I just finished Dakota Born (the first book in the Dakota trilogy) by Debbie Macomber. Actually I've read the whole trilogy before but was in the mood for a sweet, easy re-read. I really love these books. They are sweet (though slightly predictable) romance novels. Here is the summary from the back cover:
Buffalo Valley, North Dakota. Like so many small Midwest towns, it's dying. Stores are boarded up, sidewalks cracked, houses need a coat of paint. But despite all that, there's a spirit of hope here, of defiance. The people still living in Buffalo Valley are fighting for their town.
Lyndsay Snyder is a newcomer. She's an outsider, even though she spent childhood vacations here. Now she returns to see the family house again, to explore family secrets and to reevaluate her life.
To her own astonishment, she decides to stay, to accept the vacant position of teacher. Her decision marks a new beginning for Buffalo Valley and for Lyndsay, who discovers in this broken little town the love an purpose she's been seeking.