A Seaside Bookshop Christmas:
A Single Dad, Friends to Lovers Small Town Romance
(The Turner Family of Bluestar Island)
by Jennifer Faye
About A Seaside Bookshop Christmas
A Seaside Bookshop Christmas: A Single Dad, Friends to Lovers Small Town Romance (The Turner Family of Bluestar Island)
Small Town Romance
3rd in Series
Setting – Bluestar Island (a fictional island off the coast of Massachusetts)
Lazy Dazy Press (November 3, 2023)
Number of Pages 260
ASIN : B0CDFC7T15
Twelve days before Christmas, the forecast calls for snow with a hundred percent chance for love as the owner of the Seaside Bookshop risks everything, including her heart.
Christmas returns to Bluestar Island in this heartwarming page-turner. While the small town’s holiday calendar is filled with festive events, the friendships of Bluestar’s residents are put to the test. Melinda Coleman owner of the Seaside Bookshop finds herself making a deal with the town curmudgeon that could cost her everything. While furniture maker Liam Turner is suddenly a full-time single father. He’s in over his head with an active three-year-old. It will take these two friends helping each other to keep their lives from imploding and in the process, they find the most precious gift of all—love.
Includes a holiday recipe for Santa’s Mitten cookies!
Just then a young mother and her son moved to the checkout. Melinda couldn’t believe how well the bookstore was doing with Christmas in the air. She made small talk as she rang up the children’s books.
As they were walking to the exit, Melinda called out, “You forgot your scarf.”
The mother paused and glanced at her daughter before turning back. “It’s not ours.”
Huh? It wasn’t there earlier. She picked up the red knitted scarf. As her fingers touched the super soft material, she recognized it. This was the scarf she’d made for her father last Christmas. He must have forgotten it.
She rushed around the counter and headed for the door. She hurried outside. Unprepared for the icy sidewalk, her foot hit a patch and her body fell forward.
Her arms slashed through the icy cold air as she struggled to regain her balance. She was losing the battle. And then her arms landed against something sturdy and unmoving.
In the blink of an eye, she realized it wasn’t something but rather someone. When she tilted her chin upward, her gaze met a pair of striking blue eyes that reminded her of long lazy days on the beach while staring up at the clear blue sky. She knew that gaze. It was Liam. Embarrassment consumed her.
In her rush to straighten herself, she forgot about the ice. Her shoes once more slipped. Before she fell, Liam’s hands reached out to her once more. His hands spanned her waist.
“Hey. Take it easy.” His deep voice washed over her.
She stopped moving. “I’m sorry. I didn’t see you. I was trying to catch up with my father.”
Liam continued to hold onto her. “I didn’t see him. Was it something important?”
She shook her head. “I suppose not.” She held up the scarf. “He forgot this.”
“I think he’ll be okay without it.”
“I… I’ll drop it off this evening.”
She realized he was still holding onto her. The heat from his bare hands radiated through her white sweater. It made her heart pitter-patter.
The reaction surprised her. It wasn’t like they were anything other than friends—very good friends. However, they weren’t going to be anything more than that. They’d both helped each other through tough times that year and it had formed an unbreakable bond between them.
About Jennifer Faye
Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances. With more than a million books sold, she is internationally published with books translated into more than a dozen languages and her work has been optioned for film. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband and two spoiled cats. When she’s not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.
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