By Caroline Clemmons
Merry Christmas to you and your family! That includes fur babies, too. So much has happened recently that realizing this is Christmas week surprises me. No one will know what I meant to get done but didn’t. The members of our household are recovering from that bad respiratory flu that is making the rounds in our area. In spite of that, our Darling Daughter 2 managed to accomplish decorating, and included several new surprises for us to enjoy. The house looks festive inside and out—even though someone stole the candy cane lights we had lighting the walk from the driveway to the front porch. The culprits didn’t steal our Christmas spirit, though.
A lot of people tell me they want to write a book… someday. Or, that they started one but only have a chapter or two written. Writing is hard work, taxing on the back, neck, arms, hands, and mind. In spite of the hours and hours each book represents, writing gives me pleasure, creating a story that takes the reader to a different time and/or place for a few hours. My aim is to provide a pleasant time for the reader. I’m grateful for those of you who read my books.
As a Christmas treat, I have several Christmas books on sale for 99¢:
MAIL ORDER GLORIA: AN IMPOSTOR FOR CHRISTMAS, is on sale for 99¢ only for a limited time from December 21st through December 28th. This is the perfect book for you to read to escape into during the holidays.
A desperate woman…
A distrustful rancher with a secret…
And a boy in need of a family.
Orphaned at an early age and sent to live with her relatives, Gloria Tabor is fed up with the treatment she receives from her aunt, uncle, and spiteful cousin. In a moment of desperation, she leaves her only relatives’ home. With only a small savings, where is she to go? The question is sobering, but she is determined she will not return to her kin’s home.
While deliberating her lack of choice, she overhears a young man comforting a sobbing woman. After a few minutes of conversation with them, the young woman offers Gloria the chance to escape town to a ranch in Texas as a mail order bride. In exchange, Gloria must promise not to divulge her real identity until the couple has eloped and had a honeymoon. Elated at the opportunity, Gloria agrees. She vows she will never let herself be told what to do or think again.
On the way to her prospective groom, Gloria rescues a ten-year-old boy from a policeman who wants to take the boy to the local orphanage. Heart filled with sympathy for the homeless child, she intercedes. Later, she wonders how her prospective groom will react to her bringing a ward with her.
Texas rancher Dwight Price is a stickler for honesty. Once someone has lost his confidence, he won’t ever fully trust the person again. He strives to live up to his beliefs. On the one hand, he isn’t certain he wants to wed the daughter of his father’s oldest friend. On the other hand, he looks forward to a life of quiet harmony with his mail order bride and the boy he rescued from renegades eight years ago.
On December 23, Gloria is relieved to receive a telegram releasing her from her promise. Dwight wants to know who sent the wire and why. Her explanation destroys the faith he had in her—but then his own secret crops up.
How will these two overcome the damage to their relationship or will each be alone again?
Here’s the link to order MAIL ORDER GLORIA.
As we approach the end of 2022, let me express my gratitude for you! Thank you to everyone who read my books, joined my Facebook group (Caroline’s Cuties), and reads my newsletter. I wish you the very best holiday possible.