Jessie Gussman writes sweet, contemporary and inspirational romance from her home in central Pennsylvania. She is the 2017 winner of the short contemporary category of the Catherine and the Marlene contests. She is a member of RWA and is contracted with City Owl Press and Pelican Book Group.
Jessie and her husband own and run several businesses from their rural farm. She also homeschools their five children. Find her on her
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Heartland Stars released February 14, 2022.
After working beside her sisters for years on their Iowa farm, Meg McClosky finds herself alone, trying to do the work of three people.
She’s never been one to mope around, but she’s lonely and tired and at the end of her rope – desperate enough to give serious thought to an offer that has come in for the farm…and for her.
Farris Warner has spent the last ten years fighting. Fighting the cancer that took his wife’s life, leaving him a widower with four small children. Fighting the government as it took the farm that had been in his family for eight generations through eminent domain for a new airport. Fighting to keep his sanity as he tried to work his farm, raise his kids and keep up with lawyers and doctors and teachers and schools.
Desperate enough that when an old buddy makes an outrageous suggestion…he’s ready to take him up on it.
Can two down-on-their-luck strangers take the pieces of their lives and make something beautiful out of them?
Also releasing in February, 2022:
Frustrations and tensions fly amid adversaries turned partners in this fun and sweet romance.
When the high school’s float explodes five days before the National Farmer’s Day parade, Principal Calvin Finkenbinder sees his chance at the promotion to Superintendent disintegrate. Unless he enlists the help of Ellie Bright, the most annoying, disorganized and kissable woman he knows.
Standing in Principal Fink’s office, again, for driving her daughter to school late, again, Ellie is given two odious choices. Either her straight A daughter receives detention for another tardy that’s not her fault, or Ellie uses her artistic skills and helps the uptight, stringent principal build a new float.
As they scramble to construct the float in time, Ellie’s chaotic life collides with Fink’s methodical plans. A tangle of arguments and decorations leads to a stolen kiss. Underneath their long established animosity is an unexpected passion that threatens to ruin more than just a school float.