This romance novel is based on a long-standing and important tradition in our Appalachian Mountains. For more than 75 years, The Santa Train has made fourteen stops on its route from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee, to celebrate Christmas. At each stop, toys are passed out free to the children of the community. In this novel, Eliza Lee Elliott, who is grieving the death of her grandfather, continues to work on The Santa Run. Meanwhile, Bennett Olsen is assigned to leave the big city to supervise the acquisition of the Appalachian Express which makes the Santa Run each year. “Fans of Hallmark Christmas movies will enjoy this sweet holiday tale.” - Publishers Weekly. “A warm delight full of laughter and heartfelt romance that will gift wrap readers in the holiday spirit.” – Jessica R. Patch. “Heartwarming, wholesome, and perfect for Hallmark fans. The Santa Run is a poignant, engaging love story. A joyful gift to romance readers everywhere.” – Tracy Gardner. The author, Beth Pugh, was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky.
Birmingham, Alabama: Iron Stream Fiction, 2022. 251 pages. Trade paperback.