While on a much needed holiday break from the hospital, all Dr. Tara Ross wants is a traditional family Christmas. When her detective husband, Captain Jeffrey Corrigan, comes home early from his precinct with no cases pending, and his son, James, has his film production on holiday hold, Christmas preparations are in full swing. Presents would soon be stacked beneath the tree, only to be opened the minute the first star lit the Christmas Eve sky. That is until Tara's daughter, Abbie, along with Abbie's friend, Lexie, are uncharacteristically late while driving home from college.
While the snow falls faster, and their Christmas tree waits to be decorated, Tara is urgently called to the hospital. When she returns home, not only is Abbie's car still missing, but also Jeffrey's vehicle is gone, too.
Her suspicion that something is amiss is confirmed when Jeffrey texts her that he and James are en route to extricate Abbie's car that is stuck in the snow. Concerned about the deteriorating weather, Tara hits the highway to join in the rescue.
Meanwhile, Abbie and Lexie wait inside her vehicle. But when a stranger discovers the two vulnerable young women and threatens them, Abbie makes an emergency call to Jeffrey. As he races to Abbie's side, a roadside accident delays him, Tara, and the police. Knowing help may not arrive in time, Abbie is forced to battle the evil man. Christmas may never be the same.
Tanya Goodwin writes romantic suspense with a twist of medicine, medical romance, and mystery. Her experiences as a physician are reflected in her characters and in her stories. Tanya is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed her specialty training as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Tampa, Florida. She now resides in New York. Her present life as a traveling doctor allows her to switch from stethoscope to keyboard. Tanya is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. You can visit her at her website http://www.tanyagoodwin.com.
Record cold has gripped most of the US, including Florida! Preparedness is key, especially for those at risk for frostbite. So stay inside during those frigid nights, and days, too, and read about those characters that have no option but to venture out to rescue the ones they love!
The First Star- a Tara and Jeffrey Christmas
Jeffrey and James climbed into the SUV and buckled their seat belts. James had loaded the vehicle with shovels, rock salt, and a high-beam flashlight, and tossed folded, heavy blankets onto the backseat. The temperature hadn’t budged past 34 degrees, and soon it would only dive lower, leaving Abbie and Lexie exposed to frigid elements. He might be a film director, and the only Corrigan not a cop, but James had expertly prepped their rescue with the essentials. He couldn’t have done better.