A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas #1) by Julia Justiss
Death denied Felicity a future with the man she loved, but her spirit lingers in the the Harwood House Hotel hoping to heal broken hearts and help them to find love again….
Widowed World War I nurse Audra Donaldson returns from France planning to devote her life to helping those suffering the lingering effects of war—effects she knows all too well, as she suffers from them herself. When, staying at the Harwood House Inn on a Christmas visit to her brother, she hears a man in the throes of a violent nightmare, she goes to him without question—and is stunned by a physical attraction as strong as her desire to help.
About to embrace the beautiful angel come to save him from the horrors of the battlefield, former soldier Drew Harwood recoils when he realizes Audra is real—and has seen his “weakness.” Brusquely rejecting her offer of help, he intends to avoid her. But more than just her beauty continues to draw him back. Though this compassionate, kind, and giving soul has seen more of war than he has, somehow, talking with her brings him peace–and seems to comfort her, too. If he can just resist acting on the desire she’s ignited in him since his first glimpse of her…
But someone else was watching, too. After tragedy denied Felicity a future with Drew, her dying wish was that he live his life and be happy for them both. To her sorrow, a year later, her former fiancé is still struggling. Deciding Audra is the perfect lady to heal the wounds of her beloved, this determined ghost resolves to bring Drew and Audra together. Who can resist a love that lasts beyond time?
A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas #1)
By Julia Justiss
This story starts out with Drew Harwood coming home from the war and ready to marry his sweetheart Felicity. Drew had injured his leg in battle. Every year Drew’s mother has a Christmas ball, and everyone was getting ready for the ball. Felicity got sick with the Spanish Flu and passed. No ball that year. Drew really was depressed, home from the war with an injury and not marrying his Felicity.
There is more, but I really love, but also was sad at the beginning of this story. It was around 1919 this story takes place.
The following year Audra came to stay for Christmas but arrived early. Her brother was the foreman of the ranch. She also was also affected by the war, she was a nurse and now she was looking for a new job as a nurse in Texas helping Shell Shocked soldiers.
I loved this well written story about The Harwood House, the Felicity Ball and how Drew and Audra came to be. There is a Christmas magic that happens. I love their story and how it came to be. Such a sweet story for such a hard time. I did enjoy reading this 1st book of this series.
I want to thank Tule Publishers/Netgalley for an ARC of this book. What a fantastic series to start the Christmas season.
I give this book 5 stars
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl