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Today, find out more about THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DO-OVER.
Author: Linda West
Publisher: Morningmayan Publishing
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December eve, some say the coldest in decades, and a blizzard warning was in
effect. It was the Friday before Christmas and most of the other workers of
Kennedy and Crane had already left for the Christmas holiday weekend.
at the clock and groaned inwardly. It was after 8
o’clock and her boss was in an extra foul mood even for her.
getting home to put on that awesome Chanel dress you bought for the big night?”
enraged, and Samantha sunk back.
knit together and her brown eyes looked nearly black with the size of her
pupils. She ran her hands through her short dark hair and then stared at
Samantha with disbelief on her face.
from Todd an hour ago. He’s gone off to LA with some friends for Christmas!”
herself. “I’m sure he has a good reason Macy.”
“Yeah, good reasons usually don’t come in a text. I’m losing him Sam.”
in her chair and stared out the large picture window of her sleek office, and
tapped her long manicured nails on her desk like a woodpecker.
me when he gets back…in a month.”
groaned inwardly. Poor Macy, it looked like she was getting the ultimate big
let down. Broken up with at Christmas. No engagement celebration after all.
mail you didn’t get.” Sam offered up happily as she placed it on Macy’s desk.
Macy said dully without turning.
continued hopefully. “It’s not the annual Christmas invite from your mother
Macy, that one is always in a red
envelope. I always send that
back. This is something different.”
the pretty Tiffany blue colored envelope.
to you personally, not the company.”
head to the side intrigued.
eager to bring some sort of happiness to her boss. “Maybe it’s a love letter
from Todd with two tickets to Paris
for when he gets back?”
huff and gazed out the window at the oncoming storm. They both knew that wasn’t
the case. Todd’s last minute text was just a breakup in disguise.
then who? Macy really didn’t have any close friends that would send her a
Christmas card. Anyone that did know her at all, knew she abhorred Christmas.
Too much money being spent in the name of sentimentality and tricky marketers
as her father always said.
hand without looking back at Samantha as if she were a servant.
the letter, then suddenly, caught her breath and brought her hand to her heart.
Samantha’s tone made Macy spin her chair around.
friend of your mothers, a Ms. Carol Landers.”
be kidding me!” Macy threw her hands up in the air.
visit her? How utterly selfish!”
head in disbelief. “What is it with my mother? She ruins my life and then she
stalks me! Can’t she see no matter how many times she begs me to come home for
Christmas – I’m not going to Kissing Bridge to see her?”
swallowed uncomfortably and croaked out, “I’m so sorry Macy. But this letter
says that your mother passed away yesterday, and you’re the only relative left
to claim her body.”
sadly and met Macy’s stunned eyes.
home to Kissing Bridge.”
Linda West is an Amazon best seller and author of the best selling
series ‘Christmas Kisses and Cookies.’ She writes books that feature
food and fun and includes her own recipes from her quaint beach café in
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