An Alaskan Christmas
Author: Jennifer Snow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…
If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.
Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…
Advance Praise for An Alaskan Christmas:
“An Alaskan Christmas is heartwarming, romantic, and utterly enjoyable.”—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster
“Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged! Pure Christmas delight.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
“Readers will enjoy the mix of sexy love scenes, tense missions, and amiable banter. This entertaining introduction to Wild River will encourage fans of small-town contemporaries to follow the series.”—Publishers Weekly
“An exciting contemporary series debut with a wildly unique Alaskan setting.”—Kirkus
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It may as well be two years. What the hell was she going to do with herself?
She had no hobbies. She had no boyfriend. She had no friends besides colleagues who were more acquaintances. She didn’t have a pet. Heck, even her houseplants were plastic.
Feeling her chest constrict, an anxiety attack looming, she forced another breath, but it barely made it past her throat. A vacation. She’d never been on one before. Ever. Not even as a child. Raised by her workaholic father, the farthest she’d ever gone was camping with Cassie and her family every summer…
She hadn’t seen her childhood best friend in years. They’d been inseparable growing up, but their lives and careers had gotten in the way of the friendship over time. Her free-spirited friend was an adventure tour guide, still living in their hometown of Wild River, while Erika worked herself into forced vacations at the hospital in the city. Fun and leisure activities had never found their way onto her priority list. A drive to succeed pushed away any desire to relax. Eventually, when she’d reached her career goals, she’d slow down a little…enjoy life, but for now, she was focused solely on her career.
Right now, she wouldn’t even know how to find fun if she had a direct map to it.
Sitting up, she glanced at her calendar on the wall. It was November 30 and the weather that fall would ensure great skiing conditions on the slopes. Not so great for mountain driving, though. She’d never admit it, but the close call on the one-way had her feeling a little nervous on the roads these days.
She bit her lip. She could take the train.
Going to her computer, she confirmed times to Wild River for the next day. Less than a two-hour ride. The mountains weren’t that far from the city.
Finding accommodations for that length of time proved to be challenging, though. Ski season was always booked well in advance, and with the village holiday activities starting that week, no hotel or B and B could accommodate the two-week stay.
Should have checked that first.
Opening Facebook, she went straight to Cassie’s page.
When was the last time they spoke? Actually spoke, not quick Facebook messages or a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Birthday” text, but an actual conversation?
Flipping through her friend’s recent photos of winter camping and hiking through the trails, group shots of happy-looking adrenaline junkies on a heli-skiing trip…her already fragile confidence in the idea waned. Did they have anything in common anymore? As teenagers, it had been their differences that had connected them. She was studious and focused—exactly what Cassie had needed to help her survive the course load in high school. Someone to make sure she went to class and did the assigned work. Erika had tutored her friend in math and physics to make sure her grades were high enough to graduate on time. And in return, Erika had learned to relax and have fun once in a while from her high-on-life friend. Cassie forced her to take breaks, even if it meant stealing her textbooks for a few hours, and without her, Erika would have had no social life at all.
Her gaze fell to her exposed wrist at the edge of her white blouse. The faint lines of a tattoo were starting to show through her tattoo concealer. The word Friend only legible because she knew what it said.
The Best and Friend tattoos had been their gift to one another when Erika moved to Anchorage for university. They’d promised not to let life get in the way of their friendship. Erika almost always kept hers covered these days. She really should have it removed, it was hardly professional, but each time she made the appointment, she canceled it.
She opened Messenger and hesitated. Could she really spend two weeks in Wild River? Would her friend be happy to hear from her?
She released a deep breath and started to type. Only one way to find out.
About the author:
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, Canadian Authors Association and SheWrites.org. Her first Brookhollow book was a finalist in the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold contest and the Golden Quill Award. More information can be found at www.jennifersnowauthor.com
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