For Ruby St. John, skiing is both a passion and a practicality. Doctor Warren Kelly disapproves of Ruby’s unconventional ways, but needs her help with his busy new office. Ruby likes the handsome new physician, but he’s a little too staid for her tastes, even if she’s impressed with his medical talents and inspired by his faith. When Ruby has to come to Warren’s rescue, will he change his mind about her skiing ways?
Set in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Niki's story is a bracing breath of fresh air. Of course, for the residents of Steamboat winter means a bit more than a few flurries and a cuddly sweater.
- In the 1920s, average snowfall in Steamboat was around 14 feet per year
- Skiing in all its forms have been part of the Steamboat lifestyle since its inception, but until 1913 it was primarily for practical purposes only
- Rumor has it that local sportswoman Marjorie Perry invited Norwegian ski jumper Carl Howelson to Steamboat in 1913
- To this day, the annual Winter Carnival and Howelson Hill Ski Area are still actively operating
I don't know about you, but that makes me want to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a slice of apple pie. How about a warming bowl of soup? Our hero, Warren, has a can of “oxtail soup” in the story. Apparently, Campbell’s Soup really did produce oxtail soup. Oxtail was one of the 5 original varieties, which also included tomato, vegetable, consommé, and chicken. All of which are on our buffet today. No offense to Warren, but I think I'm going to stick with chicken noodle.
This story will give readers some very pleasant chills and could even make a sultry summer day a bit more bearable. Besides all the wintery wonderful atmosphere there is a tingly romance and a powerful take away message about prejudices and first impressions that is sure to warm the heart as much as a bowl of oxtail soup.
Best of all Niki's doing a giveaway! If you're interested, please place a comment with your e-mail address, (separated by spaces to foil address bots).
Even if you don't win you can get the story here.
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Oh, I forgot to mention, Warren is modeled on Gregory Peck. Seriously! What's not to love!!