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Dream Big, Stella! (eBook)

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Visit the charming town of Hope Springs, Virginia where every cobblestone pathway leads to unexpected adventures, heartfelt connections, and the promise of a fresh start.


Three jobs in less than a year. I’m living proof that a college degree is no guarantee for success. My BTech degree in Hospitality Management from CUNY is a bogus degree by some people’s standards. For years, I attended school part-time and worked full-time in the shoe department at Bloomingdale’s to earn it. I’m a born and bred New Yorker, the ideal person to greet tourists upon their arrival and accommodate them while they’re here. I know the best shops and five-star restaurants, and I can score prime seats to sporting and entertainment events. Concierge is my dream job. If only I could get promoted from guest service agent. Which isn’t likely to happen at my current gig, a boutique hotel on Fifty-Second Street near Madison Avenue. The guest service supervisor is looking for a reason to fire me.

I can feel Mr. Moran’s eyes on me from where he’s positioned at the far end of the counter. He’s watching my every move, waiting for my next screwup. I’ve been taking too long with my current guest, a supercute guy whose brother plays for the New York Knicks. Mr. Cannon is in town for the Knicks’ game against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. While I may be flirting with him just a little, he asked for my recommendation on the best nightclubs in Manhattan, and I certainly can’t be rude.

When I hand Mr. Cannon his key folder, he steps away from the desk and disappears into the crowd. Guests arriving for the weekend flood our lobby. Throngs of people swarm the bank of elevators, stand in line at the reception counter, and wait for seats to open up at the bar. 

An attractive couple in their fifties moves forward, and I greet them with my brightest smile. “Welcome to The Sydney. Checking in?”

The man gives me a curt nod. “Last name, Davis.”

My fingers fly across my keyboard as I locate their reservation. “What brings you to New York this weekend?”

Mrs. Davis looks to her husband to answer. When he doesn’t, she says, “We’re here to see our daughter. And meet her fiancé.”

My hand flies to my chest. “A wedding! How exciting for you. Congratulations. Where are you from?”

Mrs. Davis lifts her head high and proud. “Texas.”

Her husband casts a disgruntled look at the fat snowflakes falling outside the lobby windows. “Houston. Where spring is in full gear.”

“Don’t be such a grump. I love the snow.” Mrs. Davis hugs her husband’s arm. “It’s so romantic.”

I smile at her. “It is, isn’t it? Late season snow showers are common for New York. I consider this the perfect kind of snow, pretty to look at without the headache of event cancellations and travel delays.”

Shrugging his wife off, Mr. Davis glances at his gold wristwatch. “Can we hurry this up? I have a conference call in fifteen minutes. I’d like to take it in my room.”

“Of course.” I print out their paperwork and slide it across the counter for him to sign. 

I take this opportunity to study the woman. Teardrop diamonds dangle from her earlobes, a Chanel crocodile bag hangs from her shoulder, and a silk scarf in vibrant shades of pinks and blues is knotted at her neck. I’m no fashionista, but I know a lot about labels and brands from my best friend, Rachel, who works for the hit reality show Say Yes to the Dress.

I touch my fingertips to my collarbone. “I love your scarf. Hermès?”

She bobs her coiffed blonde head. “A Christmas gift to myself.”

Her husband clears his throat in irritation as he thrusts the paperwork at me.

“Right, your conference call. We’ll have you settled in your room momentarily.” 

I encode two plastic key cards in the machine, and hand the folder to Eric, the most senior member of our bell staff who is hovering nearby, his cart piled high with an obscene amount of Louis Vuitton luggage. “The Davises are in room 326.”

Panic overcomes me. Or was it room 324? Nope. It was definitely 326.

I turn back to the Davises. “The fitness room is on the second floor. Breakfast is served in the lounge from seven until ten in the morning. And we offer twenty-four-hour room service if you’re in the mood for a midnight snack.”

