Hello friends! Today I am pleased to introduce you to hunky hero, Bryce Masters. He’s a single father to a sweet six year old. Yes ladies, you can go ahead and sigh. I’ll let Bryce give you the back story on that (have your tissues nearby). Bryce is the main character from Tabitha Bouldin’s Wish Upon A Star, which was just released December 1! I encourage you to check it out, it’s a great Christmas theme (think Hallmark). Hint, hint – on amazon you can actually read the first couple of pages. I’m warning you, once you do you’ll want to click purchase!!!
Before we have Bryce tell us about his day, I thought I’d share a little about the book….
Bryce Masters had everything he needed…or so he thought. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, would disagree. They were going home, moving back to Jingle Junction where Bryce would take over the local bookstore just in time for Christmas. Losing his wife, Molly, during the birth of their daughter six years ago was tragic, but Bryce has no idea just how much it weighs on young Anna’s heart until she confesses her deepest wish. What Anna wants for Christmas is a mother, but Bryce’s heart is not ready to love again. Only God can give Bryce the desire to make Anna’s wish come true. Only He can heal the hurt and open Bryce’s heart to the power of love. But Bryce will have to be willing to listen. And when the perfect woman reveals a secret that could devastate them all, will Bryce be able to look beyond what was and accept what might be?
And here’s a pic of our hunky hero. Yep, I’ll just let you look at this for a second 😉
Oh, and here’s his sweet daughter. I can imagine him walking down the road with her, holding her hand.
Okay……now to the good stuff!!
A Day in the Life of Bryce
Oh, where should we begin? I suppose I’ll just tell you about what happened to me today, but first, you deserve a little backstory. I lost my wife during childbirth six years ago. Our daughter, Anna, survived and is the light of my life. If God had not seen fit to let me have Anna, I am not sure where I would be today. I know I would not be in my truck driving across three states to take Anna back to my hometown. We’re going to live there now, in Jingle Junction, the Christmas town where I grew up. I bought the bookstore and plan on opening it up again after it has sat abandoned for over two years. At first, Anna was ecstatic with our move. A few days ago, she experienced her first bit of doubt. Apparently, Anna wished for a mother for Christmas and feared that leaving would nullify her wish. I’m not ready. Even after six years. I don’t know if I can ever love someone else. Only God can give Anna what she so desperately wants.
Anna is asleep in the back seat of the truck right now. I can see her in the mirror every time my eyes lift from the dark stretch of road that is leading us home. Her blond hair is scattered around her face like a halo. She looks so much like her mother. Sometimes I still can’t breathe when I look at my daughter. I pray as I drive. I have my own doubts about this move. I know it’s what I am supposed to do. God made that clear to me, but I’m afraid. What if I fail? My eyes are drawn to the beauty still sleeping peacefully and I make a hard promise. I won’t fail…I can’t. I’m all Anna has. I won’t let her down.
The lights of Jingle Junction are just within sight now. I have to wake Anna up. She will want to see this…her first look at the place she will now call home. Driving into Jingle Junction is like crossing the border between reality and fantasy. The real world is left behind, lost in dreary darkness while the fantasy of Jingle Junction takes hold. There are Christmas lights on every shop, lights around every tree that lines the sidewalks between the road and those shops. It’s a magical pathway…a pathway that is calling us home. Anna has her face pressed to the glass of her window, her breath fogging the window with each exhalation. I know how she feels. Even after growing up here, Jingle Junction still has the same power to bewitch me. We bought a gingerbread-style house just on the other side of town. In less than an hour, we’ll be at our new home. If nothing stops us, work will begin on the bookstore today. I want to have it open in time for Christmas in less than three weeks.
My days revolve around Anna. At six years old, she has just enough of my stubbornness, mixed with her mother’s attitude, to make me laugh. I expect none of that will change after the move. I will still wake her up every morning at 6 a.m. We will still spend nearly half an hour with her sitting patiently while I try to bring some sort of order to her hair. Yes, I fix my daughter’s hair. I have to, there is no one else who can do it for her. After breakfast, I will take her to school…once Christmas break is over. On other days, she will likely go with me to the bookstore. I’m planning on showing her all the things I used to do when I was her age…sledding, skating, sleigh rides…Jingle Junction has it all.
I have to go now. We’re approaching the house now. I realize I did not quite give you a rundown of my entire day, and I apologize for that. You should catch up with me sometime at the bookstore. I’ll even introduce you to Holly. She owns the coffee shop right beside the bookstore. I’ll see her in a few hours. We went to school together. This place is full of people I know you’re going to love.