Walkerville Desires: Return
Two younger-generation natives who moved away as young adults are called home by family affairs to Walkerville, a small agricultural town on the California Coast. A more unlikely pairing than the daughter of the town's "first family" and boy raised on the wrong side of the tracks is hard to imagine -- even to them. But the heart wants what it wants, and surprising connections emerge between them. More
In Walkerville Desires: RETURN, first installment of the Walkerville Desires series, romance author yk miyazaki introduces her readers to the community of Walkerville, tight-knit heart of a small agricultural valley nestled near the Pacific shore in Central California.
Walkerville was historically one of the premiere apple producing areas on the West Coast, but changes in the economics of farming have left some local growers scrambling to understand new dynamics and stay afloat. Nevertheless, Walkerville is a special place, with a long tradition of mutual support among the locals.
A chance encounter brings two former Walkerville residents back in town to deal with very different family obligations back in contact for the first time since high school.
Fiona Montrose, only daughter of the valley’s “first family” has fled her inherited status and position, working as a fulltime volunteer at a Southern California soup kitchen and homeless shelter, while Francis Perdue, born and raised on the wrong side of town, has gone on to find international fame and fortune as a top model for designer men’s fashions.
A more unlikely pairing would be difficult to imagine, but a spark is struck between the two twenty-somethings as they sort through their respective family crises. But unexpected miscommunication threatens to smother their budding mutual interest before it can mature.
Walkerville is one of a handful of “best kept secret” towns that still, somehow, manage to exist and persist in California, just a short drive away from major centers of wealth and power like Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Hollywood; a legacy from an earlier era when agriculture was truly the heart and soul of a state blessed with an abundance of sunshine, water, and rich soil. And its residents remember and respect that heritage, working fiercely to preserve it while they live lives rooted in the land and the rhythms of the seasons.
Come along for the ride as miyazaki masterfully constructs a community we’d all love to be a part of, while carrying her main characters through the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies of a 21st Century courtship. Odds are you’ll fall in love with Walkerville and her people, and find yourself eagerly anticipating the next story to emerge from this unique community.
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