The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller

The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller

In THE CHRISTMAS LAYOVER by Robert Tate Miller, the weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to get married in New York City for Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and back to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm. And she soon learns that she has a storm of her own to weather. One that could shatter her life. 


Ever hear of Gander, Newfoundland? Well, Gander, a tiny Canadian town on an island in the North Atlantic, is famous for being host to perhaps the most famous mass layover in history. On September 11, 2001, Gander welcomed nearly 7,000 airline passengers from thirty-eight planes who were caught in the air when American airspace was shut down due to the attacks.

Like the citizens of Bethlehem in The Christmas Layover, the residents of Gander sprang into action and played host to the stranded airline passengers. I was thinking of those kind-hearted Gander-ites while writing my latest Christmas novel. They were my inspiration. What about you? Have you ever been forced to divert from your travel plans? Have you ever had an unplanned layover? Have you ever been stuck someplace and couldn’t get out?

I have been delayed on a couple of occasions, though I can’t say the experience was nearly as fulfilling as it was for Ally in The Christmas Layover. I mean, Ally got to go sledding, bake Christmas cookies, build a snowman, and hang out with a good looking diner owner with a tragic past. Most unplanned layovers can be frustrating, inconvenient and downright annoying. Have you ever helped out someone who was stranded because of one? I’d love to hear your stories.

The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller

The Christmas Layover

The weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to get married in New York City for Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and back to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm. And she soon learns that she has a storm of her own to weather. One that could shatter her life. 

Living with a kind stranger is one way to spend a snowed-in Christmas, but when she meets the local diner owner, Jake, sparks fly. Only, Ally’s a big-city girl with big-city dreams, and Jake will always be a Bethlehem boy.

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About Robert Tate Miller:

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Tate Miller was raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina where he started writing at a young age. Rob has written many screenplays and has had six movies produced for the small screen. His TV movie credits include Three DaysSecret SantaHidden PlacesFarewell Mr. KringleChristmas Cookies and Love Struck Café. Rob wrote the novels Secret Santa (Atria), Forever Christmas(Thomas Nelson), and The Christmas Star (Waterfall Press). Rob graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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