Tragedy and fate can collide in ways people could never have planned and their lives are forever touched.
Ben and Joelle are on the verge of divorce, but each pretend not to notice for the sake of their daughter, Emma. The family heads out on a holiday road trip complete with pasted smiles, forced laughs, and the hope that they can find some holiday happiness for their small child.
After Kate lost her baby, she gave up everything, including her marriage. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is to spend the holidays with her pregnant, happily married sister. She packs a suitcase and makes reservations at a fancy hotel in the city where she hopes she can be anonymous.
A flash snowstorm strands both cars in the Adirondack mountains and they find shelter in the Pine Cove Inn, which has been closed since the owners, Steve and Mary, lost their young daughter in a tragic accident. They take in the travelers, forcing them to face a host of emotions about their loss and their future.
“This is a very sweet and uplifting story. The characters deal with palpable pain and grief, but help each other in unexpected ways. An easy read, but worth the time as it will renew your faith in the inherent good in people and remind you that God is always in charge.”
“The story was believable and inspiring. It was full of honesty and faith.”
CIR: What inspired this unusual Christmas story?
LEIGH: Our pain and emotions can be easy to mask while we live day to day, often on auto-pilot. I liked the idea of taking people out of their comfort zones and shining a new light on their lives. In this book, there are three couples struggling with pain and disappointment. A winter storm strands them together and interrupts their lives. Their unplanned stay together brings them to a place where healing can begin and life will never be the same.
CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
LEIGH: I always spend a lot of time thinking before I begin writing. I’m usually unsure of how the book will end, but I’ll form some characters in my mind. When the people become real to me, I start writing and the book takes on a life of its own.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this kind of Christmas story?
LEIGH: I hope readers will feel the sense of helplessness each character has in the beginning and then rejoices and hope begins to appear in their lives.
CIR: What themes will bring that about?
LEIGH: This book reflects pain and loss and how this affects life.
CIR: What makes A Pine Cove Christmas unique?
LEIGH: I like the setting of this book. It takes place in an older inn located in the Adirondack Mountains. The inn is surrounded by pine trees and solitude. It’s the perfect place to get off the grid and get back in touch with what’s real.