As the new director of Sunnyside Assisted Living, Lauren has her hands full with everything from a budget-obsessed boss to a 90-year-old muffin-juggling resident. And now Lauren’s got a brand-new fire to put out. There’s a beautiful stranger outside her office with a fox perched on her shoulder. Grace just launched her animal-assisted therapy business with almost no start-up money and a borrowed fennec fox, but she knows furry companions will transform the lives of Sunnyside’s elderly residents. The moment she sets eyes on Lauren, Grace wants this deal even more.
Carmen hasn’t had snow on Christmas in 10 years. Her family has grown accustomed to beaches and extravagant tropical vacations, but she still remembers the snow in Massachusetts when she was a kid. When her dad decides to book a cabin in the idyllic, snow-capped mountains of Colorado for Christmas, the rest of the family is skeptical--why trade palm trees and warm weather for a snowbound ski resort?
It’s the most romantic time of year, and the Emerald Mountain Ski Resort staff are working overtime to transform it into a Valentine’s Day destination. Travel photographer Haley Thomas arrives on the mountain, reluctant but determined to cover the festivities for her magazine. Single and recently scorned, she’s dreading the next two weeks of couple’s massages, wine tastings, and moonlight walks surrounded by people in love. But when a white-out catches Haley unprepared and underdressed, romance is the least of her worries.
Max and Ruby have fallen hard for each other after a bitter grad school rivalry turned first into lust, and then into love. When the school year comes to an end, they’re faced with a new challenge: a summer apart. They make plans to visit each other, but when Max comes to Chicago to meet Ruby’s family, she brings with her a secret in a small package – an engagement ring that she hopes will prove her devotion. There’s only one problem.... Max has never been good at first impressions, and she fits into Ruby’s family like a square peg in a round hole.
Hannah Grayson finds out her great-aunt Nora has passed and left her a house in rural Indiana. Fleeing a dysfunctional and controlling relationship in New York, she moves into the house because she's got nowhere else to go. Disasters start piling up - the house is in disrepair, Nora's grandchildren are trying to evict her, and the gorgeous but chilly woman across the street seems to have a problem with Hannah's presence. When a pipe bursts on her first night in the house, Hannah has no choice but to run across the street and beg for help from Avery.
Cynthia Robinson has only ever wanted three things: the approval of her stepmother, to save lives as a firefighter, and the attention of her dream girl, Marigold Grimm. As Grimm Falls royalty, Marigold is so far out of Cyn's league that even dreaming about her could be considered inappropriate. One thing Cyn does have is her job. She's a great firefighter, and when an arsonist strikes her beloved town, she's ready to forget the unfulfilled parts of her life and throw herself into work - until Marigold's beloved garden becomes the firebug's next target.
Max and Ruby Saddlerwhite are newlyweds who seem to have it all. They have mastered the rules of love and navigated the challenges of a long-term relationship, and now they are settling happily into married life and beginning their careers. There’s just one thing Ruby wants – to start a family. And that’s something Max isn’t sure she can give her. She has learned to work through the challenges of life and love on the autism spectrum by researching her way through major obstacles, but a baby is a challenge Max might not be up for.
Maxine Saddler has never been in love. She knows exactly what it looks like. She’s spent years studying the phenomenon in other people, but her Asperger syndrome makes it far too anxiety-provoking to attempt such a thing in her own life. Instead, she focuses exclusively on academics. She’s 23 years old, starting grad school, and perfectly content to ignore the world beyond her textbooks. That is, until she meets Ruby Satterwhite, who makes Max want to give love one more shot.
Kelsey is a rookie forensic investigator trying to balance the demands of her job and the challenges of her obsessive compulsive disorder. Her new coworkers aren’t too welcoming - their idea of fun involves morbid pranks and gallows humor. Zara is a patrol officer with her eye on the narcotics department, determined to avenge her sister’s overdose death. But the chief won’t promote her - not until she overcomes her fear of death scenes. When a call comes in for an apparent suicide, meticulous Kelsey meets anxious Zara, and they’ve both got something to prove.
Everyone says Luma has the world at her fingertips. Her trust fund can buy anything she wants, there's a modeling agency courting her, and most people would kill for her life - especially her stepmother, Tabitha. When Tabitha comes home mangled from a botched cosmetic procedure and finds out Luma's been offered a prestigious gig, jealousy rears its aging, puffy head. Tabitha wants Luma dead and she's got no choice but to flee. Alone and cut off from her resources, Luma's last refuge is a remote cottage where she prays Tabitha won't find her.
Hunter has spent the last two years running in place. Trying to get ahead of the bills. Trying to provide for her sister, Piper, and her nephews. Trying to finish her nursing education. Trying to keep Piper out of her criminal husband's claws. Big, bad Jed Wolfe is a con artist, a manipulator, and he's currently doing 10 years for counterfeiting. Now is Hunter's best chance to convince Piper that he's bad news and that they can survive without him. Except the mortgage is overdue again, there's an eviction notice stapled to the front door, and Hunter can see it in Piper's eyes.
What do you do when your life is over before it even really began? For Melody Bledsoe, the answer is to go home and lick your wounds. A former child prodigy, Melody was always the best dancer in her class - in her town, even. All that changed when she won a scholarship to a prestigious performing arts school in New York and quickly learned what it's like to be a little fish in a big pond. For Jessie Cartwright, the answer is to survive. Pregnant at 16 - and on her first date no less - Jessie had no choice but to drop out of school.