Memories of Thanksgiving and an Introduction to the Cowboys of Eden Valley
by Linda Ford, author of Merry Christmas, Cowboy in The Gift of Family (Love Inspired Historical, October 2012)
October is Thanksgiving month in Canada and one of my favorites seasons and holidays. It’s a time to celebrate the gathering of crops and gardens and rejoice in the bounty of the land.
I have so many memories of Thanksgivings past. When I was very young my family journeyed to an old country church. I recall the dusty yellow fields, the bronzed leaves on the few trees found on the prairie and the nutty smell in the air. But the aromas in the church were completely different—roasting turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie spice and the cinnamon smell of apple pie. We sat on wooden benches while one of the ladies played a pump organ. Throughout the service we were teased by the smell of the food cooking in the basement. After the service we ate heartily. Some of the young men competed to see who could eat the most pieces of pie. Then the younger children went out and played tag in the golden dusk. I loved those days.
After I grew up and married a farmer, the season grew more intense. It was a race to get the grain harvested and in the bins. Overhead would pass huge V-flocks of honking geese. The dust from the harvest filled the air giving the best orange sunrises and sunsets.
Memories! Isn’t it wonderful to dig into them and find the nuggets that warm us? I suppose that’s what I enjoy about writing historical romances. I get to dig into the past and find heroes and heroines and give them a beautiful season of falling in love. My new miniseries–THE COWBOYS OF EDEN VALLEY–provided me a perfect opportunity to do so. My Christmas novella–MERRY CHRISTMAS, COWBOY–in the book–A GIFT OF FAMILY–especially gave me such an opportunity. I picked a hero who had a past he didn’t care to remember–no cherished memories. And I gave him a heroine and some other characters, including two orphaned children, who showed him that even if the past didn’t provide good memories, the present and the future could.
It’s something I actively teach my family. Make good memories. Create warming traditions.
I think each family has its own special traditions. Do you have some you wish to share? Have you created new memories to replace past ones that aren’t warm and cozy?
The first book in Linda Ford’s The Cowboys of Eden Valley series is available now! Buy The Gift of Family to get Linda’s short story Merry Christmas, Cowboy. Her first full-length novel in the series is The Cowboy’s Surprise Bride, available January 2013 from Love Inspired Historical.
About the Book:
Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Linda Ford
A wild snowstorm strands Colt Johnson in Eden Valley, where the storekeeper’s daughter exudes welcome warmth. She’s even offered to give the two orphans in his charge a Christmas to remember. An outcast, Colt doesn’t dare hope for more—even though Becca’s love would be a Christmas wish come true.