Mary Caine is pushing sixty and pulling her hair out because the one thing she counts on--the Midsummer Carnival--may not even happen this year. Mary openly adores the Midsummer Carnival and secretly hopes each year that her mom, who abandoned her as a child, will return with the carnival company. And Mary passionately loves Sadie Barnes, her first love, who left town thirty years ago. Mary wants a second chance and feels like she might get it when Sadie comes back to town to take a school administrator position.
Suddenly, everything goes to pieces. Not only are the rights to the carnival barbeque sauce recipe in question, but two dead bodies are found by the lake and somehow Sadie is implicated in both.
With the help of her pilfering, talking crow named Win and her faithful hound named Bob Barker, Mary is determined to win back Sadie's love, exonerate her from the murder, solve the suspicious deaths, preserve the carnival, and for extra credit, help Sarah--the pregnant teen Mary has employed at her grocery store.
Old Love proves that a second chance at love can come at any age--even in a small town.
Nancy J. Hedin completed her MFA at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her novel, Bend, was named Debut Novel of the Year by Golden Crown Literary Society and one of twenty-five books to read for Pride month by Barnes and Noble. Her second novel, Stray, was released in August of 2019 and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Novel and Short Stories. Old Love is her third novel and intended to honor the volunteers in her hometown of Swanville, Minnesota, who make the Mid-Summer Carnival a reality. Old Love is also a reminder that love can come at any age. Hedin has been a pastor and a bartender, at the same time. She has been a stand-up comic and a crisis social worker at the same time. She lives in Arden Hills, St. Paul, MN with her wife and daughters.