Christmas is a time of great expectations—don’t we all go into the season looking forward to time spent with family and friends, attending parties and giving gifts, decorating our houses and inhaling the lovely scents of pumpkin pie and fresh-cut pine?
In Christmas in River’s Edge, Jenny Weaver and her son, Luke, are anticipating doing all the wonderful things that the little river town has in store each year during the holidays. The Candlelight Walk, the Christmas Parade, hot chocolate and sugar cookies on the River Walk, Santa’s arrival on the big old fire truck, and Aidan Flaherty’s annual Christmas Eve show. Holiday traditions abound in River’s Edge!
Jenny is delighting in the holiday preparations. But amidst all the merrymaking, real life comes in with Luke’s dad, Jenny’s ex, dealing with alcoholism and her sister Jo so far away in North Carolina. As much as Jenny loves seeing Jo so happy with her scientist fiancé, Alex, and her other sister, Jasmine crazy in love with her carpenter, Eli, she can’t help feeling a twinge of envy. The holidays bring home the fact that, although she has Luke and her loving family, Jenny’s life feels very small. There is no one special in her life. Nothing extraordinary.
But when high school friend Gabe Dawson comes back into her life, she’s wary—not sure she wants to bring a globe-trotting archeologist who’s never been a parent or a husband before in her and Luke’s life. However, Gabe manages to be a stable, peaceful influence, all the while encouraging Jenny to discover herself and her passion—writing novels for tweens. Maybe there’s something to be said for old friends and for finding pleasure in the little things… Jenny must search her heart this holiday season to know what’s next for her and Luke.
We all go into the holidays with great expectations, but let’s remember that maybe what we long for isn’t found in the extraordinary; perhaps it’s found in the very ordinary. In a family dinner, in the hanging of holiday decorations, in watching your child put a special ornament on the Christmas tree, and in simply sitting quietly by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, a good book, and someone you love.
What is your favorite ordinary joy at the holiday season?
About the Author
Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet, small-town romantic fiction for Tule Publishing. Her day job is working as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, however, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, woman in her prime. Nan lives in the Midwest with her husband of 50 years, where they split their time between a house in the city and a cottage on a lake. Talk to Nan at: email@example.com