Christmas at the Shelter Inn
Canary Street Press
October 10, 2023
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, e-Book
"[Thayne] engages the reader's heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief that miracles are possible." ---Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Come home to Shelter Springs this Christmas, where hearts are warm and hopes are bright...
Growing up at the Shelter Inn hotel, Natalie Shepherd envied guests who could come and go as they pleased. So when it was time to finally leave for college and put the lush green mountains around Shelter Springs---along with the cloud of loss that seemed to follow her family---behind her, she swore she'd never come back. But now her sister McKenna needs a favor. On pregnancy bed rest at doctor's orders, McKenna needs a helping hand with her two young daughters and someone to take over the inn during the hectic holiday season, and Nat can't refuse. And just when things can't get worse, she runs into her late brother's best friend, Griffin Taylor...
Griff has mixed feelings about Natalie's return. She's just as beautiful and full of life as he remembered, but there's a secret he's carried for years about her brother---and the guilt is eating away at him. Still, Christmas in this small town is filled with treasured traditions and new adventures that hold the promise of something sweet and lasting. From matchmaking seniors to rambunctious nieces, it seems everyone is hoping Nat and Griff will put loss behind them and find a happy new beginning...
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