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School’s out and first grade teacher Emma Richards is desperate for a vacation. Two weeks in a gorgeous lodge in northern Minnesota is a perfect way to escape the congested city and the reality of her failed marriage. Much to her surprise, a registration error lands her in the middle of a ten day canoe camping adventure through the rugged wilderness of the Boundary Waters with an eclectic group of campers. Her cute new hiking boots don’t hide the fact she’s clueless about camping and she accepts help from a handsome teammate with stellar skills. 


Mark finds solace in nature to soothe the ache of his recent loss. When he embarks on a ten day Boundary Waters canoe adventure, he is thrown into emotional chaos when the spark between him and the rookie from Chicago ignites faster than a campfire. 


They face miles of open water, storms, bears, and steep portages in the Boundary Waters. But the biggest challenge might be opening their hearts.

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"What an amazing debut novel! Loved the characters connections. Can’t wait for your next one!" M.P.

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Why did I write Northern Woods? Click below to find out!

COMING SOON! Ripple Effects: A Northern Woods Romance  will be released in the Fall of 2024.

I write contemporary romance stories set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. My debut novella, Northern Woods, was published by the Fifth Avenue Press of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Northern Woods is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, and

Northern Woods is available at Page158 Books in Wake Forest, NC and from the Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

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