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Mes Amies, I’ve asked all my December guest authors to use their spotlight time to share something special about the holidays, and I’m so pleased to have fellow Tule author Rebecca Crowley here to share her thoughts about Hanukkah.
Rebecca writes contemporary romance about good people doing their best, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City, London, and Johannesburg, Rebecca currently resides in Houston.
Rebecca, the blog is all yours!
Happy December! At last the festive season is truly underway. The chilly nights draw in early, the early darkness is punctuated by bright lights, and we gather together to commemorate the rededication of a temple in Jerusalem!
That’s right – millions of people around the world will be celebrating Hanukkah for eight nights in a row, beginning at sundown at December 18. Technically Hanukkah isn’t critically important in the Jewish spiritual calendar, but it is hugely popular, especially in the US. The story goes that the temple was restored following a rebellion, and although there was only enough oil to keep the menorah lit for one night, it lasted for eight – a miracle.
That sense of miraculous possibility infuses the celebration of Hanukkah, so it’s no wonder it offers the perfect backdrop for love to brighten and spark. That’s certainly the case with Noa Jacob, the owner of a struggling boutique store in Orchard Hill, Missouri, and Zach Strauss, a failed biotech entrepreneur who’s back in his hometown to lick his wounds – and make enough money to start over.
Zach is a magical thinker who believes in possibility above all else, and especially above reason or feasibility. Noa, on the other hand, spent her early life constantly on the move, and now she’s got her feet planted firmly on the ground. When he hatches a grand plan to save her business by hosting a Hanukkah night market, her first instinct is to say no – and then say no again. But this beguiling stranger and his big ideas begins to tug her earthbound heart skyward – even as she knows the higher she flies, the more fatal the fall.
Home for Hanukkah is a cozy, holiday romance about two people so different it’ll take a miracle to bring them together – and a miracle might be exactly what they need. I hope readers will get into the Hanukkah spirit right along with them!
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Zach Strauss may be down, but he’s not out. His Bay Area biotech start-up has crashed, leaving him broke, but it’s only temporary until he can raise more money—or so he tells himself. Failure isn’t an option, and Zach’s always been able to sell anyone on anything. But back in his hometown, he finds himself in the unfamiliar position of needing a job.
After a childhood of instability, Noa Jacob purchased Second Chance, a thrift store-turned-boutique in Orchard Hill, and is determined to put down the roots she never had. Running her own business is more challenging than she’d imagined, and she’s in danger of losing it all—until a handsome stranger bursting with ideas walks in looking for work.
Noa only has ten days to turn Second Chance around, but Zach is confident that’s plenty. Together they create a successful Hanukkah Miracle Market that draws in families looking for something other than the Christmas cheer. But as the balance sheet ticks up, Noa wonders if instead of losing her business, she risks losing her heart.