SOMEWHERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS
Is there somewhere that wishes come true?
When the bus Sunny Fairbanks is traveling on stops for a layover in the small seaside town of Somewhere, she decides to walk on the beach at sunrise—and falls in love with the area. Her decision as to whether to remain in Somewhere for a few days, or continue northward, is unexpectedly made for her when she steps on a shard of glass. A young man jogging along the shoreline comes to her aid and she is forced to do something she hates—accept help.
Vicky Patterson continues to be amazed that her brother was able to send her a message from beyond the grave through her friends Faith Bennison and Baxter Hope. And that message has set her free from a lifetime of guilt. In fact, she's so free, that she takes on the task of heading up a group of protesters against Wainwright Resorts, the corporation that wants to purchase a portion of the town's public beach and build a world class resort that will, of course, destroy the quaintness of her community. She's angry with Michael Wainwright, III, and intent on stopping his plans.
Gabby Hope, a widow, and owner of Hope Bed & Breakfast, wants to get Leo Constanzo, a widower, out of her system, so she proposes something utterly inappropriate and is shocked when he agrees.
Belinda Hope, who died decades earlier, kept a diary that revealed the happenings behind her daughter's disappearance, and then her own, years later. Now that she's ready to step into the light of eternity, she needs to get a message to someone on the other side about where the diary is hidden.
About the Author
My perfect day: laptop; WiFi availability; java mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. When I reached my teen years, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I tried my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over twenty-five romance novels and novellas in the genres of contemporary, contemporary western, historical western, fantasy, and paranormal. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book. I have also written a Young Adult novella titled "Fragile Hearts" using the pen name of Colleen Clay.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry for Readers' Favorite Somewhere to Spend Christmas, Book Two of the Finding Somewhere Series by Verna Clay, is a fabulous read any time of the year, though the crisp feeling of winter holiday is ever present and welcome. I became a fan after reading the first Somewhere book of Clay’s series and meeting a cast of loving and enigmatic characters and situations. This romantic read is a great follow up and does not disappoint. At the end of the first book, I knew that I wanted to have more details and more romance relating to some of the prior characters, and so when I found that Vicky was back to fight another day against the attractive Michael Wainwright, I was happy! Not only is that relationship explored, but so is the slowly burning relationship between Gabby and Leo, and even the continuing relationship between Faith and Baxter has a place in the story. The new main traipse into love involves the brooding fresh Sunny and the sweet Noah—young people struggling to fit into a bizarre world with baggage of their own to dislodge. Still, what of the paranormal in the midst of all these couplings and excitement in this small town? Yes, another ghostly mystery is afoot. In fact, this ghost continues the mystery of the first book, delving into a deeper story that must be brought to light for a ghostly mother and child to be reunited. But can that happen? Will the ladies of Somewhere be able to follow the clues? In Somewhere, anything can happen! I was going through some personal illness issues when I picked this book up to read. I chose it because of the warm feelings I’d gotten from the first one. I needed a “comfort read.” I needed to curl up “somewhere” to feel better and feel less sorry for myself. This is the perfect book to cozy up to, knowing that there will be a satisfaction that only comes from a good plot and smooth execution. Verna Clay is a master of this kind of story—and she knows her characters so well that they pop off the page. Hats off to this author for another win with Somewhere to Spend Christmas! I’m now waiting for the next time I can go "somewhere!"