Murky Pond

Does one passionate night mean the end of their years-long friendship? Or is it the beginning of something more?

When Lily finds herself sneaking out of Warren’s bed the morning after their friendship is overtaken by passion, she does what any sensible girl in her shoes would – she runs. She’s been in love with Warren for years, and she wants his whole heart or nothing. But he’s still in love with the memory of the wife he loved and tragically lost… and Lily’s afraid her heart won’t survive if she finds out she’s second-best to a ghost.

Somehow, Warren survived losing his wife – and the unborn child she carried. Getting back on his feet has taken a few years, but he’s finally ready to live again. He’s even head over heels again, to his surprise – with the girl who has been his best friend for years. But when Lily runs away without a word, he’s betrayed, cut to his soul. And he’s wondering if their relationship was ever as important to her as he thought…

When she returns, he’s determined to give her the cold shoulder – a resolution that lasts all of five minutes. Drawn to each other more strongly than before, they’re both wary of being ripped apart even as their feelings pull them into a passion-filled whirlwind. If they each can set aside their fears of the past, they might have a chance at a happily-ever-after…

Reading Order:

(From Firefly Essentials Series) Fern Valley

1. Snapdragon Way

2. Stardust Valley

3. Murky Pond

4. Burning Springs

5. Letters from Owen

6. Willow Creek


Tropes: Love after loss, Second chance at love, Friends to lovers, Big Misunderstanding

Heat Level: 4 out of 5; some open-door scenes