12 Days of Keeping Christmas

Days 7-12


For the next six days I will be featuring each individual story, and hopefully other content,  in Keeping Christmas: Volume 1. What better than a collection of stories that take place in castles during Christmas? I think these will be a great way to start the burr-months. 

Grab a mug of something hot and delicious and curl up somewhere comfy. Your literary chariots await to take you on a journey from an early twentieth-century castle overlooking the Mississippi all the way back to the Holy Land at the time of Jesus’ birth. These six novellas, all set in castles real and fictional, celebrate the heart and joy of Christmas.


Day 11

Christmas at Curwood’s Castle

by Melissa Wardwell

 A Christmas party at Curwood Castle should have been Angel Davis’ Cinderella moment. Especially when her dear friend Jimmy arrives. Instead, one obstacle after another threatens to break any chance at a happily-ever-after.


About the Author

Melissa Wardwell

Melissa Wardwell resides in Owosso, Michigan with her husband and family. As the “nest” begins to empty, she finds more time to write, read, and enjoy life with her husband.

When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she actively works beside her husband at their church or relaxes with a good book that will be reviewed on her book blog, Back Porch Reads.

About Melissa’s Castle

Welcome to Curwood country.

Well, actually it’s a little town called Owosso, nestled between Flint and Lansing Michigan. We call it Curwood Country because of our famous resident, James Oliver Curwood. He was an author and screenwriter in the 1920s as well as a conservationist and a bit of an explorer.

You will get a glimpse of Mr. Curwood in this story as well as other families known to our community and maybe even around the world. That said, all leading characters and events are fictional. There is no record of a Christmas party ever happening at Curwood’s writing studio and historians are not sure exactly when the Castle was completed in 1923. Angel Davis, her aunt, and the home she lives in are based on actual people and locations. The home was moved to a new location at a later date and is 

now my family’s humble dwelling.

I hope you enjoy this story and the historic people and places surrounding Angel. Curwood Castle rests on the banks of the Shiawassee river in Owosso, Michigan. It is also the writing studio of James Oliver Curwood, a local “hero”, novelist, and conservationist. I have visited this castle often, it is only a few short blocks from my home.

To see inside the building as it was Christmas 2021, click the link below.
(It won’t take you to TikTok)

Curwood TikTok Video