'Tis the Season For Dreams: A heartwarming tale of love with a sprinkle of Christmas magic
Todd McGee, author
After her father’s death, Hannah Knight abandons her dream of being a concert pianist to take over the family restaurant. The temporary job lasts thirteen years, and her dream gathers dust in a corner, like the piano she no longer plays. Instead of wowing audiences in Carnegie Hall, she works sixty-hour weeks to keep the struggling family legacy from the hands of a developer who wants to buy her out. Michael Hudson has it all planned: a lengthy professional football career, a glamorous wife and a house filled with children. But a devastating knee injury wrecks those dreams, and his glamorous girlfriend dumps him weeks before they were to be married. He throws himself into a coaching career, but working for four teams in six years leaves little time for family or romance. When his latest job ends in disaster—fired a week before Christmas by a coach needing a scapegoat for a bad season—Michael decides to spend the holidays with his family for the first time in a decade. Convinced his hometown considers him a failure, he doesn’t intend to stay long, but the town’s warm embrace surprises him, and he can’t stop thinking about Hannah after their chance encounter. He asks her to host a community dinner at her restaurant to honor his former high school coach, who is retiring and moving to Florida with his cancer-stricken wife. Planning the event leads to a business dinner that turns romantic, Hannah’s return to the piano for the first time in a decade, and a fake kiss that is anything but. When Michael is offered a dream job across the country, Hannah encourages him to take the position so he won't experience the pain of unfulfilled dreams. Michael must make her understand which dream is more important, but only if he figures it out for himself first. Fans of Hallmark's Christmas Countdown movies will fall in love with 'Tis the Season for Dreams.