Christmas Novelettes

Each Christmas I try and pen a short novelette around 12,000 words.  My first one, released in 2015, is entitled, “A Christmas Oath.”  These are just quick stories with a different theme each year and not always meant to be romantic. The holiday seasons have more lessons to be learned than just turkey and presents.  I hope you enjoy my new yearly stories. Below is a synopsis of each:

Christmas should be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, but it isn’t for Elizabeth Dutton. When Francis Oldman breaks their engagement, giving her no reason as to why, she sues him for breach of promise of marriage. The jury finds in her favor, and she is awarded £1,000 for damages suffered – the price of her broken heart.

Three months later, while still pining over a lost love, the annual invitation to the Darley’s Christmas Eve party arrives. Elizabeth decides that a new dress and a bit of Christmas spirit might cheer her up. What she hoped would be a pleasant evening, turns into one disaster after another, especially when Francis Oldman walks through the door.

Nevertheless, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without gifts. Before morning arrives, Elizabeth receives the gift of clarity, and Francis discovers that sacrifice can bring miracles. (Released 2015 – Short Read 12,000 Words)

 

 

 

A year and a half ago while on her deathbed, Elizabeth Baker begged her family to do one thing–reconcile with her father. Her daughters, Eliza and Emma, are determined to carry out her wishes regardless of the consequences.

Charles Baker, their father, has doubts that the old man is worth the trouble. He forbade his marriage to Elizabeth, calling him a worthless bricklayer. She defied him, and as a result, her father banished her from the family. Now a wealthy businessman and politician, Charles proved him wrong.

For the sake of his dead wife, he allows his daughters to travel to York to meet their grandfather. When they arrive, their preconceived idea of Sir Davies’ malicious character is proven wrong after they discover a broken and frail man paying for the mistakes of his past. (Released 2016 – Short Read 13,000 Words)