Title: The Christmas Wish
Blurb: Bonnie and Charlie married after a whirlwind affair, but it all ended when Bonnie left with no explanation. Now she’s back and Charlie wants answers, about what happened to them and why she left, but especially about the three children she has in tow. Can they all really make it home for Christmas?
As an empty nester, Caroline is feeling lonely this Christmas. When she meets the new veterinarian in town, Joshua Kendall, and his two children, she’s more than happy to invite them to her library for a holiday program. Joshua’s children seem to have little interest in celebrating, but Caroline is determined to put smiles on their little faces, and to make Joshua find joy in life again.
Brant and Hope found love the second time around, but now their farm is struggling and it’s taking a toll on their relationship. Hope’s daughter has asked for one thing for Christmas, but Brant is certain it’s something they can’t afford. There is a new baby on the way, and he’s worried about more than just the farm. Will they find a way to rekindle their love and still make the Christmas wish come true?
Certain to get you in the Christmas spirit, here are three heartwarming stories about love and family and finding joy in the Season.
Charlie O’Neill stepped back to survey the Christmas tree in the corner of the living room. The pungent pine scent almost overcame the smell of burnt cookies.
The tree leaned drunkenly to the right. Heck, he didn’t know the first thing about decorating a Christmas tree. His sister had done it while she lived here, but Cady had remarried late last summer.
Sometimes it was tough living in the old ranch house alone. For a moment he thought about what it might have been like had his brief marriage worked out. There might have been a baby on the way by now, somebody to make noise in this empty house. What’s over’s over. It was just that sometimes he still had a hard time dealing with it.
Charlie hung a few strands of tinsel on the tree, then gave up. What the hell! He’d go into town tonight, stop at the Hitching Post, have a beer. It was better than knocking around this place by himself. He’d just plunked on his hat and shrugged into his coat when the phone rang. The voice he heard when he answered it rocked Charlie down to his scuffed up boots.
“Charlie? It’s me.”
It took him a second. “Bonnie?”
On the other end, Bonnie clutched the dying cell phone and quelled her own nerves as the deep voice she remembered so well vibrated against her hand. Please don’t hang up.
“Yeah.” She sucked in her breath sharply and let it go. “I’m sorry to bother you, but…I need your help.” She expected to hear him click off but he didn’t.
“Where are you?” His voice was curt.
“In Red Springs. My car broke down. I need a place to stay while it’s getting fixed. I’m sorry, Charlie, I know you must hate me, but I’ve got no place else to turn.” She hated begging like this, but she had to do it for the kids’ sake.
Charlie clenched his jaw. The day he’d come home and found Bonnie gone flashed clear in his mind. He’d been devastated, and even a year and a half later the pain wasn’t gone. But the soft voice he heard sounded desperate. He was probably a fool…
“I’ll be there as soon as I can,” was all he said.
Bonnie slumped against the side of the café. The kids would have a warm place to sleep tonight. It would be hard explaining them to Charlie, but at least he would know why she’d left him.
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I love Christmas because it’s a time when my family can enjoy being together. My children are grown and don’t live close by anymore, but we always try to be together at Christmas. I love Christmas because it’s a time when people try to forget their differences and work hard to help those who are in need. I love everything about Christmas; the lights, the decorated store windows, the music, but most of all believing we all have a chance to be saved from the darkness because Christ as born.