Laurie Breton started making up stories in her head when she was a small child. At the age of eight, she picked up a pen and began writing them down. Although she now uses a computer to write, she’s still addicted to a new pen and a fresh sheet of lined paper. At some point during her angst-y teenage years, her incoherent scribblings morphed into love stories, and that’s what she’s been writing, in one form or another, ever since.
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found driving the back roads of Maine, looking for inspiration. Or perhaps standing on a beach at dawn, shooting a sunrise with her Canon camera. If all else fails, a day trip to Boston, where her heart resides, will usually get the juices flowing.
The mother of two grown children, Breton has two beautiful grand-kids and two precious grand-dogs. She and her husband live in a small Maine town with a lovebird who won’t stop laying eggs and a Chihuahua/Papillon/Schipperke/Pug mix named River who pretty much runs the household.
The year is 1974, and aspiring songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen years old when handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore sweeps into her life and turns it upside down. The first time she looks into Danny's turbulent blue eyes, Casey is ready to toss aside her entire future for a man who will almost certainly break her heart.
Together with guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie, Casey writes the songs that catapult Danny to a fame beyond their wildest imaginings. But life with Danny isn't what she expected. The road to success is loaded with land mines, and rivers of darkness flow through her troubled marriage. Every time Danny breaks her heart, it's Rob who picks her up, dusts her off, and glues the pieces back together.
It isn't until she suffers an unimaginable loss that Casey begins to question who she is and what she really wants from life. As she searches for herself amid the wreckage, she discovers the bittersweet truth that the choices a woman makes at thirty can differ vastly from those she made at eighteen.
COMING HOME is a poignant story about the seasons of a woman's heart, and the roundabout route we sometimes have to take to get to where we're meant to be.
BOOK 1 in the Jackson Falls Series.
Sleeping With the Enemy
They met at her brother's wedding, and the handsome stranger swept her off her feet. The initial attraction was easy. The trust? That was a little harder.
Hard experience has taught Rose MacKenzie Kenneally that men can't be trusted. But when gorgeous high school English teacher Jesse Lindstrom sweeps her off her feet at her brother's wedding, Rose temporarily forgets that she's given up on men forever. Eight weeks later, the unthinkable happens when this thirty-six-year-old divorced mother of two teenagers realizes she's pregnant by a man she barely knows.
When Jesse proposes marriage, Rose digs in her heels. She cherishes her hard-won freedom, and no man, no matter how infuriatingly sexy or nice, is going to take that away from her. But her teenagers are running wild in the city. Her ex, Eddie the snake, is too busy with his new trophy wife to be bothered with something as trivial as fatherhood. Luke and Devon need the stabilizing influence of a man like Jesse Lindstrom. So she accepts Jesse's proposal with a few conditions of her own.
Jesse wants a real marriage, but Rose is determined to resist his charm. The harder she resists, the harder he pushes, and indifference becomes increasingly difficult. But Rose carries a dark secret, one she's kept hidden for twenty years, a secret that could destroy their shaky marriage. When Jesse faces a serious accusation, Rose is forced to confront her demons head-on. Is Jesse Lindstrom the one man she can trust? Or will she discover that she's sleeping with the enemy?
Book 2 in the Jackson Falls Series.
Days Like This
It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
For nearly two decades, they were best friends. Business partners. Musical collaborators. He was her rock; she was his beacon of light, both of them willing to open up a vein and bleed for the other. The one thing they weren't supposed to do was fall in love. That wasn't part of the plan. He was supposed to find Ms. Right and settle down. She was supposed to live happily ever after with charismatic rock icon Danny Fiore.
But fate had other plans for Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie. They did fall in love, the kind of love that addles your brain and tears out your heart and turns your world upside down.
The kind that leads to forever.
But forever doesn't come without a price tag attached. Marriage, even to your best friend, can be a bumpy ride. Still haunted by the ghost of Casey's first husband, they've spent their first year of marriage tiptoeing around the elephant in the living room. While Rob struggles with long-held insecurities, Casey is gradually blossoming into the woman she was always meant to be. But with change comes uncertainty, and even as she finds herself overwhelmed by the ferocity of her feelings for her new husband, Casey wrestles with divided loyalties and the unexpected changes this marriage has wrought in her.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter Rob never knew comes to live with them, the quiet life they've carved out for themselves in Casey's rural Maine hometown is turned upside down. As Casey and Rob face the challenges of parenting a rebellious teenager while trying to become a family, they unravel secrets and discover truths about themselves and their relationship, truths that, if not dealt with, could threaten their future as a couple.
Book 3 in the Jackson Falls Series.
The Next Little Thing: A Jackson Falls MINI
Sometimes, love is complicated. And sometimes, love just is.
In COMING HOME, they fell in love. In DAYS LIKE THIS, they faced the inevitable adjustments that accompanied that long, slow, delicious slide from best friends to lovers to married couple. Now, in this 25,000-word novella, Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie welcome a new little green-eyed MacKenzie to the fold.
The birth of baby Emma, combined with the move to a new house and the start of a different direction in their musical careers, brings more adjustments to this couple readers have called "wonderful" and "amazing" and "so real." With the birth of her daughter, Casey is over the moon. But for Rob, the adjustment is more difficult, his joy tainted by recognition of every one of his own inadequacies.
Strong characters and deep emotions are the hallmarks of this newest installment in the love story that's been called "epic" and "absolutely breathtaking."
Book 3.5 in the Jackson Falls Series.
A decade ago, she walked away from everyone and everything that had ever mattered to her. Now, she has to face her past to find her future.
Whenever Colleen Bradley Berkowitz had imagined her homecoming--which hadn't been often--she'd imagined sweeping into town on a wave of triumph. Never had she pictured herself limping in with empty dreams and emptier pockets, behind the wheel of a car that should have long since met its destiny in the crusher. Forced to depend on the goodwill of the sister who's a virtual stranger to her, Colleen has just two goals: to avoid all family entanglements, and to escape from Jackson Falls the minute she has enough money socked away.
But life is what happens while we're making other plans. Her sister is determined to rebuild their precarious relationship. Attractive single dad Harley Atkins and his twelve-year-old daughter, Annabel, start worming their way into her heart. And when a surprise visitor shows up at her door, the stakes are raised, forcing Colleen to reevaluate all those bridges she burned years ago.
REDEMPTION ROAD is a heartwarming story about love, about sisterhood, and about second chances.
Book 4 in the Jackson Falls Series.
Sex, lies and murder conceal the shameful secrets of a picturesque little Southern town. The jury had no hesitation in convicting Kathryn McAllister of killing her husband — she'd been found standing over his body, covered in blood and holding the murder weapon. But four years later new evidence supports her claims of innocence. With her conviction overturned, Kathryn returns to the hometown of her husband's wealthy, prominent family, determined to find the real killer.New police chief Nick DiSalvo has left the stress of big-city police work that destroyed his marriage, and just wants to deal with small-town small problems. But Kathryn's demand that he re-open the investigation into her husband's murder disrupts his new relaxed life when he has to protect her from harassment and attacks. The irresistible heat exploding between them traps him between passion and police work.The investigation leads them to uncover a thirty-year-old secret so terrible that someone will kill — again — to keep it hidden.