Home for Christmas by Maddie James
A star-crossed, holiday romance story of young love, old love, holding on, and letting go.
During the summer of 1989, Jenny Anderson meets Ben Matthews while on vacation with their families. Fresh out of high school and ready to get on with life--Jenny to Penn State in the fall and Ben to work for his uncle at Dickens Hardware--they didn't expect to fall in love.
But love-at-first-sight happens anyway.
After a summer of love letters and secret trips to visit each other in the fall, Ben asks Jenny's father for her hand in marriage Thanksgiving weekend. Much to Jenny's horror, her father angrily refuses.
That's when Ben and Jenny devise a plan to elope, enjoy a Christmas honeymoon on the coast, and then settle into life in the small town of Dickens.
But plans go awry when Ben's truck breaks down not far out of Dickens. The young couple takes refuge from a fast-approaching snowstorm at an old farmhouse with elderly occupants. The pause in their getaway causes Jenny to have doubts--until she witnesses first-hand the power of love and the magic of Christmas.
A Christmas Romeo and Juliet story with a happily-ever-after ending.