Lori Hayes writes award-winning stories that will be sure to keep you reading long into the night.
When Christmas magic fills a house, the charm of falling in love becomes possible―especially in this heartfelt holiday story from award-winning author Lori Hayes.
An old farmhouse on a salt marsh is said to have Christmas magic. As the legend goes, whoever moves into the homestead will not only fall in love but be married by Christmas. Terri McMillan is burnt-out on city life. She wants to buy the house, but the owner, Matt Baker, requests one final Christmas in his grandparent’s home before selling it. When Terri and Matt discover letters and a diary from the Vietnam War era, an old family secret is revealed. Could love like this still exist? The magic of Christmas just might be working.
This was such a great romance. I devoured this book. This is my second book by Hayes. This was such an interesting storyline. It was a story in another story. I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. --The Mary Reader
"A beautiful story in which the magic of Christmas wrapped around me like a cozy blanket. Loved Coastal Christmas!"-- Birgit Stubblefield, author of Secrets in Oak Creek
5 Stars: Love this book!
Can't wait to see it on the Hallmark channel! This book sure made me so ready to celebrate thanksgiving and Christmas!--Amazon Reader
5 Stars: The Beach & Christmas! A great Story!
Coastal Christmas was such a feel good story to transition from summertime to getting ready for the holidays! It was like stepping into a Hallmark movie--Christmas, small town, romance. All the things that make you fall in love with a story and the characters. Lori Hayes is such a talented author and you will be immersed in this book from the moment you read the first line!--Amazon Reader
5 Stars: The Coast at Christmas--can it get any better?
The coast at Christmas--can it get any better? YES. IT. CAN. with a copy of Lori Hayes's sweet holiday romance. Hayes grabbed me with the title and kept me hanging on. This is the second book I've read by this talented author. Her descriptive writing always firmly plants my feet on the Carolina shore, and my heart in the middle of an intriguing storyline.--Amazon Reader
5 Stars: Never See Christmas the Same
This book gave me hope, joy and made me fall in love with history and the mysteries of Christmas as Terri falls in love with Matt. Lori also gives insight into the process of fostering a child and all the emotions the decision evokes. Coastal Christmas is a descriptive, vulnerable, and must be read year round. Hayes plunges into the truths women are multifaceted. Thank you for a brilliant read.--Amazon Reader
When a betrayed young woman moves to a charming beach town to escape love, an unlikely matchmaker gets involved.
Physical therapist Emily McMillan broke off her troubled engagement to move to a charming, albeit tight-knit, seaside community for a new start. But will the locals accept her? She's too quiet, too reserved and wants to hole up in her apartment to write her latest novel. When she treats a spunky patient, popularly known as Gran, she finds herself agreeing to a date with Gran's handsome grandson.
Keith Stallings, a creative businessman who owns the local passenger ferry, tempts Emily with a dreamy island full of wild horses, an enticing beach laden with colorful sunsets, and a home-cooked picnic under the stars. Heck, even a wild pelican named Sam loves him. Emily had declared men off-limits, but just when she believes this is the best island summer ever, the park service threatens Keith's livelihood. Keith has a difficult decision to make, one that may not include Emily.
An emotionally complex beach read, this love story reaches just beyond the sand dunes where the sea turtles nest and where the tides can wash away dreams.
Keith and Emily's romantic story will bring you to your knees. If you are looking for a romantic beach read this is it. You are going to love these characters and the writing was very well done and the story was well executed.--The Mary Reader
5 Star--Great read!! I'm a romantic cynic, but this book is super precious ... One of my favorite aspects is Sam. Such a unique thing to have a pelican as a character! I love the deftly illustrated presence of other wildlife also, from crabs to frogs to horses; I will forever regard coastal wildlife in a different way. I read this before going to the beach, but I would pick up a copy to take with you this summer wherever you are going. Lori Hayes paints such a wonderful coastal environment, I really felt like I was there.--Amazon Review
5 STAR--From page one, “Island Summer” pulls you into the coastal atmosphere. You can smell the salt, feel the wind, hear the calming ocean. And not only that, the flowing writing style will carry you right alongside the characters, as they face real-life issues and heartbreak. If you’re looking for a romantic beach read, look no further! Keith and Emily’s story will certainly touch your heart!--Goodreads Review
5 STAR--I have really enjoyed this entire series! THE characters are endearing and their struggles are real. The relationships are deep. This is a great summer read!--Goodreads Review
5 STAR--The best beach read! One of the very best beach reads I’ve come across in years. The characters really come to life as you are reading one of Lori’s books. I will continue to read all of her books!--Amazon Review
Where the sand dunes tower and the horses run free, a mysterious island may hold painful secrets of the past. Romance and suspense reach new heights in the coastal Outer Banks.
