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THE DAVIS LANDING OBSERVERTHE GOSSIP GURU. . . ;is back with more news. Seems intrepid reporter Felicity Simmons, at rival newspaperThe Davis Landing Dispatch, is being threatened by someone who is not happy with her articles. Your faithful source hears that police officer Chris Hamilton, the only family member not working for Hamilton Media, is protecting her. Independent Ms. Simmons will bristle at being guarded, but she doesn't know how stubborn Chris can be-or how determined he is to be by her side until her stalker is caught. . . ;.
Image consultant Caitlin McBride is moved by the preteen's letter. Jenny fears that unless her single father looks more like a "dad," he'll lose custody of his children. Caitlin knocks on Devon Walsh's door to find a very handsome man in need of a personality makeover. He grumbles that Caitlin cares more about a person's exterior than what's inside. He shoos her away, only to appear at her office with a heart-tugging request. To do whatever is necessary to save his family. A family about to change in so many blessed ways. . .
To: RachelFrom: AndrewRe: I've met the most fascinating single mom. . . Everyone thinks I'm this high-living playboy. . . . I wish I could reveal my real mission in life: rescuing missing children. Though right now, helping Miranda Jones is my top priority. She came to Chestnut Grove with her little boy, but a brewing scandal is threatening their little family. So, cousin and mother-to-be, As I'm running the charitable Noble Foundation in your temporary absence, I'll also be digging up secrets of the past. And while I'm at it, I hope Miranda will say yes to a future together!
DREAMS ARE LIKE CLOUDS--THEY CHANGE SHAPE OVER TIMEAt least, that's what my daughter's last summer before college has taught me. See, living in Pritchett, Wisconsin, was not my dream--I'd wanted to be a model or an actress, living an exciting life in a big city. Instead, I fell for a farmer and wound up a mother before our first wedding anniversary! Not that I don't love being Sam's wife or Bree's mom--because I do. Well, now Bree has entered me into a Christian beauty pageant, and I'm being treated like Pritchett's pride and joy. So I'm preparing to be a "Proverbs 31 Woman," dealing with my best friend's newly uncovered secrets and watching my daughter follow in my footsteps by falling for a local boy--all while being treated as princess of my own front porch!
A CLOUD MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS by Robin Lee HatcherTake one lonely divorcée at Christmastime. Send her on business to the romantic Cloud Mountain Lodge. Add a complication: handsome innkeeper Tony Anderson. And mix!A MATCH MADE FOR CHRISTMAS by Kathryn SpringerCynical reporter Connor Lawe discovers that getting youth leader Sarah Kendle to agree to a story about her merry band of carolers is easier said than done--but well worth the effort.
A CLOUD MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS by Robin Lee Hatcher Take one divorcée at Christmastime. Send her to the romantic Cloud Mountain Lodge. Add a complication: handsome innkeeper Tony Anderson. And mix! A MATCH MADE FOR CHRISTMAS by Kathryn Springer Cynical reporter Connor Lawe discovers getting youth leader Sarah Kendle to agree to a story about her merry band of carolers is easier said than done-but well worth the effort.
In this fifth Tiny Blessings story, Leah Paxson is hired as a nanny for Ben Cavanaugh's daughter, and Leah soon realizes that the child is her own, given up for adoption seven years before. Original.
All Work And No Play Is Just The Way Cade Halloway Likes It And his family vacation home can't be sold fast enough for his tastes! It's only ever reminded him of his unhappy childhood. Yet when his sister insists on having her society wedding there, Cade is forced to wait. And to deal with the photographer who's underfoot. Considering the wedding is outdoors, Meghan McBride sure is focused inside the house. What could she be looking for? Whatever it is, Cade is about to find out that love is just one of many surprises they're going to find on the property!
His triplet daughters are what kept rancher Jesse Logan going after his wife's death in the High Plains tornadoes. But three infants are too much work for one man. Nurse Lori Martin loved them from the moment she saw them in the neonatal nursery. So when she hears Jesse's looking for a nanny, she can't help but offer her services. And Lori soon discovers that all she wants for Christmas is a trio of giggling babies--and their handsome father.
It seems like the perfect solution: hotel mogul Alex Porter will manage his sister's small-town bed-and-breakfast while she honeymoons. But he gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself clashing with feisty café owner Kate Nichols. Suddenly he's organizing church outings and playing surrogate dad to the foster children Kate takes in. Alex is used to taking charge-but not like this! If he isn't careful, this big-city executive just might lose his heart to Mirror Lake's favorite hometown girl.
Widowed mother Emma Barlow knows her shy, studious son needs a male influence. And where better to find him than in the mentoring ministry at their local church? But when the new chief of police becomes her son's mentor, Emma is worried. As the widow of a fallen officer, she's nervous about letting a lawman into their lives. Especially one as handsome--and conflicted--as Jake Sutton. But when her son comes out of his shell, and even Emma finds herself smiling, she knows that love just might find a home in Mirror Lake and create a new family.
