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With her beautiful face profiled against the hot Missouri sky, Wynne Elliot was every inch a southern lady, but that didn't make the rifle in her hands any less deadly. She had sworn vengeance on the handsome scoundrel who'd taken her inheritance and broken her heart. Following him west into a wild, dangerous frontier, she'd found a rugged stranger able to take her breath away with the blazing blue of his eyes ... to make her tremble with the searing caress of his lips. But Cole Claxton was the brother of the man who'd betrayed her ... and she had no weapons against the desire he ignited in her ... no defense in the battle between love and revenge now raging in her heart. #12; With her beautiful face profiled against the hot Missouri sky, Wynne Elliot was every inch a southern lady, but that didn't make the rifle in her hands any less deadly. She had sworn vengeance on the handsome scoundrel who'd taken her inheritance and broken her heart. Following him west into a wild, dangerous frontier, she'd found a rugged stranger able to take her breath away with the blazing blue of his eyes ... to make her tremble with the searing caress of his lips. But Cole Claxton was the brother of the man who'd betrayed her ... and she had no weapons against the desire he ignited in her ... no defense in the battle between love and revenge now raging in her heart.
A battle of wills was raging in the Lone Star State in 1876. April Truitt didn't trust doctors, least of all handsome newcomer Gray Fuller, who opposed her efforts to offer the women of Dignity, Texas, an herbal alternative to surgery. He treated her like some quack, but April was determined to save other women from dying on the operating table, like her mother did. Gray couldn't help admiring April's spirit and good intentions. Yet he couldn't let this bluebonnet belle steal all his patients. . . even if she was on her way to stealing his heart.
When Beth Baylor announces her engagement to gorgeous rancher Adam Baldwin, seamstress Vonnie Taylor would rather choke than make the wedding dress--because Adam is her husband. True, they were young and crazy, sharing a forbidden love made more precious by the bad blood between their fathers. But after a night of ecstasy, the morning brought reality--and bitter heartbreak. Adam couldn't face his father, and Vonnie could not forgive him. That was seven years ago,. Now she's still spitting mad and still hopelessly in love. Worse, there's trouble on the ranch: someone is trying to run her off. As old passions explode--and present danger and past secrets bring Adam tantalizingly near--Vonnie discovers love may take its time, but it's never too late. ...
Nothing ever happened in the tiny community of Morning Shade, Arkansas. That is, until now . . . The whole town is ablaze with the news of a break-in. But a burglar who doesn't take anything . . . that's what town watchdog, Hargus Conley, and his feisty elderly sidekick, Stella Diamond, can't figure out. Who's ever heard of a thief who rearranges furniture and replaces old lamps with new ones? What kind of person spends money to vandalize someone's home--for the better? Frustrated author, Maude Diamond can't believe it. This is better material than she could ever have come up with on her own. And it's just the sort of real-life fiction to pull her out of a long stint of writer's block. As Maude follows the hilarious furniture-bandit mystery, her own novel gets better and better . . . until Maude discovers the truth and is faced with the toughest decision of her life.
DATES FROM HELL Or at least that's what date number 867--and the other 866--felt like to Temple Burney. She'd promised her grandmother she'd make one last attempt to find Mr. Right, but she might as well have added or die trying! A nunnery was becoming more and more appealing...until she realized Mr. Wonderful was right in front of her. Problem was Craig hadn't noticed her either. Talk about love being blind! On the rocky road to love, could best friends find the right path?
Two novels for the price of one! In Copeland's "Fruitcakes and Other Leftovers, " a woman wins the lottery, but discovers the greatest gift of all comes in the form of a man named Russ Foster. In Raye's "Christmas, Texas Style, " a man and a woman who have no intention of falling in love again are paired by their matchmaking grandfathers.
Jenny McNeil had a perfect life until a baby was abandoned on her doorstep, annoying Dave Kasada moved next door and Dave's bulldog started sniffing around her poodle, Princess. Then Jenny's biological clock began to tick "loudly", Dave began to look more and more appealing and Jenny wasn't even going to think about what tricks the dogs were up to!
It's November, and as the island residents prepare for the coming months of cold and snow, they are surprised by God's unexpected lessons of humility, trust, and hope. Authors Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt revisit the Island of Heavenly Daze in the second book of the highly acclaimed series about a small town where angelic intervention is commonplace and the Thanksgiving feast a community affair.
