Angela Murphy's plans for a cozy Colorado Christmas shatter when she finds her fellow-teacher boyfriend entangled with another woman. But she goes home anywayto her grandmother Mollie's Berthoud Boarding House where she's forced into tasks with Mollie's handsome new boarder, Matt Dawson. While temporarily rooming at the boarding house until his new furnace arrives, Matt sees through Mollie's manipulations to pair him with her granddaughter, but he can't complain about spending time with the beautiful gray-eyed school teacher and the mangy stray they pick up on their way home from cutting a Christmas tree. In the company of both a beauty and a beast, Matt understands more clearly the words of a long-forgotten youth leader. Will those words draw him back to a long-forgotten God? And will Angela find that home lies not in the Victorian house of her childhood, but in the arms of the man she's grown to love?
Author, educator and speaker Davalynn Spencer is a former award-winning journalist whose love of writing has taken her from the city crime beat and national rodeo circuit to the college classroom and inspirational publication. When she's not writing or teaching as an adjunct professor, she speaks and leads worship at women's retreats, luncheons and other events. She holds a BA in education, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, and has released a book of devotions for women, Always Before Me. Davalynn's inspirational work has appeared in Standard, Christian Standard, The Upper Room, The Quiet Hour (2013), and Chicken Soup for the Soul (2012). Her secular writing credits include American Cowboy magazine, Western Horseman, and Prorodeo Sports News among others. She has won twelve journalistic awards and writes the inspirational column "A Western Woman's Heart" for The Line Rider, a monthly publication of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, Inc. Davalynn maintains a semimonthly blog, contributes as a guest blogger for various sites, and is a freelance editor and proofreader. Her fiction is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. Davalynn is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Christian PEN (Proofreaders & Editors Network), and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She and her husband Mike make their home on Colorado's Front Range with a Queensland heeler named Blue.