Advent, that period before the birth of Jesus, is a time of anticipation, hope, and reflection. Much of the story of A Christmas Hope takes place in that time period. Clara is anticipating the joy of the season, as well as launching a new segment of her business. Sam is wondering how soon Christmas will be over so he can get back to his bleak life without interference. Will the miracle of Christmas touch them?
This book had several inspirations. One was Maggie May, a real border collie I had the honor to meet while I was substituting in Ben Lomand, California. Her owner and I became friends and I was treated to Maggie May’s boundless energy on more than one occasion.
The other was a business started by one of my first business coaching clients, Kaycee McKenzie, called The Joyful Table. It sounds like such a fun concept that I regret no longer living in California so I can participate.
When I lived on the East Coast, I often went to upstate New York. It’s a picturesque area of farms and rolling hills. When I thought about this book, I knew I wanted to set it in that area. Snow, red barns, and green wreaths seemed like a natural setting for a Christmas story. A mill converted into shops in Milford, Pennsylvania, inspired the restaurant for Sam and Clara’s dinner.
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To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away a copy of A Christmas Hope, as well as my romantic suspense, Chasing the Tumbleweed. Click on the image below to enter. The contest runs Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.