His twenty-fifth high school reunion leaves hard-driving hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling he's missing something in life. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life-and his bed-Jake is determined to keep her, even if it means recruiting her to work for him.
Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it's a bad idea to sleep with her late husband's best friend-even if he is the only man she's ever loved. Recently widowed, after twenty years of marriage to the wrong man and haunted by guilt over his death, Bethany isn't looking for an entanglement. Especially not with her future boss.
Working together makes Jake and Bethany confront their clashing philosophies to patient care, and as the holidays approach, Bethany unknowingly betrays Jake. Now Jake's job is on the line. Then comes a brutally cold winter night, and two young children are missing. Suddenly, the differences Jake and Bethany struggle with don't seem so important anymore.
Glad Tidings began as a short story which soon became a 75,000 word novel. A novel which was ultimately rejected from an editor I was confident would accept it. Was I disappointed? You bet. But not defeated. I was determined to find Glad Tidings a home, but where? Then came a call for submissions for the Class of '85 reunion series from The Last Rose of Summer line of The Wild Rose Press. As luck would have it, my book was a reunion story. The only problem, the maximum word count for the series was 40,000 words. Much of what I'd written would have to be-horror of horrors-eliminated. Once I got over the distasteful idea of that, I found editing the book down to almost half of its former self to be first a daunting, then humbling experience. It was also one of the most gratifying writing projects I've ever completed. Who knew the book and its characters would become more interesting and more powerful emotionally, simply by cutting things in half? A fact I often recall as I go on to the next project and the one after that.
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