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Can tea and Christmas magic mend a broken heart?

Claire and Richard are preparing Claire’s Tea Shop for the 40th Annual Christmas Sale and Tea Party. When Pauline, their oldest daughter, surprises them with news of a dream opportunity for herself, Claire and Richard know their family has been touched by Christmas magic. 

 

Until they see that Pauline’s broken heart is holding her back from believing in herself. 

 

Again. 

 

Claire and Richard want Pauline to follow her dreams. Can their special blend of love flush out the hurt in their daughter’s heart? 

 

Oh, Christmas Tea is the third short story prequel to Tea Shop for Two, the first book in the sweet romance series Love on Belmont

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Austin scrutinized the giant animal towering above him. “He doesn’t have a red nose, so it’s not Rudolph. But what are the others? I can’t remember the names."
“Why don’t we ask him?” Richard suggested. Austin nodded and Claire and Richard began naming off each reindeer from ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Her daughter shook her head and hammed up the lack of recognition, but once Claire said “Cupid,” the tall reindeer punched her arms in the air and launched into a football-style victory dance, the bell on her collar ringing with joy.
Austin clapped again in excitement. The music over the speakers changed to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and Austin led the reindeer in another ballet dance.
Pauline’s transformation from chatty daughter into mime the moment she stepped into costume had always amazed Claire. Over the years, her daughter had donned many costumes: a beer bottle for a corporation, the ice-skating fox for the Kitchener Blizzard hockey team, and Onkel Hans, the mascot for Kitchener’s annual Oktoberfest were just a few. Pauline loved it every time.
She can do back flips and climb thirty-foot ladders in costumes like that, Claire thought, get entire stadiums on their feet, visit children in hospitals, but when she has to take a big leap for herself, she’s always too scared to go for it.
Because of him.

The Love on Belmont Series

Have You Tried the Prequel Short Stories to Tea Shop for Two?

Prequel 1: Claire's Tea Shop

She's opened his eyes to the delicious world of tea. Can she open her own heart to his love?

It’s 1967 and young widow Claire is living her dream as the owner of Claire’s Tea Shop, a dream she refuses to give up on again.

Richard is a successful up-and-coming realtor and believes his life is complete. Until he falls cup over saucer for Claire.

Both feel the steam in the room, but Claire fears falling in love again will force her to choose between a second flush on love and her beloved store. Can she find the perfect blend of romance and dreams?

Prequel 2: Trick or Tea

Will tea bags come between Claire and Richard?

It’s 1987 and Claire’s Tea Shop is losing business to herbal teas that promise health benefits, the doughnut shop that serves smokers, and Claire’s ultimate nemesis: tea bags that offer convenience. So intently focused on saving her business, Claire’s romantic feelings for Richard, her husband of almost 20 years, have all but evaporated.

Seeing his wife struggle leaves Richard’s heart steeped in sadness. She refuses his every offer of help but it’s almost Halloween and Claire must turn things around by Christmas or risk closing her store forever. Richard takes one last courageous stand: He suggests Claire sell tea bags.

Prequel 3: Oh, Christmas Tea

Can tea and Christmas magic mend a broken heart?

Claire and Richard are preparing Claire’s Tea Shop for the 40th Annual Christmas Sale and Tea Party. When Pauline, their oldest daughter, surprises them with news of a dream opportunity for herself, Claire and Richard know their family has been touched by Christmas magic.

Until they see that Pauline’s broken heart is holding her back from believing in herself.

Again.

Claire and Richard want Pauline to follow her dreams. Can their special blend of love flush out the hurt in their daughter’s heart?

About Lori Wolf-Heffner

Across the tracks and up a set of cement stairs from Lori's grandmother’s home was Belmont Village, a quaint shopping district with restaurants, a drug store, a convenience store, and several small businesses. The neighbourhood for Lori means family and romance, which is why she's set both her young adult and romance series there. 


Lori is also a former competitive dancer, dance teacher, and theatre manager, and was a member of the first Canadian National Tap Team, back in 1996, under the leadership of Bonnie Dyer, with choreographer Matthew Clark. Dance took Lori to competitions all over Southern Ontario, into the US, to Disney World, and to Germany. She has many fond memories of performing with her dance team. 


And that's why she uses dance as a backdrop in many of her stories. 
Oh! And she's also spent a day in Luxembourg and 15 minutes in Switzerland, and she can still do cartwheels.

Lori Wolf-Heffner holding a copy of Tea Shop for Two in front of the rusty bell sculpture mentioned in the book

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