Two wounded people, no longer able to risk love, plus one little girl and her puppy. Can she bring them together in time for Christmas?
Kate Larssen lives in Mistletoe Falls, a small, charming town in northern Minnesota. She runs a no-kill animal rescue, a cause dear to her warm and loving heart. After too many romantic disappointments, she's no longer interested in risking her heart. She has far more important things to focus on—the abandoned and abused animals she wants to save. And the possible return of an ex-con she helped send to prison.
Deputy Brad Bailey recently left big city life and moved to Mistletoe Falls with his six-year-old daughter. His wife died just before Christmas last year. With his grief—and his guilt—he knows he won't consider another relationship. How could he, after failing so badly? His only goal is to raise his grieving six-year-old daughter and help her move forward.
While on duty, Brad finds a stray dog with puppies. He brings them to the animal shelter, where he meets Kate, the pretty manager. He hopes taking Janie to visit the puppies will lift her spirits, though he soon realizes his mistake as she begs to adopt them all. With their tiny rental cabin, even one puppy is impossible.
Always ready to help anyone in need, Kate worries about Brad and his motherless child, and tries to help fill the void in Janie's life, though she is too wary to risk her heart.
When someone shows up at Kate's house and sets it on fire, there are several suspects but no evidence. Can Brad track down the arsonist before anything terrible happens to Kate?
Welcome to the Coupled by Christmas six-novella series being released in October, November, and December of 2020! The second, A Montana Christmas, will be released October 15th, 2020.
Award-winning, USA Today best-selling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of forty novels and novellas, and has sold over 2.75 million copies of her books.