I had a Disney Christmas that’s for sure. With us going to Disney World again in March I got many Disney gift cards. And I love it! I will have so much fun shopping while at Disney.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was good, but in the blink of an eye it was over, it seems. And today I am dragging. Work, dinner, church on Christmas Eve. Up early for Christmas morning with the kids, home for a quick nap before back out the door to my aunts. Back to work this morning and working all four days. I am sure glad I took off the day after New Year’s Day, I’m going to be trying to catch up on sleep. But I loved every minute of spending Christmas morning with the kids.
The one Hallmark Christmas movie I was looking forward to the most was the one that disappointed me most. And to top it off it was the Hallmark Gold Crown Movie. Maybe if I had a chance to read the book before I saw the movie then I would have known what to expect but that movie totally blindsided me. The movie I’m talking about, if you don’t already know is The Christmas Train.
Now I did surprisingly like Christmas in Evergreen. That might be my favorite of the 2017 Hallmark Movies. That and the one about finding Santa.
It’s a Mickey Christmas at this southern Belle’s plantation. The more Mickey the better it seams.
A few years ago I read this book by Debbie Macomber and I loved the idea of choosing one word a year but haven’t done it yet. So I’ve decided 2018 is the year.
My word for 2018 is Write. It’s time I get back to my passion and get back to what makes me happy.
The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison is definitely a step out of my reading comfort zone but being drawn to all things Southern like I am, I thought I would take that step.
Did I love the Sweetheart Sham? I wouldn’t go that far but I liked it more than I expected I would. The two main chapters were good. Georgie, the main female character, is great. She is funny and a true southern lady. And Beau, the main male character, is the guy you just can’t help liking.
Since it has been a while since I read a “teen romance” and have been reading “adult romances” more it was a little lacking for my speed but good enough for a teen/young adult. I really enjoyed the small southern town setting and the backdrop of a true southern family wedding. Those really added to the element of the story.
I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried the Sweetheart Sham. It’s nice to try new things from time to time.
“Beau Montgomery, what on earth!” someone, I think it’s Will’s mom, says with a squeal. I can’t single it out because my heart seems to stop beating.
Everyone scoots toward the patio entrance and gathers around. Will drops my hand to move closer.
And then I see him.
He’s standing behind Mrs. M next to his dad, a big smile on his face, and he’s tall. Real tall. His dark hair is longer and nearly falling into his hazel eyes, definitely a length that Orry won’t like much. His jaw is strong, some muscles pressing under his polo. He looks nothing like the boy I remember.
And suddenly I’m a little self-conscious. What am I wearing today? I can’t even remember. I could look down but that would mean looking away from him, and thenmaybe when I look back he won’t be there. I don’t know if he even sees me, but I see him. Clearly. After more than twoyears of nothing.
“Beau, is that you, boy?” Orry calls. Beau steps around the rest of the family toward his grandpa. He’s closer now, and I can get a better look at his face. My eyes explore his features and rest on his lips, which break out into a small smile and—Dang, is it hot out here?
“Hello, Granddad.” Orry pulls him into a hug and Beau has to lean over to reach him properly. Orry looks like a kid in his arms.
Cheese and rice, even his voice is sexy. Deeper but still with a familiar feeling that it stirs up in me, and an accent with a hint of Georgia twang instead of South Carolina
I like it. Lord help me, I like it.
Orry holds him out at arm’s length and examines him before giving him a pat on the shoulder. “You look more like your daddy than I expected. How tall are you?”
“Six one, sir,” Beau says.
“You look good, grandson, real good. Atlanta treating you well?”
“Yes, sir, it is.”
I want to move, but I can’t. My feet are stuck to the ground, not that I should move anyway. I don’t reckon I trust myself around him. Especially not right now when I’m not sure if I want to hug him or kick him somewhere that would hurt. I’d do a good job of it too and make darn sure my kick was as painful as him not showing up that night.
“When’s your momma coming?” Mrs. M asks him.
“Not until closer to the wedding,” he says.
I watch as Will hugs him. They’re both smiling, and it reminds me of before when he was here. They were inseparable—we were—and now I’m just standing here like an idiot. Which I am. Will looks in my direction, and then Beau’s eyes are on me, too. It’s even worse when he’s looking at me, especially now with a hidden glimmer in them. It’s not how he said hello to the others; it’s almost like his eyes hadn’t seen me before, and now he’s hyperaware. Just like I’ve been since his dad yelled his name.
He takes a step toward me.
Normally I love the Christmas season but this year it is becoming a bit overwhelming. Every day it is go, go, go. I really need to take a few moments to do something for myself. I have Christmas books I would love to read, but just haven’t gotten to them yet. I might be reading Christmas books into the New Year.
I am about to admit to something I thought I’d never say, I found a movie I liked better than the book. And to top it off it was one of those Hallmark movies. The book was not horrible but in this case I do feel the little changes that were made for the movie really helped enhance the story. Considering usually stuff from the book usually has to be cut for the movie.