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  • Abby, obituary writer turned author, is used to making up quirky, charming characters in her books, but here in Bliss it almost seems like those characters have sprung to life, and Abby is fantasizing about moving right in. The townspeople have set their matchmaking minds in motion and they aren't about to let Abby leave without a little love in her heart.

  • Based on the best selling novel by Ronda Rich: Folks around Dexter, Georgia, where Abby Houston grew up, say the obituary-writer-turned-worldwide-bestselling-author is the luckiest woman alive. How else to explain all her good fortune? Her mama, though, has a different take: "Lucky in life," she says, "means unlucky in love." Her mama must be right, because Abby's been getting her heart broken since the sixth grade. But ever since she crossed into Bliss, Mississippi, a heavenly warm feeling has washed right over her. Abby's used to making up quirky, charming characters in her books, but here in Bliss it almost seems like those characters have sprung to life-and Abby is fantasizing about moving right in. And the love affair is mutual. Because the townspeople have set their matchmaking minds in motion, and they aren't about to let Abby leave without a little love in her heart.

  • Abby Houston, a successful Atlanta based novelist, feels blessed about everything in her life, except her love life. A middle aged divorcĂ©e, she is thinking about dropping out of the dating pool because of the lack of success in her love life. She has no interest in who her Mama wants to push on her, namely Steve Marshall, a beau from high school who has recently divorced his wife. Abby is embarking on a promotional tour for her latest best seller. Against the wants of her publicist Jamie, Abby has decided, as a personal favor, that one of the stops will be Bliss, Mississippi to do a book signing at the book store of her friend, Susan Marie. Upon Abby and Jamie's arrival in Bliss, many of the townsfolk openly express the same idea to Abby: that she and the town mayor would be a great match. Initially brushing off the idea, Abby changes her mind when she learns that the man in question is not who she thought - Phil, the older former mayor - but rather widowed Spencer Alexander, to who she had an immediate and undeniable attraction but who she thought was married. Spencer too is attracted to Abby. Beyond needing to find out if they are indeed compatible souls, a happy ending for Abby and Spencer has many obstacles to overcome. Jamie sees most aspects of their courtship as possible photo ops. Their courtship has all of Bliss as active spectators, most who overcompensate to make sure they get together. Abby and Spencer have to take into consideration the feelings of his two children, Mary Ellen and Kyle Edwards. One of the town women, the controlling Lorraine, feels that Spencer is her man, even though they only dated shortly once several decades ago. And there may be other unknown people like Lorraine who see either Abby or Spencer as competition for the other's love.

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