I love it.
I don't own it, I used it in a book last year. It's in "Her Holiday Family" my December 2014 Love Inspired book, part of my Kirkwood Lake series.
I love that series. :) I had so much fun writing it, and I recently put out a novella from Kirkwood Lake as part of a duo with my buddy Mia Ross: Ribbons & Roses, available HERE for your Kindle device or Kindle App on any device.
I love the idea of an olive wood Nativity. Wood native to the Holy Land, carved with care, representing the birth of a newborn king, and yet... a child of the poor.
Such a conundrum.
Such a stirring, a stirring in our souls of why this should be. Why it could be.
And from that birth and Christ's ensuing death, a world was changed.
My hero in "Her Holiday Family" was Max Campbell, a man who'd given so much for his country and now when he's ready to come home and settle down... Well, let's just say the heroine had other ideas.
Winning a heart with a beautiful creche. And a kind heart. And an understanding and abiding love.
THAT'S WHY I WRITE FICTION!!!!! :)
I'd have to leave my sweet husband a note, a Very Big Note and say, "Please go to XYZ store and buy me the beautiful olive wood Nativity set, and bring it home and give it to me."
And he'd look at the price tag and that would be the end of that, LOL!
But the beauty of fiction is taking us back to those nuances of romance that won us over years ago. Remember in the movie "Phenomenon" when the heroine kept making really ugly chairs and the hero bought them?
He didn't have a use for them, but he bought them to make her feel better. Cherished. Safer. And he won her heart.
Max Campbell wasn't trying to buy his way into Tina Martinelli's heart.... he was showing her his love and respect for her, trying to fill her love of Christmas on her less-than-shoestring budget.... and letting her know he valued the same things.
It doesn't take money to show our love. Devotion and cookies are pretty darned good on their own. But we all love to see a hero go that little bit over the top to show his love....
Kind of like how the penguin brings rocks to build its nest and impress a potential mate.
And I guess since a diamond and a rock aren't all that different, really... well, maybe the penguins knew how to do this courting thing all along!
Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!