Stories of blossoming love and belonging from Lois RicherMOTHER'S DAY MIRACLEWhen a handsome single dad and his four children move next door, is it God's answer to Clarissa Cartwright's prayers for a family? Proud, stubborn Wade Featherhawk is determined to manage. . . alone. Unless Clarissa's faith can open his eyes and his heart. BLESSED BABYThe moment she held her precious little niece, Briony Green stopped trying to convince herself she wasn't mommy material. But can this cool, rational scientist help Ty Demens, the toddler's widowed and hurting dad, trust in God's mysterious but loving ways?
Making Amends After losing his clients' life savings, former broker Rick Salinger went in search of redemption. Now a pastor in the remote Canadian town of Churchill, he focuses on his congregation and working with the kids at a center for troubled boys. But when the center's new nurse arrives with her own struggling son, Rick fears getting too close. Widowed mom Cassie Crockett once lost almost everything because of Rick-and he's not sure she'll ever forgive him. Yet he can't stop his growing feelings for her. He wants to help Cassie and her son build a new life...one that just might include him. Northern Lights: On the edge of the Arctic, love awaits
The Soldier's Homecoming Back home to heal, army veteran Kyle Loness can't wait to leave the town that holds such sad memories. He never expects beautiful newcomer Sara Kane to enlist his help with the town's new youth center. What does he know about helping kids? But the more time he spends with the troubled teens-and Sara-the more the jaded soldier feels his defenses crumbling. It might take Sara-and the kids-to open his guarded heart to love again. Northern Lights: On the edge of the Arctic, love awaits.
To: Jared From: Kelly Re: More shocking news As director of Tiny Blessings adoption agency, I appreciate the unbiased way you've reported all the scandalous information that has come out recently. Well, I have another exclusive for you: investigator Ross Van Zandt broke the news to me last night - I am the missing baby, the child taken from her mother at birth. It was quite a shock, but with God's help, I can come to terms with this. I'm hoping Ross will help me uncover my biological father's identity, but he seems hesitant. . . . And off the record - the handsome PI has caught more than my professional interest!
Safe HavenFormer model Shay Parker has come home to Hope, New Mexico, seeking refuge from the nightmares that haunt her. Then she runs into childhood friend Nick Green. Rugged former football star Nick is the only one who makes Shay feel safe again. But he's dealing with problems of his own, and Shay is more than willing to help care for his orphaned niece and aging mother. When Nick suddenly makes plans to leave Hope for a new job, what will become of the trust they've built? Can they look beyond the pain of their scarred pasts to trust the healing power of love?
Five years ago, Abby Franklin thought she'd marry Donovan Woodward. But her first love walked out of her life. Now, he's back in town, with his motherless godchild, Ariane, in tow. Avoiding him is essential--and impossible. Because Donovan has rejoined the family business, Weddings by Woodwards...where Abby works as a jewelry designer. Then Abby meets Ariane, and something about the silent young girl draws Abby in. In spite of herself, Abby finds herself opening up her heart...to Ariane and Donovan.
How better to stop his sister from eloping than to arrange the wedding? That way, Cade Porter's only family member will stay put on his Colorado ranch. He hires the best wedding planner in Denver, but Samantha Woodward, of the famed "Weddings by Woodwards" empire, thinks Cade is mighty arrogant. Shouldn't the bride have a say in the most important day of her life? As they work together, Cade assures the lovely and independent Sam that she can plan their wedding right down to the day.
With a happy marriage, a thriving business and a beautiful young daughter--Shelby Kinkaid and her husband had the perfect life. Until he was killed in a mysterious accident. After that, Shelby's life revolved around little Aimee. But then Aimee vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Neighbor Tim Austen, who had a painful past himself, was a constant support for Shelby. Yet as the list of suspects grew and her fear escalated, Shelby would have to use all her investigative skills to save her daughter's life. . . and her own.
A STOLEN STATUE, A CURIOUS COIN. . . AND A MURDERWhen Samantha Henderson ran into trouble recovering a lost statue in the Peruvian jungle, Daniel McCullough believed he'd made the right decision in not promoting her at Finders, Inc. But when forced to work together to track down the figurine--and the mysterious man who had it--Daniel and Sam came face-to-face with a network of dangerous suspects. Each day brought them closer to finding their silent enemy, even as their feelings for each other intensified.
