Black HillsBook - 2009
Childhood sweethearts Cooper Sullivan and Lil Chance are reunited when Coop leaves New York to assist his aging grandparents on their South Dakota ranch, but Coop must come to Lil's aid when the unsolved killing of a hiker is linked to vandalism at Lil's wildlife refuge.
Blackwell North Amer
A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.
As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father's demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold most dear need them most. An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fastpaced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something - or someone - has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.
Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.
His dreaded summer visits to his grandparents' South Dakota ranch improved by a maturing friendship with neighbor Lil Chance, Cooper Sullivan enters adulthood haunted by his and Lil's discovery of a hiker's body and is unexpectedly called upon to assist his grandparents and Lil years later when the unsolved killing is linked to vandalism at Lil's wildlife refuge. 850,000 first printing.
In the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, a childhood friendship matures into an adult passion when something ... or someone ... threatens Lil Chance and her dream to open a wildlife refuge. The heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar and recollections of an unsolved murder catapult New York investigator Coop Sullivan into action to keep Lil safe.
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Cooper (Coop) Sullivan is forced to spend the summer with his Grandparents in the rouged terrain of Black Hills South Dakota while his parents jet off to Paris to mend their failing marriage. The days are filled with animals and chores both seem unbearable for the 11 year old who was promised baseball camp and Yankee games in his home city of New York. Two weeks pass before he meets Lillian (Lil) Chance and things seem to look up. Summers pass and Coop continues to visit both his Grandparents and the girl who has his heart. Their young romance seems unstoppable until life pulls them apart.
Years later Coop ends back up in Black Hills to help his Grandparents out. Lil has followed her dreams and opened up Change Wildlife Refuge. Things seem to be on track until Coop re-enters her life and a stalker sets his eyes on her. Now it's a race against wits and survival skills to see who will win and if Coop will manage to mend her broken heart and win her over once more.
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