All You Need is Love
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital
When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.
For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
Marie Force’s newest Green Mountain series might be the biggest boost for Vermont since Ben & Jerry’s opened its factory for tours. All You Need Is Love introduces the Abbot Family, which has owned the Green Mountain Country Store, a popular stop for tourists, for three generations. Of the ten Abbot children, Will, Hunter, Ella, Charlotte and Wade all help their father, Lincoln, run the store, while the rest provide authentic “Vermont Made” items to sell at the shop. Colton runs the sugaring facility to create the maple syrup with the help of youngest brother Max. Hannah makes her own jewelry. Landon creates wood carvings, and Lucas manages the Christmas Tree Farm.
“I’m sure there are tons of other stories to be told, such as your son’s Christmas tree farm. People are interested in thing that are different from what they experience in their everyday lives. How many families have a son who runs a Christmas tree farm and another who runs a sugaring operation? How many families have ten siblings, most of them contributing in some meaningful way to a business that’s been in the same family for three generations?”
“Did you tell her about Gramps?” Hunter asked Will.
“Nope.” To Cameron, Will said. “There’s a story and a half. Our mother’s grandfather, Elmer Stillman, Sr., founded the store during World War II. His son Elmer Junior and his wife, retired. Elmer Junior turned the store over to my dad about twenty years or so ago now and still lives in the area. He’s what you might call a character.”
This is a family that truly knows how to work together and pull together as a family with the exception of today. Lincoln has invited Cameron Murphy, the daughter of an old friend, to speak to them about creating a website for the store to bring their little Country Store into the 21st Century, and not everyone is excited about it.
“Just out of curiosity—why don’t you and your siblings want a website?”
“Because we don’t need one. We have a very nice business just the way it is. A website will bring a bunch of issues we aren’t interested in dealing with.”
“We’ll have to hire people to fulfill orders, set up a distribution center, figure out shipping. So many headaches.”
“But it could grow your business exponentially.”
“We don’t want to grow our business. It’s fine the way it is.”
But after meeting this down to earth family, spending time in their quaint little town and hearing all the stories about how the store has grown with each new generation, Cameron knows that this needs to be a website that does more than provide a link to buy real Vermont maple syrup. She wants this website to introduce the world to the wonderful Abbot Family who live and work together to make their little Country Store in the mountains of Vermont a unique experience.
Cameron took them through the “About” section, which began with a photo of Elmer, looking adorable and mischievous as he told the story of how the store was founded by his parents during the Depression to help the local residents get through the tough times together. Cameron had used his exact words, which she had recorded, for the text on the opening page. She’d included scanned ledgers and pictures of Elmer with his late wife, Sarah, who’d run the store with him for decades after his parents retired.
A sniffle in the back of the room caught her attention, and she saw Elmer wipe a tear from his eye. He nodded to her, his approval evident.
The “About” section continued with a photo of Lincoln and the five siblings who ran the various departments as well as individual photos of Hannah in her studio, Landon sitting outside his barn carving a headboard, Lucas at the Christmas tree farm, and Colton and Max at the sugarhouse. At the bottom was the group photo from Will’s office that she had taken apart one afternoon to scan and put back together before he noticed.
“You got everyone in there,” Lincoln said gruffly.
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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.