Desperate to save her father's tree nursery, Rowena Davis came home to Serenity Bay to negotiate a deal with the new owner, Connor Wingate. But who was this stern businessman who asked her to landscape Wingate Manor in exchange for the deed to Davis Nursery? Rowena hoped that beneath Connor's gruff exterior he was a man of faith and honor. Could God's plan for her future somehow include this man?
"Faithfully Yours" Teaching in a little prairie school delighted Gillian Fairfield. But Jeremy Niven, her very compelling--and "very" conservative-- principal, disapproved of his new hire's free-spirited ways. Yet even as they clashed, both knew there was something between them that just wasn't going away. . . . "Sweet Charity" The quiet life was all nurse Jori Jessop needed, until a handsome big-city doctor came to visit and made her long for. . . something more. Could she really leave behind everything she knew? Or could Chris Davis come to cherish the same simple values she did?
Sweet stories of second chances by Lois Richer This Child of Mine From the moment she left her hometown, Darcy Simms vowed to prove she was more than just a troubled girl. When a tragedy finally brings her back, Luke Lassiter helps the single mom pick up the pieces. But can he finally shut the door on Darcy's troubled past? His Answered Prayer Blair Delaney's world is her young son-a son pining for the father who knows nothing about him. Now, six years later, tycoon Gabriel Sloan wants them to be a family. Yet first he has to open his heart to love....
TWO ATTEMPTS ON MAYOR'S LIFE by Colleen Montgomery (staff reporter)DRAFTMayor Maxwell Vance was shot in an apparent assassination attempt yesterday. A second attempt on his life was made at Vance Memorial Hospital, where nurse [leave her name out?] Chloe Tanner managed to stop the assailant before being injured herself. She is currently under protection. [Note to self: disclose FBI agent protecting her and her kids is my brother Brendan. ] Speculation is that the mayor was shot in retaliation for his strong antidrug stance, following the new surge of drug-related crimes in Colorado Springs. Does the would-be killer want Chloe silenced forever?
The Love Inspired line offers four brand-new monthly stories of faith, love and hope--perfect for bringing readers some relief from today's busy world! Since 1998 the NSR of the Love Inspired line has increased by 15 percentage points, attesting to its incredible demand and popularity. When an accident causes Marissa McGonigle to lose her memory, she and her husband, Gray must somehow reestablish the love, trust and romance in their relationship.
Twins are double the trouble. And between his work at Weddings by Woodwards and his boys, widower Reese Woodward is convinced he doesn't have time for love. Then he meets Olivia Hastings-his sister's bridesmaid, and a woman with troubles of her own. The betrayals from Olivia's past make her wary of closeness. Yet who could resist the twins-or their father? Though neither is looking for love, Olivia and Reese's attraction continues to blossom. And soon, they just might find a second chance at love, and a doubly blessed happily-ever-after.
MARRIAGE TO A STRANGER?Marry a man she'd never met? Impossible! But the will was clear: Cassie Newton and her foster children could keep the mansion at Oak Bluffs...if she became Mrs. Jefferson William Haddon III.Yet, once they met, Cassie couldn't deny her attraction to the lonely millionaire. And despite his promise to keep things strictly business, Jeff soon risked life and limb to charm Cassie's rambunctious crew. Suddenly, Cassie wondered if this incredible marriage was meant to be. Maybe she and her children were meant to show Jeff the true meaning of a family-and of a loving heart.Welcome to Love InspiredTM-stories that will lift your spirits and gladden your heart. Meet men and women facing the challenges of today's world and learning important lessons about life, faith and love.
Helping children in her hometown is a dream fulfilled for single mother Brianna Benson. But being back in Hope, New Mexico, isn't easy for the medical clinic's new child psychologist. Ten years ago, the night before her wedding, Brianna discovered that her fiancé, Zac Ender, betrayed her-and she left town in tears. Now a school administrator, Zac is asking for her help with kids at risk-such as her own troubled son. But how can she work with the man who broke her heart? As Christmas approaches, the gift of reunited love is waiting to be unwrapped.
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