Touching Stars

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What to expect

Gayle Fortman has built a good life for herself and her three sons as an innkeeper in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. She has even maintained a cordial relationship with her ex, charismatic broadcast journalist Eric Fortman, covering with the boys for his absences and broken promises. Luckily Travis Allen, her closest neighbor, has been a loving surrogate father to the boys and her own best friend. Then, on the eve of oldest son Jared’s graduation, Eric returns, having nearly lost his life in Afghanistan. Worse, he has lost his way and his courage, and needs a place to recover. Gayle realizes this might be the last chance for her sons to establish a real bond with their father, and offers him a summer at the inn and a chance to put things right. Gayle and Eric are all too aware that their onetime love and attraction are still there. But can the pieces of their broken lives be mended, or are they better laid to rest?

Critics Review

  • “Complex characters, compelling emotions and the healing power of forgiveness.”

    Sherryl Wood, New York Times bestselling author, praise for One Mountain Away
  • “This novel features a multilayered plot, vivid descriptions, and a keen sense of time and place.”

    Library Journal, on Rising Tides
  • “Magically interpreting the
    emotional resonance of love and loss, betrayal and redemption through
    luminously drawn characters, Richards’ latest installment in her
    irresistible, quilt-inspired Shenandoah Album series glows with
    transcendent warmth, wisdom, grace, and compassion.”


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