Sheriff Kurt Mulldoon had moved to a home out of town to getaway from meddling townspeople and attractive women, but one of each was standing on his front porch. It seemed ninety-year-old Miss Cora, his house's previous owner, had convinced the one woman who piqued Kurt's fancy, April Shelnutt, to take her for a visit. And not long after they arrived, Cora suffered an injury-to her backside. Kurt's neighborly duty meant he'd offer his help, and let them into his home. But he wasn't letting April into his heart, no matter how pretty-and right-she looked standing in his doorway.
On the Sunday after Christmas, Rev. Thompson makes a plea in his sermon for his congregants to step up when they hear the Lord's call. The Howard sisters take the pastor's words to heart and wait, ready and eager. But when their calls come, they are surprised at the unexpected territory they must visit. Jane must help a blustering newcomer settle into Acorn Hill, Alice takes on a paid speaking engagement and Louise gets involved in helping young married couples. Persevering in their tasks, they open themselves to new experiences and to surprising insights about love, patience and kindness. Once you visit the charming village of Acorn Hill, tucked away in rural Pennsylvania, you'll never want to leave. Townsfolk relax on their porch swings or gather to discuss the day's events at the Coffee Shop over homemade pie. It's the kind of town where friendship and faith flow together like a wide river on a fine spring day. And you'll love spending time with the Howard sisters, who have begun a new life together in their childhood home, a gracious Victorian house that is now a bed-and-breakfast called Grace Chapel Inn. Here they rekindle old memories, rediscover the bonds of sisterhood, revel in the blessings of friendship and meet many fascinating guests along the way.
Three sisters. One secret. Once there were three Cromwell girls. But their father abducted the baby. . . and neither was seen again. The loss has haunted sisters Kate and Jo ever since, though they can't bear to talk about it. And then life's ups and downs send the Cromwell women back to tiny Santa Sofia, Florida. To the cottage containing their worst--and best--memories. Where Kate will reconnect with the magnetic single father she'd run from years ago. Where Jo will fall for the handsome minister of the Traveler's Wayside Chapel. And where the cottage caretaker, a familiar young woman named Moxie Weatherby, will get the surprise of her life.
Kidnapped as a baby, Moxie Weatherby grew up without her two older sisters. Now the women are reunited in Santa Sofia, Florida, where family, friends and faith are more important than ever. Moxie must learn a thing or two about herself when the gorgeous editor of the local newspaper writes a story about her unusual history. Not that he knows everything. Jo is determined to get her woman's ministry, the Barefoot Believers, up and running. So why is a handsome preacher asking her to slow way down?Kate plans her wedding to her long-lost love, a single dad who's just become a grandfather. But are Kate and Vince really ready to say "I do"?
The Holiday Husband by Annie JonesAddie McCoy has always dreamed of celebrating Christmas with a family of her own. Her prayers are answered when she meets Nate Browder. But Nate's only in town for the holidays. Can Addie convince him he'll make the perfect husband for Christmas--and all year round?The Christmas Letter by Brenda MintonBeing a single mom during Christmas isn't easy. When a mysterious soldier shows up on Isabella Grant's doorstep, what's a single mom to do? With a little help from her twelve-year-old daughter and a handsome military man, love might be the perfect holiday gift.
Never, Ever Trust A Cowboy Like the wind, Jackson Stroud plans to blow through Texas ranch country and never look back...proving Shelby Grace Lockhart's motto correct. But the former Dallas detective doesn't walk away from ladies-or infants-in distress. So when he discovers an abandoned newborn and a woman looking for a fresh start, Jax knows he came to this special town for a reason. Shelby Grace is just as determined to learn why someone left a baby on her doorstep. As their quest leads in surprising directions, Jax starts to believe he's finally found a place to belong. What will it take to convince Shelby that this is one cowboy she can count on?
When her engagement comes to nothing, Jenny Fox devotes herself to the promotion and rejuvenation of Cupid's Corner. She decides that, since Cupid's Corner is famous as the elopement capital of Kansas, the town should break its former record of marriages between July 4 and Labor Day. Joe Avery, an "outsider", who now lives in Cupid's Corner as editor of the town newspaper, is less than enthusiastic about the project, but not about Jenny. Doc Hobbs, who wants to retire, complicates his plans when he brings Jenny's former fiancé back to town to run the clinic temporarily, but "Pritchie", a nurse, ends up being a source of help and comfort to Joe.
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW... EVERYONE IS A TWITTER IN COPPER MILL when a flock of rare sparrows is expected to land at Best Acres, a bird sanctuary owned by the reclusive Artie Best. A festival is planned to honor the extraordinary birds, and for Kate, the bird-watching season also brings a happy reunion with her high-school English teacher, avid birder Bonnie Mulgrew, and a mystery that only Kate can solve. A week before the big event, the rare birds are nowhere to be seen. What has happened to the entire flock? With only a cursory knowledge of birds, can Kate help recover them beforeMasses of shocked sparrow-watchers arrive? As Kate and Bonnie hunt for clues, the elusive Artie begins to raise suspicions, and the odd behavior of several folks in town lead them to believe there's something bigger than birds that is wrong in Copper Mill. Meanwhile, Paul has taken to the air himself--in the jump seat of fellow pastor Gregory Lucas' private plane. As everyone in town lifts their eyes to the skies, can they find answers for all of God's creatures?
