If you’re willing to turn your car off the highway and venture from the beaten path, you might be lucky enough to run across a town like Rosewood. Steeped in southern charm and the traditional values of God, Family and Football (although not always in that order), Rosewood is like a time capsule preserving everything modern cities have lost. Here, you’ll find homemade pies, perfectly brewed sweet tea, and beauty parlors filled with lively gossip. It’s the kind of town where everybody knows everybody – and everybody knows your business whether you like it or not!
Like any small town, Rosewood has its superstars. They’re known as the Chamberlain family. The land Rosewood sits on was deeded to the town by the Chamberlain family in 1870. Their antebellum mansion sits at the edge of Willow Lake, a shining tribute to the plantation history of the past. Over the years, the Chamberlains have held various positions of power, from mayor to sheriff. Led by their matriarch, Adelia Chamberlain, they have money, prestige and influence unmatched by any other residents in Rosewood.
The current generation – the children of Norman and Helen Chamberlain – is just coming of age. The oldest, Blake, was the town football star that went all the way to the NFL before coming back to coach the Rosewood High football team. The twins, Mitchell and Madelyn, are in medical school and pastry school, respectively. Grant is a fireman. Simon just graduated from the police academy. And the youngest, Hazel, is still in high school.
Like all good southern grandmothers, Adelia Chamberlain is ready to see her grandchildren happily settled down. Some will need more help than others, but sometimes love just needs a little push. She’s going to do whatever it takes to light a spark in her grandchildren’s love lives — even if it means literally setting a fire.
Rosewood Book #1 – Facing the Music
September 15, 2014
Six years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.
When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.