Saturday, December 20, 2008
His former wife is on his flight home for the holidays? Divorced dad Tom Wallace knows their young daughter is behind this "coincidence." He also knows Norah Wallace still makes his heart skip a beat. When a snowstorm strands the trio in the airport for the weekend, Tom rediscovers how truly blessed he used to be. Once they're finally in Wisconsin for Christmas, two sets of grandparents are suddenly generous with the mistletoe. One kiss leads to another. And soon the entire family has the same sweet Christmas wish.
Here's what the heroine of Mistletoe Reunion has to say about her adventure.
Interview with the heroine:
1. (Norah Wallace), tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I work at a foundation raising grant money to fund programs that will help the residents on a reservation in Arizona.
2. What do you do for fun?
Fun? Between working full-time and raising a teen-aged daughter on my own, fun comes around in maybe softer ways than most would think. A meal and movie shared with my daughter, Isabella (Izzy for short); a free Sunday for going to church and seeing friends; a trip to visit my parents and former in-laws back in Wisconsin for the holidays.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I warn you but you’re going to find this really weird: I have not seen my ex-husband, Tom, in five years although we have worked together raising Izzy. I just can’t seem to bring myself to be in the same place at the same time. He lives in California so that helps. Why, you might ask. Was he such a terrible person? Quite the reverse – he was/is the love of my life and my best friend. We can be on the phone or e-mail about what we’re each doing and what’s going on with our daughter but seeing him face to face? Just can’t do that yet – and yeah, five years is a lifetime!
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
That my actions and mistakes will (or perhaps already have) impact my daughter is ways that will limit her happiness.
5. What do you want out of life?
For Izzy – security, happiness, the opportunity to do, be whatever she dreams. For myself? I wish Tom and I could have found the path through our differences; I wish I could find that place where we started and begin again knowing what we know now.
6. What is the most important thing to you?
My faith because it is through that faith that I believe Tom and I have been able to travel this very difficult and painful path and still have the love and respect and caring of our families, friends and most of all, our daughter.
7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I read as often as time allows – a lot for work. But on my own I like to read novels where the characters face – and triumph over adversity.
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be more open to the world around me and more curious about the ways in which people differ yet share many similar beliefs and traditions.
9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
No. Izzy would love a dog but we’re both on the go with work and school and church and now we’re heading to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving and…well, long answer to: no pet.
10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
That’s the easiest one yet – I would go back to before Tom and I started to come apart and I would go home to Normal (the little town in Wisconsin where we grew up and fell in love) and put all my love and faith into putting us back together.