THE KEEPER, complete at 48,400 words, is a Christmas romance.
Mark Shafer plans to sell his family’s beautiful Christmas tree farm in Sutton, Massachusetts, so he can pursue a career in music and propose to his city-loving—not farm-loving—girlfriend. Until he learns the trees might be miracle trees.
Sound unlikely? Mark thinks so too. Until Angela, a single mom, and her daughter visit the farm to buy a tree. An anonymous gift begins a series of events that entwines their lives together and threatens his plan to sell. He struggles to learn the truth about the farm and he must decide what, and who, is most important.
First 150 Words:
The Nor’easter brought the snow, but that didn’t start it. The radio station began playing carols around the clock, but that didn’t start it. Main Street wrapped the lamp posts in candy-cane striped garland, but even that wasn’t enough. Not until the decorated tree stood in the front window with soft lights glowing around the angel’s contented face did Christmas officially begin in the Donovan family. This year, Angela promised her daughter she could have the honor of choosing the tree.
“Is this the one?” Angela asked as she held her daughter’s hand and stared at the four- foot pine tree.
Caroline leaned closer to it. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Do you feel that?”
“Feel what?” Angela asked.
“The tree, she’s beautiful,” Caroline answered.
Angela bit her lip and glanced at her watch. “Is this the tree you want?”