I love reading Christmas stories, and even though I will read them any time of the year, I try to squeeze in a few during the hectic holiday season. This particular story caught my eye, because it’s a novella, and I knew I could easily read it. This is a wonderful story that reminds the reader how giving is an important part of the Christmas season. Being generous not only blesses the other person, but it rewards the giver so much in return too.

Polly Winfield is living a different life than she was once accustomed to. Trying to make a life out west comes with challenges but also loneliness. Thankfully her mother and father are there, but sometimes aching for companionship overtakes her thoughts. How is she supposed to meet anyone in such a desolate city? Her interactions are limited and most of her hours are spent in serving others. Will her present engagement ever change?

Jacob Tierney loves his work, and he is good at it. However, he knows it may only be temporary. He enjoys meeting people along the stagecoach line, but this line of work comes with a cost too—it can be dangerous. As Jacob looks ahead to another position, he wonders why his heart might be pulling him in another direction. Why does he risk so much to find a special gift for a girl he met along the way? Could it be that his current path might be the right one after all?

If you love novellas or Christmas stories, I encourage you to read this one. It will warm your heart—especially if you read it alongside a fire with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. Thank you for being a part of my life this year and for reading all my posts—happy Christmas friends!

About the Book

Polly Winfield lives at the stagecoach station that her father operates and often sees Jacob Tierney, one of the drivers. But winter arrives on the prairie bleak and uneventful, and she confesses to Jacob that all she longs for is a Christmas tree. Will a stagecoach accident prevent him from making her wish come true?

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About the Author

I’m a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim’s family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. When Jim retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, we moved from Maine to Kentucky.

I’ve always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I’m proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim’s and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman’s World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.