Today we have Mary J. McCoy-Dressel and her Christmas story Whispers of Forever: Mending Christmas.
Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series #1
Whispers of Forever: Mending Christmas
A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off Novel
Rancher Jake Lawton is coming to terms with his wife’s infidelity, but he doesn’t expect to become a single dad overnight. He discovers a malicious act by his wife, which could affect both he and his son’s lives. By chance, he runs into his high school sweetheart, never expecting the same old yearnings to return with one “How are ya?” embrace. Has their unanticipated meeting arrived at the perfect time, or has years apart put an end to what should’ve been years ago?
Beth Marconi arrives home to help care for her ailing father. In town, she inadvertently runs into her first love—the cowboy she nearly married after graduation. Sparks ignite before they say hello, but how do they start over when life has left them so bruised? When her ex comes to town, she’s forced to explain the secret surrounding her marriage. Is Jake the kind of man who will understand, or will he revert to the hell-raiser he had become when Beth left thirteen years ago?
Filled with both anguish and hope at Christmastime, a grieving little boy and two lonely hearts pursue a second chance. Jake and Beth seek to work with what they have today instead of living in yesterday’s memories. Forever love and second chances are possible. Right?
“Nah, I’m not in the mood for Italian anymore. You got a grill at your house?”
She shook her head. “My parents stopped grilling years ago. They turned into the frozen-dinners-at-3:00 p.m., crowd. Yes, it’s true, my Italian mother heated frozen dinners on occasion.”
“No way. Wasting all the good cooking she used to do? You still like steak? Because I got a grill.” So much for being unsure of spending time alone together, because now it was all he could think about. The magnetism began to sizzle in a heartbeat, or it had never left.
“Sometimes. Let’s do this.”
The way her gaze ran over him as she spoke, caused a shudder. What had she seen in him? Jake placed his palms against the truck bed, one on each side of her and leaned close. “Let’s drop your car off, and you ride to my ranch with me. I’ll take you back home later on the way to pick up Trace, or you can go with me to get him.”
Beth set her hands on his shoulders. Her eyes sparkled. “I made cheesecake last night.”
Jake licked his lips, moving in closer. He wanted to kiss her so damn badly. “All right. I’ll follow you to your house.” For a moment, their gazes held, and it took all he had to pull away. If he didn’t know himself better, he’d swear he was shaking. Being close to her, smelling her, caused a rousing he wanted to let loose.
On the way back to her car, she wrapped her arm around his waist. “Do you think we went through a time warp or worm hole? It almost seems like thirteen years hasn’t passed.”
Jake slipped his arm around her shoulder, having a hard time swallowing. He opened her car door. When she got in and glanced up at him with those shamrock green eyes, his heart ached. Not a heartache, but an ache in his heart because that quick, he wanted her in his future. Enough time had been wasted between them, when it should’ve been them, all along.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N94UMDO
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N94UMDO
About the Author:
Mary found her niche when she began writing in the contemporary western romance genre. More books are on the horizon. She dabbles in the paranormal genre and has written two time-travel romance novels, which are now out of print.
She lives in the great Lake Basin area in the U.S.A., and is a mom to two sons and a new daughter-in-law. Her career was in education working with children with learning disabilities and Title One programs—at the elementary and middle school levels. She’s taught creative writing for a college leisure program.
Besides writing, Mary enjoys photography, reading, going to the opera and dinner with friends, and traveling. Her dream came true when she retired and became a full-time writer.