After losing out on a major new job opportunity, Trinidadian native, horticulturalist and Christmas Curmudgeon, ROSE DOUGLAS is left feeling hopeless. Her meddlesome sister SHARLENE, however, is convinced that Rose just needs a change of pace to clear her head. Since neither of them have ever experienced a white Christmas, Sharlene insists they travel to the quaint town of Holly Oaks—where Christmas is very serious business and the Holly Oaks Christmas Tree Farm owned by MRS. FLORES is the heart of the town.
What Rose doesn’t expect to find in Holly Oaks is an old childhood more-than-friend, MALCOLM SHARPE, who runs the town’s only bakery and helps run Mrs. Flores’ Christmas Tree Farm. When investors approach Malcolm to expand his thriving bakery beyond Holly Oaks, he worries his absence will negatively impact his ability to help Mrs. Flores secure a buyer for her Christmas Tree Farm who won’t commercialize the town and destroy the Christmas magic.
When they finally have a shot at a promising buyer for the tree farm, the staff learns that the trees aren’t doing well, which could potentially derail the sale. Using her background in horticulture, Rose steps in to help, ultimately driving her to spend more time with Malcolm. Just as Rose is considering what life could be like if she stayed in Holly Oaks, she receives a dream job offer in her hometown in Trinidad. Both Rose and Malcolm are faced with life changing decisions that ultimately push them to take risks—the question is, can they step outside of their comfort zones enough to find their way to each other?
CHRISTMAS MAGIC IN HOLLY OAKS is a love story written by Trinidadian writer, editor, and writing coach Racquel Henry. She is the author of Holiday on Park, Letter to Santa, and The Writer’s Atelier Little Book of Writing Affirmations. She is also the editor of both Black Fox Literary Magazine and Voyage YA. Her short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been published in various anthologies, literary magazines, and online spaces.
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