The Baby's Christmas Blessing by Meghann Whistler Genre: Clean Christian Inspirational Romance
A second chance at love
with a newborn as matchmaker!
Nothing will be merry about Steve Weston’s Christmas if he doesn’t find a nanny for his newborn nephew fast. But the best choice is Chloe Richardson, the woman he pushed away years ago. He has a second chance at making the season’s joy last for a lifetime—unless he allows old wounds to separate them once more…
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“So, um…what are you doing here, Chloe?” He knew that Aunt Mabel had scheduled an interview with the lone candidate who’d applied for the nanny position, but seriously? That lone candidate was Chloe Richardson?
Chloe’s big brown eyes went wide. “You remember me?”
“Of course I remember you, Blondie,” he said, using the nickname all the kids at church camp had called her back in the day.
“Oh.” A flicker of hurt and confusion flashed across her face. “I thought…”
She seemed to think he’d forgotten all about her, and Steve knew why. His seventeen-year-old self had been a real coward. He never should have kissed her in the first place, and after he had, he should have had enough courage to call her and tell her why things could never work out between them instead of disappearing without a trace.
But what was done was done. There was no changing it now.
Aiden finished feeding, and Steve stood and patted him on the back. “So, did Aunt Mabel ask you to come over to talk about the nanny job?”
Chloe looked away. “We were talking about it, yes…”
“But you didn’t know you’d be working for me, did you?”
She looked up at him and shook her head, her dirty-blond bangs falling into her dark eyes and making Steve’s breath catch in his throat. Still so beautiful. “I didn’t even know you were back on Cape Cod.”
Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won't make your grandmother blush.
Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and was also a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best Award.
Her next book, The Billionaire’s Secret, was a #1 bestseller and #1 Hot New Release across multiple categories on Amazon.com, including Christian Romance, Christian Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Religious Fiction, among others. It won the 2022 Selah Award for Contemporary Romance, placed second in the romance category of the 2022 Christian Indie Awards, and was a finalist for the 2022 HOLT Medallion.
Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.
She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.
People often ask me if the characters in my books are based on people I know. They’re not, but I do like to infuse my characters with real-life quirks and my stories with real-life humor.
Because people are funny, and life is funny, and my own life provides plenty of inspiration!
Here’s an example:
The summer after I started dating my husband, my family invited him to vacation with us on Cape Cod. One morning, we went to our favorite Cape Cod restaurant and enjoyed one of our favorite Cape Cod pastries: a Meltaway Danish. What happened next has become family lore, and my sister actually made it the topic of her speech at my wedding!
For anyone who doesn’t know me, I’ve known Meghann for my whole life and very close to her whole life. So originally I thought, ‘Well, I have a lot of material to work with here,’ but then I realized that I’d embarrassed her enough last weekend at the bachelorette party, and that I didn’t need to do it again tonight.
Instead, I’m going to tell a story about the moment I knew that Paul was the right guy for my sister.
The first time I really spent any significant time with Paul was on Cape Cod a couple of years ago. He seemed very nice, and one morning we all went out for breakfast. We went out to a place that gives a pastry called a meltaway to each table. It’s free—it’s like dinner rolls only it’s for breakfast.
We had our meltaway, and it was delicious. Then my dad decided he wanted thehalf-eatenmeltaway off the next table over, where the people had just gotten up and left.
So my dad turns to my brother and says, ‘Michael, grab that pastry for me.’ And my brother says, ‘No way! I’m not going to take food off someone else’s table and eat it.’
Not one to give up easily, my dad turns to Paul and says, ‘Paul, will you get that pastry for me?’
Paul hesitates for only a split second before replying, ‘Uh, uh, sure.’ Then he leans back, makes a big calamity with the plates, gets the pastry… and then my dad ate it.
That was the moment I realized: this guy will doanythingfor my sister.
So let’s all raise a glass to the new Mr. and Mrs. Whistler and wish them all the best happiness and a great honeymoon!