The phrase “Home For the Holidays” conjures up an image of the family gathered around the fireplace at Grandma’s house eating turkey with all the trimmings, including Grandma’s date-filled cookies and orange bread. We children were all wound up about the treasures Santa had left us under the tree, and being spoiled by Grandma was the icing on the cake.
Grandma’s gone now, and the house is now occupied by my parents, but only in the summer months. Mom and Dad are snowbirds now, enjoying the warmer temperatures and decorated palm trees of central Florida. The icy cold of the north has begun to bother me as well, so I have now joined them in this cozy little retirement community. The Christmas lights are beautiful at night, and we still enjoy a hearty Christmas feast at the clubhouse, but it’s not quite the same.
I miss Grandma and the excitement of being with the extended family, but I don’t miss the ice and dirty slush and the cold drafts in my office in Ohio. I’ll be happy to return in the spring to enjoy the warmer weather, but “Home For the Holidays” for me involves decorated palm trees.
What does it mean for you?
About A Twelfth Night Tale
A wounded soldier and the girl next door find peace and love amidst a backdrop of rural Christmas traditions.
Without dowries and the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, suddenly it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them.
Lucy knows that she owes it to her younger sisters to encourage Lord Bexley’s attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams has always looked like Andrew Livingston, her best friend’s brother. But he’s always treated her like a child, and, in any case, is betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality…and Lord Bexley.
Andrew has returned from the Peninsula with more emotional scars to deal with than just the lame arm. Surprisingly, it’s his sister’s friend “Little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy. He can’t help noticing that Lucy’s grown up into a lovely young woman, but with an eligible viscount courting her, he’ll need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.
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Susana is going all out to celebrate the release of A Twelfth Night Tale!
Besides the Grand Prize—a Giant Treasure Box—she is giving away a Twelfth Night Tale Christmas charm bracelet (silver-plated) for one random commenter on each of the twelve stops of the tour. Click here for the Rafflecopter for the Giant Treasure Box!
A Twelfth Night Tale Giant Treasure Box*
- lovely gift box
- A Twelfth Night Tale Christmas charm bracelet (silver-plated)
- Father Christmas figurine
- Three Wise Men figurine
- Thomas Kinkade photo collage
- Treasuring Theresa mug
- Treasuring Theresa necklace
- Treasuring Theresa keychain
- two Christmas ornaments from Scotland (Mary Queen of Scots and fleur-de-lys)
- two decks of Ellora’s Cave playing cards
- two perfumed soaps from Scotland
- fizzing bath salts from Scotland
- Celtic pen from Scotland
- “jeweled” soap
- nail clipper keychain from London
- stuffed toy bear
*In lieu of the treasure box, a winner from outside the U.S. will receive a gift card from the book retailer of their choice.
We used to go to my grandma’s every Christmas Eve, the whole family, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins. We would spend the whole evening there, Eat dinner there or eat out. Unwrap presents then watch some holiday movies.
I used to help my Grandma wrap the presents and put her silver tree up . I miss that.
I know what you mean, Donna. I miss the old days too!
I love your cover and am with you about the cold of the midwest starting to hurt my bones. Is there room in your FLA home for me?
My in-laws are snowbirds and always want me to visit during the winter. Maybe one of these years I’ll do it!
I have a guest room and an uncomfortable futon couch.
I live in the Midwest and tonight we have the beginnings of a winter storm…the good thing is that I can still wrap myself up in my comfy afghan and be warm while I cruise the web…the bad thing is that yes, it does make the holidays more challenging when you can’t can’t put outdoor decorations up because you got behind schedule and now it’s too cold. I enjoy Christmas traditions too but for better or worse – we are all in the cold together..lol
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I think Home for the Holidays means good food and loving family. I’ve shared Christmas’s with people who aren’t loving and it really reminded me how much I appreciated how loving my own family is. Your cover is gorgeous, Susana. 🙂
Home for the holidays mean to me getting to spend time with my loved ones and enjoy good times about past holidays while watching the kids play with their new toys!
Home for the holidays is being home with my family, bonding, sharing stories, cooking together, etc. I love my family. We dont always get along, but i do enjoy the holidays because we all get close. And the way we celebrate is special to us. 🙂 Than you! Happy holidays!