Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Wonderland by Diane Dean White

In 1951 WWII has ended and the economy is booming around the country. Jeb and Cora Willis are excited about a new start. Like many families, they decide to move to the city of Detroit for a factory job that will bring prosperity and a better life.

While most young women are looking for husbands, Ruth tries to further her career and concentrates on obtaining a job with her business skills at Detroit’s J. L. Hudson Department Store. She feels good about her new office position and then meets Clint…who changes everything.

 Was he part of the reason for their move? During a health problem will their faith hold them together or threaten a loving relationship?  Celebrate the Christmas holiday and follow Ruth in this romantic story, during Detroit’s heyday, in Winter Wonderland. 

Book Excerpt

Chapter One
   Ruth sat up front with her parents in Jeb’s 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster station wagon, while the younger children slept in the back seats. Cora packed a hearty meal for her family for their first couple of days on the road, thinking they’d stop at a road side park and enjoy some cool water with her fried chicken, biscuits, beans, apples and her grandmother’s recipe for shortbread cookies, which the children loved.
   “How long will it take to reach Tennessee, Father?” Ruth woke from a drowsy rest trying to focus where they were.
   “We should be there less than an hour. Then onto Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.” Jeb was alert and looked forward to a factory job with good pay. “The longest day is past; going through the entire state of Florida can be a challenge. I’m happy for good weather and easy driving conditions.”
   “It’s always best to get an early start before the rooster crows; it gives us time on the road and not as much heavy traffic.” Cora was quick to encourage her daughter.
   “How will we know where to go, to find a house, Mother?” Ruth’s concern showed. She didn’t blame her dad; she knew he was a hard worker. But having to move when she had a good job in the small town where they’d lived, well, what was Michigan like?
   “Spoke with John Turley; he said they have room for us to spend the night. I have his number to call once we get to the city.” Jeb was confident. “Glad we’ve kept in touch through the years.”
   “It’s a Godsend people are willing to open their doors to others. They must be good Christian folks to be so kind.” Cora used a handkerchief to wipe perspiration off her brow.
   “I wonder if I can find an office position somewhere in Detroit. I’d like to continue to use the business skills I developed in high school. Maybe I could attend night school.” Ruth contemplated. “I’m grateful for the bookkeeping job Mr. Jakes gave me; it was good experience since graduation a year ago. Oh, I didn’t open the letter he gave me when I went for my pay and to tell him good-bye.” Ruth reached for her purse.
   She read the note briefly and along with her weekly pay was a fifty-dollar bill. “I know I didn’t make this much. Says it’s a bonus, and he included a reference.” Ruth brightened. “That makes my day a great one already.”
   “That’s quite a gift and I know you did a good job, Ruth. Your father and I are proud of you.” Cora patted her daughter’s hand. “Look, we’ve reached the Tennessee state sign; we’re officially in the land of the Grand Ole Opry.” Cora smiled.

About The Author

Diane is a former newspaper reporter and weekly columnist. She is the author of over three-hundred short-stories. Her first novel, Carolina in the Morning is followed by On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Texting Mr. Right and Winter Wonderland. Look for This Side of Heaven in February 2015.  She and her hubby Stephen have been married for forty-two years, the parents of three grown children and three grand gals. They make their home in the sunshine state.

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Diane Dean White is giving away a copy of Winter Wonderland. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Judy said...

This is a new author to me, so I am looking forward to reading this book. I would buy this book on the cover alone, it is so beautiful.

Judy B

Mary L. Ball said...

I've enjoyed all of Diane Dean White's novels. She a great author.
I especially liked Winter Wonderland, it's a great novella. I enjoyed traveling back to the past with Ruth and Clint.

Deanna Stevens said...

Sounds like a great story, moving is always a new adventure..
dkstevensne AT outlook DOTCom

Carol Q. said...

This is a new author to add to my list. I will check out her other books also

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Susan Johnson said...

This looks like a good book. I love Christmas stories.
susanmsj at msn dot com

sm said...

I really like the cover of your book! So pretty. I would love to win and read your book. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Charity Lyman said...

I would love to be entered!! This sounds like a great book. Thank you!!


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Always love a Christmas story. :)


Diana montgomery said...

I love Christmas stories

Anonymous said...

Thanks Karen for the interview with Diane. And, hello to you Diane. I enjoyed reading about your life. I love Christmas memories. I am getting old and have many. Most important I would have to say was having a baby girl born about noon in 1958. I told everyone I got a real doll for Christmas. One that could drink milk and wet diapers. So special. Another was getting to go out as a family in several feet of snow to find and cut our own Christmas tree. It snowed most every day in our long winters. Then the beautiful snow we got on Christmas Eve about three years ago here in Texas where it is very rare to see snow. I loved reading your interview. I would love to win your book. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

sm said...

Sorry to read that you have back pain. I work as an RN in a pain management clinic and see lots of patients with severe, chronic back pain. I sympathize with your problem. I'd love to win and read your book. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Library Lady said...

I would love to read your book to see how life was back in the "good old days".
If only it was like that in this day and age.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet E.

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks much, Mary. I'm happy you enjoyed Winter Wonderland.
And thanks for coming by and posting. :)

Diane Dean White said...

That's true, Deanna. And moving from a distance like Florida, with the climate change
to Michigan plays a part in my book. Thanks for coming by. :) Merry Christmas!

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Carol. I hope you will add my books to your list.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you Susan....I had fun writing it. Starts in the summer and
ends at Christmas. I hope you'll enjoy it. :) Merry Christmas!

Diane Dean White said...

sm, thank you. I had fun with the cover designer, and we were going
back to 1951 with the clothing...not always easy, and hair styles. Men
wore hats then. Merry Christmas, thanks for coming by! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you Charity, I hope you'll enjoy it. :)
Merry Christmas! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks for coming by Linda.
Wishes for a beautiful Christmas celebration! :)

Diane Dean White said...

I do too, Doreen....and it doesn't matter when I read it,
but there's something special about a good book and
enjoying it during this wonderful time of year. Merry Christmas! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Me too, Diana...thanks for coming by!
Merry Christmas! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Maxie!
How wonderful to have a Christmas baby. Trust me you
aren't OLD~but I do get a charge out of readers who consider
1951 as the good old days...then I feel old!!! Merry Christmas!

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, sm. It was a simple fall in 2000, but I couldn't imagine how it
would create such a problem. I'm sure you see your share of ongoing pain
working in pain management. I too went through a good PM doctor. :)
Merry Christmas!

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Janet....and I guess when we look back 1951 would seem
like the "good old days." LOL~ I was born after WWII and often think
of the years prior when my parents were young as the good old days,
but honestly, I believe each generation thinks of the previous as being
the best time. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas. :)

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