Dancing on the Water’s Edge weaves a true-to-life love story into the drama and intrigue of a thrilling World War II novella.
When Anna is orphaned as a child and left to the mercy of strangers, she expects heartbreak and loss to haunt her the rest of her life. Yet when the handsome Ivan appears, a glimmer of hope begins to take root in her heart. At last, destiny favors this proud and beautiful Russian girl and love blooms.
But when war with the Allies breaks out on the Russian front, heartbreak is soon to follow. Separated from her husband in a strange land, Anna must once again rely on her determined spirit and precious memories to find her way back home.
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The Maggie Bloom Series
"Meet a new kind of heroine. She's fifty and has never been so unsure of herself." - Vera Linton
ADVENTURE NEVER SLEEPS WHEN MAGGIE BLOOM IS IN TOWN!
BOOK TWO. FULFILL A PROMISE, book two in the Maggie Bloom series, whisks Maggie away to Italy, where handsome men, lost luggage, and a mysterious letter keep Maggie on her toes.
Fulfill A Promise
MAGGIE TRAVELS TO ITALY... A LONG-LOST SECRET WILL BE REVEALED!
"After Nonna's passing, she left a manila envelope with my name on it inside her dresser. The envelope held two letters, one addressed to me and the sealed letter she asked me to deliver. That was over ten years ago. Only now, did I have the means to follow through on my promise." - Maggie Bloom
A DREAMY ITALIAN BACHELOR... AND TANTALIZING ITALIAN CUISINE!
"I can see in your face the connection you have with food and your grandmother. It is beautiful and I understand it well. To bring pleasure to all of your family with what you prepare with your hands. It makes you happy. It brings you all together to savor the abundance of your land; your garden, fruit trees. Food restores you physically, yes, but it is a gift of love and nourishes the soul," Antonio said. (The Dreamy Italian Bachelor)
IS IT A REAL GHOST OR MAGGIE'S IMAGINATION?
"I placed a lavender bouquet on Bibiana's grave. "The cottage has been quiet lately," I told her. Books remained on shelves, doors no longer slammed shut, and the smell of lavender seemed to disappear." - Maggie Bloom
"I couldn't wait to join Maggie Bloom on her travels to Italy in this second novel by Vera Linton! I laughed, cried, and drooled over the epicurean delights. Love triumphs amidst mishaps, adventures, and reconnecting with lost family as Maggie attempts to deliver on a promise made to her grandmother. A sealed letter holding secrets from the past, a dreamy Italian bachelor, and thousands of miles away from her new found love, Maggie and her mother discover so much about themselves and each other. This novel is a must-read and definitely among the best romantic fiction/adventure I've read!" - T.G.
A HUMOROUS TAKE ON LIFE'S UNPREDICTABLE TWISTS AND TURNS...
In PAPER OR PLASTIC, Maggie Bloom wakes one morning to find her husband is gone, her children are grown, and she is left alone without a job. She realizes that life is flying by at the rate of a speeding train!
PAPER OR PLASTIC
INTRIGUING PLOT TWISTS... AND MOUTH WATERING RECIPES.
"WHEN DIKA READ MY FORTUNE, SHE TOLD ME THAT I WAS IN THE CENTER OF A LOVE TRIANGLE!"
"Paul came back to the table and whispered into my ear that he was ready to call it a night. Disappointed, I nodded. I stood up and turned to get my handbag from the back of the chair. Paul reached over to shake Dean's hand to say goodnight. Dean stood up and accepted his handshake, then pulled him in and said something to him. Suddenly, Paul pushed away from him. The two men began shoving one another, shouting profanities. Ben stopped singing and jumped off the stage and ran over to our table. I tried to push my way in between Paul and Dean, while I shouted, “Knock it off” at the top of my lungs. I turned to look at Ben coming toward us, when Dean threw a punch at Paul. Paul ducked, and Dean cold-cocked me. The world went black. Apparently, I wasn't out long before I woke up in Ben's arms." - Maggie Bloom
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"I creamed butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and lemon juice together. Next came a touch of milk, lemon zest, and a lot of love. My grandmother always told me that love was the most important ingredient of any recipe. As long as it was sincere, the dish would never fail. So, into the mixer it went, whipping the frosting into a delightful aroma of citrus and love... I left one cupcake naked. That was my tester. Unwrapping the cupcake, I took a large bite. As my eyes rolled toward the back of my head, I moaned in creamy, lemony delight." - Maggie Bloom
SPOILER ALERT! MAGGIE GETS INVOLVED... WITH THE GYPSY MAFIA!
“I couldn't put it down! Paper or Plastic is an extremely charming story of a charming woman. Ms. Linton's writing style is comfortable, clever, and engaging, and the story is beautifully paced, with a great mixture of humor, drama, and philosophy. There are a few unexpected plot twists and many simple pleasures....I insist that Linton publish the cupcake recipe somewhere! I am serious when I say I couldn't put it down... Can't wait for Maggie's next adventure. Buy this book and read it, you won't be disappointed!”
- J. Bouffard
"I found so many parallels between Maggie Bloom's story and my own as a sixty-something re-inventing her life. Vera Linton has written a delicious story filled with likable characters and intriguing plot twists. Her descriptions of the meals Maggie creates will make your mouth water. I can hardly wait until Vol. 2 comes out ..." - F. Carriker
"Paper or Plastic is one of the sweetest, most charming, and inspiring books I've read in a long time! A part of me secretly wishes I was able to be Maggie Bloom. Through all of her adventures, she handles life with a delightful combination of spunk, grace, and poise." - B. Howard