The Weaver sisters started clamoring for attention—popping up in my head before I even got through Max Lange’s book. That was how I knew their stories were next, and the concept of a family that owned a marina on the Ohio River so intrigued me that I tucked Jo and Jenny into Max’s story just for fun. When I finished Beck Lange’s story, the what-ifs began for the Weaver sisters. What if the family that owned the marina had three daughters? Oh, and what if they were triplets? Identical triplets! And what if one of them had moved away for her career, but had come home. But where had she moved and why was she home?
Suddenly, Jasmine Weaver, who hadn’t appeared in any other River’s Edge books, began telling me her story. Her love of all things political. The move to Washington, DC, after college to pursue a career with her heroine—a congresswoman from their district in Indiana—and her strong belief that she was working for the good of the nation and her own state, only discover, after ten years, that the people she thought were honorable were not.
Jazz returns to River’s Edge, dejected and feeling like a real loser, but her sisters are there to shore her up. They always have her back and isn’t that what sisterhood is all about? For Jazz, the sisterly connection goes beyond being siblings, because I imagined the bond that is formed by sharing a womb is a strong one. More than merely being born to the same parents. Turns out I was right about that—multiples often share a unique bond.
Identical triplets are the rarest kind—the odds of having identical triplets is somewhere between one in 60 thousand and one in 200 million. In other words, it doesn’t happen very often. I read voraciously about multiple births and how those children often form bonds so tight that they feel one another’s pain, can often read one another’s thoughts, and know, instinctively, when each other is in trouble.
However, to give each woman her own unique story meant that I couldn’t focus on the triplet thing too closely, so at age 34, Jazz, Jo, and Jen have outgrown dressing alike and trying to fool people. Each heroine has her own distinct personality—Jazz, career-driven, Jo, laidback and easy, and Jenny—domestic and loving her life as a wife and mom. For each, there is an inciting incident—something that turns her life upside down and causes her to turn to her sisters to cope. But the triplet bond—the almost mystical link between them—is a thread that runs through all three books.
More than sisterhood, the Weaver triplets share a special group dynamic that comes from their childhood and being raised by parents who understood the natural attachment they would feel to each other as multiples. An attachment that was encouraged, but not pushed, so the girls became individuals and not simply part of an oddity of birth. My own relationship with my two sisters came into play here—realizing that the closeness I share with my sisters ebbed and flowed as we matured and went our separate ways, but the knowledge they were always there for me (and I for them) was never in doubt.
I hope you enjoy getting to know the Weaver Sisters and have fun with their stories, starting with Jasmine’s Home to River’s Edge. And just for fun, tell me about your siblings. Are you a twin or a triplet or like me, just one of a clutch of kids who are bound together as family?
About the Author
Nan Reinhardt has been a copy editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, and currently works mainly on fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.
Author Nan writes romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after they turn forty-five! Imagine! She is also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. She’s been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, and a secretary.
She loves her career as a freelance editor, but writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, post-menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.