I can’t imagine doing a book release without my bestie, Liz. She’s my support, my best critic, my cheerleader, and my kindred spirit, so I’m delighted to spend a moment or two here at the Window Over the Sink to tell you about Christmas in River’s Edge—book 3 in the Weaver Sisters trilogy.
When Tule asked me if I could include a Christmas story in the Weaver Sisters trilogy, I wanted to make sure it included a child, so of course, Jenny’s story became the holiday romance. Jenny’s eight-year-old son Luke steals the show in this book, and he comes from my own Grandboy who is eleven now and continues to steal my heart every time I see him. Luke is small, big-hearted, charming, full of curiosity, and not terribly athletic, but gifted in other ways. Luke’s dad, Tuff, is an alcoholic who’s created a lot of problems for Jenny and Luke, but throughout the story, there is no question how much he loves his son. It was important to me—perhaps because I came from a divorced home and had an absent father—that no matter what Tuff’s personal issues were, Luke always knew his Dad loved him without reservation.
Jenny worries about bringing another man into their lives, but archeologist and professor, Gabe Dawson is exactly what she and Luke need. He is warm and kind and fun, and he respects the boundaries Jenny must set because she is a single mom with an ex-husband very much in the picture. Gabe’s relationship with Luke is exactly right—he doesn’t want to take Tuff’s place, but he discovers he can love Luke like a son and be there for him and Jenny without interfering in the father/son relationship that Luke and Tuff share. I think that’s a hard thing, as all family dynamics are, but Gabe navigates it all with dignity, which is why he one of my very favorite characters in River’s Edge.
Is there redemption for Tuff? Maybe…that remains to be seen. But Jenny, Luke, and Gabe become a family, and isn’t family what we celebrate at the holidays? I hope you enjoy coming home for Christmas in River’s Edge.
After a painful divorce from her high school sweetheart, triplet returns to River’s Edge with her young son. While happy to be reunited with her sisters and working at the family’s marina, she has no intention of jumping into the dating pool, especially going into the holidays. Then , once a shy nerd who tutored her in history classes, arrives home transformed into a handsome hunk who makes her pulse race.
Archeologist and history professor Gabe Dawson thought he’d long ago outgrown his teen crush on Jenny. Back in town for a few months to help his mom post surgery, he can’t resist reaching out to Jenny. She’s as beautiful, warm, and funny as he remembered and soon Gabe is reconsidering his future.
Gabe is determined to seize this second chance, but can he convince a very wary Jenny that a globe-trotter is ready to come home for good this Christmas?
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Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet, small-town romantic fiction for Tule Publishing. Her day job is working as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, however, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, woman in her prime. Nan lives in the Midwest with her husband of 50 years, where they split their time between a house in the city and a cottage on a lake.