Published by Tule Publishing
Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove, New York, on Long Island’s north shore. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much.
Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Home never figured into his plans, but when the spectacular crash to earth forces the former superstar to return to his family, Adam must build a new life from the ashes of his old one. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose while keeping him connected to the game he loves.
It won't be easy, but with the help of a few meddling family members, and a little bit of small town magic, these two lost hearts might find the love they so desperately crave.
Coming this Fall from Jeannie Moon and Tule Publishing, the first book in the Compass Cove series, Then Came You.
The Legend of Compass Cove:
Compass Cove, Long Island, New York
In the year 1750, on the north shore of Long Island, a young woman named Lucy Velsor was in a period of mourning for her husband, who had been lost at sea. Not long after his death, his shipmates brought her his compass. It was a finely crafted instrument, made by the local compasssmith, whose family settled the town of Compass Cove several generations before. Lucy cherished the memento, taking care to kiss its face every day.
One day, two years after her beloved husband’s death, the compass needle began to spin, never settling on a direction. Desperate to have it fixed, Lucy brought it to the compasssmith’s shop. The proprietor, Caleb Jennings, had loved Lucy from afar, never sure if he should call on the young widow. But when Lucy set the compass in Caleb’s hand, it stopped spinning and the needle settled on him. He took the compass’ strange behavior as a sign, put aside his fears, and embarked on a courtship. It didn’t take long for Caleb and Lucy to fall in love and marry. They spent many wonderful years together, making a home and family, and living into their eighties before dying just a few days apart. Before he left this world, Caleb credited the ghost of Lucy’s first husband for setting the compass spinning and helping them find their way to each other.
To this day, Jennings Fine Compasses and Watches still exists on Main Street and is owned by one of Caleb’s and Lucy’s descendants. Many families in Compass Cove keep compasses in their homes as a symbol of selfless love, and as a reminder that hearts meant to love will always find each other.
A door opened and closed and decidedly female footsteps approached.
“That’s my Aunt Mia.”
Adam braced himself. He told himself she was probably a perfectly nice woman, and that he shouldn’t judge, and that she—she—Adam swallowed hard when the librarian entered his office.
This woman blew every librarian stereotype right out the freaking window. She was gorgeous. And she was young.
Her hair was a mane of loose brown curls, the same color as the toffee candy he used to find on his grandfather’s desk. It was pulled loosely off her face, tumbling almost to her waist, and her big brown eyes were surrounded by long, dark lashes. Adam had to shake off his reaction before he could say something coherent. There had to be something wrong with this. Wasn’t there some librarian rule book that kept beautiful off the grid? She swept into the room and went right to Ben.
“Oh Benny, thank God.” Her arms wrapped around the boy and Ben hugged his aunt’s middle.
While the reunion took place, Adam adjusted to the real Aunt Mia. Taking her in, he felt a surge through his system that he hadn’t experienced since he was eighteen, arriving on a college campus filled with hot women. But there was something else about her that made his heart pound, and the rush in his ears was freaking him out. Thank God her focus was on her nephew and not him. Adam didn’t need her to see how affected he was.
“I’m sorry,” Ben said.
“Me too,” she replied. “But don’t you ever run off like that again. I’ve been worried sick!”
Ben nodded and Mia finally glanced at Adam. She smiled and extended her hand. “I’m Mia DeAngelis. Thank you so much for taking charge of Ben, Mr.…”
“I mean Miller.” Damn, he thought. She was standing there, grinning, probably thinking he was an idiot. Jesus, he thought. When did he ever react this way around a woman? “Adam Miller,” he said as he took her outstretched hand. “Please call me Adam.”