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Nan Rossiter is an American New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of children’s books and contemporary romance novels.

Raised in Pelham, she holds a degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.

Keen on books from a very early age, Nan worked as a freelancer for a number of years before launching a career in writing and illustrating children’s books; with Rugby & Rosie (1997) winning Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award.

A mother of two lovely boys pursuing various careers in aviation, Nan currently lives in Connecticut with her husband.

More about Nan Rossiter

Genres: Children's Book, Contemporary , Romance

United States


Non Series

  • Words Get in the Way (2012)
  • More Than You Know (2013)
  • Firefly Summer (2016)

Coleman and Shepherd Families Books

  1. The Gin & Chowder Club (2011)
  2. Christmas on Cape Cod (2011)
  3. Under a Summer Sky (2014)

Nantucket Series

  1. Nantucket (2015)
  2. Summer Dance (2017)

Order of Picture Books

  1. Rugby and Rosie (1997)
  2. The Way Home (1999)
  3. Sugar on Snow (2003)
  4. The Fo'c'sle (2011)

Savannah Skies Books

  1. Promises of the Heart (2020)
  2. Promises to Keep (2021)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Words Get in the Way

Callie Wyeth was raised in a humble and organized ranch house.

Her childhood home has however changed a lot ever since she left.

Her once invincible father is ailing and her lovely young son has just been diagnosed with autism.

Despite being a single mom, Callie returns to her New Hampshire town for the sake of her father and her son.

Going back to her hometown however reunites her with Linden Finch, her ex-lover whom she abandoned.

Linden is surprised that Callie has not only returned, but also has a son.

Surrounded by the people and places that she holds dear, can Callie make a fresh start?

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0758246684
Publisher: Kensington
More Than You Know

Beryl Graham’s dad died on the night that she was born.

Although her family could have been completely destroyed by the incident, it only grew stronger thanks to the sacrifices and leadership of their mother.

In fact, sisters Beryl, Isak and Rumer had a memorable childhood.

So when they lose their mother, Mia Graham, many years later, the three daughters journey to New Hampshire to pay their last respects.

Each faced with their fair share of challenges, the girls open up to each other about their lives.

But when they discover their mother’s handwritten diary, the girls will learn vital lessons about taking chances, never giving up, and loving regardless of the risks.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0758283894
Publisher: Kensington
Firefly Summer

The Quinn siblings—Birdie, Remy, Sailor, Piper, and Easton—were lucky enough to have had an amazing childhood.

In 1964, they went to the summer home in the picturesque Cape Cod just like they had in the previous years.

Following the effects of a rainy spring, the four Quinn siblings enjoyed capturing the insects in mason jars.

One disaster however changed everything.

Many years later, the sisters live their own different lives in Cape Cod.

Although they have done their best to be there for each other, they always steer clear of talking about the events of that fateful summer night—until the day their compounded emotions erupt.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1496705037
Publisher: Kensington

Coleman and Shepherd Families Books

The Gin & Chowder Club

The Colemans and the Shepherds have been friends for the longest time.

Samuel and Sarah Coleman enjoyed those sweltering summers on Cape Cod.

Over their years, their sons, Isaac and Asa, have all grown up to become decent men, while Nate Shepherd has found a life partner in the youthful Noelle, having overcome the demise of his first wife.

Underneath the perfect set up however lies a simmering attraction between Noelle and the good-looking Asa who’s on the verge of joining college.

Despite feeling guilty, Noelle plunges into an illicit affair with terrible consequences.

In the end, Asa will learn way more about love than he ever anticipated.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1496700704
Publisher: Kensington
Christmas on Cape Cod

Four delightful Christmas tales.

“Christmas on Cape Cod” by Nan Rossiter
There is nothing that Maddie Carlson wouldn’t do for her best friend. But what about babysitting a boisterous puppy on the eve of Christmas?

“Making Spirits Bright” by Fern Michaels
Melanie McLaughlin is determined to adopt two orphaned siblings and make their Christmas holiday memorable.
But what happens when cupid comes to grace the holiday season?

“Runaway Christmas” by Elizabeth Bass
Heidi Bogue is looking forward to a quiet Christmas Eve night, until her teenage niece pays an unexpected visit.

“Home for Christmas” by Rosalind Noonan
Desperate for a replacement Santa for the Christmas Eve party at her gift shop, will Jo Truman talk isolated soldier, Sam Norwood, into doing it?

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B079KTR5ZP
Publisher: Zebra
Under a Summer Sky

Laney Coleman’s old house in Cape Cod is never short of blissful mayhem, given that she lives there with her cleric husband, Noah, and their five sons.

