After Ella Martin’s anniversary weekend reveals startling news, she turns to her family in Lavender Hill Cove for comfort. Her visit brings surprises romantically, professionally, and especially when she finds her childhood friend, Sophia, in trouble. To help her, Ella takes on the role of detective and comes to realize that faith, hope, and love are the answers to resolving more than a crime.
Additionally, in my latest Kate Grace novel, Under the Tropical Skies, the fourth book in the Kate Grace series (which can be read in order or as stand-alone books), is available on Amazon and other stores.
Under the Tropical Skies became an Amazon bestseller the month of its release (November 2022) and, in March 2023, was honored by The Book Excellence Awards, an international book awards competition, as a finalist in the Christian Fiction category for its high-quality writing, design, and overall market appeal.
In Under the Tropical Skies, on a quest to learn more about her maternal ancestral line and the secrets that her 4th-great-grandmother’s diary reveals, propels Kate Grace, grieving the loss of her unborn child, on a healing journey providing insight, understanding, and emphasizing the power of love, family, and forgiveness. The novel is set in the present day on the idyllic shores of Kauai and on the inspiring slopes of 19th-century Taormina, a picturesque town perched high above the crystal waters of the Ionian Sea off the coast of Sicily where the bonds of love and family reach beyond the generations.
“After Kate suffers a profound loss, she travels to the beautiful coastal town of Taormina, Italy, to meet her cousin, Rosa, for the first time. Together they uncover family secrets, and through a series of ‘coincidental’ events, Kate finds compassion and forgiveness. Under the Tropical Skies is a powerful page-turner that will keep you up all night. Once again, award-winning novelist Maryann Ridini Spencer has a winner.”
~~Catherine Makino, Award-winning multimedia journalist, Thomson Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, Voice of America Radio
Please pray for all those impacted by the Maui fires. A guide to organizations that are assisting those in need can be found at this Maui Wildfire Relief (https://www.mauinuistrong.info/support).
Maryann Ridini Spencer
Welcome to my author website and Simply Delicious Living Magazine. As a novelist, cookbook author, recipe developer, print lifestyle journalist, TV Host, and television and film writer/producer, I have a passion for writing and creating content for books, magazines, newspapers, television, film, video, and radio that inspires, uplifts, entertains and informs.
I first developed a love of storytelling when I was a child, thanks to my English teachers in middle school. I wrote stories from historical fiction to modern-day romances, mysteries, even futuristic tales. And then I forgot about my writings…until much later. Read More.
Lavender Hill Cove
“Set in beautiful North Fork, NY, by the Peconic Bay, Lavender Hill Cove uniquely combines mystery, romance, and crime solving with engaging characters, stunning settings, and twists and turns that will keep readers captivated from start to finish.”
-Sherry Halperin, Author, (Rescue Me, He’s Wearing a Moose Hat, Just Call Me Lady, Mistress Molly), Television/Film Producer
“Author Maryann Ridini Spencer weaves an inspiring story of how hope and faith can turn tragedy into triumph. It’s a beautiful and moving tale of how the perseverance of the human heart combined with the love of family and friends can help heal and lead to unthinkably beautiful things!”
-Lori Raupe, #1 International Best-Selling Author (Create Butterfly Moments: Become the Person You Were Meant to Be, Write Your Book Now! Everything You Need to Know!: A 90 Day Plan to Write, Publish, Launch Your Short Read Book), Authors’ Coach, and Motivational Speaker
Lady in the Window
“Maryann Ridini Spencer lends her talented pen to a sweeping tale that is sure to involve the heart.”
–Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author
“Lady in the Window is an inspiring and inspirational story; a perfect remedy for the stresses we all experience, and as soothing as an ocean sunset. Maryann Ridini Spencer writes beautifully with great insight into the human heart. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time.”
–Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times best-selling author
The Paradise Table
“Maryann Spencer magically weaves together the breathtaking beauty and spirituality of Kauai, miracles, and the power of faith and love into an intriguing quest for the truth. The Paradise Table is not just another mystery—it is a heartwarming validation of self-trust, friendship, love, and healing.”
—Kathy Strong, award-winning travel author and columnist for USA Today/Gannett Newspapers and founder of PSWishYouWereHereTravel.com
Secrets of Grace Manor
“Maryann Ridini Spencer’s Secrets of Grace Manor takes you on Kate Grace’s continuing mystical journey inside the spiritual Aloha life. Filled with mystery, love, intrigue, hope, and faith, it taps into social and racial issues that still pervade our society. The visual swath of Ms. Spencer’s pen makes you feel like you’re right there with Kate throughout her journey. It’s a magical read!”
—Elliot Slutzky, President of Distribution, Open Road Films, Los Angeles
Under the Tropical Skies
“After Kate suffers a profound loss, she travels to the beautiful coastal town of Taormina, Italy, to meet her cousin, Rosa, for the first time. Together they uncover family secrets, and through a series of synchronistic events, Kate finds compassion and forgiveness. Under the Tropical Skies is a powerful page-turner that will keep you up all night. Once again, award-winning novelist Maryann Ridini Spencer has a winner.”
—Catherine Makino, Award-Winning multimedia journalist, Thomson Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, Voice of America Radio
Non-Fiction—Maryann's Cookbooks & Inspirational Works
Simply Delicious Living with Maryann® — Entrees
Over 40 easy-to-make, delicious recipes made with fresh and natural ingredients that will make your taste buds jump for joy!
Are you a busy working professional, student, or an active Mom or Dad? Would you like to enjoy tasty meals that taste gourmet, but are oh so easy to make? The “Simply Delicious Living with Maryann® – Entrées” cookbook by Maryann Ridini Spencer, Award-Winning Simply Delicious Living TV Host, Food & Lifestyle Journalist, and Author features over 40 easy-to-make, delicious recipes made with fresh and natural ingredients that will make your taste buds jump for joy! Watch the award-winning Simply Delicious Living with Maryann® TV series and visit the online magazine and blog, Simply Delicious Living.
Country Skies: Prayerful Bible Meditations for Morning & Evening
Features Bible quotes, inspiring verses, and stunning photography of exquisite country skies and rural landscapes — a perfect way to start and end your day!
Photography by Kate Grace Stevens (aka author Maryann Ridini Spencer serving as K.G. Stevens), the protagonist in the Kate Grace Novels.
Contemplative Bible verses and quotes accompanied by color photos of stunning country landscapes. K.G. Stevens Photography. Perfect tabletop book for personal use or a thoughtful gift. Start your morning and end your day reading and reflecting on famous Bible quotes and verses from the Old and New Testament that inspire and uplift set alongside exquisite photography of country landscapes — oceans, mountains, gardens, and inspiring vistas.
A percentage of profits from the sale of this book will be donated to charity to feed and shelter those in need and to special needs children and adults.
Award-Winning Movies & TV Series
The Lost Valentine
“The Lost Valentine,” an award-winning, critically acclaimed movie co-produced/written by Maryann Ridini Spencer, was based on the best-selling novel “The Last Valentine” by James Michael Pratt. When it premiered in 2011, “The Lost Valentine” became Hallmark Hall of Fame’s most highly rated movie in four years and won CBS-TV the night with over 15 million viewers tuning in. Receiving critical acclaim, and nominated for many awards, in 2012, the film won a “Faith and Freedom” award for inspiring American values and ideals at the nationally televised, star-studded, 20th Annual Movieguide Awards (February 2012). Read More.