While this is not, strictly talking, a Christmas story, there’s enough in it consider it one.
The story is Truth and Solace (Book 3, Love at Solace Lake series) By Jana Richards, a contemporary romance with a touch of paranormal.
The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.
Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?
Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.
Maggie pushed her way through the crowd, feeling grumpy and tired. What idiot leaves her Christmas shopping until December 23? She sighed. It wasn’t like she’d wanted to leave the shopping until the last minute, but she simply hadn’t had time to shop. December was her company’s busiest month and she’d been working late almost every night. She was exhausted. The Christmas concert at her daughter’s school last night meant she was up until one in the morning the night before sewing sequins on Sarah’s angel wings. She’d managed to bake some Christmas cookies and address the obligatory Christmas cards, but she found no pleasure in the activities. This year even putting up the Christmas tree seemed like a chore. When had Christmas changed from the most special holiday of the year to the most arduous?
Maggie fought her way to the cosmetics counter to buy some perfume for her sister. While she waited for the salesclerk to ring up her purchase, she looked around the store. Everywhere fake Santas and Christmas angels exhorted customers to buy, buy, buy, reminding them that Christmas was for giving, the cost be damned. Every year the Christmas decorations appeared in the stores a little earlier, the Santas showing up before the Halloween goblins had a chance to get out of the way. Christmas had turned into one more excuse to make a buck.
She was beginning to feel like The Grinch.
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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