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A Portland ME Christmas Novella.

Faith failed him.

Ambition drove her.

Serendipity brought them together.

They've never met, but their paths run in the same direction—home for the holidays. 

Yet their reasons for leaving are as different as the reasons they return.

Meeting by chance along a 1400 mile stretch of highway when a snowstorm grinds traffic to a halt, they have no choice but to jointly ride it out. 

Exposing a common thread, leading them from the past to the present, it's through the innocent eyes of a toddler, they discover a future.

Fiction & Literature
November 1
Freya Barker
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

~Mindy Lou~ ,

A Sweet Christmas Novella

I'm a bit out of season but I really wanted to read this Christmas novella. Our hero, Matt works at the Skipper, a bar the Portland ME series is centered around. He's driving a long way to go pick up his sister from their extremely, religious parents who are trying to marry her off to a much, older man from the church. On his way, fate has him running into single mom, Tana and her 3 year old daughter Flynn when they need him the most.

It's a heartwarming tale of instant love from a couple who thought love wasn't in the cards for them. Matt is a very protective and thoughtful hero. Tana is a strong, independent woman who didn't know how much she was missing until Matt came into her life. Then you have this adorable 3 year old girl who instantly bonds with Matt and will make your heart melt.

Evieo17 ,


This was a really sweet heart warming read. I loved little Flynn and her nickname for Matt. It was just the sweetest thing.

Mrsherk ,

Home for the Holidays

As always, Freya Barker delivers a heartfelt read that pulls the reader in from the first page and grabs them by the heartstrings. I love her Portland ME series and always wondered what Matt's story might be. Holiday stories are one of my weaknesses and I love this one. In this novella, Ms. Barker manages to pull as many emotions from the reader as she does in her longer works. I appreciate that she writes mature characters that sometimes life has not treated kindly, but they are strengthened by their challenges, not defeated by them.
Unwitting victims of happenstance and fate, Matt and Tana repeatedly meet on their respective road trips home for the holidays. Their reasons have less to do with celebrating Christmas than they do with clearing up family matters. The instant chemistry of the couple is only enhanced by the adorable
Flynn, Tana's three-year-old daughter. While they weather the blizzard the question remains, how difficult is the slippery road to a relationship?
If this novella doesn't put you in the holiday spirit, then nothing will.

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