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Callie Clark's ice cream shack on Chocolate Lake is finally up and ready for business, but a murder and an ominous warning throws her into a decades-old treasure hunt with the brooding groundskeeper who can't seem to keep his hands to himself.

Dean Lowry can't stand Callie's spoiled superiority complex, but that doesn't stop him from admiring her outrageous bikinis from afar. When the promise of a killer's return threatens the woman he loves to hate, the tug of war between heart and mind begins.

Can they put their differences aside, or will status and small-town secrets tear them apart?

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D. M. spent most of her youth burying her face into the pages of every book she could get her hands on. She wrote her first book during quarantine while juggling motherhood and studying to obtain her bachelor's degree in psychology for child and adolescent development. When she's not taking advantage of her overactive imagination, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two big, fluffy dogs in her small backwoods town.


Jesse Coleson had one goal...acquire the old inn and keep her real estate firm afloat with the commission. What she wasn't expecting was a car accident, an attractive single father, an interfering guardian angel, and a sudden limit to her time on earth.

Luke Benson shut his inn down a year ago with no intention of opening its doors to the public. But when he pulls a mysterious woman from her sunken car, and an old foe reappears, he's forced to question what life and loss really mean.

Can they learn the true meaning of life together, or will the past and heavenly forces pull them under?

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