today’s book: The Christmas Husband
Welcome to another post in my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads! (Over 50 this year – And I’m SO EXCITED about it!)
Christmas is only FIVE DAYS away – and only three days left of the Christmas Reads Giveaway after today. I hope y’all have enjoyed this year’s book spotlights and guest posts! And we’re not quite done yet! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next book is a sweet, light historical romance perfect for cozying up in front of a fire – plus author Lucette Nel gives us a sneak peek at her next Christmas story too!
THE CHRISTMAS HUSBAND
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2020
It was one little lie told only to protect impoverished Naomi Stuart and her daughter. But when Benedict Ramsay — a man she met fleetingly years before who should be in England — arrives in town, all she’d carefully constructed threatens to crumble.
Benedict arrives a stranger in Noelle, hoping to confront the father who’d abandoned him. What he did not expect was to discover he was a married man … to a woman he didn’t even remember meeting. And against his will, Benedict warms to the idea of a ready-made family.
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by Lucette Nel, author of The Christmas Husband
Maybe under different circumstances, writing a blog would have been [easy]. Probably not. I’ve never found writing a post easy and this year most of my normal was turned upside down, but I’m sure everyone can agree that 2020 was no normal year.
When Carrie announced she was hosting her annual “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” I was excited to participate, even though writing a blog post never comes easy to me.
Yet, here it is, a small excerpt from my nameless Christmas WIP (work in progress).
Warning, it’s pretty raw, but hopefully it will see the “light” in 2021 after countless edits and rewrites🤣.
“Where are they?” Molly Jordan pinched the folds of her skirts as she hurried down the three steps of the porch, her gaze on the wagon, parked beneath the bare oak.
“They were just there.” Jake Colby pointed at the wagon, as if their nephews would drop onto the seat out of the vast blue sky.
“How old did you say they are?” Aside from her chickens, there was no sign of life in the yard. Before she could stop herself, images flashed of little bodies with snapped necks. She shook her head to dislodge the scenes as well as the chill crawling down her spine. Now was no time to expect the worse.
Balling her fists, she whirled to face him. “You don’t know how old your nephews are?” This…this…man was impossible! Had the children been fed? Best he got on his wagon and as far away from her farm as possible.
“You don’t either.”
“I didn’t just travel with them several hundred miles.”
“They didn’t talk much.”
“I see…” The children was probably too terrified and heartbroken, but their goat of an uncle wasn’t paying attention, too eager to get rid off them.
She gripped the side of the wagon, rose on the tip of her toes but aside from a bulging bag, the back was empty. Wonderful. The hog lost her only nephews.
“They have to be here, somewhere.”
Jake stared at the empty wagon as if it had fangs.
Good thing he used his brain and rather brought them to her. It was done. The boys would stay with her and Momma. In time, Momma will forgive Mary and love her grandsons. But Molly would never sleep again if she let Jake keep her nephews.
“Describe them to me.” She squinted up at him.
“About this tall.” He held his hand at his mid-thigh. “Slender and hair like yours.”
Molly planted her fists on her hips as she scanned the yard. “We need to find them. What are their names?”
“Cord and Mattie.”
Cord and Mattie? Mary always said she wanted to use their granddaddy’s name if she had a son. As stubborn as her little sister was, it was odd that she didn’t. Probably Ben’s doing for Jacob was a mighty fine name.
Lucette Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious boy and sweet baby girl and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with a spoiled Pug, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.
She works as a bookkeeper and uses every available second to create interesting characters in historical settings.
Lucette Nel is offering an ebook copy of The Christmas Husband to one of my readers! (Open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read The Christmas Husband by Lucette Nel?