by Sandy HusebyDecember, 1999
Tis the season for romanceÊEver since Dickens's A Christmas Carol, writers have found special reward in telling inspirational stories of Christmas joy. In Katherine Stone's poignant A Midnight Clear, two lost souls travel across the Atlantic to confront their ghosts of Christmas past. Jace Colton keeps his humanity rigidly guarded behind an austere surgeon's mask ever since a broken promise made in boyhood led to two deaths until, that is, he finds a soulmate in Julia Anne Hayley. Julia is celebrating Christmas for the first time since the untimely loss of her disabled baby sister, Winnie. Jace and Julia together discover that for a few brief, stolen days the shadows of the past can be dimmed by the glittering magic of London. Reality intrudes all too soon, however, as Jace heads off to provide medical care to war victims and Julia flies to Seattle to begin a new life. As life quickens within her, Julia reaches out only to learn Jace has been kidnapped by terrorists. Katherine Stone's magical touch makes A Midnight Clear a story for all seasons. Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at SHuseby@aol.com.