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Blackville Author Barb Curtis Releases Debut Novel

Barb Curtis’ debut novel, Forever With You, is available now. Photo:

Local author Barb Curtis’ debut novel, Forever With You, was released in November. The book, thirteen years in the making, is a heartwarming small-town romance about high school sweethearts who return home and discover that first love sometimes gets a second chance.

Forever With You is the first book in the Sapphire Springs series. Click here to buy now. A followup, Only for You, set to be released later this year, is available for pre-order now.

The Blackville School alumna, daughter of Winston and Loretta Curtis, comes from a family of acclaimed authors. Her uncles Wayne and Herb Curtis are also writers.

A self-described happily-ever-after-crafter at heart, Barb Curtis’ love for writing began with a quick-witted style column, and her background in marketing led to stints writing print and web copy, newsletters, and grant proposals. The switch to fiction came with the decision to pair her creativity with her love for words and crafting characters and settings she could truly get lost in.

Barb lives in her century-old family homestead with her husband and daughter.

Forever With You

Jay Wynter wants to be successful on his own merit. That’s why he left Sapphire Springs and his family’s winery to build a career from scratch. But now that he’s successor to Wynter Estate, Jay must return to his small hometown to face everything, and everyone, he left behind-especially his high school sweetheart, who happens to be his stunning new business partner…

Leyna Milan knows family legacies come with strings attached, but she’s determined to prove that she can run her family’s restaurant. Of course, Leyna never expected that honoring her grandfather’s wishes meant opening a second location on her ex’s property-or having to ignore Jay’s sexy grin and guard the heart he shattered years before. But as they work closely together, she begins to discover that maybe first loves deserve a second chance…


Only For You

Barb Curtis returns to Sapphire Springs with this heartwarming romance where a small-town bakery owner finds herself in a fake relationship with the man she’s always pined after.

After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he’s done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring’s sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.

Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim’s proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.


Les McLaughlin

Les McLaughlin is a website developer by day and a local news reporter/community ambassador by night. You can reach him by email at .


  1. Les McLaughlin on January 27, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations Barb!

  2. Barbara Rose Reynolds on January 27, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    I am ordering your book today, I enjoyed your Uncle’s writing so looking forward to your book, how many do you have out, I hope when I return to Blackvile that I can get you to sign my book thank you stay safe

  3. Catherine Feeney-Delfs on January 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Just bought this book! Can’t wait to get it!

  4. Edith Campbell on January 27, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Love it❤️

  5. Megan O'Donnell Watson on January 27, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    It was so good! Can’t wait for the next one!

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