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The Holiday Bride (Holiday Brides Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Baird
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THE HOLIDAY BRIDE (Holiday Brides Book 2)
A child asks for a new mommy for Christmas, and -- much to her bachelor dad's surprise -- Santa delivers.
A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist!

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Santa knows best...

Waitress Lucy West is down on her luck at the diner. A fan of late-night television reruns, she's always dreamed of a nineteen-fifties style happily ever after. But, in reality, she's opted to settle. Barely scraping by on her meager salary and tired of going it alone, she figures marrying affable, yet distractible, Mitch as making the right move. Little does she know that Christmastime--and Santa--have other plans in store...

Bachelor dad William Kinkaid has his hands full with a young teenage son and a five-year-old daughter. Since losing his wife to cancer three years before, William's worked hard to keep things as upbeat and normal for the family as possible. After his child makes a special Christmas wish, William's stunned to awaken Christmas morning to find a beautiful blonde on the sofa. The woman can't remember a thing, and his kid thinks Santa brought her. Can William solve the mystery about who she really is, without giving away his heart?


William cinched the tie on his robe and paused at the bend in the stairs. Carmella raced down the steps ahead of him, dashing to the large beige sofa facing the fireplace. Two stockings brimming with goodies hung from the mantel.

"Oh boy, oh boy!" she cried, springing on her heels in a happy dance. Justin appeared on the landing beside his dad.

"What is it, fuzz brain?" he asked with a yawn.

Carmella looked up at them, her cheeks aglow. William had never seen her so excited. "He did it! Santa really did it!"

William descended the stairs feeling pleased with himself. He did know a thing or two about fathering, after all. "Well? Is it what you wanted?"

"Boy, is it ever," Carmella said with a happy gasp.

William strode around the sofa, feeling smug. Then, suddenly, he halted, nearly tumbling over the coffee table.

"Wow," Justin said, gazing straight ahead of him.

William stared in shock at the lovely blonde on the sofa who was clutching Carmella's teddy bear! She didn't look much over thirty, and was very reasonably put together.

The woman opened her eyes with a start and tried to sit, before quickly lying back down. "Where am I?" she asked with a pitiful moan.

"Don't you know?" Carmella asked, taking her hand. "Santa brought you home!"

She pushed herself upright, grasping the back of the sofa. "Home?"

"You're our new mommy!"

A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Standard novella-length, approximately 28,000 words.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Dear Readers,

All right, I'll admit it, I am a "softie" (otherwise known as a mushy person). While those close to me know it's true, others who see me only from the outside sometimes don't understand this. I think my low point was when I was pregnant with my fourth child and found myself crying at television commercials. I chalked some of that up to hormones, but even those couldn't take the blame entirely. As much as I try to pull back from sappiness, it has a way of sneaking up behind me and once more settling in.

One of my favorite movie scenes concerns Kathleen Turner's role as a romance novelist in ROMANCING THE STONE. There is this moment where she types the last line of her final chapter, and she is weeping from the sheer beauty of her ending. She cries so hard in fact, she can't find a shred of paper product left in her New York City apartment. Every paper towel and toilet paper roll is bare, and the tissue boxes are empty. When my kids watched a DVD of that film with me some years ago, all of them piped in, "Mom, that's just like you." Too sad, but true.

While none of us can change who we are, over time we might learn to channel our energies. And so it's been that I've learned to pour my emotionality into the creation of my characters. Because each is so different, and vastly varied in the amount of outward emotion he (or she) shows, this proves a ripe playing field for the bottled-up intensity my spirit aches to let flow. And, at times, my characters surprise me. Exactly as snarly tween Justin did in THE HOLIDAY BRIDE. I thought I had him pegged, knew his type precisely. Heck, I'd raised a passel of kids myself and had seen the spectrum. But when Justin's turn came, he pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

This is the fabulous part about being a writer. It's not just the main characters that can catch you off guard. The secondary ones often have something up their sleeves as well. In literary circles we writers sometimes divide ourselves into "plotters" and "pantsers." In other words, those who meticulously outline their work versus those who "fly by the seat of their pants." In truth, most writers are likely varying combinations of both. I suppose I am, too, though leaning a bit (okay, okay... maybe a lot...) more heavily toward the free-flowing side. I think this comes back to that emotionality - and trusting the characters to lead me where they need to take me: heartbreak, joy and all.

When I conceived of THE HOLIDAY BRIDE, the initial story was comprised of two questions: 1) What if a lonely child had asked Santa for a new mommy? 2) What if her bachelor dad had no idea until a mysterious blonde landed on his sofa on Christmas morning? It was a basic concept, garnered while scrubbing dishes one early spring evening.  But that concept and the feelings of the characters behind it were strong enough to drive my bottom straight into my computer chair the next morning to begin the tale.

The story has fantasy elements that tie in with the Christmas theme, and which are also reminiscent of threads in my novel REAL ROMANCE. While REAL ROMANCE's Marie hopes to find her real-life ideal as presented in romance fiction, THE HOLIDAY BRIDE's Lucy aspires to a Happily Ever After as portrayed on late-night television. Will Lucy finally find forever with her present-day family man, despite a multitude of chaotic complications? Where love and life are concerned, and especially at Christmastime, only Santa knows for sure...

