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BArbour republishes for favorite Christmas short novels in this anthology for 2005: Strawberry Angel by Pamela Griffin: Noelle accidentally dyes her hair a shocking strawberry pink, which is the catalyst that brings two adorable homeless children and their sick mother into her life. It also reunites her with Todd, her high school crush. With Christmas coming, Todd helps Noelle build a set and direct rehearsals for a play at the women's shelter where she volunteers. Can this strawberry Christmas" be one to remember? Angel Charm by Tamela Hancock Murray: Charm school owner Lydia Winters is known as one of the most engaging woman at her church. Yet despite her prayers, the Lord hasnt seen fit to send her a godly husband. But when her high school sweetheart Drake Kingston, now a widower with a rebellious daughter in tow, returns to town, can the flame reignite with the help of a child's crafted angel? Or will Lydia once again discover she shouldn't play with fire? Angel on the Doorstep by Sandra Petit: Finding a stray crocheted angel gives Moira Sullivan the idea to make some angels of her own, which she delivers anonymously to every person on the hard working staff at First Christian Church. When Joe Corrigan discovers Moira is the secret gift giver, he coerces her into letting him help with the project. Will this forced togetherness bring them closer together or farther apart? An Angel for Everyone by Gail Sattler: Kim is pleased with the beaded angel ornaments she's made as party favors for the church's annual Christmas party until Trent points out that there won't be 30 people attending, but 300. When the shock wears off and Trent offers to help make more, Kim doesn't know whether to be happy or terrified. She's tried to get Trent's attention for years, but He's never taken her seriously. Will his participation now make things better or worse?
JEFF SHAW EXPECTS A BLUE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Reeling from a broken engagement, Jeff doesn't feel like celebrating. Especially with his ex-fiancée's younger sister, Natasha Brickson. But Natasha is determined to immerse Jeff in Christmas cheer, and to his surprise, her tender care begins to mend his heart. Unlike his ex, Natasha is warm, compassionate and lovely inside and out. Natasha's always stood in her sister's shadow, so she doesn't expect the man of her dreams to notice her. But when their friendship becomes something more, can Jeff convince Natasha that he was engaged to the wrong sister...and give her the Christmas gift of a lifetime?
DAVE DUCHARME IS A MAN OF MYSTERY Dave's heart is captured from the moment he lays eyes on Ashley Kruger. Too bad it's while he's saving her from a bank robbery! When Ashley is injured, Dave promises to stay close. He's determined to take care of her-and to win her trust. Ashley can't believe she was rescued by such a gentle and handsome man. As she gets to know her dashing hero, hope grows that he may be the one for her. But when dangerous secrets from his past come to light, Ashley will have to choose between safety...and love.
Moonlight And Mistletoe Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor's cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor's grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother's generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together and enjoy Christmas events in New York City, romantic sparks fly-but will new revelations douse them? Shopping for Love Emily Jones has good reason for wanting to get lost as a tourist in the crowded shopping districts of New York City. But when Bryan Evans literally knocks her off her feet, her heart is spun even more off balance. When Christmas comes, will she go back home to life as normal, or will a piece of her heart always stay in the Big Apple? Where the Love Light Gleams by Lynette Sowell When the spruce tree in widow Gwynn Michaud's New Hampshire front yard is chosen for Rockefeller Center, her grown children send her to the Big Apple to see the tree lighting. Her host, Theophilus Stellakis, enjoys his ordered life and clockwork schedule as a professor in Manhattan. Will this Christmas bring change for both of them? Gifts from the Magi by Vasthi Reyes Acosta Cecilia Montes, a busy Latina grad student, buries herself under piles of work to keep her loneliness away. Then Elias Perez, a childhood friend, returns to the city as the youth pastor at her church. She is surprised to discover that the formerly sickly boy is now a strong, vibrant man of God. As Cecilia helps Elias with the youth, their friendship is renewed. But only when Cecilia learns to trust the Lord in new and deeper ways is she ready to receive gifts of love.
When lovely Lacey Dachin signed on at the clothing shop next door, it looked as if fun-loving Randy Reynolds had found a potential lunch partner. Meals could be lonely for a single guy, particularly one whose friends were getting hitched right and left!But could the past truly be behind him? He knew Lacey feared the worst. Yet with his life in stand-up shape, the only thing that needed changing now was Lacey's mind.
Could Cory Bellanger Be More Than a Friend? The tall, dark and handsome forest ranger has a way of making Daphne Carruthers feel safe. Her brother's buddy is also awakening feelings deeper than friendship. Daphne wants to believe in the future Cory's offering, but first she must come to terms with her painful past. Helping Daphne recover from a difficult relationship, Cory knows he has to be careful where her heart is concerned. And Cory is hiding a secret of his own that could destroy the fragile trust they're starting to build. Can he stop their pasts from sabotaging their future together-and convince Daphne he's the best man for her?
