A Christmas story for all seasons . . .
Lillian Hapsey is trying to make a new life for herself and her two boys in Manhattan. As a widow, she struggles to fill the role of both mother and provider to her children, spending as much time with them as she can, while working as a telephone operator at a publishing house.
Though it is Christmastime, the mood of the city is anything but light with news of the war in Europe and rumors of America joining the fight overshadowing the joy of the season and leaving everyone on edge.
But the biggest humbug of all is Charles Drooms- the antisocial and downright unfriendly man who lives down the hall from Lillian. Brief meetings on the street and in the halls are curt and unpleasant, but somehow Lillian is able to look past his frosty exterior and sees a kindred spirit haunted by a deep sorrow, and is determined to help him. But just when he begins to open up to her, tragedy strikes, forcing him to relive the most painful part of his past, and he pulls away. Was she mistaken about him all along, or can a Christmas miracle mend a broken heart and bring the two together? Continue reading “Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Agnes Irene”