Jacqueline DeGroot lives in Sunset Beach, NC with her husband Bill. She has two grown sons, one in New York and one living locally, and her daughter Kimberly lives in Wilmington. She stays active in her small beach community, especially in Sea Trail Plantation where she's lived since 1996. She loves to ride bikes with her friends, cook elaborate dinners, decorate lavish cakes, do yoga and take long walks on the beach. Her love for the Brunswick Islands is apparent in all her books and she's very happy to live in a place where so many wonderful people continue encouraging her to write.
A more mismatched couple one could not imagine. Dev, a combat veteran, whose family business is military arms manufacturing enjoys going on safaris and hunting trips. Gentry, a sweet, unpretentious animal rescuer and veterinary student whose girl-next-door manner of dress and abundance of springy chestnut curls calls to mind a Hummel plate of a girl on a farm feeding her chickens. But the moment Dev opens the door to the kitten catcher with the flashing green eyes, coral colored lips, and light dusting of freckles he is slayed. Palo’s intro to romance with Trixie is less random, even though they met due to a car accident. Practical considerations lead to an arrangement that suits both of them—she, as a highly specialized home care nurse, yet homeless—will follow him back to Italy to tend to his ailing mother while living at the family villa in Tuscany. Brent leaves New York City to go to The Cockpit to work alone in peace and quiet at the onset of COVID, only to discover that Palo’s sister, Alyssa, who was stranded at JFK when her flight home was cancelled, is already in residence. Sean confronts his secretary, Sandy, after he finds an over-the-top erotic romance about a secretary and her boss in the suitcase she packed for him. And Cam, conflicted over his sexuality, finally gets smitten and finds the girl of his dreams. But now Tammy, as his protégé, is under his protection. Once again, he’s conflicted—until circumstances have them driving across the country in an RV to save her Granny.