The Willowhaven Series

a CONTEMPORARY romance standalone series

Each book follows different characters and can be read on their own, but it is recommended they be read in order to avoid minors spoilers from previous books.


willowhaven one

Widowed at twenty-five, Sawyer Hartwell has no choice but to return to her hometown. Broke and alone, the intention was to heal and find herself again, but how can she heal in a place filled with so much sorrow and memories she yearns to forget? 

Dean Preston has regretted leaving Willowhaven since the day he rode off on his motorcycle six years ago, destroying the only love he had ever known. Returning too late, he's found small comfort in a new life with Lily, but with Sawyer back he's not sure of anything anymore. 

 The time has come for Sawyer and Dean to face the past, to learn from their mistakes. The road to healing is paved with old wounds, each one threatening to tear them down completely. Carrying their own scars close to their hearts, they must both confront what's gone before or lose their second chance. 

The measure of who we are is what we survive. Who we become is up to us.

Filled with angst and regret and guilt and first true love. Oh I was so hooked...A beautiful must-read (pack your own tissues, chocolate and wine)!
— Lisa, My Favorite Things
This book. Wow! Just wow. This had so many feels I can’t even count them ... 5 awesome, beautiful stars! ABSOLUTELY loved this book!
— Janae, Janae's Book Obsession
It was heartbreaking and hopeful and devastating and humorous and simply beautiful.
— Amy V, Goodreads review
I cried and cried. I absolutely fell in love with the characters. The story was unfolded at the perfect pace. I could not stop reading. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
— Sarah Rush, Amazon review


Since her father's abandonment eight years ago, Alix Fink has done everything in her power to keep her family's affairs private. She’s as closed off as they come, but Aiden Ballard wants to remedy that. Though it’s been a losing battle, Aiden has been desperate to win Alix’s heart for years.

Everyone knows Aiden Ballard’s parent’s lives were lost in a fatal car accident when he was sixteen, but only Aiden knows what really happened that fateful night; something he’s been desperate to hide from everyone for the last nine years—especially from Alix.

In the small town of Willowhaven, secrets have a way of revealing themselves. Alix and Aiden couldn’t be farther from perfect, but they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. When their secrets rise to the surface, they must overcome them or face a lifetime of loneliness.

This book has everything- humor, tension, pain, growth, trust, hope, love, and tears, tears, tears. I would definitely recommend you read it. Like, yesterday.
— Jessica Surgett, Goodreads review
I have no words for how much I loved this book. Don’t waste another moment, read this book. You won’t regret it. And that Aiden Ballard? Holy swoon!!
— Lyndsey W, Goodreads review

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Once fearless and adventurous, Savannah Ballard hasn’t been the same since her accident in high school. While she appears composed on the outside, inside she’s screaming. She wants her life back and returning to the origin of her pain is the only way she knows how.

When successful New York lawyer Jude Rochester’s grandfather passes away he becomes the new owner of Rochester Grocers in Willowhaven. He has no intention of taking over the business, but he makes a trip to the small town to tie up loose ends.

After meeting on the street, Savannah becomes Jude’s tour guide for the week. As if life wasn’t messy enough, an unexpected romance may not be the best way to simplify it. They lead complicated lives they aren’t ready to share. When the secrets between them are so significant, distance might not be the only thing to threaten their future.

Oh Mindy Hayes.... you’ve done it again. This book (sigh), this book. This review isn’t even about the actual story, it’s about your writing. I know you were going through a trying time in your life when you wrote this, and, oh, how it shows in the best way possible ... The emotions you pull out with just words is a true talent.
— Yasmin Hussein, Amazon review
The author did an amazing job developing the characters in such a way to make them so real. Savannah is so flawed and such a beautiful soul. You ache for her and cheer for her. You get frustrated and just want her to let go and when she does, it is spectacular! I think this is my favorite Mindy Hayes book yet!
— A Louder, Amazon Review
Beautiful story. I love the touch on mental illness, and grief, and loving unconditionally. I love Jude and Savannah. Just don’t read this while waiting in the dentist office because you are bound to shed some tears.
— Sara, Goodreads Review