Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Saying Goodbye, The Christmas Gift (A Christmas Novella) by Linda L. Barton

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The Christmas Gift – A Christmas Novella


Sometimes life doesn’t go in the direction we’ve planned for ourselves. Away in Medical School, Molly believed her life was on track. That was until she returned home for Christmas and learned her life was nothing she had always believed. As this surprising journey unfolds, Molly not only learns how to put aside the pain of her past but she finally learns how to say goodbye.

The Christmas Gift – A Christmas Novella


I awoke to the smell of bacon and coffee filling my nostrils. “Oh, thank God, I can use a cup of coffee.”

When I stood up, the room seemed to move out from under my feet. I knew I couldn’t still be drunk, so maybe a cup of coffee and some breakfast would help me get back to my usual self.

I reached over and grabbed my jeans, put them on, and then I walked to the bathroom. However, what I found there caught me completely by surprise. On the sink, there was a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, and a comb. I reached up and opened the medicine cabinet door and found a can of deodorant, a razor, a can of shaving cream, and a bottle of men’s cologne.

“What the hell?”

A sudden sickening feeling came over me as I thought back to what I had believed was a dream.

As I floated off to sleep, I remember feeling warmth in the bed that wasn’t my own. I had ignored it because it felt good and I knew I was alone. I then remember a soothing voice whisper, “Hello, you must be Molly. It’s nice to make your acquaintance. My name is Liam.”

Liam; what a lovely name I remember thinking, I’ve never known a Liam. I knew this was a dream, so I decided to see where it would take me. It had been several months since my breakup with Randy. We had dated a little over a year, but with the pressures of Med School, we both decided to cut things off, and maybe we’d find each other again when the time was better. To be honest, I was relieved it had ended the way it did since I never liked goodbyes. Besides, it was nice to hear a man’s voice in my bed again without the obligations attached.

“I’m glad to meet you, Liam.”

I then felt the bed move and the blanket lift.

“Where are you going?” I couldn’t explain it, but I didn’t want him to leave. Heck, this was a dream, and it wasn’t supposed to end with simple hellos, and then this man with the sexy voice just get up and leave.

“I think it’s best if I sleep in the other room.”

“No, please, don’t go. I’m so tired. Please stay and hold me for a while.” I knew it was only a dream, so what harm would come by this simple request.

“Okay but only until you’re asleep.”

I then felt him lie back down and move closer to me, pulling me into his arms. It felt nice to have his arms around me, and the steady beat of his heart on my cheek as I rested my head on his chest.

“Thank you, I’m not looking forward to facing my mother in the morning, so this is nice.”

“Don’t let that bother you now. Get some sleep. Everything will work out just fine.”

As I lay there in my bed, enjoying this unsuspected dream, I suddenly felt as though he was right; everything would, in fact, work out just fine.

Meet Author Linda L. Barton…

Linda L Barton is a Bestselling Multi-Genre Author. Publishing her first book in 2011, Linda started out by writing Dark Thrillers. Since then she has branched out by writing YA Fantasy, Women’s Romantic Fiction, and even Children’s Books under the name Nana Barton.

One of the high points of Linda’s writing career was when Next Move, You’re Dead: The Trilogy Bundle was chosen as 1 of 100 pre-loaded Kindle Fire ebooks given away in the 2013 Emmy Awards VIP Swag Bags to over 600 of those in attendance at the awards that evening.

Linda is also the Founder of Deadly Reads, Deadly Reads Author Services, and Host of the Deadly Reads Radio Podcast on Youtube.

Linda is also blessed to be married to a wonderful man, Bob for more than 30 years. Bob is her writing muse and has inspired several of the plots for her books. Together they have a daughter and son, as well as 5 beautiful grandchildren; all of whom are the joy of their lives.

Linda never thought she would become a published author, but now she cannot imagine doing anything else.


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10 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Saying Goodbye, The Christmas Gift (A Christmas Novella) by Linda L. Barton

  1. ELF says:

    Thank you for the gift, very generous. Have a lovely holiday!

  2. Judy Tulloch says:

    Thank you Linda
    for the gift. I like reading Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’ve gotten to discover new authors.
    Have a wonderful Holiday!

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Linda, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Really enjoyed the excerpt. Molly’s in far better shape than I am before I get my coffee. At least she’s more “aware”. LOL Thanks for the gift so I can read the rest of the story! 🙂

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Thanks ever so! Merry Christmas! I’m hooked!

  5. Eileen AW says:

    Thank you Linda. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and it sure hooked me. Happy Holidays!!

  6. bn100 says:

    Happy holidays

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