Holly Author:Jude Deveraux Hollander "Holly" Latham can't believe her good fortune. After endless calls, letters, emails, and promises, she's finally persuaded her parents to buy Spring Hill Plantation just outside beautiful, historic Edenton in eastern North Carolina -- and strategically located near Belle Chere, the purest, most untouched plantat... more »ion site in America.
At the tender age of thirteen, Holly fell in love with Lorrie Beaumont, who inherited the Revolutionary-period estate when his heiress mother died during childbirth. Though more than a decade has passed since Holly last locked eyes with her childhood love, the passion she felt in her young heart has never come close to extinguishing -- that is, until charming, ruggedly handsome Nick Taggert unexpectedly waltzes into her life and treats her to an unforgettable weekend of laughter and intense passion.
Despite Holly's undeniable attraction to this dazzling stranger, she knows he's not marriage material. What Holly doesn't know is that Nick Taggert is actually Dr. Nicholas Taggert. Having been with more than his share of women only interested in money and pedigree, Nick decides to test Holly and conceal his more refined qualities. Will Holly be seduced by Lorrie's wealth and privilege, or will she choose the simple gift of love that Nick has offered her? The answer is unveiled on a starry Christmas night, when passion, hate, and greed collide to reveal bitter truths that will forever change the course of Holly's charmed life.« less
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Holly's crush on the next door neighbor's blinds her to the attractions of other men, to the point that she persuades her family to buy the vacation home where she met him. As an adult, she begins to see the teenage crush for what it was, especially while in the company of Nick Taggert, who makes her laugh. Good read.
Holly thinks she is in love with her once summer crush so now as an adult she convinves her parents to buy a home near his in the hopes that now a real relationship is possible.
But a Stranger, Nick Taggart, is too much of a distraction to be believed! Soon she has to make a choice from her long time dream and the chance of real love.
Another well written story by Deveraux.