A Homestead Holiday: A Novel

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Tate Publishing, 2010 - Fiction - 308 pages
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How do you endure when loved ones can't make it home for the holidays? In Steve Riedel's heartwarming story, A Homestead Holiday, James and Faye Hammer face their first empty-nest Christmas. They accept an invitation from strangers Gus and Sophie Frost, hoping that a country getaway will cure their holiday blues. During perilous travel to the Frosts' remote farm, the Hammers encounter a sinister train conductor, who, as it turns out, covets the Frosts' farm and Faye. Gus and Sophie welcome the Hammers with old-fashioned hospitality, but the conductor may not be alone in his deceitful ways. Having grown up in a children's home, James keeps his guard up, and his suspicions run wild when Gus reveals that their children were abducted years ago. The very foundation of the Hammers' marriage is suddenly threatened. Will James's fears be justified, or is the Frosts' invitation a plea for help?
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
5
Prologue
7
The Race
9
The Search for Inspiration
19
Invitations
26
Blind Faith
34
Packing the CarAgain
39
The Farm Journal
44
Hoping and Waiting
64
All Aboard
72
A Train Ride
80
Nearing Their Destination
89
New Acquaintances
92
Chicken Noodle Soup
104
Getting Settled
112
Shelling Corn
120

The Drive to Baldwin Junction
46
Ive Got to Go
59
Clarifying the Agenda
133
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