Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Rose Allen McCauley as she talks about her latest story in the Smoky Mountain Christmas collection.
I have to give all the kudos to Jeanie Smith Cash for coming up with this great idea to bring four cousins back to the Smoky Mountain area for their Granddaddy’s 80th birthday. Then she invited us to join her with our own love stories. They had all grown up in this location and had their hearts broken, but of course they can’t stand to break their Granddaddy’s heart, too.
If you have ever had the fun of growing up near or visiting Gatlinburg, TN where they go all out to decorate the whole town for Christmas for months, you also know it will put you in the Christmas spirit for months. Hopefully you will be singing Christmas songs until December 25 or even New Years after reading the four stories in this collection.
My book centers on Grace Buchanan and Chris Fisher who grew up next door as best friends…until he feel in love with her other best friend, Terrie. Chris and Terrie married after high school, then she died three years ago. When Grace comes home for the birthday celebration she runs into Chris. Can they both let go of the past long enough to claim the future God has for them?
About Smoky Mountain Christmas
Claude Buchanan is turning 80. Ida Buchanan wants her husband to have an 80th birthday he’ll never forget. His one request is for all their children and grandchildren to be there for the party. They have four sons, and each one has a daughter—the heroines in each of the novellas. The cousins all share the last name of Buchanan.All four young women left Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the last few years—for reasons specific to each—and moved to another area or state. For that reason, they don’t want to return for the party. But because they love their grandparents, they do. Returning home forces each young woman to deal with what caused her to leave in the first place, and in each case, opens the door to true love.The birthday party takes place in Granddaddy and Granny Buchanan’s barn on Christmas Eve, and each of the four novellas end that same day, just prior to the party, which is featured in the epilogue accompanying the last book in the series.
Rose has been retired from teaching school for two decades now with seven books published. She has been married for over fifty years to her college sweetheart, and appreciates her growing family of three children and their spouses and six children with one more on the way!
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