December 2, 2015


Nearly fifteen years ago I was asked to write a short story for a beautiful but short-lived romance magazine--a story set in New England soon after the Civil War, featuring a wounded veteran , a war-weary widower determined that his young daughter would be cared for, even if he should succumb to the injuries that left him crippled.


The result was "The Best Gift," a love story begun out of necessity, where neither the hero nor the old friend he marries on Christmas Eve expects more than that they'll create a safe, stable home for his daughter, peace of mind for him.


She's had a tendre for him since their childhood, but has never dreamed that by accepting him as he is now, she will kindle des...

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