On Tour with Prism Book Tours
It’s the season for giving…and starting over?
A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.
Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…
Friday afternoon, Chris was carrying his Santa suit to his truck when Ryan showed up. Good thing he had it in a bag. He’d hate to have to explain it to Ryan.
“Hi. What’s new?”
The boy dragged his foot along the ground. “I gave my Granny the reindeer sandwich.”
“Uh-huh?” Chris hung the bag on the hook in his truck and slammed the door. “What did she say?”
“She thought it was funny.” But Ryan didn’t seem happy about it. “She forgot my name.”
“Your granny did?”
“Yeah. She called me Patrick. That’s my dad’s name.”
“Your granny is your dad’s mother?”
Ryan nodded. “It was weird.”
“Sometimes people misspeak. Where’s your dad now?”
“He died a long time ago.”
“And your mom?”
“I never had a mom. Just Granny.”
“Oh. Was your granny happy to see you?”
“Yeah. She hugged me when she called me Patrick.”
“Sometimes my sister calls me Kimmik.” He said it as a joke, but he hoped it would make Ryan smile.
It did. He giggled in fact. “She does not.”
“The other day, I left my coat on the couch, and Kimmik left his toys all over the living room. Dana told Kimmik to hang up his jacket. Since he doesn’t have hands, I think she meant me.”
“You’re a grown-up. You’re not supposed to make a mess.”
“So Dana tells me. Did you enjoy the farm yesterday?”
“It was fun. I told Granny about it. She used to have chickens when she was a little girl, but she never got to feed a reindeer like me. Hey, Chris? Did you ever notice that Oliver looks kinda like Santa Claus?”
Chris grinned. “Yeah, I have.”
Ryan seemed to be working something over in his mind. “I don’t believe in Santa.”
“Don’t tell April, okay? She’s just a baby, and she believes. Sandy said I should write a letter saying what me and April want for Christmas, so I did. I didn’t tell her I knew Santa wasn’t real.”
“Are you sure, though?”
“Yeah.” But Ryan didn’t sound convinced. He studied Chris’s face as if searching for a clue. “Oliver does look like Santa, though.”
“And he has reindeer.”
“But this isn’t the North Pole.”
“But maybe Santa pretends he lives at the North Pole, but really he hides, you know, like a secret identity.”
“You think so?”
“No.” Ryan shook his head, but then he peered up at Chris. “Do you?”
“Hard to say.” He ruffled the boy’s hair. “Listen, I have to go to work now, but Dana’s inside. She’ll let you in to play with Kimmik. I’ll see you later.”
“Okay. Bye, Chris.” Ryan bounded up the stairs to the front door, obviously happier.
Poor kid. After losing his father and his grandmother, it wasn’t surprising he had a hard time believing in anything nice, like Santa. On his way up the street, Chris spotted Brent raking up some broken twigs off his brown lawn. He stopped and rolled down the window. “Hey, Brent. Ryan’s with Dana, in case he forgot to tell you.”
Brent crossed the lawn to lean against the window. “Yeah, he told me. We took him to see his grandmother today.”
“He told me she called him by the wrong name. Dementia?”
Brent shrugged. “Maybe. They don’t share medical details. The nurse said something about getting her medicine dialed in. Or maybe she’s just old.”
“So no chance of her moving home with Ryan?”
Brent shook his head.
Other Books in the Series
Where life’s currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…
About the Author
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
Hearts & Scribbles
A Night’s Dream of Books
Book Lover in Florida
Reading Is My SuperPower
Nicole’s Book Musings
It’s All About the Romance
underneath the covers
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Teatime and Books
The Bookworm Chronicles
Deal Sharing Aunt
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
I Am A Reader
Janices Book Reviews
Rockin’ Book Reviews
December 2nd: Grand Finale
Reindeer Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
- Large handcrafted quilted reindeer tote bag
- Signed Copy of The Alaskan Catch
- Reindeer Cookie Cutters
- Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring-toss Game
$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends December 6th