Too Old For Christmas

A holiday romance set in 1854 Columbia, California. 
Too Old for Christmas, by Zina Abbott.
 About the Book:
Irishman Sean Flood
survived the potato famine, crossing the Atlantic, the Mexican-American War,
and wandering the Western wilderness with his mules and freight wagon. But, due
to poor diet and deprivation, his teeth did not fare well. It’s November of
1854 in Columbia, California, Queen of the Southern Mines, a city Sean is
helping to rebuild after the disastrous fire the previous summer. Intense
stabbing tooth pain drives him to see Doc Massey, the local dentist. He first stops
by the mercantile to pick up a bottle of whiskey—for medicinal purposes—and food­­­­
he’ll be able to eat when it’s all over. If only the beautiful but aggravating
woman ahead of him who keeps her face half hidden and insists she won’t accept
charity would finish up with her purchase so he can get his supplies, his tooth
pulled and return home to his mules and half-built cabin….
That night, Sean
meets the woman’s two sons, Jesse and Benjy McNair, and learns her secret. He
decides with only three teeth left in his head, he needs widow Ona McNair’s
charity—and he’s willing to pay for it. Sean won’t accept nine year-old Jesse’s
declaration his family’s poverty means the boy is too old for Christmas that
year. Sean is a full-grown man and he’s not too old for Christmas. He not only
plans to come bearing gifts to Christmas Eve dinner with the McNairs, but he
knows exactly what gift he wants for himself.  
*Sweet Romance

7 tofc necessary Columbia CA park



Bonus Excerpt #6:

“Well, I think you should show Ma your roof. Or your shingles. She doesn’t want to see some old necessary,” Jesse declared as Benjy giggled in response.

“Nay. ‘Tis necessary. Besides, ‘tis a new necessary. ’Twas her idea and ‘twas her doing to get me moving to get it done. ‘Tis only right she be seeing the good she’s been bringing about.”

“Mr. Flood, I fear you are making a mockery of me. I truly did not mean to interfere. It’s just….”

“Nay, I’d never mock you.”

Jesse shook his head. “I never heard of any man doing something like this, Mr. Flood. I thought maybe you were stepping out with Ma. But, you can’t be if all you’re going to do is take her to see some smelly old necessary.”





Too Old for Christmas is now available on pre-order at Amazon. You may purchase it by clicking HERE. It will be available on Nook soon.


 About the Author:

Zina Abbott is
the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. 

The author
currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She
is a member of Women Writing the West, American Night Writers Association, and
Modesto Writers Meet Up. She currently lives with her husband in California
near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She enjoys any kind of history including family
history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together
quilt blocks.


Zina Abbott Links:

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Too Old For Christmas

  1. jeff7salter says:

    enjoyed the excerpt. looks like a cool story.


  2. Sounds like a very nice story.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Looking forward to reading this!


  4. Zina Abbott says:

    Thank you, Jeff, Tonette and Patricia. I appreciate you stopping by the blog and leaving your comment. I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    Liked by 1 person

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