Book: Let Nothing You Dismay by Linda Swiftcategories: Book, Christmas, Tourist Center, Antebellum Mansion, Family, Tour Guide, Travelers, Widow, Divorcee, Snowstorm, May-December Relationship, Auto Maintenence, Contermporary Romance
Linda Swiftabout this book: I love to read Christmas holiday stories, and early in my writing career I wrote my first one and chose my own hometown for the setting. We have an antebellum mansion that has been converted to a Tourist Welcome Center, and each Christmas the Garden Clubs of the town decorate throughout. Tours are conducted for travelers who stop in which include two upstairs rooms devoted to the memorabilia of a native son who was a former US vice-president.
My heroine became a tour guide, of course. An older woman who had recently become a widow and was having financial difficulties as she tried to cope with her deceased husband's hospital bills. She enrolled in a technical college auto mechanics class to learn how to take care of her car and her teacher was a younger recently-divorced man. Neither was looking for a new relationship but the attraction between them grew. When the snowstorm of the century closed the Interstate, Kala provided shelter for two families on Christmas Eve and also invited Rex to share the holiday festivities with them. In addition to the middle-aged couple and young mother with two small children, Kala's smart-mouthed granddaughter showed up and Rex brought another stranded student. As if the snowstorm was not enough, Kala had to cope with frozen water pipes that flooded the basement and a fire from Christmas tree lights. But out of the chaos came an appreciation of the true meaning of Christmas for all.
This story first appeared as a novella in A Christmas Gift anthology published by Kensington. Then it became a single title ebook. Now it is available as both ebook and print from another digital publisher. It has received all five star reviews and is a book suitable for every age and a feel-good read for anyone anytime who wants to enjoy the Christmas spirit in any season.
When I wrote the book, I was given a tour and much additional information about the job by a gracious guide named Sandy. For the first and only time as an author, I wrote a real person of my acquaintance into a story. Ironically, the last release of this book occurred at the time Sandy was retiring from her job. So when I had a book signing at a local Christian Bookstore, I invited her to sit at my table and sign this book with me. There was punch and cookies and my husband, who is a talented keyboard musician, provided Christmas carols to add to the festivities.
Let Nothing You Dismay has been Find a Great Romance Book of the Month in February and March. It was rated five stars by Long and Short Reviews, The Romance Studio, and Readers and Writers of Distinctive Fiction.
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