The Doc’s Holiday Homecoming
by Virginia McCullough
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
Still have room for him?
Olivia Donoghue’s life has turned a corner. The radiologist’s eleven-year-old daughter is finally healthy, and she just moved to her best friend’s dreamy hometown of Adelaide Creek, Wyoming. If only her friend’s prodigal brother, Jeff Stanhope, wasn’t complicating matters. It’s clear Jeff’s kindness knows no bounds, having taken in his late roommate’s teenage son and also offering her a cabin to stay in, but Olivia’s heart is already full…and safe. Is the former rancher worth the risk?
Olivia nodded toward the window. “Jillian and I have seen Carson out back practicing at the hoop. If he makes the team, I promised Jillian we’ll go to the games when I’m free to take her.”
Jeff turned to face her. “If you’re working, and you’re all right with it, she can come with me. I plan to get to every single game.”
Same as an attentive dad. That thought popped up, and equally fast, Olivia resisted it. Jeff wasn’t Jillian’s dad. Carson wasn’t her brother. Olivia was presuming something she wasn’t sure she was ready for. “I wouldn’t want to impose. That’s taking on a lot.”
“Not really.” Jeff frowned. “Those two are growing up friends. They’re creating memories that include each other, right down to picking out Christmas trees.”
“Yes,” Olivia said, not adding the part about their appearing to be siblings. Some days, a life with Jeff was so possible, so real, it left her shaky with fear.
n photos and even his mother’s paintings of him done over a period of years. No way had those images prepared Olivia for the real guy. They hadn’t done him justice, not even close. He had a presence about him that went beyond his thick dark hair and deep-set eyes that brought to mind luscious dark chocolate. With his wide shoulders and muscular arms, he had a body sculpted by the physical work of ranching or more recently, crewing on trawlers and freighters.
Olivia had expected him to be more as Heather described him, still hardened and bitter about losing his family’s legacy, this very ranch. If those old feelings were still a part of Jeff, he wasn’t showing them at the moment. At least not today, and not with Carson nearby. Whatever. It wasn’t her job to analyze any of this. His feelings about this ranch and his former home were completely irrelevant. She had formed an opinion that would guide all her dealings with the man. No matter how friendly, even charming Jeff Stanhope might be, he was a runner. A man who ran away from anything that smacked of responsibility. Like her dad. And Jillian’s father. She didn’t need a third runner messing up her life.
This book is a clean, contemporary love story. Olivia and Jeff have a love story, but they are slow to realize their feelings. The author shows them all the ways that they could possibly share what they really need from one another. Olivia is a Doctor of Radiology and has been drawn back to the small town of Adelaide Creek. Jeff has come back 5 years after he ran out of the town, after he lost the family sheep farm.
Jeff has taken on a tough job. He’ll be trying to reopen an old inn while raising a 14-year old named Carson Moore. Living with a 14 year old is tough for anyone and he had some times where Jeff and Carson had a tough time. With all that’s going on, will these two be willing to take a risk and even spend the time on romance.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Virginia McCullough is thrilled to share her eighth Harlequin Heartwarming release with readers. The Doc’s Holiday Homecoming, available November 29th, is the second book in her Back to Adelaide Creek series. Like all of Virginia’s romances, this holiday story comes straight from the heart and features characters who could be your neighbors and friends struggling with everyday life issues.
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia spent years as a ghostwriter, producing more than one hundred books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell. She’s moved around a lot, and a few years ago she landed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she enjoys hanging out with other romance writers, walking on trails, and downing mugs of dark roast at local coffeehouses. Her other award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, and The Chapels on the Hill. Virginia is always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Virginia McCullough will be awarding a $50 Etsy Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.a Rafflecopter giveaway