Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 9/06/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ A Final Outing

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!


Today I’m changing books, to my Christmas novel that releases at the end of September, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. This is book five of The Widows’ Club series and is Maria’s story. 



Here’s the blurb:


The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye.

We are in Hugh’s POV.


Courtesy Evelyn Simak and Wikimedia Commons

Pulling Caesar down to a trot and then a walk, Hugh brought them to a stop right at the end of the irregularly shaped pond. There were bulrushes thick at the far end, with overhanging trees, now leafless. Nearest to them was the overturned log where he and Bella had sat to lace on their skates last year. There was also a place to tie the horses so they could crop the little bit of grass still left. An idyllic spot for their last day together.

Hugh dropped to the ground, then helped Maria down as well. She slid down into his arms, every part of her touching every part of him it seems. The minx would try his patience for certain. He gave her a stern glare. “You had best behave, young lady–I made a promise to your cousin not to compromise you before we could marry.”

And now to finish the scene :

“I think I will take my chances with Jane’s wrath if it means I can be close to you, my love.” She gave a coquettish laugh and Hugh groaned. Best divert her away from this dangerous topic.

“Here is your surprise.” He waved toward the frozen pond.

“I see.” She looked askance at the pond, then at him. “I will admit I am surprised, for I cannot fathom a single reason why you would have done so.”

“Ah, but here is the other part of the surprise.” He untied the parcel from behind the saddle and brought out two pairs of—

I’m sure you can already guess what it is! LOL

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Apple.

I’ll be running a Christmas giveaway between now and September 27 when The Widow’s Christmas Surprise releases. The prizes are signed print copies of the previous Widows’ Club books, Christmas ornaments, swag, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. To enter this Rafflecopter giveaway, click here.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.


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27 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 9/06/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ A Final Outing

  1. kaisquared4 says:

    Ice skates, of course. Love this excerpt.


  2. Patricia B. says:

    Hugh sounds like a wonderful man. The rules of society at the time were so very unfair to women. Endangering them by changing their social and financial status over situations they had little or no control over. This sounds like a lovely story of two people that attempt to follow society’s strictures and still find happiness.


  3. Jeff S. Bray says:

    Great build up. Loved the scene. Don’t need to guess, eveyone else has.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Ice skates! Great imagery in this scene.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sounds like a great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Great imagery and yes, I can guess the surprise. lol Love it!

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  7. Cara Hartley says:

    Ice skates!
    The scene is nicely descriptive. I can picture the surroundings from the way you’ve written it.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Delightful! I so enjoy your Christmas romances. I can hardly wait to read this one.-)

    Liked by 1 person

  9. E.D. Martin says:

    It sounds like he has a lovely last day planned. But when does anything ever go as planned? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I always love Christmas Regency stories! This one sounds so good…enjoyed the snippet of course and that cover is gorgeous….

    Liked by 1 person

  11. bn100 says:

    interesting cover

    Liked by 1 person

  12. daryldevore says:

    Fabulous scene. And I suspect int he next scene – a lot of falling into his arms.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Sounds very sweet, but can she skate? And the cover is beautiful!!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. nancygideon says:

    Hope things don’t heat up so much between them that they go through the ice! Loving your new release, Jenna!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The surprise wouldn’t be ice skates would it?

    Liked by 1 person

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