Christmas Comes to Dickens

Millie’s Awesome Holiday Miracle

Single mom, Cassidy Kean, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her five-year-old daughter, Millie. With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, Cass takes on a bit more than she can handle while trying to get her new party planning business off the ground. Thankfully, she has a good friend and neighbor who willingly cares for Millie while Cass works. Now, if only she could get Frances to stop filling Millie’s head with stories of holiday magic.

Rick Barrett is facing a dilemma. His family-owned toy company is in jeopardy of being made obsolete, which will mean closing the local factory in Dickens and the loss of dozens of jobs, a devastating blow to the small community. What he needs is a new idea to compete with the big guys, something that will drag kids away from their electronics and back to a real, hand-crafted toy.

When Rick meets frazzled, but beautiful, Cassidy and her precocious daughter Millie, he’s immediately smitten, despite the fact he’s never been great with children.

Will sharing in their enthusiasm for the upcoming Christmas season bring him the two things he needs most…true love and a business-saving miracle?

 

Read an Excerpt

Cassidy Kean shuffled an armload of bags and two cardboard boxes through the door of her compact two-bedroom apartment. She’d barely set down the reusable tote filled with her weekly grocery allotment when she was a met by the tiny tornado that was her five-year old daughter.

“Mommy, quick, come see what I made today,” Millie squealed, her excitement barely tempered when she tripped over her untied shoelaces.

“Give me a second, hon. I need to put the groceries away.”

“But it might melt. Hurry.”

Cass set the bags on the countertop closest to the fridge and followed Millie down the narrow hallway.

What could possibly be melting in her daughter’s bedroom? Cass braced herself for a cleanup she surely didn’t feel like doing.

Frances, her next-door neighbor and Millie’s after-school babysitter, sat in the middle of the floor, her hands covered with slime, her gray hair sprinkled with glitter.

Cass sucked in a breath and prayed for strength. She loved Frances to pieces but, sometimes, the woman created as much extra work as Millie. If it weren’t for the fact her daughter adored the sixty-something widow, Cass would have searched for a more disciplined sitter.

“So,” she asked, sliding across the floor on a sea of paste, “what have you two been up to while I was at work?”

Frances smiled, a twinkle lit her faded-blue eyes, and Cass suddenly realized—she couldn’t replace Frances if she wanted to. The woman was one of the few bright lights in her otherwise mundane, overworked life.

“The sprite and me are just making some containers of fairy lotion to give to her friends at kindergarten tomorrow,” Frances explained.

Millie reached for another small plastic container and spooned in a healthy scoop of their so-called fairy lotion, the overflow oozing out the sides of the container.

“Be careful,” Cass said a moment too late.

“I will,” Millie exclaimed. Yet, when she squished the lid onto the container, the excess slime flew everywhere.

Cass sighed and Millie giggled.

Frances, Cass noticed, pursed her lips to keep from laughing.

“If you want to get dinner started for you and Miss Messy here,” Frances said, “I’ll clean up the table and floor and get Millie’s hands washed and ironed.”

Millie rolled her big brown eyes. “You can’t iron hands, Miss Frances. It would burn.”

The older woman shook her head and shrugged. “Silly me. It’s a good thing I have a smart girl like you around to set me straight.”

 

NANCY FRASERJumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy actively writes for two publishers, and recently threw her hat into the self-publishing ring. She has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Millie’s Awesome Holiday Miracle is just one of the ten stories you’ll find in Christmas Comes to Dickens ~ A Christmas Romance Anthology

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