Apple Lake series:
Christmas at Apple Lake (Bk 1 Apple Lake Series) 2015
The Christmas Stocking (Bk 2 Apple Lake Series) 2017
The Trouble With Wishes (Bk 3 Apple Lake Series) 2018
Christmas Blessings (Bk 4 Apple Lake Series) 2020
- Ellie Newsome knows who and what she wants. Except falling for a man who has no intention to love again, wasn’t in her plans.
In book two, Luke and Ellie's story, Ellie’s husband had left her because she had 2 miscarriages. She’s abruptly thrown into taking care of two children and then their father, Luke. His wife passed away in a car accident, which he barely escaped. After months of recovery Luke is able to care for his children and move back home, but they cling to Ellie.
In book three, Ellie falls in love with the family, including Luke. She now works for Luke at his Inn to be near the three of them.
In this book, four, it’s been two years now and Luke has admitted he’s attracted to Ellie, but each time he visits his late wife’s gravesite, he questions his loyalty toward her. He refuses to lose his heart again and determines to put a halt to his growing affection for Ellie. He tells Ellie they must not see each other again, but his children have the opposite wants and needs.
Ellie knows when to back off and allow him to find himself, but she’s too stubborn to let him go forever. She agrees, but only for a time. Time for Luke to realize they belong together.
Luke is pitted between his children’s bond with Ellie and missing Ellie himself.
“Are you going to marry my daddy?” Danni asked, stretched out on her tummy, feet in the air, chin in both hands. With an expectant eleven-year-old’s expression and a twinkle in her eyes, she glanced up from her homework.
Without warning, Danni’s question hit Ellie Newsome so hard her toes curled and her stomach twisted. If only, sweetheart, if only. To become Mrs. Luke Conway one day would complete my life.
Ellie squeezed her eyes shut, exhaled the breath she’d held. Knowing this discussion wouldn’t be a short one, nor would it be an easy one, she closed the computer’s top. Since there was no way to sidetrack the subject, she gave Danni her undivided attention.
She winced inwardly and leaned forward as she met Danni’s expression, awaiting her answer.
“Well, sweetheart, that’s an interesting subject to consider. Why do you ask?” Danni wasn’t a normal little girl; she was in tune with people’s feelings and knowledge beyond her years.
“I see the way you and Daddy look at each other.” Danni slid her math book aside, sat up, her legs crossed.
This young girl, but old soul, hasn’t missed a thing. “So, spit it out. What’s really on your mind, young lady?”
Danni grinned. “I thought it would be awesome if you wanted to be our mommy.”
Ellie wouldn’t lie to her. She was far too smart and would see right through her if she wasn’t truthful.
She struggled to come up with an answer. Still, she shouldn’t reveal her entire dreams and wishes that someday they’d all be a family. A family she could only hope to be a part of and lay her head down at night, in peace. In love. One simple acquired wish could change her life.
Ellie understood Danni, too. Her hopes. Her dreams. It would only be a matter of time until she’d ask and expect the same answer of her daddy. As close as Luke and Danni were, Ellie had no doubt she would share their conversation with him. She had no right to ask her to keep the discussion between the two of the. To tread lightly, yet honestly, here would be the safest outcome. Coming up with the right words would be the problem.
She wished she’d been better prepared.
Amazon: Christmas Cookies on Main Street
Authors of Main Street 2019 holiday collection! The Authors of Main Street have teamed up to provide you not only with seven wonderfully sweet stories this season, but cookie recipes to go with them! Check it out.