Susan Aylworth's Complete Book List
The Rainbow Rock Romance Series
Over the Rainbow
Joan McAllister is overcome with sorrow after her father’s sudden death and overwhelmed with her decision to help her mother take care of her three younger brothers and run the family farm. When she meets Bob Riley at her father’s funeral, she can’t help but think that big Jim McAllister would approve. Smart and attractive, Bob knows what he wants out of life, but does Joan? As her feelings for Bob grow, so does her inner turmoil for yearning to follow her own dreams or giving everything up for her family.
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Return to Rainbow Rock (Book 7)
Each story may be read separately.
Joan McAllister never imagined a world without her larger-than-life father in it. After Big Jim McAllister’s sudden death, she is overwhelmed with sorrow, harrowed up by guilt over her career dreams that she never shared with her parents, and burdened with stepping in to help her mother run the family farm and care for three younger brothers. How can she turn away from her father’s dying wish, even when it means giving up her own dreams? To complicate matters, Joan is attracted to a man she met at her father’s funeral. How can she be musing about romance when her life is in such turmoil?
Bob Riley recognizes in Joan the kind of woman he has always wanted, right from the moment he meets her. Even though their first meeting was under somber circumstances—at Big Jim’s funeral—there’s nothing somber about his feelings for Joan. Bob knows they have a lot in common, and he’s pretty sure Joan is just as attracted to him, so why does she keep pulling away? And what will it take to persuade her to honor her own dreams and the emotions that draw them together?
Come to Rainbow Rock, Arizona, and learn what awaits Bob, Joan, and the rest of the McCallister clan in Over the Rainbow.
Ride the Rainbow Home: Book 1
In time for her ten-year class reunion, Meg Taylor is lured back to the tiny town in northeastern Arizona where she suffered through high school. Overweight, step-daughter to the principal, she was anything but popular. Now she’s slim, attractive, and accomplished—and still wary of all she knew then.
Except for Jim. “Little Jimmy” McAllister was one of her two best friends. Ten years have changed him, too. (No one calls him “little” anymore!) He always cared about Meg and seeing her again only enhances those feelings. He wants her to stay, permanently, but Meg, the daughter of a serial-marrying mom, can’t imagine herself in “happily ever after.” What will it take to change her mind and bind her heart to his?
Alexa Babbidge is about to hit it big as a Hollywood scriptwriter—if only her car will cooperate. Stranded near Rainbow Rock, Arizona, she is rescued by Mr-Could-Be-Right. Too bad she isn’t looking for romance! But she is looking for a job, at least until she can reschedule her meeting in movieland.
Kurt McAllister is looking for a scriptwriter, not a wife. But Alexa fits easily into his video production company, and almost as easily into his life. As they work together, taping a documentary about Navajo weaving, he longs to persuade her to stay.
Gold beckons at the end of the rainbow, and Alexa, who has seen too much of poverty, can’t resist its pull. Kurt longs to hold her, but at what price? As their time together draws to a close, each must decide whether it is wealth and fame or love and family that awaits them At the Rainbow’s End.
Don’t Promise Me Rainbows: Book 3
When he calls the local vet to help him through a birthing crisis with his prize sows, farmer Chris McAllister does not expect to see a tough and officious woman whose personality could have made her a leader in the ancient Amazon tribe. He’s a healthy bachelor looking for some good times—and help with his pigs. What he isn’t expecting and doesn’t want is romantic complications.
Behind her composure and professional demeanor, pretty veterinarian Sarah McGill is hiding some deeply painful personal secrets. The last thing she needs is some handsome cowboy stirring up trouble, digging for answers, making her feel emotions she never wanted to feel again.
When a project for the Navajo Nation throws them together, they must decide whether they can risk making promises they may not be able to keep.
A Little Night Rainbow: Book 4
Max Carmody was married once. It wasn’t pretty. Now he finds himself stuck for the summer with a thirteen-year-old daughter he barely knows and a sister who will take her in, but not unless he comes with her. Marcie tells her dad she wants him to marry again, but the last thing this Mozart-loving car parts manufacturer needs is romance. In fact, the odds of his ever marrying again are about as likely as finding a rainbow in the night sky.
Cretia Sherwood was married too and it definitely wasn’t pretty. She is finally healing and regaining some independence. The last thing this Mozart-loving mom of two needs is to submerge herself in another man. She assures her daughter she might marry again—when she sees a night rainbow. When love brings them a rainbow, both Max and Cretia have to choose between the security they know and the risks of loving again.
Note: This book introduces teenaged Marcie Carmody whom you meet again in Book 7.
A Rainbow in Paradise: Book 5
Eden Grant has a successful childcare business, a painful childhood, and an allergy to marriage. She has resisted ever returning to Rainbow Rock where the pain and the allergy originated and is only going back now to be part of her friend, Sarah’s, wedding. She certainly isn’t looking for romance.
Handsome Logan Redhorse, an attorney to the Navajo Nation, can’t help his attraction to Eden. Holding her feels like paradise, but marriage is out of the question. He has made promises to his generations—both those before him and the children who may come after—that he will marry a desert child, a daughter of the Dineh. Eden clearly does not qualify.
It’s clearly impossible for Logan and Eden to have the paradise they both want while still keeping their promises. Or is it?
The Trouble with Rainbows: Book 6
Joe Vanetti was deeply in love with his late wife, Roberta, and even thinking of another woman feels disloyal. Although he feels his emotional life has ended with his wife’s death, he still has their children to raise. He has returned to Rainbow Rock to bring them near his family. He is not looking for romance and surely does not expect to find it with the high school Ice Queen he remembers as being so aloof and “stuck-up,” so far above him.
Angelica DeForest feels her life has never begun. Painfully shy and socially inept, she has spent her adult years tending aging, bitter relatives. She promises herself she will try to be bolder, to reach out to others and maybe even (gasp!) socialize. She certainly does not intend to begin experimenting with Joe Vanetti, the high school Golden Boy she remembers as being so perfect, so far above her.
Do Joe and Angelica have more in common than a mutual attraction and the misery of loneliness? To build a future together, they will have to discover healing, recovery, and the will to begin again.
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Paris in the Springtime: Book 1
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Sunny’s Summer: Book 2
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Amber in Autumn: Book 3
Amber Reyes loves her job as the elementary school principal in Destiny, California. When two new kids begin struggling, Amber steps in, not realizing their father is her childhood crush, Max Burnett. Max is also suffering, wounded by a disastrous marriage. How can Amber help Max's troubled twins and heal Max's heart so he can love again?
Winter Skye: Book 4
Skye and Peter, are drawn together by their shared love of art and a determination to turn pro after they graduate from college. But it’s their shared backgrounds from the school of hard knocks that threatens to shatter their dreams. With Christmas break around the corner, can they mend the broken pieces of the past and build a bright future together?