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Goats in the Time of Love: A Martha's Vineyard love story with goats, a dog, and some recipes

This frolicsome and witty debut offers a heart-warming tale of love...with goats.

Schuyler Harrington has fallen apart: her ex-fiancé is a serial philanderer, her beloved Grams has died, and she’s quit her job. Escaping her city life, Sky seeks refuge on idyllic Martha’s Vineyard, her childhood summer home. She hires Nate Batchelor, local Island goatscaper and scion of one of the Island’s oldest families, to clear a view of Tisbury Great Pond with his herd of unruly goats.

Nate knows better than to get involved with a summer person—and a rich one at that—but the attraction for both is instant and undeniable. Sky’s new life quickly collides with her old, and she must make some tough decisions.

Runaway goats, quirky characters, and a comedy of errors set the stage in this sea-breezy novel that proves that love will find you—whether you want it to or not.

“Goats gambol by the seashore in this very funny and sly 21st-century twist on the classic marriage plot.”

-- HOLLY HODDER EGER, award-winning author of Split Rock: A Martha's Vineyard Novel

“Goats in the Time of Love is a delightful romp of a novel that will transport you to summertime island life, complete with sandy beaches, sun-warmed skin, briny oysters and tangy wild blueberries, ocean sunsets, and, of course, romance. And the romance is the best kind, the this-may-not-be-right-for-me-but-it-feels-so-good-I-can't-think-about-anything-else kind of romance with all its thrills and pitfalls.”

-- KATHLEEN McCLEARY, author of Leaving Haven, A Simple Thing, and House & Home

“…romance swings between a sublime connection…to distressing misunderstandings that send both into preconceived notions… Bell keeps you rooting for the couple… [and] captures the Island so exactingly the scenes unfold almost cinematically.”


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