The Davises follow Eric to the elevator, and the next guests in line approach the counter. I’ve served three couples and the fourth pair is stepping forward when Eric returns with the Davises and their luggage. Mrs. Davis wears a smile of amusement, as though she’s keeping a naughty secret. Meanwhile, her husband’s head is ducked with phone glued to one ear and hand pressed to the other to block out the cacophony of noise in the lobby.

Eric, his neck disappearing into hunched shoulders, says loud enough for Moran to hear, “You gave me the key to the wrong room.”

Mrs. Davis is quick to explain, “We walked in on a man and a woman in a compromising position. I assume she was his wife. She was . . . well, it was all rather embarrassing.”


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Stella has always believed her biological father was an anonymous sperm donor. But the truth is far more shocking: he was rock legend Billy Jameson. Upon his death, Billy bequeaths to Stella a sprawling historic inn nestled in the Virginia mountains. However, the property is in disrepair, and Billy’s will stipulates that she must manage the inn for three years before she can sell it.

A city girl at heart, Stella reevaluates her life in New York—an unsteady career in hotel management, a fading friendship, and a flaky boyfriend. Acting on a whim, she boards a train to the charming town of Hope Springs. When she arrives, the inn's dilapidated state is daunting. But as Stella delves deeper into the intriguing Jameson family history, her curiosity grows. Maybe this detour is her true calling.

On her quest for answers, Stella learns to trust herself and gamble on love. She gathers a team of unforgettable characters, each grappling with their own real-life challenges. The main characters—all staff at Hope Springs Farm—nurture and support one another in their pursuit personal fairy-tale endings. At Hope Springs Farm, family ties are honored, new friendships are formed, romance blossoms, and dreams become reality.

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Dream Big, Stella!—Stella's life takes an unexpected turn when she inherits a historic inn from her sperm donor father. With only a flaky boyfriend and dead-end job keeping her in New York, she catches the next train to the Virginia mountains. She as unprepared for the inn’s dilapidated state as she is
for the hostile welcome she receives by the inn’s manager. Why does Naomi resent her? What is she hiding? And who was she to Stella’s father?

Show Me the Way—Presley Ingram has often wondered about her birth parents. Yet her 23andMe test kit remains unopened in her bedside table drawer. When she finds an address on a torn envelope in her adoption file upon her adoptive mother’s death, she makes an impulsive decision to travel to the mountains of Virginia in search of answers. In the charming town of Hope Springs, she discovers her dream job as event planner at the prestigious Inn at Hope Springs Farms and the potential for romance with a ruggedly handsome bartender.

Mistletoe and Wedding Bells—Stella is ready to marry the love of her life and
live in the home of her dreams. Yet her dreams are overshadowed by a battle for
custody of her spirited six-year-old half-sister. Meanwhile,
Presley juggles a secret of her own: orchestrating a surprise Christmas wedding
for Stella and Jack, all while wrestling with her own newfound passion. And
Cecily confronts doubt as her Christmas Eve wedding approaches, torn between a
career she's fought for and a marriage marked by her fiancé's sudden
recklessness. In a tale of love, family, and the search for stability, these
women must navigate the complexities of their hearts to secure a future filled
with hope.

Matters of the Heart— The genie is out of the bottle. After decades of secrecy, Stella has finally made her resort’s natural hot springs available to guests. Little does she know, the waters have magical healing powers. Not only do the springs cure physical ailments, but matters of the heart as well. When word gets out, she has a riot of opportunity seekers on her hands.

Road to New Beginnings—The staffers at Hope Springs Farm greet guests with smiles. But trouble brews beneath their calm demeanors. Stella faces her first crisis as an adoptive mom when a second-grade bully wreaks havoc on Jazz’s life. Ollie experiences crippling panic attacks as she struggles to cope with her parents’ death. Cecily is falling in love with Parker. But she’s worried it’s too soon after breaking off her engagement. Presley’s baby is due in a few short weeks. But she’s heard nothing from her country music star husband in months.