Leaving home was never part of the plan.
Southern belle Ellie Hawthorne loved her life. She loved her big family, the friends she’d had since kindergarten, and Red Creek, Oklahoma, the small town she called home. She could see her future as clearly as she could see the sunrise over her family’s sprawling ranch.
When a devastating discovery shatters her perfectly mapped-out future, Ellie is left embarrassed, heartbroken, and without any idea of what her future will hold. Finally realizing her situation is never going to change unless she does, Ellie leaves the only home she’s ever known. Across the country and light-years from everything familiar and safe, with only her dog at her side, Ellie embarks on a new path that will test her courage, teach her about love, and that just might show her leaving home is the only way to find home.
Leaving Home is the first book in the clean, contemporary romance series by Margaret Standafer. Get to know Ellie, Nicole, and Max as they navigate life’s twists and turns, forge lasting friendships, and dare to give love a chance, all while they brave a career none of them expected: middle school teacher.