A woman grieving her loss. A boy running for his life. A town defending them both…
A USA Today Bestseller and the first book in a collection of gritty, small-town family sagas. Reviewers say, “Spare Change is written in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.”
Small-town gossip never really bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she's endured her share. It's easy to ignore the raised eyebrows over her late-in-life marriage to Charlie Doyle. But after he drops dead on their honeymoon, the whispers pour salt on her raw grief. Especially when an orphaned, eleven-year-old-boy shows up on her doorstep, looking for the grandfather he never met.
Behind Ethan Allen Doyle's wary blue eyes lie heavily guarded emotions that unexpectedly tug on Olivia's heart, and she finds herself wanting to win his trust. But when his murderous secret comes looking for him, the entire town embraces this lonely widow and desperate child to show its true heart before danger can threaten one of its own.
A heartwarming tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you'd like to call friend, a boy you will ache to hug, and a town you wish you could call home.
- Royal Palm Literary Award
- Reviewer's Choice Award
- FPA President’s Book Award
- IAN Outstanding Fiction Award
- Eadon Contemporary Fiction Award
“Skillfully written… A thoroughly entertaining work of immense literary merit”
“A Good Read Full of Emotion”
Heartwarming story about a strong woman who learns life's greatest joys often come in the form of the very thing we reject”