Title: Christmas, Alabama by Susan Sands
Alabama Series Book Four
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 326 pages
Photographer Rachel Prudhomme has finally settled in Ministry, Alabama. Sure, the pace is slower, and she’s had her heart blessed more times than she can count, but putting down her roots where her family is feels right, if only the town’s new doctor and now neighbor weren’t so hot and constantly igniting her dreams. How can she keep her vow to steer clear of men when he keeps sauntering across her path?
For Dr. Nicholas Sullivan to get his dream job in Atlanta, he must fill in at Ministry General, where they’re short staffed for the holidays. He never expects to fall for his beautiful next door neighbor, Rachel.
Soon, Nick and Rachael make a deal. They’ll pretend to date so Rachael can avoid the scrutiny from her family to “find a good man” and Nick can avoid the single lovelies in town who take his short stay as a challenge. Amidst the carolers, Christmas lights, and an unlikely Alabama snowstorm, Nick and Rachel can’t help but notice the powerful emotional and physical attraction between them. Will a Christmas miracle be all it takes to make all of their dreams come true?
“I have a phone number to call someone about an apartment to rent.” Wait. He pulled out the crumpled paper from his pocket, having intended to make the call this morning. “Are you Dolly Wiggins?”
Rachel might have groaned out loud. Mrs. Wiggins was going to ask Nick Sullivan to move in next door. To be her neighbor and share a wall and a hallway. A house. “Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I am. And I do have an apartment to rent. How long will you be staying here in Ministry?” “Not long. Just over a month, until New Year’s, most likely,” Nick said. But he paused, perhaps at the idea of dead cat’s eyes, staring at him.
“Well, the place is fully furnished, and I guess I don’t have a problem with a short-term lease, so long as you have references,” Mrs. Wiggins turned to Rachel and beamed. “Rachel, here, rents the apartment next door. If you decided to move in, you’ll already know your neighbor.”
Rachel forced her mouth to make a smile shape. This was not something she wanted—this gorgeous single doctor moving in next door. Sleeping next door. She wondered if he slept naked. Her face was likely bright red, because it felt super hot, and she now noticed that everyone at the table was staring at her. She should say something pleasant. “It’s a really nice place. And Mrs. Wiggins is a fantastic landlady.”
“Sounds perfect,” Nick said. He was giving her a funny look. Almost like he could tell what she was thinking. Well, there was no way he could know she’d been thinking that.
I grew up in Northwest Louisiana, but have strong Cajun roots (Southern Louisiana) on both sides of my family. I live in the Atlanta suburbs with my dentist husband and near-adult children, plus a few furry creatures.
I love to cook and I adore food. I play tennis, but don’t exercise nearly enough. I write Southern romantic women’s fiction. It’s a rare day when I run short of words. I’m a member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, Georgia Romance Writers, and Romance Writers of America. I’m represented by Erin Niumata at Folio Literary Management.
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