Book: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, Lost Love, Divorce, Loss, Forgiveness, Child Custody, University Town, Library, Faithful Dog, Grandmother, Family Relationships, Christmas Celebrations, Contemporary Romance
Linda Swiftabout this book: I have written more than one book on the theme of going home again. And Christmas seems a very appropriate time for this theme. I am an only child of an only child and have always wished for a large, loving family and at no time do I wish it more than the Christmas holidays.
Writing a story about a large family celebration at Christmas seemed a perfect combination. I set the story in a small university town near the rural area where I spent the first ten years of my life. This was the university where I earned three degrees in education so I had fond memories of that as well. Add to that a library, an elderly librarian, and a lovable old black lab and the setting was complete.
The romance in this story involves a young woman who has lost her husband and son in a tragic accident. Coming home for the holidays, Leigh is confronted by a man she had loved and lost long ago. Russell has problems of his own. His ex-wife has just remarried and wants him to take custody of their two little girls who are with him now at Christmas. As Leigh and Russell try to deal with their hurt and resist their renewed attraction, the large family gathers for their traditional celebration. It takes an almost-fatal fire and a near-drowning to clarify what is really important to Leigh and Russell and help them make the right choices.
I have had a few experiences in writing stories that have given me an eerie feeling. This was one of them. I was in a bookstore in Sarasota signing another book and afterward I talked with one of the employees about the book I had just written. I told her the main character was a woman who had moved to Florida from upstate New York after her husband and son had been killed in an accident. She paled and said she had just moved from New York after her husband had died in a car crash. But thankfully, her little son was alive. I then told her my heroine had been a teacher but now sold real estate. She shook her head and confirmed that she had been a teacher also and said "You are writing my story." Both of us were obviously a bit shaken and we didn't continue the conversation.
This book was first published as an ebook only and now, with a new publisher, is available as an ebook and in print.
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