A GIFT FOR LARA

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gift for laraCan the spirit of Christmas mend two broken hearts?

Lara Robinson wrote a love letter four years ago, but received no reply. Now the man to whom she gave her heart will visit Blythe Manor for Christmas. How can she enjoy the holidays knowing Miles Greystoke must despise her for revealing her feelings in such an unguarded fashion?

As an awkward youth, Miles fell in love with a kindred spirit…but his love was unrequited. Against his wishes, he’s now obliged to spend the holidays at Blythe Manor. Time has wrought changes in his physique, but his devotion to Lara Robinson has never wavered. He searches for the perfect present to show her how he feels, but nothing seems quite right…until he realizes the best sort of gift will embrace the true meaning of Christmas.

“While this is a short story, you will be pleased with the fullness of the story and the characters.”

“An engaging Christmas Victorian Romance for young adults, or anyone who is interested in uplifting stories of young love.”

Author note: The Parable of the Sower was a big influence in A Gift for Lara. I’ve always been fascinated with the question: Do charitable acts bear fruit? The cynic might say charitable acts are a waste of time, but the Parable teaches differently. I suppose I could compare it to an episode of the Pride & Prejudice miniseries. Mr. Darcy goes to the expense and trouble of arranging the wedding between Lydia and Mr. Wickham, without any idea of taking credit for it. He does it out of love for Elizabeth Bennet.