Nurturing That Spark

Sandra Sookoo
Nurturing That Spark
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Desert Breeze Publishing
Release Date
November 2014
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Bad stuff happens. Love makes it bearable.

All Morgan Davidson wants is a chance to reconnect with her fifteen-year-old niece – sans digital dependency. She books a cabin for Christmas week in rural southern Indiana, but contracting a case of the warm fuzzies for a handsome ranger isn't part of the plan.

Carter Poole, single dad and park ranger, has simple tastes. He's not on Facebook, doesn't let his five-year-old son play video games and spends a lot of time outdoors. When he's sent out to investigate mysterious tracks, he meets Morgan and a spark ignites between them. He invites her to share the holiday with him and his son.

Between teenage angst, emotional drama and second-guessing, Morgan and Carter manage to steal a few moments alone. When his son goes missing on Christmas Eve, the world narrows and they realize what matters most -- family. The more mismatched the better.

Book Review by Angie Just Read... (reviewer)
Dec 11, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
If you're in the market for a Christmas holiday tale with a focus on family ties, life lessons, and a sweet, fast-developing romance, you won't go wrong with Sandra Sookoo's poignant novella, NURTURING THAT SPARK. It's big on character development and a great way to unwind from the stress of holiday hustle and bustle.

Workaholic city girl Morgan Davidson's heart has lost the meaning of Christmas. Her parents split years ago and her sister's unexpected death from skin cancer means the only real family connection that remains is with her surly teenaged niece Harper and, sadly, she and Harper seem to be growing further apart with each passing day.

Impulsively booking a remote cabin without internet access sounds like a good way for Morgan and Harper to reconnect and form new bonds, but it's an uphill battle once Harper realizes she won't be able to use her Smartphone to shield her from her aunt's prying. But this haphazardly planned last minute girl's retreat isn't going to let Morgan do any emotional hiding either. And, then, there's that really handsome forest ranger they meet who has that really adorable little boy.

His own mother considers Indiana forest ranger Carter Poole a fish out of water, but Carter loves his rural state park job and he's trying hard to instill traditional values in his young son Jace. And, while raising a five-year-old alone on a modest income is hard enough, shielding bi-racial, motherless Jace from the careless comments of his young classmates is slightly more difficult to do. Carter wants Jace to recognize that personal fulfillment isn't defined by amassing possessions or the amount of money one makes; it's about being the best you can be, no matter what obstacles life sets before you. But neither Carter nor Jace realized they yearned for something more in their lives until a true fish out of water named Morgan and her obstinate niece Harper rented a cabin and needed someone to teach them more than how to start a simple fire.

Join Carter, Jace, Morgan and Harper in this warm-hearted multi-cultural romance that features two grieving city girls, two males sure to melt your heart, a close-knit group of forest rangers, and the occasional mention of a darling boy's busybody grandmother. You'll appreciate how the talented Sandra Sookoo packs such an amazingly detailed and nicely satisfying tale of healing, romance, and taking chances in less than 130 pages.
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