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Sunset Bay Sanctuary

Visit the world of Sunset Bay Sanctuary …

The spectacular scenery and craggy beaches draw tourists to the small Oregon town of Sunset Bay. But Sanctuary Ranch offers a different kind of experience: a refuge for people—and animals—desperate for a new beginning . . .

Haylee Hansen has made a career out of caring for and training the dogs and horses on her aunt’s ranch. Part halfway house, part work camp, it also gives troubled kids and adults the tough love they so desperately need. Haylee should know. She was her aunt’s first success story. But now her turbulent past is about to show up on her doorstep…

After thirteen years running a level one emergency room in Portland, Dr. Aiden McCall arrives in Sunset Bay a broken man. Anger and anxiety have nearly taken over his life—and could sabotage his new job at the local hospital. Until someone proposes an unconventional solution: a therapy dog.

Haylee has seen her share of damaged people, but no one like Aiden. As she tries to match him with the perfect dog, he’ll help her to see that no one has a perfect life. And that opening yourself up to love is the only way to heal your soul . . .

Chapter One

Two thumbs up for Sanctuary Ranch: go for the horses. Stay for the food. Best week ever.” –DanandJan

There was a lot to love about ranch life, and as Haylee Hansen breathed in the aromas coming through the open sliding doors to the main house, and listened to the cook and her assistant bantering in the kitchen, she agreed with Dan and Jan’s Trip Advisor review.

Horses, dogs and food, she amended.

Best life ever.

“Come on Ju-Jube,” she said to the elderly dog at her side. “Let’s see what Daphne’s got for us tonight.”

The dog, who was actually called Jewel but responded to a variety of names including Jay, Sweetie-bear, treat, walkies, car-ride and anything to do with food – perked her ears and wagged her beaver-fat tail, her tongue lolling sideways from her grinning jaw. Jewel was the unwanted product of a classic princess/stable boy romance between a champion pedigreed Labrador retriever and an unknown opportunist, but her accidental life had brought immeasurable joy to dozens of people over the years.

Haylee loved her like a child.

“I hope that animal’s feet are clean.” Daphne took one hand off a generous hip and pointed at Jewel. “You know where your bed is, Miss Ju-Jube-Bear. No getting in the way, you hear me?”

Jewel ambled to the large pillow in the corner and flopped onto it with a grunt, wagging her tail the whole time. She knew the drill.

Haylee stood on her tiptoes and peeked at the oven. “Is that pot roast I smell?”

“It’s the smell of murder.” Jamie, the kitchen assistant, stood at the prep station, her pierced eyebrows furrowed, up to her elbows in greens. She’d gone vegetarian three weeks ago and considered it her sacred duty to convert everyone else, as well. A month before that, she’d been all about coconut oil, which Daphne had been surprisingly open to. This, however, was a battle doomed to failure.

“It’s pork shoulder and root vegetables roasted in pan drippings.” Daphne donned oven mitts, opened the door and lifted the enormous roasting pan onto the stovetop. “Kale salad, too. If Jamie can chop and complain at the same time.”

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