Contemporary Romance

South Side Stories


For her second birthday party, Fiona Campbell’s mother, Claire, made her a peace sign piñata and filled it with wishes for a better planet instead of candy. When she got her period for the first time, her mother had a womanhood ceremony and invited the entire neighborhood. On her sixteenth birthday they celebrated with a drum circle.

Her mother has always had the best of intentions, but Fiona spends most of her life wondering what she might do next. Although Claire has the financial responsibility of a gnat, she also possesses the ability to see magic and wonder in everything, even in the moldy old fountain in their back garden. Fiona, on the other hand, was born a skeptic. She believes in practical things, like getting her MBA and marrying her businessman fiancé, Scott, and has little time for magic or mystery in her life.

As soon as Matthew Monroe walks through their door with a guitar on his back and the swagger of a sexy French pirate, Fiona knows he’s exactly the sort of complication she doesn’t need. Her mother is in danger of losing her business, and Fiona has no time for charming strangers. But when a vicious attack on a dear friend throws Fiona’s life out of balance, she has to figure out what she really wants. And as much as she’s scoffed at the Reiki therapists, tarot card readers, Wiccans, artists, and oddballs who surround her mother, she starts to realize that not everything important can be calculated on a spreadsheet, and decides she might just believe in a little magic after all.

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