You Can Go Home AgainThe only thing Cole Merrick wants to do with the Mirror Lake property he inherited is sell it. And the sooner the better. The handsome pilot has no attachment to the place where he and Grace Eversea fell in love years ago. He never meant to break his promises-or her heart-when he left town without a word. Now, just in time for Mirror Lake's 125th birthday celebration, he comes face-to-face with all he left behind, including Grace. And he wonders if he ought to give this town a second chance. If only he can convince Grace to do the same for him....
Twenty years and several pounds ago. . . I was Bernice Strum, hairstylist to the stars. Until I fell for--and got pregnant by--Alex Scott, a handsome actor with a career on the rise. But I gave my baby up for adoption and moved across the country to settle in Prichett, Wisconsin. I made friends, started a faith journey, and then one day I got a call from my now-adult daughter that turned my world upside down. . . and brought Alex back into my life. Now he's here (living in my dream house!) and he wants to pick up where we left off--but how can I trust his picket-fence promises when he's not a believer in anything but himself?
Heather Lowell asked herself this question after moving to Prichett, Wisconsin, to temporarily manage the Cut and Curl Beauty Salon. She's hopeful that this summer she will finally find the love of her life. She even has a list detailing everything she wants in her Prince Charming. But when two men enter her life, Heather suddenly needs to figure out what she really wants--and whether handyman Ian Dexter or rebel--artist Jared Ward figures into her happily ever after.
After ten years away, former "wild child" Zoey Decker returns to Mirror Lake to care for her ill grandmother. It seems no one will let her forget her teenage rebellion-and the tragic consequences. Except Matthew Wilde, the church's handsome new pastor. Matthew sees the kind, caring Christian Zoey has become. But spending time with her could hurt Matthew's reputation in the close-knit community. And her name will never appear on the town matchmakers' list of possible wives for him. But Matthew has his own list, with only one name-Zoey.
With his entire family depending on him, Lucas Clayton reluctantly comes home just weeks before Christmas. Branded "town troublemaker" as a teen, Lucas left tiny Clayton, Colorado, and vowed never to return. But now he's back-with a child in tow. No one is more stunned than Erin Fields, the hometown sweetheart he left behind. Commitment-shy Lucas is someone's daddy? Before he can convince Erin he's changed, he has to prove it to himself. And to a pint-size cowboy, who needs the Claytons-and the entire town-to make this a very special Christmas. Rocky Mountain Heirs: When the greatest fortune of all is love.
As temporary guardian of her sister's two children, big-city magazine columnist Jenna Gardner is forced to face her past. She isn't in Mirror Lake for long before she realizes that everything has changed. And it's not her past throwing her off-kilter now-it's handsome next-door neighbor, Dev McGuire. Though Dev gets under her skin, he quickly proves himself an excellent father figure for the children. Soon he's encouraging Jenna to believe in second chances. But it'll take a leap of faith to believe that her future just might be in Mirror Lake after all.
When he returns to Texas from overseas, U.S. Marine Carter Wallace makes good on a promise. To tell a fallen soldier's wife that her husband loved her. But widowed Savannah Blackmore, pregnant and alone, shares a different story with Carter-one that tests everything he believes. He brings Savannah back to the Triple C ranch, where family secrets-and siblings he hadn't known about-await him. Now the marine who never needed anyone suddenly needs Savannah. Will opening his heart be the bravest thing he'll ever do?
Scarred ex-cop John Gabriel didn' t need anyone else' s problems, but he couldn' t refuse a request from his former chief. Until John learned what the favor to Chief Kelly entailed: keeping an eye on his granddaughter, Fiona, a young police officer facing a dangerous work situation. John quickly saw that Fiona was in trouble-- the fiery redhead lacked departmental support as she investigated a serial arsonist. And when the attractive rookie was trapped in a burning building, John was the one who ended up rescuing her. Yet could Fiona' s strong faith rub off on the cynic and make John believe in the Lord... and in the love that was miraculously blossoming in the stony soil of his heart?
Spending the summer in tiny, idyllic Cooper's Landing sounded wonderful to play-it-safe teacher Evie McBride. She'd read, relax and run her dad's antique shop while he set out on a fishing trip. So how did she end up tutoring neighbor Sam Cutter's troubled teenaged niece? Especially since Sam's handsome face and sense of adventure didn't give her a moment's peace. Nor did the news that her dad wasn't out there looking for trout, but for a centuries-old sunken dowry with criminal ties. Ties that bound Evie and Sam to danger. . . and to each other.
Two McBride family novels by Kathryn Springer in one keepsake collection A TREASURE WORTH KEEPING Teacher Evie McBride plans to spend a quiet summer on Cooper's Landing. Yet when handsome Sam Cutter asks her to tutor his troubled teenage niece, she can't turn them away. Soon enough, it's Evie and Sam who are learning more about love and faith than they ever expected. HIDDEN TREASURES All Cade Halloway wants is to sell the family vacation home that reminds him of bad memories. But now his sister insists on marrying there. Wedding photographer Meghan McBride and her camera just may help him discover the treasures of family and love. "Springer's combination of humor, family values and longing will reach out from the pages and touch readers' hearts." -RT Book Reviews
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