12 Days of Christmas: Christina Sinisi
Today it is my pleasure to welcome Christina Sinisi as she shares about her book Another Outer Banks Christmas. Christina is providing an e-giveaway of her book. To enter please leave a comment on this post by Monday, January 1, 2024 and a winner will be chosen from the entries.
Thank you for inviting me to be on your blog! Right now, I am accompanying my husband on a Battle of the Bulge tour going through Belgium, Luxembourg, and the edge of Germany. I am not a war fan (that may not be the right wording—I don’t believe any of these history experts are so much fans of war but rather they wish to honor those who died and sacrificed). What I really mean is that my heart aches for all those who suffered and died.
This has little to do with my Christmas book about a firefighter/EMT serving on the island of Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina—except maybe he’s a hero, too. These first responders save lives and sometimes put their own lives on the line as they rush into burning buildings or drive to a scene where danger might await.
Another Outer Banks Christmas is a light-hearted romance, but still deals with real-life issues. The hero, Wade Hampton, is a firefighter/EMT whose grandfather took him in as a teenager when his father remarried, and the stepmother didn’t want the leftovers from a previous marriage hanging around. The heroine, Kerrie Alexader, is the daughter of missionaries whose parents are about to move back overseas, and she doesn’t want to go. The most senior of the Wade Hamptons, aka Wade’s grandfather, aka Moose, pushes the two young people together in some rather meddlesome ways.
That’s the bare bones of the book, but there’s also an underlying theme of Wade needing to forgive his father and Kerrie needing to step out on her own—all of it by Christmas.
Bringing me back to the Battle of the Bulge—I cannot help but think of those who didn’t make it to Christmas that year or ever again.
I so hope they knew the Lord. There is comfort to be had in the Lord—knowing you have family even if your father on earth abandons you or circumstances leave you alone for the holidays or if you are fighting a war halfway across the planet.
God loves you and I am praying for you. I hope you have a wonderful, joyful Christmas with family and friends. And even if you don’t, I hope you know there is a Father who wants to hold you in his arms and protect you and love you. So, enjoy a light-hearted romance, drink that hot chocolate, and devour that yule log cake—there are those who sacrifice so you might have freedom, your life here on earth, and salvation for eternity.
In Matthew 23:37-39, we find Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem. In part He says: “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing.”
Blurb for Another Outer Banks Christmas
As the daughter of missionaries, Kerrie Alexander has lived on Hatteras—an island in the Outer Banks—longer than any other place she’s been. When her parents inform her the family is slotted to go overseas again, she balks. Her life on the island—her job, her friends, even the handsome hero in her Sunday School class—makes her want to put down roots. Butto do so, she’ll need to find a place to live, face being on her own separated from any close family—something she’s never done before.
Firefighter and EMT Wade Hampton can face pretty much any emergency, except his matchmaking grandpa threatening him with disinheritance if Wade doesn’t get married in just three months. Not that Wade objects to the idea of marriage, but how does a guy who has no problem running into burning buildings find the courage to ask a girl like Kerrie out for a date? She’s a role model for everything good, and he comes from a rough and broken home. Not to mention, Christmas is right around the corner!
Christina Sinisi’s roots are deep in the South and her stories are about the families who live here.