Widowed , shop keeper , and transplanted Texan Jessica Allen fights to protect the green in Tidbury , New Hampshire with colorful falls , picturesque Christmases , and sometimes brutal winters . She ’ s angry to learn developers will use Worley Construction , a company she holds responsible for her husband ’ s death . When a board of selectmen member is murdered , family and friends encourage Jessica to run for the seat . Will threats force her to compromise her principles ?
Developer Jeff Hudson wants to build a retirement center on the Tidbury Green . Despite Jessica ’ s opposition , he believes he can convince her of the need for the center and that its place on the green will leave plenty of room for all of the town ’ s activities . But has he partnered with an unsafe builder ? How much money will he lose if he breaks the contract to please Jessica ? Will more people have to die to save the green ?
***** Review By N . N . Light : “ Marsha R . West is masterful when it comes to seasoned romantic suspense . Her characters have such depth and heart , they become a part of you .
“ You have any enemies , Jeff ? Because I don ’ t .” “ I ’ ve made a few people unhappy with me , Jessica , when I won a bid someone else wanted , but none upset enough to want to take me out . I ’ m afraid this is about you .” “ Jessica , I agree with Jeff ,” Sheriff Halbert frowned . “ Someone is not happy with you .” “ I ’ m going to sound paranoid , but the only issue coming to mind regards building the retirement center on the green . I ’ ve been outspoken against building it and against using Worley Construction .” Her glance landed on Jeff and skittered away . “ Dear God , Jessica . You can ’ t believe I had anything to do with this .” She didn ’ t meet Jeff ’ s gaze . “ Jessica , in this instance , it looks like Jeff is a victim as well as you .” “ Thanks , Sheriff . Jessica , I ’ d hate if my project has somehow put your life in danger . That can ’ t possibly be , can it ?”