After interviewing several candidates for Riverwood, to create the master plan and act as project manager, Houston-based architect, Lily Montgomery is selected in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows. It was hard to choose between her and Aaron Marks, but she’s ridden all her life and knows her way around a barn.
Lily becomes fast friends with the developers, Ronnie Deschaines, Rickie Ahlers and Andee Barton, and she discovers the pleasure of riding gaited horses in Tennessee. She has the excavators, the contractors and the construction crews eating out of her hand. So what could go wrong?
Two things, actually. First, Lily is ecstatic to learn she’s pregnant with her first child. Then, she sees her sonogram and realizes she’s having a high-risk pregnancy with twins; it’s clear she’s going to have to resign from the Riverwood project.
Handsome, competent, charismatic Aaron Marks arrives from Tulsa to step in and take over. He’s pleased to find Lily left things in good order…but far less so when he realizes he’s about to bear the brunt of Senator Evan Parker’s anger, as he calls in a few favors from his Capitol Hill cronies and causes Riverwood as much trouble as he can.