Today I am excited to welcome author Julie Arduini as she shares about her latest story.
Ah, November. The start of the holiday season. Pumpkin Spice everything has been in the air for weeks. A couple weeks ago I even saw the first snowflakes of the season while visiting Wisconsin. All these signs point to a time of year readers love—the Christmas romance.
That’s my favorite time as a reader and as an author. Last year I was able to check an item off my author bucket list by participating in a Christmas romance boxed set. Although the set is no longer available, my novella from then, Restoring Christmas, has been re-released as a stand-alone.
When I first started writing for publication, I remember reading Susan May Warren’s From the Inside Out. It was a tremendous resource on how to write a quality book. One of the sections was on choosing the overall theme for the romance. One of the topics? Home again, home again.
I created a heroine who grew up helping her parents run a Christmas tourist attraction. As much as the residents in the village loved it, the mansion and the upkeep pushed our heroine away. After she lost her mother and her father dove into work even further, she rejected going to a local college and left town without looking back.
I had the most fun forcing Holly Christmas back to Geneseo Valley to save the Christmas Mansion. Holly has to face her grief, the fact that the mansion is falling apart, and that she has to accept the help of local teacher Kevin Holt and his unpredictable class of students.
Will Holly conquer the past and challenges for the future by staying in Geneseo Valley? Well, you’ll have to read to find out, but like any home again theme, it’s never a straight path when a character has to journey home.
How about you? Do you enjoy the home again theme in romance? What is one of your favorite books with that premise?
About the book:
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?
Holly Christmas left Geneseo Valley and her family’s holiday tourist attraction, The Christmas Mansion, as soon as she graduated. Now both her parents have passed, and Holly returns when her uncle’s requests that he needs her help running the mansion. On Holly’s first day back, a blunt middle-schooler proclaims Holly hates Christmas. His comment forces her to reconcile the past while planning for the mansion’s future.
Kevin Holt is invested in offering hope to students with challenges. His best friend’s son is in Kevin’s class, and Noah needs guidance. Their community project placement at The Christmas Mansion is an opportunity to make a positive difference. When Noah blurts out his thoughts to the beautiful co-owner, Kevin wonders if he has what it takes to help restore the mansion to its former glory, mentor Noah, and convince Holly Christmas she’s exactly where she needs to be.
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novella, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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