Message From The Author

Hope Ramsay

Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Author's Message

Dear Reader,

Sometimes an author can write herself into a corner. And that’s exactly what happened to me when I started Last Chance Christmas.

This is the story of Stone Rhodes, a widower, who is so in love with his deceased wife that getting him out of his rut seems almost impossible. And what’s more, all of my readers know that Stone and his first wife were matched up by the town matchmaker, Miriam Randall. All of Miriam’s matches are perfect. They last forever. She never puts people together who aren’t soulmates.

Oy. Why did I do this to myself? How does a romance author write a story where a hero has to let go of his soulmate and find someone new? It raised a deeply existential question: Can you have more than one soulmate? It seems to me that soulmates are pretty exclusive. It was a conundrum.

And equally difficult was the question of the kind of woman needed to get Stone past his grief. The obvious answer would be someone funny, who would get him to laugh. I tried that heroine. Stone didn’t like her, and he sure didn’t love her.

And then I remembered something my mother used to say, “When you’re down in the dumps, the best way to get out of it is to find someone who needs your help.” 

And then it hit me. Stone Rhodes needs someone to take care of.

So my heroine, Lark Chaikin, arrives in Last Chance in need of an anchor. She is a photojournalist who has traveled around the world covering war and the gritty side of life. She comes to town to fulfill her father’s dying request to have his ashes scattered at Golfing for God, the mini-golf course owned by Stone’s family. 

Lark’s arrival is not immediately welcomed. In fact, Lark quickly learns that her father is suspected in a forty-year-old unsolved murder, and folks don’t want his ashes scattered anywhere in Allenberg County. This puts Lark in conflict with the hunky chief of police, but they soon team up to follow leads in the forty-year-old cold case. Pretty soon Lark begins to rely on the solid, quiet, brooding policeman. Stone makes her feel safe and cared for in ways she’s never felt before. For the first time in her life, she wants to hang on to a relationship. She wants to settle down in one place and leave the war zones behind her.

But does Stone love her? His heart may have reawakened, but he’s still not ready to let go of his first love. At least not until a certain Sorrowful Angel—and her eight-year-old helper—unleash a miracle or two. And what better time for miracles, angels, and children than Christmas?

- Hope Ramsay

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