Love Gently Falling

By Melody Carlson (Trade Paperback, 2015)
Rita is living her dream of working as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a terrible stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, she finds her mother is healing but will need a lot of time to recover. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Determined to help, Rita realizes what the struggling salon really needs is a complete make-over.

Rita is determined to get the salon back to its former glory by Valentine's Day, which happens to coincide with the reopening of the nearby skating rink that she loved as a child. She only has her small personal savings and a short amount of time off of work to get the job done. But she also has the help of old friends, including Johnny, a former classmate who now works for Jolly Janitors, the company that cleans the salon. Rita is surprised at how well they connect and how much he is willing to do to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance in the air their friendship may just fall into something more.
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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $12.00 US/$13.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455528103

    • On Sale Date: 01/06/2015

    • Publisher: Center Street

    • Imprint: Center Street

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Rita is living her dream of working as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a terrible stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, she finds her mother is healing but will need a lot of time to recover. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Determined to help, Rita realizes what the struggling salon really needs is a complete make-over.

Rita is determined to get the salon back to its former glory by Valentine's Day, which happens to coincide with the reopening of the nearby skating rink that she loved as a child. She only has her small personal savings and a short amount of time off of work to get the job done. But she also has the help of old friends, including Johnny, a former classmate who now works for Jolly Janitors, the company that cleans the salon. Rita is surprised at how well they connect and how much he is willing to do to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance in the air their friendship may just fall into something more.

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than six million. Carlson's passion for 'true to life' fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women's markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

  • "A sweet, quick read that celebrates love's beginnings as well the spirit of Valentine's Day." (Serena Chase, USAToday.com on Once Upon a Winter's Heart ).

  • "A delightful story about the loss and recovery of romance, love and hope. . . .ONCE UPON A WINTER'S HEART will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending." (Family Fiction on Once Upon a Winter's Heart ).

  • "A sweet love story, Once Upon a Winter's Heart is a beautiful picture of the joy of being swept off your feet." ( Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan andWhere the Trail Ends on Once Upon a Winter's Heart).

  • "Melody delivers all that is sweetest and best about love in this Valentine's novella and does it with a tasty dash of Italian spice. Now that's amore!" (Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks in Gondolas on Once Upon a Winter's Heart).

  • "Delightful. . .Should be on everyone's must-read list for the holiday season." (RT Book Reviews Top Pick (4 1/2 stars) on The Christmas Pony).

  • "Carlson writes from her heart and it shines through on every page of this beautiful novel. . ." (RT Book Reviews on River's Song).

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Love Gently Falling
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Price: $12.00 US/$13.00 CAN
  • Pages: 192
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455528103
  • On Sale Date: 01/06/2015
Love Gently Falling