So far as I’ve taken you around the streets of Dogwood, Texas, we’ve met Millie, Emily, and Scott–the three main characters for The Cat Lady’s Secret—and we’ve met Emily and Scott’s friends, Lauren and Roger Norris, Scott’s mom Rita, and the pastor Micah. I think I even slipped in a note about Annie and Kyle, Spencer Milligan, and little Justin Ryman, too.
But these aren’t the only folks in town.
There’s Connor Matthews, Emily’s attorney/financial planner/family friend. After her parents died, Emily did fine managing the income from their estate. She just shoved it into an interest-bearing account and refused to touch it. Her income from Deck the Walls and the royalties from her wallpaper designs were all she needed.
But when she had to sell her business and leave Houston, she had to figure out a budget. As far as financial planning was concerned, she was in over her head.
So who else could she turn to but the gruff and lovable Connor Matthews? He invested the bulk of her funds, and left her with a personal account and a charities account. Under his careful management, she is able to buy that Queen Anne Victorian that caught her eye.
I tell ya, there’s something to be said for independent wealth–no matter how short-lived!
Another personality in town is Parker Milligan, owner of the insurance company Emily turns to when it’s time to do the paperwork on her new Victorian. He has advertisements on the benches downtown that Millie sits on when her feet start to hurting her.
Parker is one of Scott’s friends and Spencer Milligan’s father. Spencer loves Scott, too. Scott has coached him in Little League for a number of years, which should be reason enough for their closeness. But Scott also has horses on his place occasionally, and there’s nothing Spencer wants more, something he frequently mentions to his dad. Is there a horse in his future?
Then there’s the journalist, Paul Goodrich. Paul loves his wife, a real beauty with a gentle heart. Her influence keeps him from mixing business with pleasure, which comes in handy when he and Emily are in close proximity.
His boss is riding him to find the generous soul who is selflessly and anonymously coming to the rescue of several folks in town–a story Paul thinks is nothing more than a fluff piece for the society page.
But once his newshound nose finds the trail, he doesn’t stop sniffing . . .
What does he find?