Although their home is everything but lavish, there is nothing better that relaxing on the porch and enjoying the sea breeze while having a cup of coffee.

However, this summer, Micah, Noah's younger brother, wants to have his wedding at their establishment.

Laney may be excited that Micah has finally found love after going through a painful past, but that doesn’t get rid of doubts about her home being left in a terrible mess after the celebrations.

This book is about family, making a fresh start and mustering the courage to love truly.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0758283917
Publisher: Kensington

Nantucket Series


Liam Tate and Acadia McCormick Knox crossed paths and fell in love during that memorable summer in Nantucket nearly three decades ago.

Liam was a handyman working on local boats while Cadie was a rich girl on her way to college.

However, upon finding out that she was pregnant after returning to New York, Cadie’s parents made sure that Liam never knew about it.

Now decades later, after numerous ignored letters and calls, Liam now leads an isolated life.

Returning to Nantucket for the launch of her son’s art show, will Cadie reveal the truth to Liam?

Will they have another chance at love?

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1617736506
Publisher: Kensington
Summer Dance

A young Liam Tate fell in love with Nantucket when his Uncle Cooper warmly welcomed him to his home on the island.

In the decades that followed, the island served Liam with both happiness and tears.

Now, Liam has newfound joy in the form of a son named Levi.

Although he is quite familiar with the history of his family, the one thing that he has never known is the truth behind what truly happened to the passionate romance between his uncle and Sally Ryan.

He however won’t have to wait for long, as Sally has announced that she is going to publish a book revealing everything.

The effects of that affair will be felt decades to come.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1496705051
Publisher: Kensington

Order of Picture Books

Rugby and Rosie

Rugby, an adored Labrador retriever, feels sad after the family introduces a new guest in the form of Rosie—a pup added to the family for the sole purpose of being trained as a guide dog.

Nevertheless, the two eventually become best friends with time.

But what happens when Rosie has to leave in order to perform the very crucial work that she was trained to do?

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0525454847
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
The Way Home

When Samuel and his dad cross paths with a wounded Canadian goose, they take good care of the bird all season.

So when the recovered bird finally decides to fly south with the rest of the flock for winter, it’s only natural that Samuel feels sad to let his friend fly away.

But what happens when Samuel receives a pleasant surprise the next spring?

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0525457671
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Sugar on Snow

It’s early March in the New England Countryside.

A father, his two sons, and their dog wake up very early and head off to the sugar bush.

This picture book tells the story of a family that is very committed in keeping things moving: Mom making sure the meals are ready; Dad with his tractor on the fields; sons, Seth and Ethan assisting in every way they can; and pet dog, Chloe, there to enjoy the ride.

Everybody takes part in the hard work that involves moving the buckets full of sap to the holding tank and the process of turning forty gallons of sap into one gallon of syrup in a massive evaporator located in the incredibly hot sugarhouse.

But most importantly, they get to taste the syrup.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1567923704
Publisher: David R. Godine
The Fo'c'sle

Henry Beston stayed at “The Fo'c'sle,” a decent house on Cape Cod overlooking the majestic Atlantic, for a year.

He stayed there alone, watching as the season came and went.

While the sun was up, he would stroll along the picturesque beach, thinking and scribbling things, while at night he would sit under the lantern light and write.

This eventually gave rise to a book called The Outermost House (1928).

This picture book, perfect for young children, is a retelling of that memorable year that Beston experienced.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1567924336
Publisher: David R. Godine

Savannah Skies Books

Promises of the Heart

A lovely Victorian home on a beautiful island, amazing friends, and a loving marriage: Macey and Ben Samuelson seem to have it all.

The only thing that would make things picture-perfect would be a child.

But after having her fifth miscarriage in six years, that perfect life seems elusive for Macey.

Although her sister brings up the option of adopting, that’s not a priority for Macey and Ben.

The temperamental Harper Wheaton has just been expelled from yet another foster home.

Her rage could emanate from the fact that no family wants to adopt a young child with a heart problem.

Everything will however change when Macey, a physician’s assistant, meets Harper.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062917737
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Promises to Keep

Thirty-something year old Maeve Lindstrom enjoys working in a nursing home.

As her older sister Macey would say, Maeve is the one person who makes working in a nursing home sound exciting.

Gage Tennyson, who is a year younger than Maeve, takes his playful Lab to every refurbishment job that he is undertaking with Macey’s husband, Ben.

Although Gage deeply loves Maeve, as their chemistry intensifies, so do the doubts about their pasts.

Maeve has a secret that she’s hiding. And given that Gage may propose soon, she has to come clean now before it’s too late.

Author: Nan Rossiter
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0062917751
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks