Christmas at Whispering Creek
Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads!
Christmas is only 26 days away, according to Google, but of course it’s never too early for Christmas stories, and ’tis the season when I really start craving them (even more than I do the rest of the year lol), so now is the perfect time to jump right into these posts!
Continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2022. Most days will have more than one post, just FYI. 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!)
CHRISTMAS AT WHISPERING CREEK by Barbara M. Britton
SERIES: Christmas Holiday Extravaganza
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2022
“Fans of Christian romance will laugh and cry while reading this heartfelt Christmas story” says USA Today bestselling author, Laura Scott.
All Samantha Williams wants to do is to use her teaching degree to instruct a classroom of second graders. But, after a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of twenty-three, and failed reconstruction surgery, Sam finds herself without a job and temporarily living with her parents. This isn’ t the life Sam expected. When a family friend dies and leaves Sam a house and land in Whispering Creek, Tennessee, Sam must decide if leaving Wisconsin for Southern living is in her lesson plans.
Nashville native, Cole Donoven, left his family’ s electrical business to write country music. When Cole’ s song-writing partner and girlfriend dumps him for a country music star, Cole abandons Nashville to hole up in Whispering Creek and compose one more song. The last thing Cole expects to find in the sleepy small town is a deceased friend, estate squabbles, and a Northern beauty. Will the chaos in Whispering Creek help create a bestselling song for Cole and possibly help him find a life-long collaborator?
Foodies in “Christmas at Whispering Creek”
“You two are as sweet as chess pie.”
The above line appears in “Christmas at Whispering Creek”, and it stumped my critique partners who are all Wisconsin residents.
“What is chess pie?” they asked.
In my Christmas novel, I have a Wisconsin gal inheriting a house in Tennessee. When Samantha meets Nashville native, Cole Donoven, her culinary tastes are challenged. I had so much fun bringing some southern foods to the attention of my heroine.
I had the pleasure of tasting chess pie for the first time in a small town in Tennessee. It is very sweet.
As a college freshman at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (Before Waco became famous), I saw several new-to-me foods in the cafeteria. Fried okra, black-eyed peas, and chicken fried steak were foods that I had never tasted. I spent my early years in California. Hopped coasts to Connecticut for high school. And landed in Texas for college. Each state had its own delicacies. I have to confess, I haven’t eaten the above-mentioned foods since I left Texas, but I have Samantha discover fried okra.
I have to thank Texas for my love of iced tea. I had never tasted iced tea before becoming a Baylor Bear. Now, I drink it almost every day.
Cole Donoven is into “Nashville Hot.” He likes his food with a little kick. His favorite candy is Red Hots, and he doesn’t mind a little chili in his chocolate. How dare he! Cole even likes sizzling red candies on his Christmas gingerbread cookies.
Have you lived in different parts of the country and experienced regional foods? Maybe some you didn’t like? If so, you can laugh when a Wisconsin girl learns to eat some country favorites at Christmastime.
Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction from Bible Times to present day USA. Her Tribes of Israel series brings little-known Bible characters to light. Her novel “Christmas at Whispering Creek,” is a compelling, yet fun story, shining a light on breast cancer. Barbara has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. You can find out more about Barbara and her books on her website www.barbarambritton.com.
Barbara Britton is offering a print copy of Christmas at Whispering Creek and Defending David, as well as some book swag to one of my readers! (US only for print. Ebooks if winner is outside US. 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 Christmas at Whispering Creek by Barbara M. Britton?