“When you travel, you just never know what will happen.”
Those words, spoken by Travis Jefferies, a character in my book, Prodigals in Provence, sum up the spirit behind Love on the Move inspirational romance novels. In each novel compelling characters leave home for a variety of reasons . . . and things change. They encounter challenges, growth, adventure, mystery, and even love.
I hope you’ll take a trip with them and experience their journeys. See how their lives unfold as they make decisions to trust God (or not) in their next steps, and what happens as a result.
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Prodigals in Provence
Bree and Lauren own and run Le Bon Voyage, a travel company specializing in tours to charming Provence, France.
Travis is a TV travel critic accustomed to crossing the globe to film documentaries and write books. But he’s been in a spiritual desert ever since losing his marriage and ministry five years earlier.
Between film projects, Travis plans to accompany his elderly mother on a tour to Provence, a long-term dream for her. Bree tries unsuccessfully to block him, sure he’s coming to spy on the struggling company for one of his exposé articles.
A diverse group of tourists arrives at the rented villa to spend the week and discover the spectacular villages, vineyards, and history of the Luberon mountain region of Provence. Amidst a series of problems and relational tensions, Bree thinks she has all she can handle . . . until she becomes attracted to Travis.
As Bree and Travis are drawn together, will their hidden wounds drive them apart?
A Promise in Provence
Lauren is at a turning point. If only she knew where to turn. Her long-term relationship with Mark is fading fast. Instead, she feels drawn to Jean-Pierre, an attractive Frenchman she’d met the previous summer. When she’s laid off from her job as a chef, she decides to go see him in Provence, France.
Mark can’t get Lauren out of his heart, even though it’s been close to a year since she asked him to give her space. When she goes to France, he’s afraid he’ll lose her for good. That is, until he decides to go there, too, as a last-ditch effort to win her back.
At first, Lauren is angry that Mark follows her to France. But a joint desire to help a young refugee boy leads them to work together. Lauren finds herself torn between the two men. Worse, she’s confronted with obstacles in helping the boy and even greater obstacles within herself.
Circle Back Around
Hailey and her father haven’t always seen eye to eye, especially in running the failing family textile mill. Frustrated, Hailey leaves the mill and her hometown in North Carolina to start a new life near her sister in Colorado. Only months later her father calls to ask a special favor. He needs heart surgery and asks Hailey to run the mill in his place.
Moving back would devastate Hailey’s sister, Hope. Yet Hailey would have an opportunity to possibly save the mill, and at a time when her father needs her most. And maybe he’d even approve of her for the first time in her life.
Filled with self-doubt, Hailey returns to North Carolina and struggles to make a difference at the mill, facing more challenges than she bargained for. Her attractive neighbor, Alex, is almost enough to outweigh the difficulties, but she doesn’t know that in the shadows lurks someone who wants to destroy both her and the mill.
Is there any way to recapture what happened under a Christmas moon one December?
Nikki has loved Mike for as long as she can remember (as early as age seven!) Mike has his own past hurts to resolve, having lost both parents in an accident when he was fourteen. He’s tried to escape those painful memories by leaving New York and starting a new life on the West Coast. New facts indicate, years later, that his parents’ deaths might not have been an accident.
At Christmas Mike comes back to New York for the first time in three years. He and Nikki rekindle the friendship they had as children and share their newfound faith. Under a Christmas moon romantic sparks fly . . . but their mutual attraction takes an unexpected detour.
Nikki is devastated, believing her one chance for a relationship with Mike is over. She impulsively takes a one-year teaching opportunity in Paris, so that she can face her own fears and get over Mike.
If Mike and Nikki run away, how can they find each other again?
“One December sizzles with romantic tension, taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride from New York to San Francisco, with a delightful detour in Paris. I couldn’t put it down!”
– Elizabeth Musser, author of The Secrets of the Cross trilogy and The Swan House.
Welcome to my corner!
I’ve wanted to be a fiction writer since the age of ten. So, in a very non-linear fashion, here I am (sooo many years later!) with books I hope you will love! A lot of my characters travel to other places. All of them learn . . . learn about God, about themselves, and are changed. That’s really what I want for myself, too!
I used to live in France and I love all things French. That’s why several of my books are tightly tied to the country and culture of France. Part of my book, One December, takes place in Paris, where I lived for over a decade. My other books will take you to other cities and countries, and some take place here in the U.S.
I write non-fiction as well, specifically travel and language books for . . . you guessed it, France. Magical Paris: Over 100 Things to Do Across Paris is the easy-to-read travel book that covers the whole city of Paris . . . not just a few neighborhoods, like most travel books. I have also written Real French for Travelers, a step-by-step method for learning travel French, including helpful vocabulary and relevant dialogues. (My pen name for travel and language is K. B. Oliver.) I have a travel blog for France, www.Oliversfrance.com. Now I live in North Carolina, one of my other favorite places. (I also have novels that take place there!)
When I am not writing or blogging, I teach French to adults. I’ve moved back and forth from the U.S. to France several times, but I’m now Stateside (with visits to France!) In my blog posts I’ll share my reflections, photos, fiction excerpts, tales of my writing journey . . . and friendship. I hope you enjoy it, and stop in often to say hello!