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(Northern Lights #2)
by Beth Carpenter
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarminga
It’s the season for giving…and starting over?
A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.
Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…
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Volunteering at the assisted-living home:
The residents behaved themselves for the rest of the gift distribution, but as soon as the Brownies left, the teasing began anew.
“Are you telling me you and that handsome Santa aren’t an item?” A lady dressed in a purple-and-green caftan clucked her tongue. “What’s wrong with you, girl?”
Marissa gave an exaggerated sigh. “You know what they say about dating the boss. It only leads to trouble.”
“Ain’t it the truth? I dated my boss. Then I married him, and next thing you know I had three babies in diapers, an eighteen-month-old girl and twin boys. Don’t think I slept for a year.”
Marissa laughed and continued to chat with the ladies.
“Refreshments are ready. Sugar-free on that table.” The song leader apparently also served as town crier. The residents surged toward the cookies and eggnog one of the volunteers had set out.
After a while, Martin beckoned Chris closer. He nodded toward the buffet table where Marissa was standing. “That one reminds me of my Rosie. A real pip. Is she married?”
Chris looked over at Marissa, who was smiling at someone’s remarks while she ladled punch into cups. “No, she’s not.”
“Then what are you waiting for? Ask her out.”
Chris laughed. “I did. A long time ago.”
“Shot you down, huh?”
“You could say that.”
Martin nodded sagely. “So that’s what you’re doing here. I wondered why somebody as young as you would be wasting his time with a bunch of old fogies. Trying to impress the girl, huh?”
“Men nowadays have no stamina. It takes persistence to win a woman over. I had to ask my Rosie six times before she agreed to marry me.”
“Really? Six times?”
“The first time was on our second date. She didn’t think I was serious, but I knew right away she was the one for me. Took a little longer to convince her I was the one for her.”
“But she finally said yes?”
“She did, and I made sure we got hitched before she could change her mind back. We were married for fifty-eight years.”
“And every day I tried to make sure she never regretted her decision. The love of my life. Lost her eight years ago, and still miss her every single day.”
It was hard to argue with success. When Chris looked up, Marissa had moved away from the punch bowl, but he located her on the other side of the room, talking to the dove lady Chris had sat beside earlier. Her name was Winnie, and when they’d handed out her gift earlier, she’d widened her eyes and clutched her hand to her chest as though surprised there was something for her. Now she was hugging Marissa and gracing her with that same beatific smile Chris had seen earlier. Marissa always seemed to bring out the best in people. Except maybe him.
Martin followed his gaze. “Well? Are you going to do it?”
Chris shrugged his shoulders. “Marissa and I were engaged once, but it didn’t work out. We’re just friends now.”
Martin eyed him. “Um-hmm. That’s what Rosie said to proposal number five. ‘Let’s just be friends.’”
“Is that so?”
“Persistence. That’s the ticket.”
“If you say so.”
“I do.” Martin tapped his finger against his wedding ring. “Fifty-eight years with the most beautiful girl in the world. I know what I’m talking about.”
Other Books in the Series
(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Where life's currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother's best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He's strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He's also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana's past…
About the Author
Once upon a time ...
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
December 2nd: Grand Finale
Reindeer Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
- Large handcrafted quilted reindeer tote bag
- Signed Copy of The Alaskan Catch
- Reindeer Cookie Cutters
- Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring-toss Game
$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends December 6th