Edith is trying to lose weight in every way imaginable to get into a certain dress by the time Salt and Birdie's April wedding rolls around. Olympia dies suddenly, leaving her daughter Annie the beloved old house, which she can't afford to keep and maintain on her professor's salary. Leaving it would be cutting herself off from Heavenly Daze, and she can't bring herself to do that, although A.J. is urging her to move to New York to be near him. Plus, Caleb tells her he's being "transferred" at the end of the month! Annie has to learn how to find God's will . . . and open herself up to a new love that's been under her nose the entire time.
In this closing book, A lovely peach dress and a battle of the bulge. An unexpected farewell and an unanticipated voyage. The briefest month on the calendar presents the angels with the island's biggest challenges. Edith Wickam, married to the pastor of the Heavenly Daze Community Church, has her heart set on wearing a designer dress to the wedding of the year. Trouble is, the zipper won't close! With only a few days to lose the pounds that stand between her and perfect elegance,will she find a diet that works? And can she summon the determination to stick with it? Annie Cuvier is at peace with her world until tragedy presents her with a series of life-changing decisions. Should she say farewell to the island of Heavenly Daze and move to Manhattan? Or should she turn away from what others would call "a sure thing" and try to make a life on the island that has sheltered her through so many storms? Come join us for another month on Heavenly Daze, where angels stand guard and heaven is but a breath away.
To a casual visitor, the island of Heavenly Daze is just like a dozen others off the coast of Maine. It is decorated with graceful Victorian mansions, carpeted with gray cobblestones and bright wild flowers, and populated by sturdy, hard-working folks-most of whom are unaware that the island of Heavenly Daze is not just like the other islands of coastal Maine. The small town that crowns its peak consists of seven buildings, each inhabited, according to divine decree, by an angel who has been commanded to guard and help anyone who crosses the threshold. Unexpected hijinks and heart-warming results occur when mortals and immortals cross paths-and unaware visitors to the picturesque establishments of Heavenly Daze discover that they have been entertained by angels.
New tomatoes and old wounds. An identity crisis and a really bad toupee. From an angelic perspective, they're all miracles waiting to happen on the Island of Heavenly Daze. But not all the island residents are angels. The Rev. Winslow Wickam--rarely at a loss for words--is utterly speechless. His church's generous gift has thrown him into a dither of self-doubt, especially when he overhears parishioners plotting to replace him with a younger, more handsome, more hirsute minister. Meanwhile, cantankerous Olympia de Cuvier and her estranged niece Annie strut e to be civil to each other for one short weekend. Will they ever put their past behind them and give each other the love and forgiveness they so desperately need? And will Rev. Wickam's bumbling attempts to prove that he's as exciting, dashing, and modern as any big-city minister save his job--or make him the town laughingstock? Not even the angels who watch over Heavenly Daze are sure of the outcome.
From the Back Cover Dear Mom and Pop, Two days ago we all spent the afternoon in palm trees. One of the village dogs broke his leash and treed the whole community. The dog is mean, but I have managed to form a cautious relationship with him by feeding him scraps from our table, and jelly beans ... I hope candy doesn't hurt a dog; it hasn't hurt this dog, I can assure you. I know you're wondering about Sam ... I love him with all my heart, but sometimes love isn't enough. Love always, Johanna
Kate Madison always thought bad things happened to other people---until her firefighter husband is killed.
Katie Addison's big heart shows in her caring deeds: opening her home to abused women. Rehabilitating injured horses. Helping Warren Tate mend his broken heart. It's only Sheriff Ben O'Keefe who can't seem to get Katie's attention. When mysterious events turn Katie to Ben for help, is this the chance he's been waiting for?
Copper is overjoyed that her friends Willow and Audrey found love and fulfillment after the war. The only remaining spinster, Copper vows to pour herself into her new teaching job. But tragedy strikes during her very first week. The schoolhouse catches fire and Copper suffers a serious injury while ushering her students to safety. Suddenly she's on a wagon train bound for Colorado to see the only doctor who can help her walk again.Ever since the wagon train pulled into town, Copper butted heads with wagon master Josh Redlin--and now she must depend on him for her very life. But as Copper is forced to count on others for life's basic needs, she starts to surrender...and let her guard down around the one man whom she's despised for so long. Could it be that the very person that drives her crazy is the one she truly needs?
Bull-headed Wynne Elliot has one goal in mind: to track down Cass Claxton and shoot him dead for leaving her at the altar and running off with her money. But when Cass's brother Cole shows up, Wynne finds herself on an unexpected adventure, and she just might lose her heart. Beloved author Lori Copeland takes readers back in time to an era when cowboys were heroes and the rules of the Wild West prevailed. Lori's trademark blend of humor, romance, and Christian content make this an irresistible read.
