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Christmas at Whispering Creek

Barbara M. Britton. White Rose, $15.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-1-5223-0395-4

Two strangers wait out a storm in a friend’s house in this cozy holiday romance from Britton (Defending David). Second-grade teacher Sam Williams is still recovering from breast cancer when her boyfriend dumps her, and later the same day she learns of the death of Ted, her neighbor growing up whom she viewed as her “adopted grandfather.” At the behest of Ted’s attorney, Sam travels to Ted’s home in Whispering Creek and learns that he left her his house in his will. Meanwhile, Cole Donoven struggles to get over his ex-girlfriend, who was also his songwriting partner, when his manager informs him that he needs to write one more song to fulfill his contract. Cole heads to Whispering Creek, hoping to stay with his old friend Ted and write one last song, but he arrives to find Sam and learns that Ted has died. Then a tornado and subsequent damage to the roads strands Sam and Cole in the secluded house, which sustained only minor damage. She takes to his compassion and he to her confidence in God, helping him rebuild his own faith. Sam’s optimism and Cole’s big heart make for a sweet holiday romance that ends with a well-deserved happily ever after. Melody Carlson fans should take note. (Dec.)