Kris Heywood was born near Lake Constance and grew up around Munich. After spending many years in Southern California, she craved moody skies and four seasons and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she has occupied various mountain cabins, along with uncountable cats, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs. For a long time she took in strays, but recently she has allowed the pet population to shrink by attrition. These days she lives in town along with two very smart German shepherds. She is a confirmed novel writer and believes that good fiction must, first and foremost, be distilled truth. Kris has produced four books, which are all available as ebooks and print books. She is currently working on her fifth and is having lots of fun in the process. Kris is passionate about long, brisk walks, especially through the woods. She also loves yoga, animals of all kinds, literary fiction, good theatre, foreign and Indie movies, and spending time at her laptop.
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Since Maria was small she has suffered from a severe form of homesickness for a country she has never seen. And now when the old dream of living in America is finally becoming reality, a clique of GIs and their wives set out to teach her and Lucius that they can never be anything but second class citizens in it. It's not a lesson they're willing to learn.
Six misfits are drawn to the same snow-covered mountain. They settle halfway to the peak, build a fabulous garden, and proceed to create a new world that they cannot access without the help of young Em and her friends. She doesn't have a clue about what they, together, are capable of or what lies in store for them in the near future. Moving forward on trust, they try to outrun their fate.
In an era when a daughter has no rights but the right to be obedient, MARIA wants to belong to herself, be free, and find someone to love. If she can't have these precious things in her world she will look for them in another, and nothing and no one can stop her because a fifteen-year-old girl is a force of nature that cannot be denied.
A legendary pop star.
The rebellious boy who betrays him.
The woman who saves him.
The man who loves her.
Two German shepherds.
A wild Oregon mountain.
A ruthless developer bent on destroying it.
And you . . .
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