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Forced into early retirement, Al Richardson knows what his wife will say when she hears the terrible news. Millie will insist that they open their B&B early. Where will that leave him? Carrying luggage and waiting tables? No way! He needs time to come up with another plan. With the help of an unlikely accomplice, Al spends his days scanning want ads, and frequenting out-of-town coffee shops, in an effort to hide his secret from all of Goose Creek - including his wife.
Millie is too busy to notice Al's odd behavior. Between planning a huge Christmas party, and holding tight to the reins of newcomer, Lulu Thacker - whose tacky decorating schemes are sure to infuriate Main Street business owners - has no time for anything else.
One thing is certain: In Goose Creek, no secret stays hidden for long. The most holy of holidays is swiftly approaching. Is Al in for a Merry Christmas or a marriage crisis?
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By Debbie on 12-18-17
Severance, Silliness and Surprising Sympathy
Al Richardson's unexpected "buy out" and layoff from his long held position at work has left him mighty low . . . and put him in cahoots with Franklin Thacker, who bought the Richardsons' house and also works with Al . . . since Al cannot bear to break the news of his layoff to Millie, he enlists Franklin's help in keeping the secret, just until he can get something figured out . . . meanwhile, Franklin's wife, Lulu and Millie are becoming fast friends themselves, as they maneuver the politics of small town volunteerism and try to figure out how to decorate the downtown area for Christmas . . . all the regulars from the series are heard from, Dr. Susan, the veterinarian, now married to her hunk of a husband, Justin . . . Norman and Little Norm . . . and some new faces at the vet clinic, who I am really rooting for . . . great, feel good . . . and humorous . . . story . . .