on February 7th 2018
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Professor Hannah Wagganer spends her days teaching and her nights dating Glen Arbor’s new mail carrier, Jasper Morgan. Not only does he spark Hannah’s heart, but he has become best friends with her cat, Jingles.
As Hannah prepares for the church Valentine’s Day potluck and makes cards for local veterans, her relationship with Jasper takes a detour when a snowstorm hits town and she seeks refuge at his cottage. While there, Jasper is a warm and gracious host, but at the same time, he's turned as cold as the February wind. Doubt creeps in, leaving Hannah worrying that she’ll end up spending another holiday alone.
Once again, blessings and suspicions abound when an anonymous donor pays to have the church pipes repaired and other locals suddenly find solutions to their problems. Is it coincidental or the work of a secret valentine?
She stood and hurried down the hallway. The door was ajar, swinging on its hinges, but Jingles had vanished. A blast of cold air stung Hannah’s cheeks, and she wondered if the wind had blown it open or if he had managed to wiggle it free. After all, the door was kept unlocked most of the time. Examining the scene, she discovered scratch marks around the doorknob, and a tuft of his fur snagged in the strike plate.
“Here we go again,” she grumbled. “Who do you think you are? Houdini?”
“Meow.” Jingles scampered in the yard near the Church of God next door and stamped the fresh layer of snow with his paw prints.
Hannah snatched her coat from a hook and slipped her feet into a pair of boots. She stepped outside, calling his name.
“I’ll get him,” Jasper hollered, rounding the front of the store. “Mailman to the rescue.” He quickly fell into pursuit of Jingles, luring the feline nearer with a cat treat he plucked from his coat pocket. “Someone’s been a naughty boy.”
Hannah shook her head at her main male man. “You’re encouraging his bad habit by feeding him those.”
Jasper smirked and scooped Jingles into his arms. Trudging back toward the store, Jasper said, “I keep a sampling of cat and dog treats handy for the pets on my route. Makes it easier to corral the cats and stop the dogs from biting my ankles.” He stopped in front of her and gently kissed her cheek. “I missed you the other night.”
Heat coursed through Hannah, chasing away wintry shivers. “I’m sorry I had to cancel our plans, but I had to attend a faculty meeting.” The wind gusts intensified and she pinched her coat collar tighter around her neck. “We better get inside. Can I get you a cup of coffee?”
“I thought you would never ask.”
“Let’s go.” Hannah wriggled out of her coat and returned it to the hook, waiting for Jasper to deposit Jingles on the floor. The cat meowed and ran off, bounding up the stairs. Hannah slid behind the counter and powered off her CD player before filling Jasper’s cup with steaming black liquid. “This will warm you up.”
He loosened a scarf tied around his neck and took a long sip. “Ah. It’s nice, but I can think of more interesting ways to thaw out.” He winked and set the cup aside.
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