The Christmas Bride by Christy McKee
She’s ruled by her emotions. He’s determined to prove his feelings are real. Is snow-covered Vermont a perfect place for a second chance at forever?
Emma Kimball is struggling to keep tradition alive. Drowning in debt from her late mother’s medical bills, she escapes to spend December in her childhood’s beloved small-town inn. And the last complication she needs is for her handsome ex to crash her wintery wonderland.
Dr. Jake Cutter almost has it all. Nine years after their painful breakup, he’s bent on chasing a Yuletide miracle to win back the woman he loves. So even knowing that she’s skittish to reconnect, he’s willing to do the work to thaw her heart.
Scared she’ll wreck her future and end up with someone just like her overly controlling father, a wary Emma resists the allure of her old flame’s attempts to reconcile. But as Jake worries about once again messing up the best thing ever, he refuses to stop hoping he’s been good enough to earn a kiss underneath the mistletoe.
Can an unexpected holiday reunion turn out to be the greatest gift of all?
The Christmas Bride is a heartwarming contemporary romance. If you like complex characters, idyllic seasonal settings, and jingle-bell charm, then you’ll adore Christy McKee’s tale of forgiveness and fate.
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I never set out to be an author. My goal was always TV news. During a break from college, I was fortunate to get an internship with Associated Press—a real prize for a broadcast major. A few months into the job, I made a catastrophic mistake, quoting a source incorrectly. I’d rewritten a few words to make the sentence flow better. Unfortunately, my “re-arranging” altered the source’s meaning, and my boss was apoplectic. The red-faced bureau chief fired me on the spot, muttering under his breath that I should try my hand at fiction.
After working in TV news—getting up at four AM really sucked— I spent time in advertising, produced radio and tv commercials, telecourses for a southern university, training at another southern university, and a stint in healthcare; I was still searching for “the best” job, for me. After nearly two decades, the words of my former AP bureau chief still rang in my head. Fiction. Maybe it was time. Our children were grown. My husband offered to take on nightly dinners and our big Lab, Brody, was ecstatic to have a stay-at-home mom. Finally, I was on my way! But where was I going?
Well…growing up near a lakeside resort town—spending a lot of time at my dad’s marina—I was inspired to create quirky, cozy, friendly Haley, Vermont. Most of my main characters are thirty-somethings. They’ve faced failed relationships, weathered job changes and are looking for love—whether they own up to it or not. Many are in need of a second chance, and it’s up to me to give them one. Watching my characters achieve their destiny through personal growth, strong friendships, and facing their life challenges head-on, is my goal for every story.
My husband and I live near the beautiful coast of North Carolina. When I’m not writing, we love taking Brody, our black Lab, and our small grandchildren to the beach for walking or sandcastle-building. My “other” pleasures are reading, water aerobics, indulging my sweet tooth, and long lunches with my friends—in no particular order.