Christmas Comes to Valentine, read an excerpt

Christmas Comes3
A human comedy of love, loss, and second chances.

If you’ve never been to Valentine, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit within the pages of this book. I think you’ll find, like I did, that it’s a place you’ll love and never want to leave.  ~Mimbelina, Amazon Reviewer

Christmas Comes to Valentine is #5 in the Valentine series, and may be my favorite of all the Valentine stories. Of course, I say that about each one when I read it. Each story is what is known as a ‘stand alone’, meaning the stories are self-contained and do not rest on the one before or the one after, with the exception of continuing the town and supporting characters throughout.

The book was originally titled Recipes for Easy Living when it was published by Mira Books. I don’t recall why we chose that title, but it was a poor choice. When I read it and edited it for the first time in many years, I realized it was totally a Christmas story, with all the Christmas magic. And it is a story that can be read by all ages.

It is also the coming-of-age story of Corrine Pendley, the young girl who first appeared in Cold Tea on a Hot Day. Corrine is wiser than her years, thirteen going on twenty-three, as her Papa Tate says. Like all my characters, Corrine comes from a part of me, the child-woman part of me. When I was a child, I wanted a horse so badly. I rode stick horses, carefully chosen from limbs found on the rocky shore where I lived and washed smooth by the water. I read about horses and drew horses and dreamed of horses. And then one day, when I’d grown up, I finally got my own real-live horses. And my own true hero.

There is romance and a number of love stories in Christmas Comes to Valentine, because those things make up living. The biggest romance is with Christmas itself, and as in all true romances, not all the path is smooth.

I invite you to read an excerpt from Chapter One here. Those of you who have read previous Valentine stories will recognize your favorite characters, and new readers will begin to know all the people of Valentine. It is a great joy to share my people with you.