From the time I was a child I LOVED books. I can still remember the thrill of being old enough to walk to the library. Though a lot has changed since then, one thing remains the same…I can still walk to a library!My dad was in the army so we moved a lot. Luckily, I returned to Maryland in time to meet the boy who lived next door to me when I was born. I had moved away when I was four months old. And though family lore has it that we were close as infants, we hadn’t seen each other for seventeen years. When Fate tossed us together, we didn’t recognize each other (understandable), but I did remember my mother mentioning his family. To make a long story short, we started dating, married after college, had three wonderful children, now adults, and are the proud grandparents of four. Whew, how’s that for a synopsis of my life?Of course, I skimmed over a bunch of really important things. My belief in “happily ever afters” for one (my forty-four year marriage to the boy, now Grandad from Maryland has a lot to do with that). How much I adore my family for another. And of course the day I decided to not only love reading books, but began writing them!So far I’ve written seventeen bestselling books…and I’m just getting started. I’m also being pulled into the 21st Century—I do so like to play around with my characters in centuries past. But my son-in-law convinced me to put my books on e-books, so being a good (great?) mother-in-law, I am.When not writing I love spending time with our family, playing with our puppy, exploring the Outer Banks of NC, and of course, reading.I also love to hear from readers. Please let me know what you think of my books. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.To Happy Endings,Christine
Sea of Christmas Miraclesby Christine Dorsey
Margaret Lewis is a suffregette and teacher from the North who came South to run the Freed Negroes' Orphanage and Boarding School. She would do anything for the children in her charge, including trying to change the mind of Thomas Blackstone, a wealthy Charleston businessman who is about to forclose on her school. After trying unsuccesfully to reach him through… See more details below
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Margaret Lewis is a suffregette and teacher from the North who came South to run the Freed Negroes' Orphanage and Boarding School. She would do anything for the children in her charge, including trying to change the mind of Thomas Blackstone, a wealthy Charleston businessman who is about to forclose on her school. After trying unsuccesfully to reach him through normal channels, Margaret is forced to kidnap Thomas. She thinks that certainly his heart will soften once he sees the children.
Thomas Blackstone is awakened by a gun in his ribs after falling asleep at his office. It isn't until she has him close to the river that Thomas realizes his captor is a woman. She seems to blame him for something, but he doesn't know what.
They aren't on the skiff Margaret brought long before a squall makes the boat hard to control. Despite her trepidation, Margaret unties Thomas when the skiff starts taking on water. As he is sailing toward shore, a wave knocks Margaret overboard and Thomas jumps into the water after her. When he is close to giving up finding her, a voice, one that he could swear was the pirate, Gentleman Jack Blackstone, tells him to reach out. Thomas does and his hands touches Margaret.
On shore, Thomas realizes they are close to his families plantation and they take shelter in the cabin of a long dead Indian friend of the family.
As the storm rages outside, Thomas learns of the reasons Margaret kidnapped him. He did not realize the property he'd decided to build a mill on was now a school. Now that he does, he also realizes he can not take the school away from the children. But it isn't until the next day when they make their way to his parent's plantation, that Thomas reveals this, as well as his feelings for Margaret. Margaret too has fallen in love with Thomas. Thomas' nieces and nephews each give up a toy and foodstuffs are gathered for Thomas and Margaret to take to the orphanage so that the children can have a Christmas miracle.
As Thomas and Margaret make love, he proposes, and after being assured she can continue working with the children, Margaret accepts. As they drift off to sleep, Thomas again hears the voice of his ancestor, the pirate.
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