Claire Kincaid is drawn to a small town on the coast. As a wildlife photographer, she’s captivated by the scenery and the wild horses she finds on a nearby island. The breeze is fresh, the tang of sea salt tasting oddly reassuring. There is a familiarity, as if she’s returned home after years away. She yearns to find her estranged father, having heard he lives somewhere in the area, but feels most connected to him when she’s on the deserted island. While on a photo shoot of the wild horses, she misses the last passenger ferry back to the mainland and is stranded overnight with little food or water. Black thunderheads are already gathering out at sea.
Jeff Rhoades, park ranger and wildlife biologist, discovers Claire hasn’t returned to the mainland and searches late into the night to find her. But she’s anything but excited to see him. As they spend more time together, though, their complicated relationship grows confusing and their attraction to each other is undeniable. Though neither are in a position to acknowledge it, the chemistry between them intensifies, until he discovers intricate secrets of her past.
They can’t ignore the magic on the island—although lies and secrets revealed threaten to keep them apart.
5-Star--Wonderful, refreshing, captivating!
I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing style. It pulls you into the story like many books used to do, and I actually related to the characters. The storyline keeps you interested and intrigued all the way through the book. It's one of those books that I've actually read more than once, noticing things that I did not on the first read. I highly recommend the book and the author's series. Amazon Reader
5-Star--This book is a must read!!!
I think everyone should read this book! From the moment I started reading I couldn't put it down. I even stayed up late to finish it. The author did a fantastic job of telling a love story and keeping me guessing all the way through to the end. Just when I thought I knew how it was going to end, the plot turned and I was drawn in even further. The way she tied all the pieces together kept me captivated. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read and a happy ending. I cant wait to read the next book! Amazon Reader
This book was one of my favorites you could almost smell the salt from the ocean and the scenery around you. It was a beautiful love story and I would recommend it to everyone. Amazon Reader
5-Star--This is my first Lori Hayes story. I fell in love pretty quickly. I have loved horses since I was a girl, so the horses' story intertwined with Jeff and Claire's is perfect. Really enjoyed this story. Goodreads Review
Tension begins to percolate when coffee shop owner, Jenni Stallings, struggles to keep the doors of her beloved shop open. She wants to earn her dying father’s approval, to convince him that she is financially secure so he can die peacefully. She also strives to win the marathon, Run for the Horses, to benefit the nearby wild islander ponies.
When bank vice president and old high school crush, Scott Botticelli, temporarily moves back to the small, seaside town, he threatens to reject her much-needed loan. When he takes up running, she realizes he has rediscovered his passion for the sport, and for her. Despite the fact he holds the power to squelch her dreams, a romantic interest starts to brew between them. Always the determined competitor no matter the game, Jenni finds herself facing her failing business, her father’s mortality, and the race of her life–against the man she loves.
Coffee Break offers a rich blend of romance in a cozy, small-town setting, with a light flavor of wild horses. We hope you enjoy reading the book.
A heartwarming and romantic story
The book blends a sad emotional past with a romantic challenging present. It begins with a brisk walk and dashes to fast paced, full gallop. I loved it! Very enjoyable. Hated to see it end! Amazon Reader
Love this book!
Oh gosh it is the best romantic book that I have ever read. I cannot wait for the next book to come out! Amazon Reader
Great 2nd book in series! Lori Hayes is now my favorite author! Amazon Reader