Gretchen Carpenter didn’t come from money. She didn’t have a lot growing up in her small town. As the black sheep of her family, instead of staying home and taking over the family business, she moved to Boston, got into Harvard Law School, and is about to graduate when she gets an internship at a personal injury law firm. It’s not what Gretchen wanted to do, but it’s the reason she meets Amanda Dixon.
Amanda Dixon comes from old money, and that’s helpful, but it doesn’t stop her from working hard for what she wants. On her way to a master’s in her instrument from one of the most prestigious music schools in the country, she does not have time for a pesky lawsuit.
When the two women meet, they clash instantly due to their differences and perceptions. Once they’re forced to work together, they find they have more in common than they initially thought, and they might just have met the person that finally gets them to let go.
Erin Stanley hasn’t dated in years. When she lost the woman she thought was the love of her life, her heart just couldn’t seem to recover. Deciding to focus on building a new business for herself instead of trying to repair her broken heart, she begins to think that love might be the very unexpected thing she needs to finally feel whole again instead of the one thing that will always elude her.
Becca Pratt just got a promotion. She should be happy, but it’s a job she doesn’t want. She takes freelance design jobs on the side, and when an acquaintance reaches out about a friend needing help with some design work for her new business, she takes it as a way to get back to doing what she loves. When she first lays eyes on Erin Stanley, she knows this woman will never be just a client.
The two women attempt to embark on friendship while one of them mends her heart, and the other tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life, where she wants to do it, and who she wants by her side.
Tessa Sherman had just been dumped by yet another woman who didn’t understand what it was like to have a calling. Being a cop wasn’t just a job to her; it was a part of who Tessa was as a person. And if she had it her way, she would do it for the rest of her life. Tessa only wished she could find a girlfriend that wouldn’t mind having a partner that could get called away on a case at any moment, and that understood how important being a detective was to her.
Cassie Fuller has been living on Cape Cod, working as a detective in a small town for years, while the sleepy hamlet has hardly had any crime beyond the random vandals or drunk tourists acting out in the summer months. When a string of high-profile robberies means Cassie gets shot in the line of duty, she’s forced to go on leave from the one thing she loves most in the world: her career.
When Tessa gets asked to take Cassie’s statement about what had happened during the shooting, the two women recognize something in each other that goes way beyond colleagues working on a task force together, trying to find the gang responsible for the robberies and Cassie getting shot. They each crave that one special woman who can understand this very important piece of who they are.
Will they find that in each other?
Lauren Newton had a mission, and that mission was the most important thing in her life. It was giving her purpose. She’d been searching for that purpose for as long as she could remember, and she was finally on that path, enjoying her life, when a well-timed break in her mission to save up the money to continue the job, led her to a woman she never thought she’d have anything in common with.
For the past few years, Jamie Todd had been going through her life on fumes and poor decisions. She’d been blessed with enough money to be able to do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted to, and that included her love life – or, at least, her sex life. While home in Boston, she sees a beautiful woman standing in front of a monument to a past tragedy and takes the chance to strike up a conversation.
Lauren is a woman with purpose. Jamie is a woman who hasn’t had one of those and doesn’t know how to act when one is thrust upon her. Both women will have to learn and teach the other as they grow together, if that’s something both of them are willing to try.
Here’s a glimpse into the lives of the ladies of the Boston Series. Find out what’s been going on with Gretchen & Amanda, Becca & Erin, Cassie & Tessa, and Jamie & Lauren.
Epilogues are nice, but they’re a snapshot in time. Maybe it’s a year after the book ends, or even just a few months. Maybe there’s a wedding or another life-changing event. Maybe a character announces she’s pregnant. Maybe the characters are moving across the country.
In this group of short stories, you’ll find out about the directions the lives of Boston Series characters have taken and will take in the coming years, how they’re doing together, how they’re doing at work, and learn about what’s coming next for each of the characters in their relationships.
If you plan to read these, please read all the books in the series first. While the respective books in the series are always complete without What Happened After…, the context of the main stories is essential for you to enjoy these post-Epilogue vignettes.