Christmas in Cape May

(A Sunshine Sisters Novella)

by Jennifer Probst

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new story in her Sunshine Sisters series…

Devon Pratt loves many things in life. The beauty of flowers. The yin and yang of energy. The power of positivity in people. And everything to do with the Christmas season.

As a floral shop owner in the beach town of Cape May, she looks forward to decorating both the town and running the annual holiday party to benefit the local animal shelter. Too bad the new owner of her favorite venue is more like the Grinch than Santa. Working with him will be a challenge, but she’s too full of seasonal cheer to let him annoy her, right?

Jameson Franklin hates many things in life. Crowds. Fake cheer. Ostentatious décor. And especially Christmas. The season is full of things he’d rather avoid, but since taking over the popular restaurant Vintage temporarily for his cousin as a favor, he’s trying to play nice with the locals. Too bad the florist is insisting on overrunning his sacred space with blooms, dogs, and an endless positive persistence that pushes all of his buttons. But when too many heated confrontations lead to heated encounters, he begins to wonder what it would be like to love not only Christmas, but Devon Pratt.

Let the festivities begin.

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An Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Probst

Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?

While I was writing the Sunshine Sister series, I found the secondary character Devon, who owned the local floral shop, kept popping up in each of the stories. I longed to write a Christmas holiday romance set in Cape May for this series, and I immediately felt that Devon deserved to have her happy ever after! For Jameson, I loved the idea of pairing a grump against my sunshine heroine, and thought it would be fun to bring in a temporary owner of my favorite restaurant to wreak some havoc in the small beach town!

Do you do anything to treat yourself when you finish writing a book?

YES! I love to indulge in binge watching reality television where I can collapse on the couch, relax, and let other people’s dramatic stories take center stage!

Can you give us a few lines from your work in progress?

Absolutely! I’m working on That Summer in Sicily in the Meet Me in Italy series. This one is slow going and these are some of the lines I wrote today!

“Sometimes, the most powerful changes in life happens within the silence. In between breaths. In between actions.” He regarded the sea, lids hooding those beautiful golden brown eyes. I studied his strong profile, the slope of his jaw, the bump on his nose, the scruff hugging his chin and framing his defined lips. “We must listen to the breeze, to the crash of the waves over rock. Answers are hidden there, given by God, but we are too busy being distracted to see the solutions.”

I nibbled on my lower lips, moved by his words. “But dreams don’t work unless you do.”

A faint smile touched his mouth. I wanted to catch it with my fingers and savor the fleeting warmth from the gesture. “What is work? Busyness? Tasks? Money? All is important, yes. But those things do not contain the meaning we really search for. The joy that stays even when the work is complete or the tasks done or the money is spent. Si?”

What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten out of politeness?

Well, it wasn’t the worst, but I’m a vegetarian so I don’t eat meat. I was visiting a friend’s house the day after Thanksgiving—and her Mom made me a plate of leftover turkey and was so excited for me to try it. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t want to eat it so I did. It was good, just not a choice I would have made on my own, lol.

How did you come up with the title for this book?

I wanted it to hit all the notes of the story and be straight forward for my readers so my terms were Christmas, holidays, and small beach town. This title was one of my easiest, lol!


Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.

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