Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cozy Christmas Reads: Rose's story

Christmas Grace: The story behind the book
A guest post by Rose Allen McCauley

This story is very dear to my heart! The idea came to me while standing in line at a funeral visitation for my oldest daughter’s best friend in high school who died a few years later.

Penny had developed kidney failure, and that led to her death from heart complications, leaving a small daughter and many loving friends behind. So, I wanted to write a happy ending to the story, which led to me writing this book. I even sent a copy to Penny’s daughter who said she enjoyed it.

The book was written in memory of Penny Sadler Prows and is dedicated to my daughter Christy McCauley Kinney and her husband Chris Kinney, the couple who grace the beautiful cover designed by Delia Latham!

Chris is also the name of the fictional hero in the book who loved both women. He and Grace Buchanan grew up on the same street. Grace’s best friend all through school was Terrie whom Chris fell in love with while in high school. They were called the “Three Musketeers” until Grace noticed Terrie started sitting in the front seat when Chris would pick them up, and Grace was okay with that. Chris had always been more like a brother to her anyway.

Grace was the maid of honor in their wedding then moved away to Chicago to get her degree. When she heard about Terrie’s diagnosis five years after their graduation, Grace came back to Gatlinburg and was tested to be a kidney donor for Terrie, but hers didn’t match. Soon, she came back for Terrie’s funeral, then stayed in Chicago for the next five years except for short trips home to see her parents.

My story begins with Grace on a plane to Gatlinburg for her tenth high school reunion where she runs into Chris who travels a lot for his work. He gives her a ride home, and they spend several evening together while meeting with the reunion committee.

They each feel some unease at first, then both realize they are attracted to their friend from childhood. But, will they be betraying the love of their other best friend and Chris’ wife’s memory?

This is a romance, so you know it will have a happy ending, but there is a lot they have to sort through and live through before they can make that decision. If you don’t win this book, I hope you will order a kindle or print version from Amazon.

This book would be a great read to get you in the Christmas spirit. I read Christmas books the whole month of December. How about you?

Author Bio: 

Rose Allen McCauley has written six published books and is working on her seventh, three of which are Christmas ones.

She has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, and they enjoy their three children and their five (soon to be six) grandchildren.

Blurb for Rose's book Christmas Grace:

Grace Buchanan and Chris Fisher were best friends for sixteen years...until he fell in love with her other best friend, Terrie. 

Chris and Terrie married after high school, then she died three years later. A renewed friendship soon awakens stronger feelings in Grace and Chris. 

Can they both let go of the past long enough to claim the future God has for them?

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