The bitter cold December of 1880. A deserted line shack in the Texas Panhandle. A passing ranch hand hears a weak cry and discovers a newborn baby girl in the lifeless arms of her mother. He stuffs the baby inside his coat and rides hell-bent for the nearest town where she is placed in the local orphanage. There on Christmas Eve, she captivates Dan and Olivia Forrester, an older couple married only six months, who have volunteered to make the season special for the children.
Olivia has raised three children and buried three more. Dan has experienced the tragic loss of a baby daughter and later his wife during the Civil War. Sometime in the waning hours of Christmas Day, they decide the tiny baby girl is part of their second chance at happiness. “There is so much love between us,” Olivia observes, “enough to share.”
Cherished by her parents, doted on by much-older siblings, guided by the wisdom of Mr. Amos, an ex-slave who long ago found a home in the hearts of the Olivia’s family, and given every material advantage, Kate is not shielded from the realities of life but rather encouraged to learn lessons which will strengthen her as she grows to womanhood. Katherine Bancroft Forrester, a miracle–her parents tell her—given to them by the Christ Child.
A Very Kate Christmas chronicles ten special Christmases of the 100 Kate will eventually see. Ten stand-alone stories perfect for reading alone or aloud.