Christmas is a time of forgiveness…
And unforgettable surprises
Former professional football player Chase Rebel has finally come home for good. But ranching life in his small Texan hometown is far from simple—especially when it comes to Chase's beautiful estranged wife, Jody. There's no escaping the mistakes and hurts of their past…or the feelings that still linger between them. But can Jody and an unexpected Christmas surprise show this Texan where he truly belongs?
Before Chase could put his phone in his pocket, the doorbell rang. He sighed. He opened the door without looking through the peephole. He froze, words sticking in his throat.
Jody stood there.
He hadn’t seen her in over a year and his heart stopped just from looking into her gorgeous eyes. In a green dress and heels she looked more beautiful than ever, grown-up, sophisticated, except there were tiny worry lines around her eyes that hadn’t been there before.
She had a box in her hands and shoved it toward him. “These are some of the things you gave me and I don’t want them in my house anymore.”
He refused to take it so she set the box on the floor by his feet. Her eyes were cold and hesitant as she waited for him to pick it up.
“How did you know I was home?” he asked, ignoring the box.
“I have to go. Just wanted you to have those things back because I know they mean something to you.”
“That’s why I gave them to you. They’re yours.”
She turned to leave as if she didn’t want to get into an argument. He couldn’t let her go. Breathing the same air as Jody was intoxicating and he wanted to keep her here as long as possible, even if they were arguing. It had always been that way with him. He could be in the dumps about a game or something but the moment he heard her voice, it lifted his spirits.
“What are you doing home anyway? Don’t you have spring training or something or another?”
“I just wanted to come home.”
Excerpted from A Texan's Christmas Baby by Linda Warren, Copyright © 2021 by Linda Warren. Published by Harlequin Heartwarming.
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