The Inspiration behind His Secret Daughter

When one of my friends was a toddler, her father was deployed for a very long time during the Vietnam War. Her mother was afraid she wouldn’t remember him when he returned. So as they went through their normal routine, her mother talked about her dad a lot.

“Blue is Daddy’s favorite color. Daddy likes red apples the best. Pumpkin pie is his favorite dessert . . .”

And sure enough, when her family was reunited at the Welcome Home ceremony, my friend wasn’t shy at all. She ran right up to the man her mother hadn’t let her forget while he was serving his country.

 

My friend told me this story years ago, but it stuck with me. What a clever and creative way to keep her absent father real and present in her small child’s mind. This idea was the seed that blossomed into His Secret Daughter.

I’ve always loved the Hendersonville area of North Carolina. Having set my Eastern Shore, Virginia series on the beach, I decided my new series would take place in the beautiful North Carolina mountains.

I hope you will enjoy Callie and Jake’s story.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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Behind the Scenes Photos for His Secret Daughter

Time for a new series means ROAD TRIP. All in the name of research, of course. But it was no burden when book research took me to the wonderful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

 

 

 

His Secret Daughter

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

 

The first book in the new Blue Ridge series, His Secret Daughter, takes place in an apple orchard. And so, my husband and I traveled to an area known as Apple Valley in early spring last year—just in time to enjoy the apple blossoms and smell their lovely aroma.

 

Many thanks to Red & Joan Price, Melissa, Megan and Chris Pendergraft at Mountain Fresh Orchards in Hendersonville, NC for helping me understand the intricacies of growing apples and for the tour of your beautiful orchard.

I hope you will enjoy Callie and Jake’s story.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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Happy Release Day for His Secret Daughter

Celebrating the release of my new series and eighth novel with Love Inspired—Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

His Secret Daughter

I love the little pink cowgirl boots!

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

For behind the scene photos on His Secret Daughter, visit Pinterest.

Why I Wrote His Secret Daughter


The heart of this story is about a man searching for someplace to belong. He’s seeking love and purpose. He’s searching for home. This story is also about trusting God. With the good. With the bad. With everything.

Home. What images does that word create in your mind? For some, the memories are good. For others, memories of home are extremely painful.

But I believe the longing for home is at the core of who we are as humans.

 

As Jake discovers at Apple Valley Farm, no matter how tragic the past or present, God has a place of belonging for each of us. And I believe no matter where you’ve been, no matter where you are right now, no matter what you’ve done—that God can take what is broken and make it into something beautiful. In fact, I think He delights in bringing beauty out of brokenness.

Why did I write this story? Because it is my prayer that no matter where you’ve been, no matter where you are right now, no matter what you’ve done—that you will ultimately find in Him your Home. The happily-ever-after for which you were truly made.

Happy Reading,
Lisa

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Cover Reveal—His Secret Daughter

Welcome to Truelove, North Carolina—Where True Love Awaits. This fun, new romantic series is set in the breathtakingly lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Though the course of true love doesn’t always run smooth, never fear. The Truelove matchmakers are there to make sure everyone finds their true happily-ever-after.

His Secret Daughter

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

 

I’m so excited about this new series. I hope you will be, too.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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A Final Adventure in Fictional Kiptohanock from Hometown Reunion

As I imagine Jax and Darcy’s childhood homes in Kiptohanock

The farmhouse—Jax & Brody’s new home

Kiptohanock Square

The fire station

The church

The harbor

The Duer Inn

Coast Guard Courtship

Coast Guard Sweetheart

 

 

 

Falling for the Single Dad

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Deputy’s Perfect Match

Kiptohanock Library

The Bachelor’s Unexpected Family

 

 

The Christmas Baby

Christmas in Kiptohanock

The diner

Farewell Lovely Kiptohanock

Wishing you all fair winds and following seas.

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Summer Fun—Freezer Pops

Did your mom make these when you were a child?

I still have the 1960s plastic stick molds that my mother used. I brought freezer pops for my own children for wonderful, lazy summer days at the neighborhood pool.

What was your favorite flavor?

 

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A Small Town Fourth of July—Inspiration for Hometown Reunion

The freedom we enjoy as Americans is a great blessing. But freedom isn’t free—our freedom cost someone something.

Some of the best Fourths are small town celebrations—my inspiration for the Kiptohanock Fourth of July.

What do you do for the Fourth? What are some of your favorite memories of the Fourth?

Hot dogs, anyone?

Smallest Patriots on Parade

Family Picnics

Fourth of July Concerts (Actual Onanock, VA Fourth)

The William Tell Overture

Music on the Square

 

A Red, White and Blue Flag-Waving Good Time

The Kiptohanock Gazebo on the Green

Watermelon

The Finale

 

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The Magic of Summer Fireflies—Inspiration from Hometown Reunion

One of the joys of childhood

Did you ever catch fireflies—or lightning bugs as they’re called in the South—as a child?

Or perhaps on sultry summer nights at twilight, you still chase fireflies with your own children and grandchildren.

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