New Release! Luke's Crazy California Christmas. Book 1.5 in the Aubrey Christian Academy series.
“Here.” Mom handed me a wrapped package as we pulled up in front of the airline drop-off at the airport.
“What’s this? I thought we said we’d celebrate Christmas when I got back.”
“It’s not from me. Andrea dropped it off when you were gone last
night.” She leaned in as if to give me a kiss on the cheek or forehead
like when I was little. Instead, she smoothed a piece of my dark hair
into place. “I feel like I should tell you something important—advice or
something, but you’re pretty much all grown up. Three more months and
my baby will be eighteen.” Her expression turned playful as she gave me a
light pat on the cheek.
“I better get going before you’re towed by
airline security.” I slid closer to the door and grabbed the handle.
Before opening it, I turned back to her. “I hate leaving you at
“I know you do, but I’ll be fine with Aunt Renee and Ray and the girls. I won’t be alone. Don’t worry about me.”
“Love you, Mom.”
“Love you too. Have a good Christmas.”I hopped out and grabbed my bags from the trunk.
I waved goodbye and headed inside to check my luggage. A biting wind
shot through the entryway to the terminal just as I started to enter the
I did hate leaving Mom for Christmas. I knew
she’d be OK with my aunt and uncle and cousins, but it wouldn’t be the
same. This was supposed to be our first North Carolina Christmas.
Instead, it had turned out to be her first Christmas alone. The first
Christmas since my older sister, Monica, passed away after being in a
coma from a car accident. The first Christmas since she and Dad
divorced. I couldn’t believe what a jerk Dad was being, forcing me to
come back to California and leave Mom. No, that wasn’t true. Dad was
being true to form.
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High school senior, Luke Ryan, may have gone all-star in baseball the
previous year, but nothing about his current life resembles that famed
reputation. With Christmas break on the horizon, he resents the
compulsory trip to visit his estranged father in California. Not only is
he forced to abandon his mother over the holiday, but his pianist
girlfriend, Andrea, also--who seems too
preoccupied by her Christmas Eve charity concert to care that they’ll be
apart. On the way to California, he meets free-spirit Charli who spins
his world in a completely different direction. Once in his old stomping
grounds, he’s forced to face the reality of his sister’s death and his
parents’ divorce. Decisions assail him over his future, his girlfriend,
and his home. Is he destined to move back to California to secure a
baseball scholarship or does God have another plan for his life?