Photographer Mitch Carson is tired of big city life. He just wants to settle down in a quiet town with his daughter, Angie. Even that doesn't quell his fear of losing his daughter to his scheming mother-in-law.
Sophie Gardner wants to be a screenwriter. She's ready to leave small town Zutphen, Michigan and go to Hollywood. With a theater degree under her belt, she's busy writing scripts while helping out her sister Joanie, who's bedridden with a difficult pregnancy. Unfortunately, Joanie has somehow coerced Sophie into directing the Christmas pageant at Zutphen Community Church.
When Sophie and Mitch meet, the attraction is instant and mutual. But each wants what the other is trying to get away from. Can they deny their feelings and pursue their dreams? Or will the holiday prove to them that their true wishes might not be what they'd thought?
“Hey, what’s that smell in here? Is it Mystery Meat Stir-Fry, or Road Kill Stew tonight?” Dave Bennett, Joanie’s college professor husband, set his briefcase on the table and came up behind her to investigate. Sophie smacked his hand when he reached for a piece of chicken.
“Leave that alone.”
“You’d deny a starving man a single bite of protein?”
“A starving man, no. A crazy brother-in-law, yes.”
Dave threw his head back and laughed. “I’m sure I know several people who would agree with that description.”
Sophie loved her laid-back, fun-loving brother-in-law. He was definitely a great match for her sister, who up until this pregnancy had been one of the most capable, efficient people she knew. They had the perfect balance. Just what Sophie had hoped for in Nate Vosman. A tall, handsome dreamer, Nate had been the one with the vision. Sophie had wanted to help him make those dreams come true, and writing scripts for him was her way to do it. She’d had such plans. But that was a lifetime ago…
“You goofball. Go and see if your wife or your son needs anything. Like maybe some attention. Dinner will be ready in half an hour.”
“Yes, ma’am.” He saluted and marched out of the kitchen, leaving Sophie to shake her head in amusement.
In a previous life, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary school students by day and changed diapers at night. Now she teaches college students part time and changes diapers only when she's taking care of grandkids. She loves to do anything that doesn't involve exercise. Right now her favorite activities, other than writing, include scrapbooking, sewing, and making music. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan, near their five children and nine grandchildren.
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