Jackson Merritt's first night in London has concluded with an unexpected bang. Acting on instinct, he steps into the midst of an attempted theft that leads him into the life, and heart of Vanessa Colby.
A personal shopper at the world-famous department store Harrods, Vanessa wants only to savor the start of the Christmas season. She's not looking for love, but after being rescued from harm by Jackson, she finds herself falling fast and hard for the handsome American who heads North American operations for her family's IT firm.
But a woman from Jackson’s past shows up in London as well—and if she can’t win him back, she’s bent on destroying his career, and any future happiness with Vanessa.
As truths play out, as emotions are faced and reconciled, Jackson and Vanessa must confront the idea of authentic reformation, extending forgiveness, and finding a way to love…even in the darkest of circumstances.
A Snapshot of an Evans Family Christmas
It all begins with the sugar cookies. Not just any sugar cookies, mind you, but my grandmothers absolutely fabulous recipe for soft and chewy, sweet and divine Christmas sugar cookies. We mold dough, we chat while we cut the dough into the shape of Christmas trees, ornaments, Santa, bells, angels (using her original, antique metal shapes, which I love!).
Although years have passed since they 'flew the nest' the wonderful thing about this tradition is that it never fails to bring my kids back home. They make arrangements to be with me and help out when "Christmas Cookie" day arrives, and that means so much. Red and green sugar flakes, multi-colored balls are strewn atop the treats, baked and stored...and then we welcome the family.
Fourteen of us gather around the table for dinner, squished elbow-to-elbow and we wouldn't have it any other way. We've already munched on appetizers like antipasto and pistachio nuts and fruits and cheeses...but there's always room for more wonderful food. We polish off dinner with cheese cake, then the gift exchange ensues. We draw names each Thanksgiving to find out who we're going to give a gift to...but the exchange isn't just about the gift. We take it slow, and we laugh, and even shed a few bittersweet tears as we share memories, or rejoice over new family members, or ache just a bit as we miss those who watch over us from Heaven. Sure, there's the stress of shopping, and preparing, and cooking and cleaning, but the memories and joy are what last, and what have been engraved on my heart with each and every Christmas.
Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty Christian romance and fiction novels. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit RWA as well the Heart of Excellence Award from Ancient City Romance Authors. She also earned wins for Best Romance of 2012 from the Christian Small Publisher's Association and the Selah award for best Novella of 2013. Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.
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