An Imperfect Christmas
by Ros Clarke
It’s easy to have a perfect Christmas in Hollywood, but in real life things don’t always work out so well. Families who avoid each other throughout the year are forced into close proximity and get through it with the help of too much alcohol. And the pressure to be enjoying yourself makes it even worse. Have you found exactly the right video game for that nephew, or will the mother-in-law get the joke on her Christmas card? Should you really have tried that new recipe instead of sticking to Grandma’s tried and tested formula?
Christmas isn’t the perfect glossy picture of the adverts and the movies. The reality is that, for many people, it’s a stressful, sad or lonely time of year. Last year I wrote a Christmas story about a woman caring for an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s disease. They did have a wonderful Christmas – and of course there was a romantic happy ending – but it was definitely bittersweet.
And then she says no.
That’s why I love writing holiday romances. Everything is supposed to be perfect at Christmas, so when things go wrong, it’s even more painful than normal. But then the happy endings are even happier with a little bit of added seasonal sparkle!
I hope you have a sparkling happy Christmas this year, even if it’s not quite perfect.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a flashmob proposal.
All Kevin wants is to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. He's been planning the perfect proposal for months. He never planned what would happen if she said 'no'.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a diamond ring.
The last thing Laurel wants or expects for Christmas is a big flashy diamond ring. She'd been hoping for a pile of books or perhaps a cashmere sweater. In her experience, marriage is the quickest way to kill a happy relationship. When Kevin gets down on one knee, she panics and runs.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a rescue puppy and a trip to Hawaii.
He knows he's pushed too hard and too fast. Now he's scrambling to hold on to the best thing that's ever happened to him, while she's running hard and fast in the opposite direction. How could it all go so wrong in just twelve days?
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