Falling out a window. . . into loveIt was certainly not the way Marielle expected to meet a man-any man-but when she visited the gentleman she'd helped save from an accidental plunge, she was intrigued. . . but only until Russ's workaholic nature made itself known. She'd had more than enough of that from her ex-fiancé. So when his boss suggested Russ volunteer in her teen center (the least Russ could do after having landed on her car!), The last thing Marielle was looking for was romance. But love just might bloom where she least expects it. . . .
In this uplifting novel--the first in the author's new Men of Praise miniseries--a broken-down car becomes the catalyst for a new relationship of faith and love between Celeste Hackett and Adrian Braithwaite. Original.
This second installment of Sattler's Men of Praise miniseries is a refreshing comedy in which rich and spoiled Georgette Ecklington learns a lesson about love, life, and the Lord from down-to-earth Bob Delanio. Original.
In this inspirational Christian romance, a school teacher and overwhelmed parental guardian of 4 boys find love.
The Narrow Path is a story about a couple who must face their differences and learn to work together as they look toward a lifetime of love. Miranda Klassen's Mennonite church is big and modern and she loves the mixture of faith, action, and activity. But in order to follow her dream she moves across the country to a small town to organize the 75th anniversary celebration of an Old Order Mennonite church. Ted Wiebe has been assigned to assist and guide Miranda, feeling good that his church has chosen another Mennonite. But except for sharing the same basic faith and denomination, their churches have nothing else in common. His church embraces old-style roots, so Ted expects to find someone similar at the airport: a woman who never wears pants, no body piercing (including pierced ears), no makeup, and wearing a head covering as a sign of modesty, someone else who lives in accordance with old-fashioned values. But the woman who acknowledges him is wearing unreasonably high and outlandishly expensive shoes, denim jeans, and makeup, including bright red lipstick. As she gets off the plane she's fiddling with an iPod and yapping on the cell phone. When Miranda enters Ted's church and community she feels like she's been transported back into Little House On The Prairie. Ted is supposed to help Miranda fit in, and Miranda is supposed to help his church reach out into the community. When it's time to start planning and organizing for the celebration, then the fun really begins.
Running from his frustrating life, Chad loses his way on Christmas Eve and soon stumbles on the remote town of Piney Meadows. Before long, he falls in love with the people of the Old Order Mennonite community, accepts a job, and settles into the area. He is touched by the good people and their strong faith, even though he still has a lingering dispute with God. Most of all, he is fond of Anna. The more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love with her. But Anna is not happy in Piney Meadows. The Mennonite community is changing, but it's not changing fast enough for her. She longs to move to Minneapolis to get a job, make her way in the world, and find herself. Chad doesn't want her to go, but Anna can only see the freedom she imagines she will get in the big city. When she's ready to leave he contemplates leaving with her, but a personal crisis shakes Chad to his core. Feeling let down by everyone--including God--Chad wonders if Anna will now desert him too.
Ark of Love by Lauralee Bliss Brian Davis is indebted to his best friend Bob for helping him start his pet store business, and in gratitude, he takes on Bob's sister, Rachel, as an employee. Rachel's skills in the pet store leave much to be desired, and her many mistakes could cost Brian his reputation and his business. Can love turn the situation around before it's too late? Walk, Don't Run by Pamela Griffin Frenzied barking leads Jake to Kerry's rescue when she accidentally locks herself outside on her sister's balcony. After a dual case of mistaken identity is cleared up, the two call a truce, but it doesn't last long. Later, Kerry finds an injured dog and seeks a veterinarian-who turns out to be Jake. A dog brought them together; can another dog reunite them when all else has failed? U have to say I Dog Park by Dina Leonhardt Koehly When a Welsh corgi bites Mart's Great Dane in the leg, Matt demands the owner pay the vet's bill. Lynne refuses, claiming her sweet Bamboo wouldn't bite a flea, let alone a Great Dane. Her confidence in her dog's innocence falls apart when she meets the new youth pastor, who just happens to be the Great Dane's owner. Lynne doesn't know what to do. As time passes more questions plague her: Instead of wondering about Brutus, why is she thinking about his owner? The Neighbors Fence by Gail Sattler Fluffy doesn't particularly like Fido, and their owners don't differ much in their opinions of each other, either. Whenever Fluffy and Fido see each other, fur flies, likewise with Heather and Bill; yet something draws the two sides together and they can't stay apart. Then one day, Fluffy and Fido get lost, and Heather and Bill must unite to find them before it's too late. Usually, with cats and dogs, never the twain shall meet. Or shall they?
This is a humorous Christian romance between a dog trainer and one of her clients.
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