David has returned home after serving in Iraq to find everything changed. He's dealing with trauma and physical injuries that may never heal so his dreams of becoming a police officer or firefighter are gone and his future is unknown, except for the difficult recovery ahead. He's having trouble joining in the cheer of the Christmas season, especially when Christine, his ex-girlfriend, comes to work at Jack's tree farm.Meanwhile, fiercely independent and wily Lillian Warwick is alone in her home. Set in her ways, Lillian is determined to live on her own terms, in her own home! Even her old friend, Dr. Ezra Elliot, can't get through to her. Then the tables are turned with Ezra in need of care and Lillian rises to the challenge of caretaker. She never expected--or even wanted--to love again. She considers the very idea foolish. But as she cares for Ezra, she begins to wonder if it's possible to let someone else into her heart.And to cap off this holiday season, a mysterious benefactor is leaving gifts for those in need. No one knows the identity of the secret Santa, but the generosity is contagious as Cape Light residents are inspired to pass on the kindness.
Nothing captures the essence of the holidays like Thomas Kinkade's paintings-and the unforgettable town of Cape Light.
Gifts of kindness are never forgotten...
After serving in Iraq, the injured David has returned home to find his widowed father remarried and his ex-girlfriend working for him on his tree farm. Trying not to seem bitter or discouraged is even harder than the physical therapy, and David realizes that he not only needs to heal his body but his heart as well.
Meanwhile, Lillian Warwick's daughters are concerned about their elderly mother living on her own. But when a friend, Dr. Ezra Elliot, is in need of help, Lillian finds they value each other beyond just friendship. Now, she's wondering if it's not to late to let love into her life.
Thomas Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. Thom believed that both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings had been given to him as a gift. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created.
Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of more than thirty books, she also writes the Angel Island series, as well as the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries under her real name, Anne Canadeo. She lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound. Outside of her office, she is active in many community charity projects.
From the Paperback edition.