Despite the blustery winter chill, love is in the air in Heavenly Daze. Buddy Franklin is searching for someone to change his lonely life, Dana and Mike Klackenbush are trying to reestablish the friendship that led them to marriage three years before, Barbara and Russell Higgs are contemplating babies, and Cleta Lansdown is determined to keep Barbara, her married daughter, close to home. The angels who inhabit the island are surprised and overwhelmed when Buddy gets a pet, Dana toys with harmless flirtation, Barbara discovers she can't have a baby, and Cleta gives her son-in-law a pink, ruffled bedroom ensemble for his birthday! As always, the folks of Heavenly Daze triumph, learn, laugh, and love - and readers will do much of the same!
THE THREE WILY AND BEAUTIFUL McDOUGAL SISTERS COULD SWINDLE A MAN FASTER THAN IT TOOK TO LASSO A CALF. But their luck was running out when the wagon hauling the sisters to jail came under attack by Comanches. Then a dumbfounded Abigail watched as Amelia and Anne-Marie were swept off by rugged rescuers-while she got stuck with an impossible twit of a shoe salesman, Mr. Hershall Digman. Stealing Digman's horse and riding to the nearest town seemed easy as pie-until Abby found top secret papers in the saddlebags. Why, the lying, conniving little sneak was a Confederate spy! To prove it, the man who came storming after her was no mincing dandy in a bowler hat but a devilishly handsome captain in the Confederate Army. Barrett Drake wanted his papers. Well, she wanted a ride back home. With murder in their eyes and growing lust in their hearts, they embarked on Drake's mission together, knowing that when fire and kerosene mix, the flames may burn out of control. ...
A funny-but-touching tale about everything that can go wrong...and what makes it all right!Tess Nelson is poised to take a well-deserved step up the corporate ladder when it's yanked out from under her. With no job and nothing to fill her days--just a nonrefundable ticket for a trip to Hawaii--Tess decides a tropical vacation is just what she needs. But Tess's journey to paradise is a disaster from the beginning. A sprained ankle at the airport is just the beginning. Then there's the lost contact lens and the lost luggage, the lightning storm at a luau, and the hotel fire. Not to mention the approaching hurricane. And the attractive, annoying young man who keeps crossing her path--and really shaking her up. All Tess wants to do is get her life back under control. But God, it seems, has something else in mind--like opening her heart to everything her life could be.
How will Audrey and her fellow schoolmarms stay afloat when a flood threatens their small Texas town? Typically, Thunder Ridge, Texas, is dry as a bone. But Audrey Pride has arrived under a storm cloud, one that is deluging the shocked community with weeks of relentless, drenching rain. With travel in and out of town rendered impossible, there is much important work for her to do--especially when an epidemic of violent illness, originating from a stranded wagon train, spreads rapidly throughout Thunder Ridge. Caring for the sick is consuming Audrey's every waking hour...yet her thoughts keep returning to the attractive widower Eli Gray. Eli has long been haunted by the fact that he was away at war when his beloved wife died in childbirth. Little by little, however, he is opening his heart again. Now, as their town sags under the crushing weight of water and disease, Audrey and Eli will need to depend on each other in ways they never imagined possible.
Willow Madison and her friends Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas towns until the Yankees rode in and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over. Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner--the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?
Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, the true spirit of Christmas begins to emerge in unexpected ways for one woman as God shows her the true meaning of giving. Unwrapping Christmas is a Christmas story as heartwarming as the season itself.
Readers have already fallen in love with the quirky personalities that inhabit Heavenly Daze. In A Warmth in Winter, the unforgettable characters and humorous circumstances offer poignant lessons of God's love and faithfulness. The story centers around Vernie Bidderman, owner of Mooseleuk Mercantile and Salt Gribbon, the lighthouse operator, who despite the vast differences in their struggles are being taught about the ultimate failure and frustration of self-reliance.
Seven years ago, seamstress Vonnie Taylor's husband of twenty-four hours, Adam Baldwin, had their marriage annulled. Now she faces the ultimate indignity: sewing the wedding dress for his new intended! Vonnie hasn't gotten over the handsome Texas rancher, though she'd tried to put him out of her mind after a family feud had doomed their love. Now, as past secrets are uncovered and danger unleashed, Vonnie is thrown together once more with the man who broke her heart. And as the difficulties bring the pair ever closer, this Yellow Rose of Texas discovers that love is always worth the wait.
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