Christmas should be a time of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, but it isn't for Beth Dutton. When Francis Oldman breaks their engagement, giving her no reason why she sues him for breach of promise of marriage. The jury finds in her favor, and she is awarded five hundred pounds for damages suffered – the price of her broken heart.
Three months later, while still sulking over her lost love, the annual invitation to the Darley's Christmas Eve party arrives. Beth decides that a new dress and a bit of Christmas spirit might cheer her up. What she hoped would be a pleasant evening turns into one disaster after another, especially when Francis Oldman walks through the door.
Nevertheless, Christmas wouldn't be complete without gifts. In the end, Beth receives the gift of clarity, and Francis discovers that sacrifice can bring miracles.
(12,600 words, including Author Notes about broken engagements and religious differences in the Victorian Era).
Publisher: Red Brick Media