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ON SOLID GROUND ... AS SUMMER REACHES MIDSWING, Kate arrives home from vacation, anxious to reunite with her friends, especially head librarian Livvy Jenner. But at church on Sunday, Kate notices that her best friend is nowhere in sight. When Livvy's husband reveals that she is at work, Kate checks on her, only to find that she is not her usual self...and neither is the library. Kate soon discovers that the library has been closed, and no one knows why. Meanwhile, Paul joins a team of workers to help repair the storm-damaged home of one of the library's volunteers. As Kate supports Paul's efforts and tries to comfort Livvy, she sets off in search of answers, desperate to find out who's behind the closing of the beloved downtown institution. She quickly discovers that the building's history is more complicated than she ever imagined and that the fate of the library is in question. Will she find out who owns the building and reopen it before time runs out?
The woman, clearly shaken, pleads for Kate to stay by her side even as paramedics come to her aid, and they quickly forge a friendship. Despite Kate's growing affection for Emmaline, the woman seems evasive about the details of her sickness--and her past--and Kate begins to question what exactly has afflicted Emmaline. How can Kate properly minister to her if she doesn't know the whole truth? Who is this private, lonely woman? Meanwhile, a young mother in town is slowly recovering from major surgery and her family struggles to cope. As Kate cares for the family while also meeting the demands of her friendship with Emmaline, she begins to see there's much more to the mysterious woman than she ever imagined.
It's Christmas and the Howard sisters are busy helping others but they soon realise that asking for help might be the key to making this a holiday they won't soon forget! Christmas is fast approaching, but stormy conditions -- some weather-related, others from an irate Ethel Buckley -- might put a damper on the celebrations. Meanwhile, the Howard sisters are hard at work helping those in need during the blessed Christmas season: Alice travels to a disaster area to care for a group of furry patients; Louise uses her talents to prepare for a beautiful Christmas service at Grace Chapel; and Jane strives to make a Christmas fundraiser a source of fellowship. But as their plans change, they learn that sometimes asking for help is as important as giving it.
When an unusual guest arrives at Grace Chapel Inn, Alice does her best to make her comfortable, not in one of the guest rooms, but in the laundry. Another guest stirs up a competitive reaction in Jane, and her crushing defeat in a simple game of Scrabble sets off a quest to even the score in an ancient game. And when an old letter brings a forgotten piece of Acorn Hill's history to light, Louise, with the help of a new friend, undertakes a search for the truth. In each case, the Howard sisters find that taking things steady and slow reveals new lessons every day.
Spring brings warm weather and colourful displays of flowers at Grace Chapel Inn, as well as the arrival of two long-term guests. As usual, the Howard sisters open their hearts as well as their home, and Alice finds herself mentoring a charming young doctoral student whose real field of study seems to be the townspeople. Jane becomes tour guide and genealogical sleuth for a traveller from afar. Meanwhile, Louise fears that she may have driven away a precious member of the family. Will the prodigal pet come home again? And speculation and curiosity run rampant when mysterious tracks are discovered near Fairy Pond. Could Acorn Hill be home to a legendary creature? Join us once again at Grace Chapel Inn, where Alice, Jane, and Louise rekindle old memories, rediscover their childhood bonds, revel in the blessings of friendship, and meet fascinating guests along the way.
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