This Christmas will be the first they'll share as official father and daughter. In honor of this wish come true, I wrote a scene with the characters from Harper's Wish because my heroine, Harper, is in a similar situation with my hero's daughter, Molly.
You can check out the scene below and make sure you read to the end of the post to enter for an awesome Christmas prize package!
This holiday season, I hope that you are surrounded by those who love you and that all your wishes come true.
The party was winding down. After hours of music, dancing, and speeches, Callahan’s contained only the final few of Connor and Harper’s closest of friends who had gathered to celebrate Harper’s official adoption of Molly, Connor’s daughter. The paperwork had been finalized at the courthouse that morning, and now Harper was truly Molly’s mom. Not just in the day-to-day but on paper. It left Harper a little breathless, both thrilled and overwhelmed, that this wish of hers had come true.
And just in time for Christmas. Harper couldn’t imagine any other present as precious as being entrusted with Molly’s care.
Harper sat at one of the tables in Callahan’s and twirled her fork through the remains of her dessert. Connor was exchanging goodbyes with the last of their guests as Molly leaned against his legs. She opened her mouth wide in a yawn and rubbed at her eyes. Harper smiled at the sight.
As if her thoughts had called to the little girl, Molly turned and focused on Harper, her lips turning upward as their eyes met. Molly had been impatient for this day, ever since Harper and Connor had first sat her down and told her that Harper planned to adopt her. There had been a lot of negotiation and paperwork to get them to this point – locating Connor’s ex-wife who never stayed in one place for too long, broaching the subject of giving up her parental rights, and then arranging for the exchange of forms.
Though the other woman seemed stunned by Harper’s request, in the end, she conceded it was what was best for her daughter. She’d never really wanted to be a mother and only spoke to Molly once or twice a year. Harper had been in Molly’s life every day since she’d moved to Findlay Roads. And during her engagement to Connor, Harper had instituted weekly girl days and monthly sleepovers. Molly had felt like her child long before the papers had been signed. But to have the rest of the world recognize her as the little girl’s mom felt…right.
She watched as Molly moved away from Connor and came toward her. Harper pulled out a seat so the little girl could sit next to her at the table. The lights from the Christmas tree in the corner of the dining room bathed them in a soft glow.
“Did you have fun today?” Harper asked.
“Your dad did a great job on the menu.”
“I liked the custard.”
Connor had made a special custard, in Molly’s honor, and was even adding it to the menu in the new year.
“It was delicious,” Harper agreed and then asked, “What was your favorite part about today?”
Molly’s lips twitched at all the memories they’d made that day. She tugged on one of her braids and ducked her head, almost shyly, though Harper had never known her to be very shy.
“When you gave your speech,” she answered, “about how happy you are to be my…mom.”
Harper couldn’t resist then. She pulled Molly into her arms and dropped a kiss onto the crown of her head. “I am happy. More than you can imagine.”
She lifted her gaze then and noticed flakes of white falling softly against the windowpanes.
“Molly, it’s snowing.”
Molly pulled away from her embrace and turned her head. She gasped with delight. “Let’s go outside!”
As they went to get their coats, Harper caught Connor’s eye. He looked at Molly who was tugging Harper along by the hand, and then at her. His eyes twinkled with happiness, and Harper warmed at the sight.
Was there anything better than a Christmas wish come true?
As she helped Molly finish buttoning her coat, she drew her close.
“You know what my favorite part of today was?” she asked the little girl.
“Hearing you call me ‘Mom’ for the first time.”
Molly beamed, and together, they went hand-and-hand out into the snow.
Before you leave, don't forget to enter the Christmas giveaway below! Entries close on Sunday night! The prize includes an Irish Pub Cookbook containing recipes from the dishes mentioned in the story above along with a Starbucks Christmas stacking candy dishes cup, a set of Starbucks ornaments, a sweater sleeve to keep drinks warm, and an autographed copy of Harper's Wish, the first book in the Findlay Roads series.
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CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. A Song for Rory, Book #2 in her Findlay Roads series, releases in March 2017.