Lauraine Henderson began writing as a child, poems and journaling, until babies, building houses, and bookkeeping jobs usurped her world. Now, well established in Oregon and with the children grown,
she devotes her time to writing her favorite genre, clean romance.
Years of life experience translate into plots, calamities, and happily-ever-afters as she writes her inspirational and romantic stories about fictional people who seem so real, you’ll want to know what happens after the book ends!
Allison Lockwood and Gavin Hunt have been offered the chance to take over the Lazy Daisy Inn and Campground so their respective grandparents, the current owners, can retire and marry. It seems all
too easy for Ally and Gavin to prove themselves during the six-month probationary period until they’re fighting disasters at the campground and failing at
over-optimistic baking expectations.
As Ally and Gavin slowly explore their growing attraction, they help each other fight fires, endure raging storms, and share a few passionate kisses. But
there’s more than fires to fight when Ally’s grandfather disapproves of their budding romance and Ally is convinced Gavin has a girlfriend in the wings…a girlfriend expecting his baby!
Ride along as the two unlikely innkeepers figure out how they fit in their new life and learn the lesson taught by the Daisies in the Driveway.
“Yeah, that doesn’t explain why we need to keep them when they’re making the driveway look tacky.”
“Not tacky. They represent the spirit of the inn.” Ally could see she wasn’t getting through to him by the lift of his eyebrows and the smile hovering around his mouth. She struggled to find the words and couldn’t explain, even to herself, why this was suddenly so important. “The inn is this place where people can get away from the real world and take time to relax. It’s a place where everyone fits in and can find peace.”
A look of understanding crept across Gavin’s face. Ally trudged on. “The daisies that
grow wild are the same. They need to be able to flourish even when they land in obscure places. The image of the inn…oh, how do I say this?”
“You’re doing fine. I’m all ears.”
Ally threw him a look, but she couldn’t be sure if he was being patronizing or genuine. The episode in the kitchen that morning was still echoing in her mind. “The daisies in the flowerbeds are there because we planted them. They are welcome and cultivated.
They are like the people who’ve done everything right and have found their way
in the world.”
Gavin nodded and Ally took it for encouragement.
“The daisies in the driveway are like the people who are trying to fit in and they get close, but they’re a little wild, yet desperate to be accepted. They need a place in this world, too. They need the same love and care the cultivated daisies get. It’s like the story in the scriptures of the seeds that fall by the wayside. If they land in good soil, they still grow and bear good fruit, even though they’re not in the place where the gardener wanted them originally. These daisies are still providing us with beautiful flowers. They deserve the chance to succeed.”
“Yes. They need our love and care because they’re trying harder and need more help.”
“Like people who are trying to fit in.”
“Like you and me.”
“Well, when you put it like that, yes, like you and me.”