Jolene Navarro here. Good evening from my front porch in the Texas Hill Country.
My small town roots run deep, so writing about families in this part of Texas comes naturally for me. It’s what I know and love.
Of the things, I love most? The holiday season.
Our big expanded family gathers at a Hill Country cabin on the Frio River for Thanksgiving. The following month is full of celebration centered around faith, friends, and family.
A few years ago my sisters and I started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. We rented a cabin by the Frio River in the tiny Texas Hill Country town of Leakey, Texas.
My mother’s family, (we lost her eleven years ago)including her mother, join us. We bounce between 30 to 40 people on Thursday. In a world that moves fast and people spend more time looking down at a screen than into the face of real people, personal connections with extended family give us roots and a healthier life. As humans, the need for relationships with others and nature is built into our DNA. To me, Thanksgiving is not about the food…it’s the people and getting away from the rush of daily life.
One of my favorite scenes is the huge extended Thanksgiving gathering that happens in the barn, so everyone can sit at the table, as one family.
You see this in all of my books, but especially my holiday stories. My eighth Love Inspired book is my third Christmas one: Lone Star Christmas.
You see the thread of family and the traditions that form bonds in my stories. The kind of bonds that carry us through the hard times. I love bringing the isolated loner that feels like an outsider, into the mix. Someone that needs family even if they don’t know that is the hole in their heart.
The holidays can be a time of love and joy but they can also be hard when the expectation doesn’t measure up or family has disappointed you. In Lone Star Christmas – Max has no family and after the death of his estranged father, he is trying to connect with brothers he doesn’t know.
Jackie, his high school sweetheart, comes from a close family. It a bit of a Romeo & Juliet story with a happy Christmas ending.
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Family and love are what makes the holidays so special for me.
I like to think that comes across in the stories I write. Do you have a favorite holiday? I’ve just started a new story that will be out next Christmas. If you give me your thoughts on the following questions I’ll put your name in a giveaway that includes my latest book and a Christmas ornament.
When you pick up a Christmas book to read, what makes it reflect the holidays for you?
What is your favorite part of the Holiday?