'A beautiful story of loss and new love, set in a snow-capped mountain ski resort town.'
Celia Batista waited a long time for all three of her sons to be together for Christmas. But after one of her identical twins disappears without a trace, Celia must rely on Police Captain Luke Veldkamp for help. Despite Luke’s accusations that her other twin son is involved with organized crime, she falls for the handsome, Stetson wearing cop.
Luke Veldkamp is facing his first Christmas after the loss of his wife, working nonstop to avoid the holidays and his grief. His daughter, who’d moved home to care for her mom before her passing, pushes him to face his pain. Luke pushes back, telling her to return to college and regain her own life. If his own strife isn’t enough, the mission to locate the missing son of his beautiful neighbor grows more personal than any other case.
While Luke and Celia fight to keep their families from falling apart, they find comfort and strength in one another. And when love blooms between their children, Luke and Celia’s own relationship takes root and grows. But Celia is used to living on her own terms, and loving a man who has isolated his heart is a risk too great. Now, Luke must either confront his emotions or face a life without the woman he’s come to love.
A creak sounded from the entryway, and Celia jump back. She whipped her head around to see Andrew descending the stairs. Good timing, kid. The last thing she should do with Alex missing was kiss the lead cop investigating his disappearance. What kind of a mother was she to even think of such a thing?
Celia strode away from Luke and toward Andrew. How could she have gotten swept up in her longing for affection and passion that she almost let herself fall for Luke Veldkamp? His heart and soul were as boarded-up as a beach town during a hurricane.
“What’s he doing here?” Andrew scowled. “And why is your face so red, Mom? Maybe you should sit. You look ready to fall over.”
She did as he suggested, because she really did feel like fainting. “Captain Veldkamp is watching the house.”
“I think he’s watching something else,” Andrew mumbled on his way to the kitchen.
Luke lifted his gaze from her legs to the ceiling. “That’s my cue to leave. I have your cell number programmed in my phone if anything happens overnight.” He shrugged on his coat and covered his wavy blond hair with his hat. Then, he disappeared out the door.
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