Join USA TODAY BESTSELLING authors Glynnis Campbell, Suzan Tisdale, and Kathryn Le Veque, and BESTSELLING authors Hildie McQueen and Emma Prince for four holiday-inspired never before published tales that are sure to warm your hearts this holiday season.
Deep in the Scottish Highlands stood a well, left behind by the Northmen who had built a longhouse upon the site. The longhouse eventually crumbled, the Norse died off, but the well remained. The well was built in the trees, high above the land, and built in dark gray stone that is native to the area. Upon the stones of the well were carved these words:
May your journey be quiet and your days of joy long. May your deeds remain strong for Odin. May your love stay true to your noble heart.
This well, so alone upon the hill, soon became the stuff of legends, It was said that a young Northman fell in love with a local Taevali maiden. Her parents forbid her to see him so, in desperation, she stole away on a cold December night with the intention of marrying her Norse lover in secret. They were followed by her parents but rather than be separated, the desperate lovers ran to the longhouse and hid in the well. There was a terrible storm that night and the run off from the mountains that kept the well supplied with water soon overflowed, dooming the lovers on what would be the Christian holiday of Christmas.
Now, their spirits wander the trees where the well is, where they met their deaths, together in spirit as they could not be together in life. It is said that if lovers make a wish upon the well during this holiday time, the spirit of the young Northman and his lovely maiden will grant the lovers one wish for their marital happiness, one wish that will bind them together for eternity.
THE LEGEND OF THE SPIRIT WATERS by Kathryn Le Veque – The legend begins with a Norseman and his native lover.
THE HANDFASTING by Glynnis Campbell: A French knight betrothed to a Highland heiress falls in love with his spirited bride, until he realizes he’s been tricked into wedding the wrong sister.
THE THIEF’S DAUGHTER by Suzan Tisdale: Onnleigh, betrayed and abandoned, makes one simple wish: a better life for her child. Connor MacCallen, widowed and newly made chief of his clan, appeases his grandmother by making a wish for wife and children. Will fate intervene and make those wishes come true?
THE WOLF OF SKYE by Hildie McQueen: Fate’s wicked sense of humor strikes Highland guard Faolan Mackinnon when he ends up betrothed to Catriona Grant, a fiery lass, who he met only minutes earlier.
WISH UPON A WINTER SOLSTICE by Emma Prince: To test the powers of a legendary well, Keita trespasses onto her enemy’s lands. She never expects to come face to face with the man they call the Demon of Loch Moy–or succumb to the dark heat her captor stirs within her.
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