The Christmas Catalyst
Mainstream Romance: Contemporary, Holiday: Christmas
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Editor: Bernadette Smith
Line Editor: Zena Gainer
Word Count: 5,750
Release Date: December 14, 2011
What can a ten-year-old girl do to improve this Christmas when her father will never be with them for Christmas again?
Christmas without him seems bleak, so she tries to befriend a homeless mutt, which her mother won’t let her keep. Then when she takes her grandmother to meet the man who moved into the cabin in the woods behind them, she finds he has adopted the dog which makes her happy. But why does her grandmother sort of adopt the man, inviting him for Christmas Dinner?
Neither her mother or grandmother knew anything about her friendship with the man who’d moved into the cabin in the woods last fall. They’d warned her about speaking to men she didn’t know, but Sarge wasn’t that kind of man. He wasn’t creepy and never tried to touch her or anything like that. His face was kind of weather-beaten and his blue eyes were kind, like Daddy’s. He didn’t look anything like her father otherwise, except for being about the same size. Not real tall, but like Daddy used to say, “Tall as I was meant to be.” Still, she hated keeping it a secret about meeting him.
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