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For Colonial settlers in Jamestown and Williamsburg who were enduring the hardships of carving a home out of the wilderness, Christmas was a reminder of where they came from and their hope for the future. But for some, finding the faith and joy necessary for celebration is a daunting task. Susanna's introduction to America is on a bride ship. Paul lost his livelihood in a fire. Raven is to be married off to a much older man. Mary grieves her husband's murder. Can these lonely souls open their hearts to the gift of love?
JAKE HARRIS SAVES PEOPLE FROM THE SEA But Englishwoman Olivia Madison's no damsel in distress. A woman on a mission, she intrigues Jake with her feistiness and determination-even as her stubbornness causes rifts between his tight-knit brotherhood of seamen. But just what is in her precious cargo? Olivia must sell her shipload of antiques to free her brother from an English debtor's prison. But when her long journey ends in tragedy on North Carolina's Outer Banks, she has nowhere to turn-except to the rugged man who fished her from the cold Atlantic. Can she prove that her purposes are honorable...and find true love with her rescuer?
Sara McGee is not what Tom Haskins expected. The artist knew he was taking a risk when he reluctantly agreed to advertise for a mail-order bride but Tom assumed the woman who answered his ad would be more refined than the penniless and uneducated Sara McGee. Tom takes Sara under his wing but he knows he can never marry her, especially now that he's suddenly receiving attention from accomplished pianist Annabelle Loving. While Tom's sister is bent on transforming Sara into a lady, Sara knows she can never compete with Annabelle. Nonetheless, she finds herself drawn to the lovely mountain town of Bethlehem and to the artist who brought her here. But without a marriage to Tom, Sara knows she cannot stay. As preparations for Christmas transform the tiny town, will Tom come to understand the message of the first Bethlehem that the most precious gifts don't always come as they're expected?
Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, but can it be time to welcome love into four households? The Hall family runs an inn that welcomes travelers like Silas Jones who challenge their beliefs and woo their daughter. Widowed Lucinda Hughes mourns her husband's death, while Will Davis blames himself for his friend's demise. Keturah Wilkes is curious and outspoken among her community, which leads her to trouble among Henry Mangun's rowdy family. Susannah Griffith has only been an observer of her new husband's activity with the Underground Railroad until this Christmas Eve.
When Jim Richards lost his wife and their unborn child to a sniper's bullet, he also lost something else: his precious faith. After a year, the only thing colder than the murderer's trail is Jim Richards' heart. When journalist Leah Hamilton requests an interview for a one-year update on the killing, Jim refuses. But he doesn't count on her reporter's tenacity. For Leah, ethics aren't as important as interviews. But soon, she rethinks that belief as Jim's anger and anguish compel her to seek his forgiveness. Leah's contact with Jim fires a drive to solve her own spiritual emptiness, as much as the mystery of who murdered Kathy Richards. As they team together to discover who committed the crime, can Jim and Leah find peace with God--and love for one another?
Lucy Bland has lived a simple, peaceful life, far from the battlefields of World War II. But during the summer of 1943, military men come to train on her beloved Seneca Rocks. With their intrusion, her life changes abruptly - especially when the handsome U.S. Army Captain Nick Landers captures her heart. Captain Nick Landers, of the Mountain Training Group, has been assigned to Teach soldiers rock climbing techniques. Soon after he arrives in the backcountry of West Virginia, Nick discovers that overcoming internal obstacles is as challenging as scaling a jagged cliff face. With his next assignment, Nick must move on from Seneca Rocks and from Lucy. If he returns, will she be waiting? And will she still love him, even if he's been changed by war?
Contemporary Christian romance set in Virginia involving a history teacher and a school fundraiser
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?
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