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David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he's only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog--who leads him to Sophie.
Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment--helping her grandmother for a few weeks--is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake--but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn't help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park--and leads her to David.
Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can't go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it's more than a holiday romance...and maybe Troy might finally get his Christmas wish for a family.
- ISBN-13: 9781501144745
- ISBN-10: 150114474X
- Publisher: Howard Books
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Reed captures the magic of the Christmas season as an artist and a techie must decide whether to open up their fragile hearts and take a chance at love. Photographer Sophie Griffith agreed to visit her grandmothers home in Bellevue, Wash., after learning that her grandmother had fallen and hurt her ankle. Sophie suspects that her grandmother lured her there to set her up with a hunky new neighbor, David Murphy, an IT company owner who is the guardian for his young nephew, Troy. As Sophie spends time in David and Troys company, she learns to care for both of them, but she makes it clear that her career comes first and she will be leaving shortly after New Years. David is equally afraid of love, as he is still reeling from the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law. But the lure of their mutual attraction is very strong, and as much as David and Sophie fight it, neither can deny that the possibility of being together may be stronger than any of their carefully laid career plans. Christmas trees form the perfect backdrop for this sweet inspirational story filled with love and the promise for a brighter future. Agent: Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary. (Oct.)