[Rubies from Burma] is a masterpiece of lush writing, telling of a young girl’s growing-up years at a time in history when innocence was not so rare. Scenes of life on a Georgia farm of the 1940s and ‘50s will stay in your mind and heart....
--Judith Keim, author of The Beach House Hotel series and other books.
[Saving Miss Lillian] is a well-plotted, solidly paced work of women’s fiction in which an impulsive decision by [nurse Sunny Iles] to become a personal caregiver to a wealthy patient soon has her embroiled in a web of deceit.
.The main characters in Lovett’s book are fully developed and will easily remind readers of people in their own lives. Readers will care about them and their story.
--The Book Life Prize
"In the River Nymph]--readers will find themselves rooting for them [the characters]...Lovett proves herself to be a master of plot....A richly detailed and thoroughly entertaining historical tale." -Kirkus Reviews
A world at war. Romantic tension. A forlorn girl determined to win over a man she cannot have...
Rubies From Burma
Georgia, 1941. Mae Lee Willis may only be eight years old, but she has her heart set on her older sister’s boyfriend. Frustrated by her sibling’s infidelity to the dashing paratrooper, she takes matters into her own hands. But the little girl never expected spilling the beans would have fatal consequences…
When the long-forbidden apple of Mae Lee’s eye returns years later damaged in mind and body from his battles in Burma, she can’t shake her naïve longing. But when a sudden tragedy commits her to her sister’s care, the heartsick teen is forced to face the brutal fragility of family bonds and selfless sacrifice.
Will Mae Lee’s WWII flame be smothered by reality?
A fleeting glimpse of a girl bathing brings love at first sight. But will they ever meet again?
The River Nymph
Georgia, 1924. Fourteen-year-old Tenny is determined to change her fate. After running away from bleak prospects to a tiny town, she fights to find a respectable place to stay. But with scant belongings and little money, she’s soon battling for survival in a world of dangerous men.
Pete could never forget the vision of the pretty girl he saw washing in a river. But the aspiring medical student has grand plans for his future, and pursuing the affections of the town belle is his biggest goal. Yet when he eventually catches his bride-to-be, it may not lead to the blissful union he imagined.
Cleverly lying her way into nursing school, Tenny’s blossoming friendship with the young doctor-in-training ends in heartbreak when he marries another woman. But after Pete’s life is turned upside down with an invalid wife and a needy newborn, it’s Tenny he leans on for support.
Will their hearts turn aside, or will they take a second chance for real love?
She was just looking for work. What she found was an eccentric old lady, a murder plot, and an unforeseen romance…
Saving Miss Lillian
Though she may be terrified of water, tireless nurse Sunny Iles otherwise lives up to her cheerful name. But when her doctor boyfriend dumps her, she quits and takes a temp job caring for an elderly woman racing towards dementia.
And as soon as she’s hired, she learns her wealthy client resides on an island and wants Sunny to protect her from a killer.
Convinced to pose as the patient’s long-lost cousin, the dutiful nurse sets aside her phobia and agrees to play bodyguard. Digging into the old woman’s claims, Sunny discovers two things: her employer is perfectly sane, and the isle is home to a handsome naturalist. But with the death threat real, she must face her aquaphobia to spring a deadly trap before she can fall in love.
Can Sunny catch a would-be murderer as well as the man of her dreams?
Dublin, Georgia was a great place to grow up, walking to school on a tree-lined street and making lifelong friends. My mom taught me to read at three and I never stopped loving books. I began writing as soon as I had some extra notebook paper, and I wrote a humor column for my high school newspaper. To make a long story short, I didn't study English because I had an idealistic wish of becoming a doctor.
Fast forward to my graduation minus English and imagine my surprise when I found myself in the lightweight concrete air conditioner pad business (another long story). It's still flourishing today as a supplier to HVAC dealers, though I sold my share long ago. I know more than the average bear about concrete, and it's going in my very next book.
After my three amazing children, including one with Down Syndrome, were in school, I studied writing. I published literary short stories, personal essays, journalism, and poetry. Now I write Southern historical novels and Southern mystery novels with a dash of magnolia-scented romance. I live in Atlanta with my husband, who still plays with trains. When not writing, I can usually be found playing in the dirt, making a mess in the kitchen, or (yay) visiting historic sites.