Shine a Light

(Orchard Hill Book 1)

When Ellie Bloom’s life literally goes up in flames after an apartment fire, she slinks back to her sister’s house in the St. Louis suburb she’s avoided since her mom died. Ellie quickly caves to her nephews’ pleas to direct the temple Hanukkah play—her mom’s pride and joy—and by the time she’s lighting the first candle in her menorah, she doubts she’ll ever escape her hometown. And then she spots the cute fireman who rescued her lighting his own menorah in the window next door.

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Firefighter Jonah Spellman may have dropped out of seminary, but he still has deep roots in his Jewish faith. Hoping to mend fences with his Rabbi father who can’t forgive his career change, Jonah agrees to direct the Hanukkah play, never expecting to clash with his beautiful, fire-starting new next-door neighbor.

By day they spar—Ellie’s desperate to live up to her mom’s legacy while Jonah’s driven to impress his dad. But by night they return to their secret candle-lighting ritual. Will their love burn as brightly as the Hanukkah flames?

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“Second chances, new beginnings, and meaningful forgiveness bring long-estranged exes back together in this compelling holiday romance, which is being published just in time for Rosh Hashanah.”

Library Journal


“Hanukkah gets the Hallmark treatment in Crowley’s cozy fourth Orchard Hill romance”

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“Fans who enjoy reading books featuring multicultural couples won’t want to pass this one up. A lot of fun and the romance is slow-building and sweet.”

RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


“A well-crafted and very enjoyable sports romance that also delves into a timely subplot of the challenges faced by immigrants to America . . . Crossing Hearts delivers an exciting and passionate read.”