Country veterinarian Hank Corsaut isn't surprised to learn that the newest folks in town are Newberry women-of the boisterous Louisiana family. A quiet, orderly guy like Hank usually tries to avoid energetic females, though the adorable five-year-old and her pretty single mother are hard to resist. As he gets to know kind, caring Emma Newberry, he realizes she needs a strong shoulder to lean on. Problem is, Emma's returned to her roots only for the time being. Unless a changed man can convince her she's exactly where she belongs.
Wendy and Teague have miscommunicated their way to separation. She takes the children and moves to Texas, where Teague, an actor, visits her. He tries to get her to agree to do a reunion of their former TV series, The Lost Romance Ranch. She goes on a promotional tour with him while the children are at summer camp to explore possibilities of working together and/or reconciliation, but Annie's thaw in attitude and hard-won trust are jeopardized when each finds that the other is bidding for the same ranch, since lack of communication has been one of their bones of contention.
It was the happiest day of her life. . . Until Heather Waters was cruelly jilted at the altar. Yet now that very church is a beacon of hope for the tornado-ravaged town. With her charity mission, Heather finally comes home to High Plains and faces the man she believes betrayed her trust that day: Reverend Michael Garrison. As they work together to restore the town's faith, Heather's own heart remains in tatters. Until Michael, along with his precocious niece, helps her realize she's truly found Minister Right.
Every year on the night of New Bethany's annual Splendor Belle Gala, reclusive Sera Grayson appears on the porch of her aging antebellum home dressed in a tattered ball gown. Legend holds she is reliving the greatest disappointment of her life: waiting endlessly for the man who stood her up more than fifty years ago. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy, first introduced in Jones's Prayer Tree, together decide to help out the eccentric old woman-partly to strengthen their own special bond, threatened by time and the demands of everyday life. Will their joint project instead tear them apart forever?From the Trade Paperback edition.
Meet Maxine and Odessa, the Queen Mamas of Castlerock, Texas. They may be getting on in years, but good luck keeping up with them! Most days they're on the prowl at the Five Acres of Fabulous Finds Flea Market, searching for treasures among the trash, and turning life on its heels for: Jan, the "perfect" former cheerleader with a big secret * Bernadette, the bridal shop owner who seems destined for singlehood * Chloe, the trouble magnet needing fashion intervention... and a boyfriend makeover
For the last year, Josie Redmond had raised her twin sister's child as her own. Now Adam Burdett could take her boy away. The scion of a prominent South Carolina clan, he'd come home to claim his rightful son. Expecting the fight of her life, Josie was stunned to discover the handsome Southern charmer had a different agenda. The prodigal son who'd turned his back on a whole town was seeking his own redemption. Could Josie help Adam forgive the sins of the past and create the home they'd always wanted -- a place where they could both truly belong?
Renovating and selling her late husband's cabin is just the chance young widow Charity O'Clare needs. With the money from the sale, she and her daughter can move to the city--away from her family! Of course, as soon as she gets to tiny Mt. Knott, South Carolina, Charity finds a whole new family stew. Jason "Lucky Dawg" Burdett may be the handsomest man she's ever seen, but his meddlesome relatives are the "last" thing she needs. Still, Charity didn't count on Jason becoming her daughter's hero--or swaying her own heart. And now, she has to choose between old dreams of independence. . . and new dreams of love.
Shhh! Our Town's Secret Santa Is. . . Burke Burdett? The alpha brother in the pack of Burdett brothers? The handsome man who disappeared from my life last summer after some very complicated family business? Yet he's asking me, Dora Hoag, a workaholic with nowhere to go for Christmas, to help fulfill his mother's dying wish. She wanted Burke to take over as Secret Santa for Mt. Knott, South Carolina. To help the less fortunate find something extra in their forgotten stockings. How can I say no? Especially when what I want most for Christmas is another chance at forever with the man I love.
A spunky Southern baker, Corrie Bennington has her heart set on winning a gingerbread house contest in Vermont. Her masterpiece: a replica of the old inn where her estranged parents met. And where Corrie hopes to find the father she's never known. But when she arrives in Mt. Piney, Vermont, the inn is closed-and being restored. Handsome carpenter Andy McFarland offers to help Corrie find her dadandbuild her candy house. But Andy's matchmaking little sister has her own sweet holiday wish-helping Andy and Corrie find a little romance this Christmas.
Winter is over, but it's not quite spring in Acorn Hill. The in-between weather leaves Jane unsettled and ready for a challenge. She throws herself into a new hobby, with surprising results. But Jane is not the only one dealing with the unexpected: Alice is courted by a persistent admirer, and Louise becomes the confidante of a well-liked guest who is facing a personal crisis. All the while, Grace Chapel Inn and the town are in the thrall of hosting an imperious heiress intent on making a grand gesture. It's no surprise that the Howard sisters are having the time of their lives!
The only rules Sam Goodacre has for his precocious triplet daughters are no dogs and no matchmaking. The single dad only wants to move forward after his wife's death. But the minute he and the girls meet the town's pretty new schoolteacher, he knows he's in trouble. Polly Bennett moved to the small town to get off the fast track, and she's the temporary owner of an adorable stray puppy. A single lady with a dog? The triplets are in matchmaking heaven! Too bad it goes against all the rules.But this seems to be one case where the rules were meant to be broken.
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