Been Searching for You

Perfect for fans of Mary Kay Andrews, Christina Lauren (Roomies, Love and Other Words), and romantic Lifetime/Hallmark movies. Mild romance with some adult language and references to sex.

  • Named a Novel of Excellence by Author’s Circle
  • Winner – Midwest Book Awards (romance)

Searching for Mr. Right is harder than she thought…

A hopeless romantic, Annabeth Coe knows that her soul mate is out there – somewhere. After all, she’s been writing him heartfelt love letters since she was teenager. Her plan is simple: write her future husband letters and gift them to him on their wedding night to prove how long she’s loved him.

Now, as an adult, Annabeth worries that he may never come along. But when she meets handsome literature professor Alex Grantham, she believes her quest for true love may finally be over. Unfortunately, her timing couldn’t be worse. Frustrated with the love gods, Annabeth vows to take her fate into her own hands. But when the scars and mistrust from her past relationships threaten to destroy a budding relationship, she must face the harsh truth.  With an ex-boyfriend who won’t let go and a meddlesome best friend, Annabeth just might be searching for love for the rest of her life – unless the man she’s destined for is just one love letter away.

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In stores:

Bellingham, WA – Village Books and Paper Dreams

Los Angeles, CA – The Ripped Bodice

St. Louis, MO – The Novel Neighbor

St. Charles, MO – Main Street Books

Other Awards


  • 2016 Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association (CIPA) EVVY Awards (romance category)
  • 2015 RWA Expectations contest
  • 2015 RWA Golden Rose contest
  • Silver Medal – Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards (romance category)
  • Third place over all categories in the Lyra Awards for Fiction

Selected for Library Journal‘s curated SELF-e Select module

Short-listed for the 2016 Chatelaine Award for Romance/Women’s Fiction


“A credit to the author for making this delightful tale feel as warm and comfortable as an old friend.” – InD’Tale Magazine (4.5 star, Crowned-heart review)

“A smooth and thoroughly satisfying romance novel.” – BookLife Prize in Fiction

“Touched my heart and I couldn’t put it down…I recommend this book to all die-hard romantics and those who are looking for something new to try. A wonderful book to read and share with your friends.” – Kerliza Foon for Readers’ Favorite (5-star review)

“Life has its ups and downs for Alex and Annabeth in Evelina’s solid tale. She fully explores the roadblocks thrown in their paths. Newly found love, vicious jealousy and several misunderstandings all serve to add interest. Hallowed halls of higher learning play their own part in the story.” – Romantic Times (RT) Book Reviews (4-star review)

“I could NOT put it down. Evelina’s voice is vibrant and fresh, and she delightfully interweaves humor, emotion, and that little bit of magic necessary to make a story truly shine.” – Margaret Locke, USA Today bestselling author of A Man of Character

“Great characters, plot twists, a Chicago setting–make for a fast-paced romantic adventure. Been Searching for You kept me reading all night. I loved it!”Sharolynne Barth, The Dreamin’ Tree.

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Languages: Published in English worldwide. All other rights available.
ebook, paperback, audio
Publisher: Lawson Gartner publishing

  • 978-0-9967631-6-5 (print)
  • 978-0-9967631-7-2 (ebook)
  • 978-0-9967631-8-9 (audio)