A Texas Christmas Past

A Texas Christmas Past

by Julia Justiss

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A Texas Christmas Past 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?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158944314
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Series: Whiskey River Christmas , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 247,493
File size: 333 KB

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A Texas Christmas Past 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story is about second chances at love with a little help from the spirit world. My heart hurt for both Audra and Drew as they dealt with their PTSD in their own ways, in a time when the idea of PTSD was unheard of. Audra had the strength to recognize her weakness and worked toward a future of healing herself and others. Drew felt a need to keep it to himself, and I felt sorry for him as he struggled with loneliness, anger, and shame. When they decide that the other is more important, I had tears in my eyes. The story moved me and entertained me. I look forward to reading the other Whiskey River Christmas stories. This is my unsolicited review.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
A Texas Christmas Past is the first book in the Whiskey River Christmas series. This story has a lot going on. PTSD was not a commonly known thing back in the early 1900s; they were just learning about shell shock and forming methods of treating it. But while this was still new, it was more hush hush. So when Drew wakes to find Audra calming him, he doesn’t see it as help. Will Audra find a way to help him? Or will Drew keep her at a distance forever? I enjoyed this story.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas stories and this one by Julia Justiss is a great start to a new series! Drew Harwood returns home from the war physically and emotionally wounded, but the love of his family and the woman he's engaged to supports him through all of what he must endure and hopefully soon heal from. When the unthinkable happens and he loses Felicity when she gets the flu he his left despondent and almost unreachable even to his family. After Audra shows up and seems to genuinely want to help him he is uncomfortable with his changing feelings for her and the potential danger to her if he keeps her close so he finds himself pushing her away too. Audra Donaldson is planning on moving to the area since her brother works for the Harwood family. After losing her husband in the war she has put all her efforts into nursing and has plans to help at a local hospital that treats patients who are war vets. Staying at the Harwood's B&B over the holidays is just what she needs before starting work again after the first of the year, but she soon realizes that Drew Harwood needs her help and in doing so her feelings are starting to change for Drew which are a complication with her continuing her work efforts. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story of sorrow and renewal that brings many emotions to the surface. Set in 1918 after WWI, this is a different setting than most historical romances and was a good perspective of life during that time. As in any war, there are always losses, whether it be physically or mentally and this story addressed many.. Drew Harwood has come home from the war, wounded but has kept hope alive by anticipating seeing his sweetheart Felicity. Unfortunately Felicity perishes from a sickness that has traveled through the area. Audra has been a nurse during the war and has seen horrors herself. but is trying to cope. Audra travels to Drew's ranch in order to be with her brother, who works at Drew's ranch and begins working at a nearby hospital. Can two injured souls help each other and find love themselves? The author is excellent in her descriptions of the many problems facing returning soldiers and their families. The emotions are strong and you will find yourself tearing up but smiling as well when Felicity's spirit makes some appearances to try to help Drew. What a wonderful story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Christmas, romance, and a Ghost! Drew Harwood survived World War I and made it home to Texas and his beloved fiancee, Felicity, just in time for Christmas and the annual Harwood Ball. Within hours of his arrival, Felicity falls ill with the Spanish Flu, and dies with Drew at her side. Her one request is that he live and love for both of them. A year later, it's obvious Drew is struggling. Between his struggles to put the War behind him and the loss of Felicity, he has become more closed off and isolated, although he helps his mother convert the family home into an inn. The early arrival of his best friend's sister for an extended stay throws him for a loop. Audra Donaldson has had her share of tragedy: she spent the War as a nurse on the front lines of the war and also lost her husband. She is happy to visit her brother, but is determined to continue her nursing work with veterans. When she hears Drew in the midst of a nightmare, her training kicks in and she rushes to help. Felicity may have died, but her ghost has been watching over Drew, almost giving up hope that he would find happiness. When Audra arrives, Felicity realizes she could be the one for Drew...maybe with a little push. This was a wonderful beginning to a series of stories, written by different authors, but featuring a Felicity who helps the couples along. Drew and Audra had both faced so much, and had so much baggage trying to move on with life after the horrors of war. The story was by turns sweet and heartbreaking as we went through their ups and downs as they shared both happiness and their struggles. I really enjoyed this story, the characters, and a look at life in early 1900s Texas. I am also excited to see what Felicity does next in the rest of the series.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This book was everything I love about historical romance novels. The characters were wonderful. I love the charm of the old traditions. Drew, Audra, and Felicity were all great characters. Granted, we don't see a lot of Felicity considering her death in the prologue, she certainly makes herself a part of the story for the rest of the book. Audra and Drew were both wonderfully strong characters, both dealing with the lingering effects of the war, and the deaths of their significant others (Audra's husband and Drew's fiance). Although some serious topics were discussed relating to soldiers coming home with physical and emotional wounds, the story stayed light enough that it was fun an enjoyable.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
A Whiskey River Christmas, book one, A Texas Christmas Past by Julia Justiss. A heart-warming story of the possibly of love and moving on from the past. The story of Audra and Drew each with their own issues from the past. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and more by Julia Justiss.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
There are four books in this series, each written by a different author but all featuring Felicity - the matchmaking ghost! She was looking forward to marrying the love of her life, Drew Harwood, after he returned from fighting in the first world war. However, fate intervened and she died of Spanish Flu shortly after his return. Felicity didn’t want him to stay alone and took steps to help him and others to find their HEA at Christmas. In ‘A Texas Christmas Past’ the events in Felicity’s demise are related before going on to show how Felicity helped to bring together the man she loved with the widowed sister of his best friend from his time in the army, the man who has made it possible for him to keep his ranch running. Audra Donaldson had worked as a nurse during the war and has seen more than her share of tragedy. She is visiting her brother for the Christmas season and plans to go to work with others who have been traumatised by their war experiences and suffering the then unacknowledged PTSD. She is suffering herself and has personal knowledge of strategies to help herself and others. Drew is determined to resist his attraction to the nurse but Felicity has other lavender scented plans for the two! This is a lovely, caring romance which is a great introduction to the series and scenarios. It is a heartwarming story with great characters and one that left me eager to read the subsequent stories in this series! I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.