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Life is just about as good as it gets in Valentine, Oklahoma....In this funny and poignant sequel to Cold Tea on a Hot Day, Valentine's own Marilee James is engaged to Tate Holloway, the new editor of the Valentine Voice, a man whose sweet Southern sensibilities and melting kisses have convinced her to take a leap of faith. But marriage is a nerve-racking proposition-especially when she's got a special-needs son and an abandoned niece to care for.As she stands at life's crossroads, Marilee needs a push in the right direction.That push, ironically, comes from Stuart James, Marilee's ex-husband and her son's father. Gone these two years, he's come back at the most inopportune time, pushing Marilee to think long and hard about the road she's taking. But Stuart, with his charm, his talent and his own secrets, is exactly what Marilee's heart needs to move into the arms of the right man...and into the happiness that's waiting right around the corner.
It takes a lot of work to plan a wedding-and even more to save a marriage-but in Valentine, Oklahoma, there's always someone to help you keep your chin up Emma Cole's son is getting married, and she's determined to make everything perfect-even if that means asking her estranged husband to come home and pretend they're still together. John may be an imperfect husband, but he's a devoted dad. He's happy to oblige Emma-especially since he didn't really much like living apart from her anyway. Now he wants a second chance.As Emma sorts through the mess of her own marriage, she puts her heart into planning Valentine's wedding of the century. But there's one big problem: the bride's ambitious mother wants more for her daughter than marriage to a small-town boy.As the wedding approaches, the many meanings of love, commitment and happiness capture the hearts of folks in town. And surrounded by the warmth and spirit of her neighbors, Emma starts to see new beginnings instead of endings.
Marilee James has a complicated life-caring for her special-needs son, playing surrogate mother to an abandoned niece and temporarily running the local paper until the new managing editor arrives. She's so busy attending to everyone else that her own yearnings get pushed aside.Then Tate Holloway comes speeding into town in his BMW, bringing his whiz-bang laptop, journalistic integrity and the thrill of remembering what running a small-town newspaper is all about. Tate's a firm believer in the little things that make life worthwhile: overripe peaches, a good dog, a passionate kiss. The kinds of things he thinks Marilee needs to rediscover-with him.Problem is, she's already engaged. Not about to let a little thing like a fiancé stand in his way, Tate sets out to win Marilee's heart, little by little, starting with cold tea on a hot day.
On the road of life, sometimes you have to shift gears and slow down for those rough patches, but in the end, if you drive carefully, you'll end up home at last....After twenty years of marriage, Charlene's husband, Joey, has left her and their three children. Now, with an Oklahoma ranch house, a Chevy Suburban that's seen better days, and an uncertain road ahead, Charlene finds herself taking a journey she never wanted or planned. But she can't turn around and to back. All she can do is move forward.Sometimes, though, the most unexpected way is the best. Because if you're brave and grip the wheel tightly, you can find yourself in an extraordinary new place: like in the arms of a man who understands lost dreams and, with a little luck, on the brink of discovering new directions.
So what if Winston Valentine is ninety-two years old? He isn't dead yet! And he's out to prove it. His exuberant show of life-coming to you live from radio dial 1550-revitalizes Valentine, Oklahoma, for its centennial celebration. The townsfolk are determined to make this an anniversary to remember.Except Belinda Blaine, who, at thirty-eight, doesn't feel like celebrating. Suddenly she's carrying a child-and the guilt of an earlier pregnancy nearly twenty years ago. No one in her close-knit community knows of either, including her sweet-mannered husband, Lyle. But disclosing this pregnancy will mean revealing her past and opening her heart. And Belinda's not quite ready for that.As Belinda struggles over what to do, she finds comfort in unexpected places. After all, in Valentine, neighbors are family and strangers are friends. And this small town holds secrets and mysteries, and takes care of its own.
As her mother always said, nothing happens by coincidence...Meet Rainey Valentine: thirty-five, twice divorced, a woman with broken dreams but irrepressible hope.When her mother dies, she inherits a truck, an old barrel-racing mare named Lulu and a lifetime supply of Mary Kay cosmetics. So taking a page from her mother's life, Rainey packs it all up and heads off, leaving Valentine, Oklahoma, in her rearview mirror.Then, somewhere outside Abilene, she finds him. Dazed and wandering after a car accident, Harry Furneaux is a man as lost as she is.With nowhere else to go, he joins Rainey on her travels. But when their journey leads them back to Valentine, Harry and Rainey find an unexpected new direction....Straight out of the heartland of the South, Lost Highways is a novel to gently rock the heart and soul...the story of a woman traveling too long on an endless stretch of lonesome road who finds her way home at last.
Eleven amazing books, one great deal! Get more of the all-American men you love with this bundle! The Men Made in America series continues with more heroes from all fifty states, including an Oregon Navy SEAL, a Rhode Island marine archeologist, a Tennessee country music star, and much more! The Men Made in America Mega-Bundle 3 includes A Time and a Season, Murdock's Family, The Bargain, The Silent Groom, For Old Times' Sake, To Love a Dreamer, Cowboy Be Mine, Baby Business, The Paternity Test, All in the Family and Midnight Wishes.
Not the great novel of the 20th century but if you want a good truck-driver-finds-girl romance for Christmas, read this book and enjoy. We all need a little brainless food once and a while.
Five bestselling authorsFive real-life heroines You might meet them at the coffee shop, the grocery store, or walking down the street. They're women across North America committed to reaching out and changing lives one good deed at a time. Five of these exceptional women have been selected as this year's recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. And once again five New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines. We hope More Than Words will touch your heart and inspire the heroine living inside you.
Looking for Real Life The scrawled graffito on the bathroom wall might be clichÉd, but for Claire Wilder, it's a wake-up call. Divorced from her high school sweetheart, she's lost the flavor of life waiting for Andrew to come back. So Claire leaves everything behind and ends up in her father's hometown of Valentine, Oklahoma. Before she knows it, an overnight stay at the Goodnight Motel has turned into weeks, and she's found something she'd almost forgotten existed--a place to call home. Life is sweet again. . . until the day her ex-husband arrives in town. Now Claire has to figure out whether home is truly where the heart is. . . and if that's with Andrew or in the sleepy town that helped her remember her dreams.
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