A MAD FLING
Heiress Madison Hubbard is considered the red-hot chili pepper in her family of instant potato control freaks: always out of step, always out of favor. On her wedding day, she discovers her business barracuda brother used her as a bargaining chip to buy percentages of her fiancé’s company with each baby she pops out. Feeling like she’s been sold for a profit, Madi shoves a basketball under her gown and waltzes down the aisle to humiliate her family, then makes her getaway on her private yacht. It doesn’t occur to her she can’t drive.
Phin McKee is mayor of Potter’s Kiln, Georgia, a small town community of unemployed couch potatoes who expect him to carry the burden of keeping them out of financial hot water. He aspires to escape to Atlanta where a dream job awaits. Yet with the closing of the town’s only employer, he cannot leave P.K. teetering on the brink of economic disaster. To bring in revenue, he renovates his gristmill into a riverside restaurant, and is days away from escaping the chokehold his well-meaning townspeople have on him. Destiny has other plans.
When Madi rams her runaway yacht through Phin’s restaurant and destroys P.K.’s last hope for survival, Phin is forced to use her in a last-ditched effort to save his hometown, at the risk of losing both his sanity and his heart. And then…there’s Gertrude.
Second Edition: August 2015 – This story has been modified from its formerly published version under the title Southern Exposure by Kimberley Dehn.