The Greatest Gift
by Roxy Boroughs
All she wants for Christmas is her mommy…THE GREATEST GIFT by Roxy Boroughs is a sweet, cozy holiday romance about going home…and the tragedy and triumph one can find where they least expect it. When a single mom is arrested for arson, the only man who can prove her innocence, and reunite her with her young daughter in time for Christmas, is the firefighter she walked out on last year. If you enjoyed Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek Christmas series, you’ll fall for The Greatest Gift.
Title: The Greatest Gift
Author: Roxy Boroughs
Series: Frost Family & Friends
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 154 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-0-9921271-2-1
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9921271-3-8
Welcome back to Carol Falls, Vermont, with this fifth book from the Frost Family Christmas/Frost Family & Friends series.
Heather Connolly has done some questionable things in the past. But it was all to regain custody of her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte. Finally together, Heather is now planning the perfect Christmas for her little girl.
Until police officers show up at the door and arrest Heather for robbery and arson.
Only one man can help prove her innocence. It’s Zack Jones, a volunteer firefighter...and the man she ran out on after their first and only night together.
Can he give her The Greatest Gift this Christmas, and once again unite Heather with her daughter? Or will Heather’s past keep her from Charlotte forever?
This story is a stand-alone sweet romance/cozy mystery. Series readers will enjoy catching up with town news and the latest happenings of the Frost Family...including a wedding.
Heather pulled out her key, twisted it in the lock and opened the apartment door, her jaw going slack as she took in the scene. Two police officers stood in her living room. On the couch, a red-eyed Lottie sat cradled on her grandmother’s knee.
The male officer approached. “Are you Heather Lynn Connolly?”
“We have a warrant for your arrest.”
Heather went numb. She must have misheard. “I know I didn’t go over the speed limit on the way home. The roads are icy and—”
“You’re under arrest for burglary and arson,” the same officer said, showing her the warrant, while his female associate revealed a pair of handcuffs.
“Arson?” Heather had so little air in her lungs, the word came out breathy, hardly above a whisper. “Of what? When?”
“A week ago, in—”
“Too much talking,” the male interjected. “Put the cuffs on her and let’s go.”
Heather tucked her arms into her chest and locked them there. “I didn’t do it. I’m innocent.”
“That’ll be for the courts to decide, ma’am.”
Lottie whimpered. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” she cried, calling for her over and over again.
She tried to get to her daughter, but the male officer barred her way. “Please, let me say goodbye to her.”
“Best you come with us now, ma’am.”
“I will. But I need to talk to my daughter first. Please.”
The officers exchanged a look. Finally, the female spoke. “You’ve got one minute. Stay where we can see you.”
Heather ran to Lottie and hugged her tight. “Mommy? What’s going on?”
“There’s been a mistake, sweetheart. I have to go with the nice policemen and clear everything up. But I’ll be back. I promise.” Heather switched her gaze to Lottie’s grandmother. “Can she stay with you, while I straighten this out?”
“Of course. I’ll call your boss, too. Let him know you won’t be in for a while.”
Heather nodded her thanks. “If you could take Lottie to her room. I don’t want her to see…”
The older woman didn’t wait for the rest. She tore down the hall with Lottie looking over her shoulder. The little girl’s arms reached out, her mouth open wide in a silent scream. Heather jammed a fist between her teeth to hold in her own sobs.
“Hands behind your back.”
The cuffs encased her wrists, as the male officer read her rights.
“Spread your feet,” the other ordered, and gave Heather’s left foot a rough nudge to make sure she complied.
The woman searched Heather—checking coat pockets, patting her chest, her arms, her legs. Heather’s cheeks flamed with humiliation.
“What am I supposed to have robbed?”
“And torched,” the male added.
“A bar in Carol Falls. Billy Boy’s.”
The officers led her from the apartment, one on each arm. Without their support, Heather feared she’d fall over.
How, in God’s name, had she wound up like this? Accused of burning the same building her former lover had risked his life to save.
Before turning her attention to writing, Roxy tread the boards as an actress, appearing on stage, film and TV.
Look for her romantic comedy CRAZY FOR COWBOY, and her suspense titles, the award winning A STRANGER’S TOUCH, and the follow-up novella A STRANGER’S KISS, as well as the popular FROST FAMILY CHRISTMAS/FROST FAMILY & FRIENDS series, which combines the holidays, sweet romance and cozy mystery.
I have such a hard time passing up a holiday book to read! This is my favorite time of the year so part of my enjoyment is read holiday themed books. Of course I really should pay attention to the fact that some of the books I agree to read are in a series or not.
You know how much I hate reading out of order.
Well I did it again...I'm not sure what's wrong with me. In my defense look at the cute cover! Do you blame me for wanting to read it!
Okay, so it might not be book one, but I still enjoyed it and did feel like I was missing anything but reading it out of order. A plus in my book. The Greatest Gift is both sweet, yet gives you the big emotions you want in your holiday books.
I enjoyed the characters and found the story very easy to get into. It might be a short story, but I read as a full one. I like that around the holidays. I'm so busy that I don't have a ton of time to sit around but being who I am I can't not read so novella's and short stories suit me well.
I think you should really add this to your holiday tbr list. It's the perfect story to read while the Christmas trees lights twinkle.
If you've read The Greatest Gift or any other book by Roxy Boroughs I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
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