Title: ANGLE KISSES AND HOLIDAY WISHES
Author: PEGGY JAEGER
Genre: Holiday novella, Dickens romance, Smalltown romance, Later in life romance, military widower
Can a first love be rekindled when the past is filled with heartache?
After a personal tragedy, Sage Hamilton left the town she’d grown up in and boy she’d given her heart to. With a vow never to return, Sage forged on with her life in order to forget the sadness of her past.
Keith Mills loved Sage from the first moment he spotted her ambling down the hallway of their middle school. And she’d felt the same about him. Or so he’d thought until she’d walked away from everything they’d meant to one another with a tearful and rushed goodbye.
But now, eighteen years later, she’s back and, as the town’s new doctor, it looks like she’s staying. Can Keith put the hurt of Sage’s dismissal to bed for good? And will she want to rekindle the love that had burnt so bright all those years ago?
When she removed her hand, the desire to tug it—and her—into the living room and sit on the couch where they’d shared their first kiss a lifetime ago, was strong.
He needed to put some distance between them because he could tell, just from spending an hour in Sage’s company, none of the feelings he’d had for her had died with time.
She’d thrown his heart at his feet when he’d offered it all those years ago and it had taken him a long time to get over the pain. Distance and maturity had convinced him she’d been right to act as she had. They were too young, too selfish in what they each wanted to make a go of a life together. They were still kids, still finding their way. But even realizing it now, the sting of her rejection lurked deep within him.
It didn’t stop him from wondering, though, if she would still fit perfectly in his arms, or if her mouth still tasted like sugar mixed with spice.
“I’m sure you’ve got a plan for her care,” he said while taking a step—physically and emotionally—back from her. He slung his hands into his pants pockets.
“I do. I’ll check on her first thing in the morning and when she’s awake I can discuss where we go from here. It would be good if you could be there, too, so she knows she’s got support.”
“I already informed my assistant that I’m out until after the holidays. I’d planned on coming back for Christmas, bringing Quinn with me, and spending a few days, anyway. Since I’m already here, I might just as well stay.”
“Good. I’m glad you’re going to be here for her.” A warm smile played at the corners of her mouth.
What did it say about him that he wanted her to be glad for herself that he was sticking around?
Don’t go there.
“I assume you’re staying at the house.”
“It’s easiest.” He shrugged. “Corrine redid some of the place a few years back. It needed it, too. Modernized the plumbing; upgraded the kitchen. She even let Quinn decorate his own room so he’d be comfortable when he visited.”
Her grin hit him square in his belly.
“Did she redo yours?”
He closed his eyes and rolled them under his lids. “Mine, for some reason, she left alone. It’s like a shrine. Nothing’s been changed since I was fifteen.”
Her smile had felt like a punch but her giggle threatened to bring him to his knees.
“So, the bathing suit posters of Heidi Klum and Adrianna Lima are still up on your wall next to the life-sized one of Eminem?”
He groaned. “The man was, and still is, a poet.” He pointed his index finger at her. “Don’t forget that.”
“I never have.”
Mirth danced in her eyes and the urge to kiss her bounded through him again.
He cleared his throat and said, “I should go. I want to stop by the hospital one more time for the night to make sure she’s okay. She hadn’t woken yet from the anesthesia when I left. The evening nurse said that’s not uncommon, especially in elderly patients.”
“Then I’ve got to get some stuff settled at the house.”
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What I love most about the holiday season:
The feeling of expectation and the hope for a better year to come. The holiday season, for all its commercial embodiment, is, at heart, the celebration of a child who was sent to heal the world of its problems. I never forget that and I wish more people wouldn’t.
Why is your featured book a must-read to get you in the holiday mood?
That sense of hope and expectation I talked about above fills through Angel Kisses and Holiday Wishes. Sage hopes Keith can forgive her for leaving; Keith hopes he can convince her to love him again, and they both hope Corrine pulls through her surgery and after-care. Forgiveness and hope run rampant in most of my stories, so if you like a romance built on that foundation, this might be a book you want to add to you Christmas in July reading list.
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Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily.
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