Falling in love

Breaking news—

I have signed a contract—two, in fact—with Champagne Book Group to publish two books in the next year.

Coming out first will be INN BY THE LAKE, set for a December 7 release—just in time for Christmas. My second book, THE LAST GIFT, will be published in April 2021. It’s set on a cruise ship in the Adriatic.Screen Shot 2020-06-17 at 9.07.04 AM 

I have set up a Pinterest board with many of the real locations that inspired INN BY THE LAKE. Set in Western Maryland, the story follows the ups and downs of AMANDA, a young lawyer who falls for LUKE, the innkeepers’ son. Luke learns his parents are being pressured into selling their beloved inn by the lake just as Amanda discovers she’s on the legal team advising a developer who wants to tear down the old inn. 

Bad aim brought together the lawyer and the innkeepers’ son. Everything else drove them apart. Can the inn’s past promise them a future?

THE LAST GIFT was inspired by a cruise I took with my husband on a sailing ship that stopped in ports along the Adriatic Sea, beginning in Venice, with stops along the Dalmatian Coast (Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro, Sicily, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and finally, Rome. It, too, has its own Pinterest board with photos taken on our trip. 

This story, which brings together Donna, a workaholic afraid of boats, and Scottie, a ship’s officer who loves the sea more than anything, will be published in April 2021. 

Being a romantic doesn’t make you hopeless.

Now back to our regularly scheduled webpage.

Mary K. Tilghman's books: Divided Loyalties, Love Letters & Gingerbread
Now available. Stories of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Stories of love and triumph. Characters of courage and pluck. All set against the backdrop of Maryland’s beautiful landscapes.

Divided Loyalties, a Civil War story

Now in its second edition.

“Brilliantly captures a young woman’s resilience during a time when our nation was at the breaking point.”

—Alexa Jacobs, author, Rising Ridge

When Union and Rebel soldiers march by Irish immigrant Maureen’s Sharpsburg farm, she must choose where her loyalties lie. Will she stand with family or country?

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Love Letters and Gingerbread: FrontCoverLove Letters & Gingerbread,
an Annapolis Christmas

“A delightful romance! Tilghman skillfully captures the essence of young love and warm Christmas traditions in this holiday novella.”

—E. Elizabeth Watson, author,
Westward Bound and
The Ladies of Scotland series

Love Letters & Gingerbread, a novella set in 1831 Annapolis, relates the Jane Austen-inspired stories of Angela and Patricia, as the sisters ponder the question: What is love?

Patsy pines for faithless Vincent while her new neighbor William showers her with kindnesses as he falls in love with her. Her sister Angela, the family’s caretaker since their father’s sudden death, discovers unexpected emotion rising in her heart upon meeting Gordon.

As they sort out their feelings, neither young woman will ever forget the Christmas of 1831.

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