A Christmas novella that’s far deeper than the average. Top it all off with a different setting, and man that cover defines lovely.
Fair Mountain Christmas (Heartwarming Christmas) by Heidi Eljarbo released in October in the Sweet Romance, Holiday Fiction genre.
Nostalgia and Christmas miracles burn bright in this uplifting and heartwarming story about new beginnings and falling in love under a blanket of stars.
Fair Mountain, December 1972.
A few days before Christmas, Juni’s editor gives her a writing assignment that throws her far outside her comfort zone. She and her terrier, Leo, retreat to her grandparents’ old cabin in the Norwegian mountains in hopes of inspiration. But the trip turns into a heart-wrenching and emotionally challenging encounter.
Memories of Juni’s childhood seep in as soon as she enters the cabin, and as for the writing assignment…what does she know about what children need for Christmas?
Juni’s focus changes when handsome Henry Norheim from Moose Lodge down the hill unexpectedly shows up outside her cottage door. His dedication to family, traditions, and Christmas celebration is contagious, but for Juni, coming out of her lonely shell is easier said than done.
As Juni’s deadline draws closer, and the snowflakes softly swirl down on Fair Mountain, she has to face up to her past, open her heart, and dare to take a step forward.
Will the miracle of Christmas live up to its promise of hope, goodwill, and love this year?
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Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don’t want to go near.
Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.
After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.
Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.
Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.
In the 1960s and 70s, I grew up spending vacations and weekends with my parents at our cabin in the Norwegian mountains. I especially loved our trips there during the winter. We had no electricity or running water. It was quaint and cozy with a wood burning stove and a fireplace, beds built into the wall behind the sofa, antique furniture, and a wind-up wall clock that chimed on the hour. Most of all, my parents were there. They were positive and happy people who were married during WWII, and they always had open hearts and arms to anyone who wanted to come visit or spend the night. A feeling of warmth, safety, and good traditions made this a special place to be.
Later in life, with a family of my own, my husband and I bought our own mountain cabin. It was built in the early 70s, and the cottage had electricity but no running water.
We’ve since renovated and modernized our family chalet, but when I started writing Fair Mountain Christmas, I knew I had to place Juni in a cabin in the early 1970s. I wanted her to feel lost without being able to call anyone during a snowstorm. I wanted her to get soot on her hands when she put logs in the wood burning stove. I wanted her dog to get lots of snow in his wooly fur coat. And if I could give her problems with how to get her article to her editor in time, the better. She couldn’t just email it, could she?
Juni’s visit to her grandparents’ cottage is an emotional one. Memories from her childhood seep in as she goes through memorabilia she finds in baskets, chests, and cabinets there. Sweet recollections of family activities and Christmas traditions make her wonder about her life.
Fair Mountain Christmas was inspired by where our cabin is. The name Fair Mountain is Fagerfjell (beautiful mountain) in Norwegian. I had Juni park her car where we park ours, walk up the same path, and experience the same view from the windows that I see when I visit. But this story is hers alone. Except for the dog. He’s just like our Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Hector. How much fun it was to write him into one of my books.
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