emily has submitted her novel to numerous publishers but received only rejections. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers Emily much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone the rewrite of her novel or accept the project. After convincing her sister, Rachel Streetman, to partner with her, Emily puts her dreams on hold and agrees to take on the play. Failure to deliver is not an option.
All her life Rachel has dreamed of becoming a stage actress, so when she receives an invitation to audition for a respected Broadway director, Rachel abandons her sister and the Willow Falls play. But an incident with the director sends her reeling back into the arms of Charlie Bricker, her one true love. Out of options, Rachel reluctantly accepts her part in the town play with the slim hope that her performance might kick-start her career.
If anyone understands broken hearts, it's Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper, Sadie Liles. Sadie has learned to live with the fact that love is the last thing she'll ever find. Then he walks through the front door.
As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky, lovable, argumentative residents’ souls. Digging deep to deal with the strife, bickering, and personal backstabbing will test Willow Falls in ways the small town never imagined. Could it be that the trouble in Willow Falls is the very thing that reminds its residents that honesty, love, and loyalty to one another is what binds them together?
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Emily parked three doors from the Willow Post headquarters, shouldered her computer bag, and rushed past two empty storefronts. Inside, she pushed through the angry crowd and found Mary Dixon sitting at the worktable with her laptop open. She set her bag on the table. “What’s going on and why are you giving my reporter a hard time?”
A woman wearing a pink Guts, Grits, and Lipstick T-shirt pointed to the computer screen. “You need to write a response to that good for nothing Travel Titan.”
Emily stared at a picture of a female strolling along Main Street, her back to the camera. “Who?”
“She’s an undercover podcaster who never shows her face.” Pink shirt crossed her arms and tapped her biceps. “She secretly visits towns all over the country and writes reviews. Kind of like a food critic showing up unannounced at a restaurant.”
“Okay, so she showed on our streets. What did she say about Willow Falls?”
“She called our town a real snore.”
“And Scott’s store a failure because the doors were closed four days a week,” said another woman, unleashing a barrage of comments.
“Can you believe she called our fifty-foot waterfall mediocre?”
“What did she expect, Niagara Falls?”
“Why didn’t she mention the winery Charlie and his dad are gonna build or that a famous artist who used to live here?”
“What I want to know is who gave her all that information?”
“Well she darn tootin’ talked to someone.” Pink shirt thumped Emily’s arm. “You’re gonna love this. She said some unknown wannabe writer intended to publish a book about a town that made watching paint dry exciting.”
Emily shook her head. And I worried about publishers.
“You want to know how she ended her tirade?”
“She said unless tourists are looking for mind-numbing boredom, they should pick someplace else to spend their precious time and hard-earned money.”
“That’s way beyond harsh.” Emily puffed her cheeks and blew air. “Maybe her rants won’t do too much damage.”
“You don’t understand.” Pink shirt tapped the computer screen. “This woman has thousands, make that tens of thousands of followers.”
Gertie, one of the town’s beloved senior citizens faced her neighbors. “This—what’d you call her—Titan lady? Anyway, she’s right about our town.”
“What does she know, she’s an old lady,” said a young man wearing a red ball cap.
Gertie waggled her finger at him. “I don’t know squat about this podcast thingy, sonny, but I for sure know boring when I see it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls series book one, released January 2019. Book two, The Trouble in Willow Falls, released November 2019 and book three is slated for 2020. She received the 2017 CRW Woman of the Year Award and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International.
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