The Christmas Cookie Shop
by Ginny Baird
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Come home this Christmas to…
CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE
Where everyday dreams come true!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series…
THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Christmas Town, Book 1)
Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she’s taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he’s more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he’s encouraging her to do her part. Hannah’s great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn’t looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance—without sacrificing her heart?
Hannah’s heart beat faster, and that gargantuan butterfly resurfaced from out of nowhere, fluttering its enormous wings. “Great!” she said, and her lips trembled. Oh no, not the trembling lips! It started earlier with those blasted butterflies. Now, my lips are quaking, just imagining the feel of his mouth on mine, sweet waves of heat crashing over me as he holds me in his arms… The next things to go would be her knees. And Hannah knew exactly what would give way after those: her heart! Full stop.
Hannah was glad Carter had returned to the kitchen before she’d broken out in a rapid blush. Forget about my forehead! This ice is needed elsewhere! She began by pressing the ice pack to the sides of her neck, then her cheeks and her collarbone, right above the V of her powder-blue pullover sweater, the frosty surface instantly cooling her scorching skin.
She wore a crisp white blouse underneath her sweater and had faded stretch jeans tucked into her favorite pair of lace-up boots. She’d gotten them at the thrift store but they were made of real leather. All broken in and comfortable too. Hannah supposed they were meant for hiking, but they served her well enough for everyday wear, and were especially good in the snow. She was admiring them when she felt a dribble of icy water run down her cleavage. No, that was two dribbles. Three! An entire stream! Hannah lifted the ice bag in horror to see it had been leaking, leaving a large wet spot on each of her breasts!
“Supper’s read—” Carter stopped halfway to the couch to stare at her. “Problem?”
Hannah’s chin jerked up and she slapped her arms across her chest. “I... er…”
“You seem to have sprung a leak.” He squinted in incredulity. “Or...two?”
“Not me!” she answered hurriedly, as Jingles scampered across her legs and Belle curled into her lap. “The ice bag! It’s, uh…dripping!”
“Right.” Carter quickly set the tray containing stew, pears, wine, cheese, and biscuits on the coffee table and lifted the ice pack from the soggy seat cushion. He tested the fit of its cap. “Looks like the seal came loose. I’ll go grab a towel.”
“And I’ll just run and…change!” Hannah yelped, the instant he’d left the room. Then she scooted the kittens aside and dashed up the steps, positively mortified.
Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird
He met her eyes. “Hannah…?”
Her chin tilted up toward his. “Yes, Carter?”
“You going to be okay here? I can always call Sandy—”
“No, please. Sandy’s already done enough. So have Lou and Kurt, and…” She ducked her head with a blush. “You, Santa.”
“Kind of funny meeting that way.” When she looked up he was grinning. “Funny, but not bad—by any stretch.”
“No. Not bad at all.”
Hannah noticed his jacket slung over the back of the armchair and that he’d set his hat on the table by the door. Carter lifted the jacket and slipped into it, raising its zipper. “Might want to stick that bowl of stew in the microwave for a minute or two.”
“I’ll do that,” she said brightly.
He ambled toward the door and placed his hat on his head, tapping it down. His deep voice rumbled. “Kurt’s a good-looking guy.”
“Kurt?” Hannah asked, flummoxed.
“Eligible bachelor too.”
“Can’t say I noticed.”
“No? I thought I heard the two of you talking from the kitchen—”
“Sheriff.” She stopped him. “I’m not interested in any man right now, okay? And if I
were…” Hannah swallowed hard past the lump in her throat.
“If you were…?” he said, leading.
Hannah’s heart hammered and her knees felt weak. “I told you, I’m just passing through.”
“Odd thing about that, Hannah.” He tipped his hat her way. “Nobody in town seems to know that, but me.”
Then he stepped out the door, shutting it soundly behind him.
Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.
She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. When she's not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media. http://www.ginnybairdromance.com/
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