Fern Michaels. Wildflowers: Sea Gypsy. Toronto: HQN, 2010.

After spending a few years working as a publishing editor in New York, Cathy Bissette wants a lazy summer at home. She’s just received a promotion–she’ll be the editor working with Teak Helms, a novelist who specializes in sea adventures. She has his latest draft to review over the summer.

Swan Quarter, North Carolina, seems like the perfect place to relax and do some quiet work, with the calming sound of the Pamlico Sound and the picturesque landscape against blazing sunsets. However, Cathy’s plan hits two snags. Helms, who is her favorite writer, has written a terrible galley, and she and her father have unexpected guests. An out-of-towner, Jared Parsons, wants her father to fix his yacht, and Cathy is quick to judge the wealthy gentleman and his seemingly flawless “secretary,” Erica. Despite Cathy’s repeated rejections, Jared, handsome and charming, continues to make grand overtures to her during the time it takes her father to repair the boat. When it becomes clear that Jared appreciates her for her simplicity and wholesomeness, Cathy slowly begins to allow herself to fall for him. Before they can make their romance official, however, Jared’s true identity – and shocking connection to Swan Quarter – must be revealed.

Wildflowers is a reprint of two romance novels. Sea Gypsy (1980), set in North Carolina, is the first story; Golden Lasso (1980), set in Arizona, is the second.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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