“Find a mom for Hailey,” they said. “What’s taking you so long?”
As if my family has any idea how hard it is to put myself out there and risk everything again. Not after Jennifer decimated my heart eight years ago.
I’m Charlie Hill, and I’m a single dad dealing with a well-meaning family. A family I’m spending a whole week with to celebrate Christmas.
A week that’s sure to be full of remarks about how Hailey needs a mom sooner rather than later. How she needs that female influence in her life. And it would be good for me, too, they’ll throw in.
Just what every guy wants to hear over the holidays.
Normally, I just roll with it, but this year seems different. It’s getting to me more. And it’s driving me to extreme measures. Well, extreme might be a bit much, but definitely encouraged me to do something out of character for me.
With one of the tiny golf pencils from the back of a pew, I purse my lips while trying to write as neatly as possible across the top of the church bulletin. My family is probably wondering where I am, what’s taking me so long to drop Hailey off at her class. But I need a few more minutes. I have to say this just right.
And then, the hardest part. I have to give it to someone else and pray it works.
A tremble runs through my hand as I finish the last word. It’ll have to do. Services start in just a few minutes.
At the back of the auditorium, I quickly scan the heads of people already seated. Mostly families. A few couples. I’m not seeing anyone that looks to be by herself except for a few who are sporting gray hair. That won’t work.
About to give up, my hand crumples the edges of the paper holding my all-important question. No need to ask someone to pretend to be my girlfriend for the week if there’s no one here who is single and the right age.
Halfway down. Short blonde hair. No one seated beside her.
I wait another full minute to make sure no one joins her. This is it. Now or never. She’s got to be the one.
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DRAWING TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY EVENING ~ October 13, 2021.
My Story Title: Mistle Toe Make-believe ~ Novella Collection: Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams
My Story Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
My Story Released: September 28, 2021
The Author of My Story: Amy Anguish
Amy Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, in seven different states. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and a bossy cat.
Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
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