Preslaysa Williams, author of the “emotionally stirring debut” A Lowcountry Bride (Oprah Daily), returns to the Lowcountry with a heartwarming story about a second chance romance.
It was supposed to be the happiest day of Jaslene Simmons’ life, the day she’d say “I do” to Marcus Clark. But when her sister dies in a tragic accident everything changes—including her once rosy future with Marcus. Jaslene instead pours all of her energy into caring for her now-motherless niece and running the wedding planning company she and her sister had built, wanting to honor her sister’s dream even if she has to sacrifice her own.
As an archivist at Charleston’s Black history museum, Marcus shines a light on the stories of forgotten people. Researching history is better than dealing with his own heartache—and the guilt he has over the role he may have inadvertently played in the death of Jaslene’s sister.
Jaslene never thought she’d cross paths with Marcus again, but her need for an affordable office space brings her to the museum which is faced with the threat of closure. As they work together to save it, their buried feelings slowly reignite. They soon realize there is still room in their hearts for love...if only they can overcome their past.
About the Author
Preslaysa Williams is an award-winning author who writes heartwarming romance and women's fiction with an Afro-Filipina twist. Proud of her heritage, she loves sharing her culture with her readers. A graduate of Columbia University, Preslaysa is a professional actress, a planner nerd, an avid bookworm, and a homeschool mom who wears mismatched socks.
“[An] emotionally stirring debut.” — Oprah Daily on A Lowcountry Bride
“A sweet and chaste romance featuring an ambitious wedding dress designer who takes a break from her intense career in New York City to return home to Charleston to care for her father—only to find love and her ideal career too.” — NPR on A Lowcountry Bride
"With superb character development and great emotional depth, Afro Filipina writer Williams stitches together a quietly powerful love story that is beautifully enriched by the deft and insightful incorporation of weighty issues such as grief and medical conditions into the compelling plot and brightly enhanced by glimpses into the vibrant culture and history of Charleston." — Booklist (starred review) on A Lowcountry Bride
“With this heartwarming tale, Williams has created a budding family that readers will root for.” — Publishers Weekly on A Lowcountry Bride
"I absolutely adore this book. From the moment Maya appeared on the page, I couldn’t stop reading about this determined, creative, plucky woman who quickly became real to me. Maya's love story begins slow—like a delicious low country boil—but heats up to the perfect ending. In the words of Williams’s swoon worthy hero Derek, this book is divine!" — Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of The Black Midnight, on A Lowcountry Bride
"Full of heart and faith, Preslaysa Williams's A Lowcountry Bride marries weddings, identity, second chances in all forms, and sweet romance into one lovely book." — Tif Marcelo, USA Today bestselling author of The Key to Happily Ever After
"Twenty twenty-first is bringing us the Black romances we deserve!"
“Lush, detailed descriptions of the South Carolina Lowcountry… Perfect for fans of slow-burn second-chance romances” — Library Journal
"A triumph from start to finish. Williams has crafted a swoonworthy reunion romance that will have readers rooting for a happy ending. The gorgeous Charleston setting serves as a lush backdrop to the romantic arc between Marcus and Jaslene. I adore this book." — Belle Calhoune, Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author