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A man she didn’t recognize from behind opened the door before she got there and, gentleman that he was, stepped aside to let her enter first. Her sleep-befuddled mind registered thick shoulders, a broad back, and brown curls that tipped over his blue button-down collar. Other than that, she murmured a quiet, “Thank you,” and focused on the rest of the class. The man behind her might be a stranger, but the rest of the class was very familiar to her.
“Hi, Tiffany,” her friend Valerie said from the far side of the circle of chairs. “What brings you to our neck of the woods? The little ones too tame for you?”
Tiffany’s spirits lifted at the sight of the petite, slightly curvy twentysomething girl. They’d met in middle school, and Valerie had been the one to stick by her through her misfortunate middle-school hairstyles and the heartbreaks of high school. Valerie made her laugh, and if she was in this class, all would be well. “Mrs. Melanie asked me to sit in for Mr. Billy.”
Valerie’s husband, Travis, looked up from his notebook with concern in his bespectacled eyes. “Is he all right?”
Tiffany lost the smile that had started. “Actually, Mrs. Melanie said he has a stomach bug. So, let’s add him to our prayers. Don’t let me forget.” She took the unoccupied seat on Valerie’s left and murmured greetings to the others in the room before shifting in her chair and paying attention to the stranger in their midst. Sweet baby Jesus.
He wasn’t a stranger. At least, she’d known him better than anyone else on the planet a lifetime and seven years ago. Nick Walsh had been her senior prom date. He’d brought her flowers and literal fruit in a basket when she’d had the car accident that totaled her precious first car. He’d sat in the dining room and talked to her mom for hours, even after everyone else had long left her graduation party and he’d been given every hint that it was time for him to go home.
Then, he had enlisted in the Marines and disappeared from her life.
More From The Author
What do you hope your readers get from your book.
I hope that readers will finish my novella a bit happier, touched by the sweet love between the characters, and invigorated in their faith. God can be trusted, even through the bad times. The Christmas season can be full of joy for many, and grief for others–God is with us through all of it.
Inspiration for writing the book?
The novella was inspired by the publisher’s call for Christmas novellas. I saw the call on June 9 and took the challenge of writing the book by the end of the month—2 ½ weeks later, it was done. I started with the concept of someone being confused by her ex showing up wearing a wedding ring without a wife. I also am friends with a lovely young lady in our church who was the inspiration for the main character—even though the story is entirely fiction.
Favourite scene from the book?
Strangely enough, it is the epilogue my editor suggested I add. I get teary-eyed every time I proofread it.