Whose Hearts Align


The NEW Novel Four of the Milford-Haven Saga . . .

“…readers will be captivated by this small-town tale that will leave them ready for more…”
ForeWord Reviews

Whose Hearts Align is another novel in the Milford-Haven series from esteemed writer Mara Purl. Centered around the age-old conflict of developer and environmentalist, a vast and different cast of characters collide in a small town where they cannot escape one another. This is a people story for those who love people stories—highly recommended..” – Midwest Book Review



Winner, Fiction: Romance – Indie Excellence Award
Winner, Fiction: Romance – Beach Book Award
Winner, Fiction: EVVY Award
Finalist, Fiction: Romance – ForeWord Book of the Year Award


Miranda Jones has found her true love.

She’s over the moon with her astronomer, and her close friends are thrilled. With a deep, romantic relationship, and increasing success in her career as a painter, all the stars seem to have aligned for Miranda at last.

But that leaves her sister jealous, her parents concerned, and her artist’s representative Zelda scrambling to realign her schemes. Meredith is now dating the man Miranda used to date, creating complexities for the both families. Meanwhile, Samantha is closer to finding her lost son, and Sally is making room for big changes in her life. Will all these relationships stay aligned?

California’s Central Coast is growing explosively.

Now, in the mid-1990s, tourism is up, but so are environmental regulations. Housing is on the rise, but so are water restrictions. Gambling is limited, but the Chumash tribe lobbies for a gaming casino. Crime is low on the quiet Central Coast, but a murder born of greed has yet to come to light. The stock market is booming, the upwardly mobile are pouring out of Los Angeles in search of a fresh start, or a weekend getaway. In these affluent, pre-9-11 days, it’s a time of infinite possibilities.

Milford-Haven is a town full of characters.

Escapees from San Francisco and Los Angeles, New York and Arkansas, Montreal and South Africa, have come here with their own hopes and expectations, agendas and shadowed pasts. The stakes are high: create a new life from scratch. The opportunities are dazzling: own a piece of the California dream.

It’s a town of buried secrets and a dangerous mystery, quaint shops and breathtaking vistas, peaceful solitude and spontaneous conversations.

What draws people here is the sense that—in their heart of hearts—they know there’s something they’ve always wanted to do. But once they find the sign to Milford-Haven, pull off Highway 1 and find this coastal treasure, they’d like to keep the place a secret.

Come discover for yourself . . . Whose Hearts Align.

Whose Hearts Align (unsigned copies)

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