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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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