Promise of Love by Tamie Dearen – A Christmas Romance
Just when she throws in the towel on romance, two hunky gentlemen come calling. Something’s fishy in Denver!
December isn’t filled with the magic of Christmas for Noelle Holiday. Only the looming dread she’s about to lose something or someone else dear to her. Will she ever be rid of her Christmas curse?
When good things start happening, alarms go off in her head. It’s too good to be true.
That’s why Noelle is worried when she adopts an adorable Golden Retriever and meets a guy who seems to really care for her. For the first time in a long time, she doesn’t feel alone. But she knows it can’t possibly last.
Sure enough, disaster strikes. Noelle loses the dog and the guy, just like she feared.
Or does she?
This faith-filled romance tells the story of a believer struggling to reclaim her faith and discover real love for the first time. If you love Hallmark movies, you’ll love this sweet happily-ever-after story by USA Today bestselling author, Tamie Dearen.
“Thank you, Tamie, for a lovely Christmas romance filled with tenderness, healing and love.” Amazon Reviewer
“Her characters are so realistic and have a depth that will convince you they are real.” Goodreads Reviewer
“Along with romance there is a strong Christian theme, and the writer isn’t afraid to show the struggles even people of strong faith face in life.” Barnes & Noble Reviewer
“HI.” David regarded Noelle with wary eyes, looking like a swimmer entering shark-infested waters.
“Hi. Sorry I’ve been out of touch. Haven’t felt well lately.” Noelle put her gloved hand on her temple to indicate the culprit.
“So I hear.” His voice was even and his gaze unrelenting. “It seemed like you might be trying to avoid talking to me for some reason.”
She tugged her lower lip inside her mouth, fumbling for a reasonable explanation. “Just tired, you know.”
He nodded. “Your eyes are kind of red.”
They ought to be, as much crying as I’ve done lately.
“And your face looks a little pale.”
“Yeah. This is just how I look without makeup.”
“Hmmm…” He furrowed his brows, studying her until she squirmed beneath his inspection. “You still look beautiful to me.”
“Don’t.” Noelle shut her eyelids tight. “Please don’t do that.”
“Don’t be all nice and sweet and make me want something I can’t have.”
“I don’t understand.” David’s eyes were stormy blue, filled with pain and confusion, and she hated knowing she was responsible. But it was better to rip the bandage off now before she became more dependent on him.
“You’ll understand someday,” she replied, surprisingly dry-eyed. A heavy gust of wind whipped under her coat, and she tucked her scarf over her face, turning to leave.
His hand grabbed her arm. “Wait, Noelle. Wait.” He bent his head until he caught her gaze. “We were close. We were so close to being there. So close to a place where we’re better together than we are apart. Can’t we try a little longer? Risk a little more?”
Noelle was already shaking her head. “I’m sorry, but I can’t take the chance. It could never last. It’s not your fault—it’s mine. You can find happiness with someone, but that’s not my lot in life.”
She tried to pull away, but his grip held firm, his brows bent low and foreboding. “So what are you saying? I deserve happiness, but you don’t?”
“Essentially, yeah. That’s right.”
“That makes no sense.” His free hand tore through his hair. “What are you afraid of? Just tell me.”
Finally jerking her arm free, she ran to the safety of her car, leaving him standing motionless in the parking lot. She could still see the hurt on his face as she drove away.
USA Today bestselling author Tamie Dearen has published more than twenty books, including The Best Girls Series and the Limitless Clean Billionaire Romance Series. Tamie believes real life is already full of enough heartache, so she gives her book-characters happily-ever-afters, no matter how difficult their paths.
Tamie Dearen lives in Texas with her incredibly romantic husband and two dogs. She hates dusting and exercising and loves anything musical or artistic. When she’s not writing books, you might find her playing with her grandkids or drilling on someone’s tooth.
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