Holly quickly jumped off the barstool and took her cup of tea with her, placing it in the sink. “Dad doesn’t allow me to have much sugar or caffeine,” she explained.
Ivy ran her finger across her mouth as if she were zipping it shut. “It’s our secret.” Poor kid, she was deprived. Green tea was an antioxidant. Of course she would not know that, but still. A kid and sugar were meant for one another, in the appropriate amounts, of course.
“Why don’t you wait here while I answer the door. Maybe your dad can stay for a cup of tea.” Ivy said this because she wanted to see what kind of man would not allow his daughter to have help with math and forbid sweets. Holly had not actually said sweets were forbidden, just that she was not allowed much. Maybe she had health issues. Either way, she wanted to meet the man who allowed his eleven-year-old daughter to get lost in the woods at night.
Filled with dislike before she even opened the door, Ivy remembered to turn the porch light on first, then she opened the door.
She stared at a tall man with hair that was too long, shoulders that were too broad, and eyes that were too sad. She was staring at the man who’d tried to help her at the cemetery today.
In a heartwarming novel of secret wishes and family lost and found, acclaimed ew York Times
bestselling author Fern Michaels creates a timeless Christmas story to cherish . . .
The flames of memory always seem to glow a little brighter during the holidays. Perhaps that’s why this time of year is so difficult for airline heiress Ivy Macintosh, as she faces thoughts of yet another festive season alone. Since the plane crash that claimed the lives of her husband and two children eight years ago, she’s been submerged in grief.
When eleven-year-old Holly Greenwood knocks on her door, lost and frightened after a forbidden visit to her singing teacher, Ivy’s self-imposed exile is shattered. Holly has an extraordinary voice, and wants nothing more than to perform in an upcoming Christmas musical. Holly’s father, Daniel, doesn’t allow music in their home, refusing to give a good reason why—just as he refuses to talk about Holly’s mother. Ivy has no idea how closely she and Daniel are linked by their tragic pasts, yet she’s drawn to the warmth she senses beneath his gruff exterior. And as Christmas nears, their shared concern for Holly begins to draw Ivy back into the world again…and toward a family who may need her just as much as she needs them…