The annual Christmas Festival is almost here and Ashley Kirby has been put in charge of decorating the church's gym for the festivities. She was looking forward to the festival but can’t help but remember past Christmas festivals at Winterbourne, the now empty and derelict estate next to the church. For over a hundred years, the Winter family had hosted the Christmas Festival bringing yuletide cheer to every man, woman, and child of the town. Unfortunately all that came to an end ten years ago when old Mr. Winter died.
Ashley has fond memories of the Winterbourne Christmas Festival and even fonder memories of Mark Winter, the heir to the Winterbourne estate. So when she discovers that Mark has returned after a long ten year absence, she’s determined to recapture some of that old magic, as well as the man she loved and lost.
. . . RETURNS HOME JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Mark Winter was forced to leave Winterbourne ten years ago after his grandfather died. If he had his way, he would have run away with the beautiful preacher’s daughter he had loved ever since they had kissed under the mistletoe one Christmas Eve long ago. But it wasn’t meant to be. Ashley was his best friend’s girl, off-limits, unattainable and, he was pretty sure, now married to the new preacher.
So he’s returned home with three goals in mind: sell Winterbourne, stay far away from Ashley as he possibly can, and then leave as quickly as possible. Preferably before Christmas.
There’s just one problem with his plan.
Ashley has a plan of her own and she's not about to let Mark go.
The Christmas Carousel is a sweet holiday romantic comedy novella approximately 33,000 words in length.