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WOMEN'S FICTION by Madelaide James

Tuckaway Bay Books by Madelaide James

Madelaide James is the women’s fiction pen name for bestselling romance author Maddie James.

While Maddie dabbles with cowboys and small town happily-ever-afters, Madelaide explores the real-life, complicated relationships and situations of women, men, and families, and tackles some of those problems through story. She figures she’s lived long enough to bring some of her own life experiences into the mix.

The Tuckaway Dunes books are women's fiction stories. Some with romantic elements, and some not. Set on an east coast barrier island, the coastal town of Tuckaway Dunes has a small-town, southern feel, and a beachy attitude. The locals are friendly and many of the vacationers return year after year. You might want to book a weekend get-a-way soon at The Inn at Tuckaway Dunes!

That One Summer releases in early Summer 2021. This short story launches the new women's fiction pen name, Madelaide James, and the Tuckaway Dunes books.

That One Summer

He’s the one who got away. She’s the one who couldn’t commit.

Twenty years ago, Lia Langston left Tuckaway Dunes, leaving behind friends, a really good job offer, and the young man she’d fallen in love with that summer. The breakup hurt them both—but she was expected back home in Chicago where a job was waiting. From there, she meandered through life—marriage, a child, divorce, career—yet, there was one constant. She never missed the annual week at Sea Glass Cottage with her college girlfriends.

Same week, same beach house, same beach town. The routine was safe and predictable. By the time beach week rolled around every year, she was more than ready.

Until this year.

When Zach Allen—the young man she left behind—steps back into her life, she must face the twenty-year-old consequences of her leaving. Will Tuckaway Dunes allow her a second chance to make things right?

An excerpt from That One Summer

“You broke him. You know that, don’t you?”

Lia shook herself. Aunt Grace stared at her, leaning forward in her wicker chair. Lia wasn’t exactly sure how long either of them had slept. “I’m sorry. I think I may have dozed.”

“You broke his heart, Lia. Please don’t break it again.”

Her gaze caught Grace’s and held. “I would never do that,” she whispered. “I didn’t mean to back then.”

“I hope not.”

“Aunt Grace.” Lia scooted closer to the edge of her seat. “I loved him. I wanted to be with him, but he and I didn’t want the same things. I had pressure from my parents to get back to Chicago and job offers were waiting there. I was young and confused and….”

Grace put up a hand. “You’ve had twenty years to think about it, Lia. That’s all that matters, and I hope that you have. Did you make the right decision? Who knows? But the past is the past. What’s important now, is what you do next.”

Suddenly, Ron’s voice was in Lia’s ear. What have we been doing for the past six years, Lia, if we are not moving this relationship forward? What are you going to do now?

And Alice’s. I know the primary reason your marriage failed was because Grant wasn’t Zach. And it’s why you and Ron haven’t married, too.

Had she been shoving away the truth all these years because she was trying to make a life out of a years-old mistake?

“I have to go.” Lia stood, looking down at Grace.

“Do what you think best, dear.”

“Can I get an Uber out here?”

Grace nodded. “Damn newfangled technology that I don’t understand—but yes, so they tell me.”

Lia was grateful. “I’m sorry to leave so abruptly. Please tell Zach that I’ll see him later.” She turned and headed for the door.


She turned back. “Yes?”

“Is that all you want me to tell him?”

Nodding, she said, “Yes. I have some things to figure out and I need to do it alone.” Then she rushed back and gave Grace a hug. “Thanks for being hard on me. I could always count on you to not pull punches. Thank you for opening my eyes.”

Grace squeezed her hand. “Go figure out your life, Lia. It’s the only one you have.”