Just as the ladies have settled into Covington, developers threaten their valley. Hannah leads the fight to protect the neighbourhood, but her neighbours, rather than grateful for her devotion to the cause, are suspicious of her intentions as a newcomer. Amelia becomes involved with a dashing older man who sets her heart aflutter in spite of her friends' concerns that he may not be the charming suitor he seems. Grace and Bob open a teahouse together, and discover that there is nothing easy about tea. And with a bit of a nudge, the ladies will help their nonagenarian neighbour become a blushing bride.
Joan Medlicott lives in Barnardsville, North Carolina.