I hate to break this to you north-of-the-equator types…but…it’s 77 degrees and sunny in Johannesburg. Tomorrow it’s going to be 81. And I recently calculated that I haven’t seen snow since February 2013 – nearly three years ago.
Now before you go throwing your snow boots and woolly scarves at my head, I have a confession: I sort-of almost miss winter weather. Do I miss the six consecutive months of it I used to experience in London? No. But there’s something to be said for crisp afternoons, seeing your breath, and curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book.
Maybe that’s why when I penned my own holiday romance, Hero’s Homecoming, I set it in a snowstorm. What better recipe for love than wind howling outside and the comparative coziness of close quarters inside? It certainly works for my hero, a wounded military veteran on his way home from rehab, and the woman he spurned when he decided his injuries made him less of a man.
If you need a Midwestern tale of love lost and found again, Hero’s Homecoming may just be the novella for you this holiday season. I’ll be outside by the pool, slathering on extra layers of sunscreen and enjoying a frosty margarita!
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Six months ago, being snowed in at Christmas with the amazing woman he met on R & R at Fort Riley would have been a dream come true, yet now, as a blizzard swirls outside Beth Tate’s house, Captain Chris Walker knows he shouldn’t be there. Blinded in combat and emotionally scarred, he never wanted Beth to know the man he’s become—but stranded by the storm, he had no one else to call.
Hurt and bewildered when Chris abruptly ended his faithful contact from Afghanistan, Beth tried to put him and their whirlwind romance out of her mind and prepared for a quiet holiday alone—until the phone rang. Now that he’s here, she’s more confused than ever, torn between love for the man she once knew and anger at the one who broke her heart.
A life with Beth was everything Chris wanted, but the wounds of battle are nothing compared to the agony of heartbreak. It will take more than mistletoe, but perhaps this holiday season Chris will find his way home.