This is the time of year when we all want to believe in miracles, and since Patty wants her husband home for the holiday, she wishes for one more than most.
Her frail fingers traced the lines in the bark and she remembered the beautiful spring day Michael came home from work early.
Michael rushed into the kitchen and grabbed her hand. Hurrying her out of the house and down the path to the tree, he lifted her, sat her in the crook of it. He smiled up at her. His boots kicked the dirt under his feet, his hands sunk into his pockets, and he clearly was struggling to find the right words to say to her.
“I don’t tell you near enough how much I love you.”
“I love you too,” she answered, wondering where this conversation was going.
“No, I love you more than I ever believed I could love anyone. I love our family and this farm. Of all the places I’ve been in my life, I finally feel like I’m home. Darlin’, I just want you to know I’ve never been happy with my life until now…until you. Come here.”
He reached up and lifted her down into his arms. The kiss...it came from his soul and she knew it. It was like no other and one she would never forget. There were no words to describe it; it spoke without words—from his heart and his soul—and anyone who had ever been kissed that way would know exactly what she was talking about.
The tree had grown and the bark was rough, sort of like Michael. Not in a bad way. He was always gentle with her and the children, but he was not a man to be messed with. He wasn’t tall, but his muscular body was evident even through his clothes. His smile and his laugh would light up a room. He and he alone lit up Patty’s heart. He was truly the love of her life.
Patty misses her husband dearly and dreams of him coming home for Christmas. When she shares her dream with her children, they become increasingly worried as Patty goes between present day and her cherished memories.
Her children gather to decide how to help her handle the disappointment and comfort her when he doesn't show up. After all, it was only a dream.
Convinced she was losing her grip on reality and shouldn't live alone any longer, they decide to wait until after the holidays before making any major changes in her life.
But Christmas Day brings a shocking surprise—to everyone but Patty. This is a heartwarming, funny, and touching story that will have you believing in miracles.
About the Author:
Writing has been an important part of Keriann McKenna’s life for as long as she can remember. Poetry was her first love, next came music and lyrics when she was a singer/musician, and now she writes romance. Her Christmas story, Come Back To Me At Christmas, was released in December 9, 2014. It’s a fast, delightful read for all ages.
If you’re looking for something hot, check out The Key to Annie’s Heart, Book One in the Fall River Ranch series and MacDermot’s Bride, Book Two in the series. The MacDermot’s of Scotland, Book Three, is scheduled for release in December, 2015.
Keriann is also a freelance editor.
Born and raised in a small community in Upstate New York, she gradually ventured west where she settled in the Seattle area for a number of years. She has been content to live in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains since 1983 with her family.
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