Nancy Bolton’s recent novella, A Haven in the Woods is another story as part of the Love is . . . series of novellas by Prism Book Group. Finally, a story that has a dog in it! I don’t mind the cat either. I’m particularly fond of cats but mom won’t let me have one because of something she calls allergies. Anyway, on to the book.
Ellen is our leading lady and she got herself in some trouble. An unexpected and unwanted pregnancy has led her to make a choice to hide away in the woods, give birth and then give the baby up for adoption.
Things don’t go as planned. Her isolation is destroyed by Robert who lives nearby and comes to her rescue. As her home falls apart and a terrible winter storm descends, he takes her and her cat into his home with him and his dog. The potential makings of a love story.
But Ellen isn’t in the mood to be loved or trust a man and she keeps Robert at arms length. He, however, falls for the unborn baby and tries everything he can to help Ellen as she nears delivery. I don’t want to give away the story but lets just say he really has to work for this and is an example of love that protects, no matter what.
I’ll give this story five bones. A dog, a cat and a baby? I love babies. And I’m a dog, I don’t give stars.
Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.
This is a tiny excerpt from my current work in progress, Salsa and Speedbumps, a contemporary romance set in the Northwest Suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the backdrop of a viable faith community (aka “church”).
Rachel finds that one private sin has a ripple effect and the opportunity to wreak havoc on so many lives including her own. Can God bring something beautiful out of the chaos?
I admit is unfair to share something with you that is so far from publication. I have three other fiction manuscripts that are further along in the revision process and this one is not even finished! But it was too sweet to not share because it makes me smile and ask, “Did I really write that?” To be honest, my characters just simply “take over” the writing of the story and I just dictate.
Enjoy. . .
“Christmas is just around the corner.”
“Really? I hadn’t noticed, Rob.”
“Come on, Rachel, I didn’t do too badly with the getting a tree up and decorated.”
“You did a fine job. Much better than I could have managed with my bulging belliny getting in the way.”
“I happen to be fond of that bulging belly. Reminds me of Santa Claus.”
“Very funny.” She snuggled up to Robbie’s side. “If you had a wish for Christmas, what would it be?”
“That forty years from now I would be as in love with you as I am today.”
Rachel smiled. “I like that.”
“Did you have Christmas wish?”
“Mine isn’t big enough.”
“What was it?”
“Really? You will laugh at me.”
“Really, I want to know.”
“I want a puppy.”
“Yes, a puppy.”
“We may need to wait awhile for that one. Dogs are not allowed on our lease.”
“I know, but you asked. Wishes don’t have to be realistic.”
“No, they don’t. How about I lick your face and pant in your ear. Will that do in the meantime?”
Rachel grinned and gave her husband a kiss, “Oh, that will do.”