Title: Catching Bodel
Author: Nikole Carol Jalbert
Bodel Tavish isn’t interested in running for exercise, but she is a pro at running from commitment. She is content coasting along in life without challenges or goals until Zach Cutter inherits the Cape Cod house where she lives. Afraid of losing her home, she’s relieved when he allows her to stay but then he moves in to renovate. Zach, a polite southern gentleman, brands her as a Yankee harlot and she sets out to prove him right. What she expects to be a hot affair takes a serious turn and she tries to run, but Zach isn’t about to let her go. At first she was afraid of losing her home, but now she realizes she has something more to lose; her heart. While she struggles with her feelings for him, Zach’s high society grandmother arrives and threatens to reveal a horrible secret about his past if he doesn’t return to Georgia and leave Bodel behind.
Nikole Carol Jalbert lives with her husband, three cats, and an opinionated tortoise in Eastham, Massachusetts. She spends her days as a caregiver for people with disabilities, and her evenings waiting tables. Her free time is consumed by on-line gaming, reading, and obviously, writing. Growing up on Cape Cod has given Nikole a unique view of life on the sand bar. Most people know the Cape as a summer vacation spot, but off-season is a different experience. She wove the year-round reality of Cape Cod into her story, hoping that others would come to understand her home as more than just a summer location, but as a place where real people live and love. Catching Bodel is the first in a series. Cape Cod’s popularity as a summer vacation location is widely known, but Nikole wrote her first novel, Catching Bodel, to show a different side of her home. She wanted to show the beaches covered in ice and snow, rows of closed-for-the-season stores and restaurants, and give a glimpse into the lives of the permanent residents who call the lower Cape small-towns their home. She hopes to bring people past the outer shell of beautiful beaches and fried seafood into what life is really like.