Mandy and the MayorBook - 2002
The last place Mandy Harris would choose to spend her summer is Whitmore Mills, a sleepy village in the Adirondack Mountains. She far prefers city life. But the village needs a director for its summer recreation program, and the deal is too good to pass up. The compensation includes a grant to pay off her student loans, and the experience will look great on her teaching résumé. The only difficult part is her boss, Mayor Whitmore.
Thaddeus Whitmore is intent on vindicating his family name and returning prosperity to his dying hometown. His father plunged the community into economic decline when he closed the family lumber mill to meet the divorce demands of his "trophy" wife. Thad's remedy is to turn the old mill buildings into a high-class resort. He has studiously planned for every imaginable obstacle except the arrival of Mandy Harris.
While Thad's great Aunt Aggie plays matchmaker, Mandy and Thad clash on everything, from her hiring, to her recreation programs, to his resort plans. More than a few sparks fly in the process. But are they enough to burn through Mandy and Thad's differences and ignite the flame of everlasting love?