Authors: Hallee Bridgeman
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A Special Christmas Novella
the Jewel Series
the Virtues and Valor series
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Olivia Kimbrell Press
Christmas Diamond, a Novella; Inspired by the Jewel Series and Virtues and Valor series
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Scripture quotations courtesy of the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas- Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Some words and lyrics from the hymn "O Holy Night" (Cantique de Noël) composed by Placide Cappeau in 1847, lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855.
Original Cover Art and Graphics by Debi Warford (
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, organizations, places, locales or to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and beyond the intent of either the author or publisher. The characters are productions of the author's imagination and used fictitiously.
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LOVINGLY DEDICATED TO…
This novella is my Christmas 2013 gift to you. I pray that it blesses you and that you enjoy your peek into the second generation of the Viscolli family, and the teaser of the upcoming Virtues and Valor series. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you especially for all of the letters, e-mails, and continued prayers. Merry Christmas
Green shifted the bill of the cotton painter's cap on her head and squinted out at miles and miles of the Florida Keys' translucent turquoise waters. A bead of sweat rolled down her back and she couldn't help but cringe at the music emanating from the restaurant's patio speakers.
O holy night. The stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
She'd thought she'd adore spending Christmas in the Florida Keys. Who knew after landing on Key West less than three hours ago she could miss London's wet, cold streets as she sat on a lounge chair on a sunny beach and sipped watered-down lemonade while battling the relentless sand and humidity? After the long flight, she felt a little homesick. Even though this was business and the money was top notch, she also regretted the necessity of spending Christmas away from hearth and home.
Trying not to dwell on those thoughts, Faith looked out at the half a dozen or so brightly colored sails soaring over the water. Wind surfing looked like incredible fun to her — standing against a sail while skimming the glassy blue water, letting the sea breeze propel the vessel with amazing speed. She wondered if it was anything like flying her plane, like that feeling of freedom she felt each time she broke above cloud cover and emerged into an entirely different world. As she watched a purple and blue sail skim toward the shore, she contemplated if it would be possible to take some lessons sometime during her two-week stay.