When Julien Franklin returns home for Christmas after retiring from the military, his first mission is to taste his hometown’s maple cookies and find office space for his civilian website business. He’s delighted to find the apartment above The Book Bin bookstore is for rent and owned by his old high school sweetheart.
Natalie Pinkett, widow and single parent, has some tragic secrets gnawing at her soul, but she needs to rent the empty rooms. Now an old love will be literally working above her head and with a rambunctious puppy her daughter has fallen in love with.
Can Julien woo the pretty bookstore owner? Will they find love again?
She crossed the room, knelt down beside the tree, and searched for the plug. “Naturally,” she muttered through a disgusted hiss, “the plug would be located at the very back against the wall.”
Sliding down on her stomach, she grunted and inched herself under the low branches just as a deep male voice asked, “Can I help?”
Startled, Natalie jerked upright. Her head crashed into some low hanging branches. Ornaments, dislodged from the tree, rained down and bounced onto the floor, rolling away.
“Yeeeoow,” she shrieked, and slid backwards into the still lit, but semi-dark room.
“It’s only me,” Julien said.
“Do you always sneak around?” she grumbled, shaking needles from her hair and shoulders. “You’re lucky you’re not wearing this tree.”
“My, my, someone is prickly tonight.”
She rubbed the top of her head and glared at him. “Now I have to crawl back there twice to get those darn lights turned off.”
A deep laugh rumbled out over her head. “Here,” he held out his hand to help her up. “Are you hurt?”
“No,” she said through gritted teeth and swatted at the top of her head. “Everyone loves pine pitch in their hair, right?”
Award-winning writer Judy Ann Davis has written for industry and education throughout her career. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction and is best known for “writing romance with a touch of mystery.” She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America. She divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
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