With best wishes for happy endings,
Ginny Baird

About the Author

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Her fiction has been published in the US, Australia, Brazil, Denmark and Norway, and translated into several languages. She is an award-winning writer and the bestselling author of several romantic comedies, including novellas in her new HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES. You can learn more about her by visiting her website

Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985822570
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winter Wedding Press (October 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MQTF5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holiday Bride October 12, 2012
By Jessica
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Lucy is getting ready to take the plunge and marry the unreliable Mitch - after all, fairy tales aren't real. William Kinkaid is a widowed father of two who is struggling as a single father. When Lucy takes a tumble in the snow on Christmas Eve she wakes to find herself on the Kinkaid's couch with no idea who she is and how she got there. The Kinkaid family is equally confused, except five year old Carmella who proclaims Lucy to be exactly what she asked Santa for: a new mommy.

If you're like me and enjoy the marathons of sappy, soapy, happily ever after Christmas movies on television all December long, you'll probably like this. It actually reminds me of one those, but I can't recall the name of it. This is a sweet little magical Christmas story, it tugs on all the heartstrings and gives you a face full of cavities. Lucy and William, as well as the children, are all adorable, and this does have a few great moments of comedy as well.

This is a clean little romance and I really enjoyed it. I would absolutely recommend this little holiday treat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romance Novel June 1, 2013
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Ginny Baird does an excellent job with this romance novel. It is all about love not lust. It features a family and family values. It is superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "keep-you-interested" story July 29, 2013
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I love to read about Christmas Romantic stories. This one is very cleaverly done and kept my interest to the end. The author is able to keep you wanting more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Holiday Tale September 7, 2013
By Becca
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This was an excellent Christmas romance. All the elements were there: a man, a woman, love and the magic of the holiday. Only 118 pages, so it's a fast, enjoyable read. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Warms the heart for Christmas! January 18, 2014
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This story was clearly, for me, the best of the Holiday Brides series, but it still suffered from the problems I mentioned in my review of The Christmas Catch. I liked the twist mentioned in the book, even though it stole some of the magic of Lucy's appearance. This story was even funny at times! It was definitely a "warm your heart" short story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good comfortable read. September 22, 2013
By Lilly
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The story is rather predictable. If you want a book to read just to enjoy and not have to figure out, this is the one for you. It's a relaxing read and one that you can put down. Among candy there's penny candy and designer chocolates. This book was about a 10 cent candy bar. Yes, I know you can't buy candy bars for a dime anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Holiday Bride May 4, 2013
By Myra
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A typical life for several caught up in the ways of today. Lucy wanted more that Mitch would give her; however, she thought she would not have a chance at happiness so she accepted Mitchs' proposal. Mitch loveed her in his own way, but was married to his work. William heart broken after his wife, Karens' death was lost and felt betrayed. The Holiday Bride shows that life has a way of working out for the best sometimes. I will reccomend it to anyone to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mississippi April 18, 2013
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Wonderful loved all of it. Mary from mississippi
I a very creative spin with a very sweet story great for christmas
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved!
Imagine waking up Christmas morning to find someone on your couch, who doesn't remember anything. Someone your child wished for and believes Santa brought for her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PG LOVE STORY!
I liked the fact Baird rated her story, PG, so I knew going in there would be no heat. But the short story had such a cute premise, it was worth my time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IRISHLASS
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the Holiday Bride Series
I have read 4 of the HOLIDAY BRIDE SERIES....they are sweet romance stories with a HEA ending. They were all short stories I read before bed. Worth the read.
Published 2 months ago by dgoodall25
5.0 out of 5 stars love, love, loved this story...
Ginny Baird has become one of my favorite authors. From start to finish, I loved these characters and their story line.
Published 2 months ago by chica
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Briggs
Fun, easy read. Did not require a lot of attention to details. Modern day fairy tale. Remind for early teenagers.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara G, Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holiday Bride ~ Holiday Brides Series ~ Book 2
Lucy West had plans to be The Holiday Bride to Mitch, a guy she is settling for but finds less than ideal husband material. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Fairy Tale
"When a man finally meets the right girl, the whole world becomes a fairy tale." THE HOLIDAY BRIDE. Touching romance with clever plot twists.
Published 7 months ago by A. Rockey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading!
Wonderful story! I believe in Santa, do you? You will later reading this wonderful book! It heartwarming, magical, and just full of love!
Published 7 months ago by Keella Cheeseborough
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute short read
A nice, lonely, woman, Lucy, settling for marriage with a man who was nice, safe. Circumstances put her in a situation that causes her to realize she wants more, after spending... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JigsawGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars SANTA DELIVERS
A delightful story. The characters are developed and seem real. The plot is light, but swift moving. All-in-all, a quick fun read.
Published 7 months ago by kindle lover NJV
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More About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes touching, often humorous, contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.

Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), as well as additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website to learn more about her and her books.

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