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Dianne is looking for a date for the Valentine's community dinner and pays Steve to take her. Will there relationship last more than one night?
Would-be romance writer Bailey York was a woman who'd already failed twice at love. As far as she was concerned, men were wonderful to read-and to write-about, but that was as close as she wanted to get. Which was probably why she had such difficulty creating a hero.She needed a real-life model, she finally decided. And she found one.Parker Davidson was everything a hero should be. Compellingly attractive. Forceful and determined, yet capable of tenderness. A man of substance.Parker was perfect for Bailey's novel-but he wanted to be the hero in her life, not just in her book!
It was a night she'd never forget...two strangers coming together in one breathless moment of intense need and heart-stopping desire. But now sheltered Hannah Raymond is expecting the child of rugged naval seaman Riley Murdock -- a man she never thought she'd see again.... Riley has been searching for the elusive Hannah for months - ever since that night of searing passion left him shaken to the very depths of his soul. Now fate has finally reunited them. Determined to give his child the chance he'd never had, Riley marries Hannah. They had created the miracle of life together, but would that be enough to spark the miracle of love?
Erin MacNamera had one hard and fast rule: never, never, never fall for a navy man. But, from the heart-stopping moment her eyes met Lieutenant Brandon Davis's across a crowded lounge, Erin knew life would never be the same. Sexy, tender and strong, Brandon was all she'd ever dreamed of in a man, but he was also navy-and as a navy brat from way back, she knew better than to give her heart to a seafaring man.When an old friend asked Brand to look up his eldest daughter, he never dreamed Erin would turn out to be a stubborn beauty who resisted him at every turn. Couldn't she see that they were meant for each other? When Brand was called to duty, it gave him the perfect opportunity to teach his sweet Irish rose a thing or two about navy men-and love....
This volume contains Navy Wife, Navy Blues and Navy Brat. In these three romances, men and women must balance love for each other with love for their country during their military deployment in the Navy.
Navy Woman Attorney Catherine Fredrickson loved her job at a submarine base in Washington, but her new boss, Royce Nyland, had her spirits sinking fast. He was distant but incredibly attractive. Struggling to keep afloat while caring for his daughter, Royce didn't need any more distractions. Though the laws of the sea deemed naval fraternizing taboo, how long could he resist romance? Navy Baby It was a night Hannah would never forget ... she is expecting the child of naval seaman Riley Murdock. Riley has been searching for Hannah for months - fate has finally reunited them. Determined to give his child the chance he'd never had, Riley marries Hannah. They had created the miracle of life together, but would that be enough to spark love? Navy Husband Shana Berrie, is her sister's official navy "parenting plan." That means she's in charge of her adorable niece Jazmine until her sis, Ali returns. Ali and Jazamine attempt to set Shana up with a family friend - Lt. Commander Adam Kennedy. Ali is not in the mood for a Navy husband, or is she?
MY NIECE WANTS ME TO GET MARRIED!I, Shana Berrie, am my sister's official navy "parenting plan. " That means I'm in charge of adorable Jazmine until my sis returns. But--surprise!--nine-year-olds have lots of opinions, including ones on my love life (or lack thereof). Now she's trying to set me up with our family friend, Adam Kennedy. Excuse me--Lieutenant Commander Adam Kennedy. So he's great looking and very helpful (if dictatorial), but I am not in the market for a navy husband.
Impulsive, wounded, vulnerable, Lindy Kyle was unprepared for a roommate like Rush Callaghan. Strong, sensitive and sexy, the temporarily dry-docked naval officer was everything she'd ever dreamed of in a man...in a husband. But Rush placed duty to his country above all else. Though he and Lindy were swept away on a tide of passion, he was called back to sea. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder - but will their marriage survive their partings?
Busy attorney Catherine Fredrickson loved her job at a submarine base in Washington, but her new boss, Royce Nyland, had her spirits sinking fast. The icy widower was distant, demanding...and incredibly attractive. And though he kept her at arm's length, he aroused a stormy passion in Catherine that was impossible to deny. Already struggling to keep afloat while caring for his energetic daughter, Royce didn't need any more distractions - especially not in the form of an appealing woman! Though the laws of the sea deemed naval fraternizing strictly taboo, how long could Royce resist romance when just the sight of Catherine capsized his vulnerable heart?
Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning Twin Canyons into a dude ranch. One of her first guests is Travis Grant, a celebrity of sorts, a wannabe cowboy, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Nell's kids are crazy about him, and Nell...she could fall for him herself. But it's too soon to be thinking of love and marriage again. Too soon! Not only that, Travis seems intent on stirring up the town-by uncovering the mystery in its past....Look for more heartwarming titles from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, available now from Harlequin MIRA!
Norah Bloomfield is feeling a bit unneeded these days, a bit lonely. Her father is quickly recovering his health, and her sisters, Valerie and Stephanie, are busy planning their weddings. Then, from out of the blue, a cantankerous Texan named Rowdy Cassidy crashes into Orchard Valley. And into Norah's life... The same Rowdy Cassidy who'd been Valerie's boss-and who'd demanded she cancel her wedding. Now he's Norah's patient. And in all her nursing experience, she's never encountered a more difficult man. Or a more irresistible one! Yes, she falls in love with him. And that's a mistake-because Norah has good reason to believe that Rowdy's still in love with her sister.
THE CHRISTMAS BASKETMore than ten years ago, high-school sweethearts Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton planned to elope-but then he jilted her. This Christmas, Noelle is home to celebrate the holidays, and she and Thom discover they are still in love. Now only the decades-old rivalry between their mothers stands in the way of a second chance together.THE SNOW BRIDEIt's a month before Christmas and Jenna Campbell is flying to Alaska to marry a man she met on the Internet-until her seatmate takes it upon himself to change her plans. Which is how Jenna ends up stranded in tiny Snowbound, Alaska, alone with Reid Jamison (plus a bunch of eccentric old men and a few grizzly bears). And then there's a blizzard.... Maybe she'll be a Christmas bride after all!
From one of America's favorite storytellers comes a heartwarming, inspirational book to help readers understand their lives as one continuous, never-ending story."What I didn't understand at that time was that not only would all my writing dreams come true (and even above and beyond anything I could have dreamed or imagined), but that I would come to see my own life as one grand story. That's what this book is about." Debbie Macomber has inspired readers with her stories for decades. Now for the first time, she helps us to understand that our lives are stories, part of a grand narrative that God is writing day by day. With chapters that cover the importance of characters, setting, backstory, and conflict, Macomber uses the elements of a story to show how to understand our own lives better. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt--a searching question that will help frame your story--and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips. Once Upon a Time shares Debbie's love of story and helps showcase the big picture of the story God is writing through us.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a remarkable story of dreams awakened and lives transformed in . . . One Night Carrie Jamison has the success part of "having it all" down pat-but "love/marriage/family" seem just out of reach. Still, she enjoys the admiration of everyone at KUTE radio . . . well, almost everyone. Serious, straightlaced newscaster Kyle Harris disapproves of Carrie, which leads to tension, confrontation . . . and then, inexplicably, to one extraordinary night! Now Kyle's determined to make an honest woman out of her! But though her dreams seem merely an "I do" away, Carrie needs to really know if love or guilt is inflaming Kyle's ardor. Because if it isn't true love, this happily-ever-after is never going to happen.
In the tradition of One Simple Act and God's Guest List, perennial bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber reveals in inspiring, moving stories that the simplicity of one perfect word can become profound. When Debbie took the time to intentionally focus on a single word--such as prayer, trust, or surrender--for a whole year, this act changed not only herself, but those around her. "The surprising thing is that when we decide to focus on one word for the year," Debbie writes, "God takes part in the choosing. That's why the word is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time, but as we look back we see that it all worked together--our word, our life, our journey." For example, the year she chose the word balance, her career moved to a whole new level. The pressures on Debbie to speak, promote, and practically live on the road were overwhelming. It was her yearlong focus on that all-too-difficult word balance that helped her refine her schedule. As you read Debbie's and others' stories, you will be inspired to find your own word and will see how one perfect word can make all the difference. *** One Word Can Make All the Difference For almost twenty years I've been meeting with a group of women entrepreneurs for breakfast once a week. Many years back, my breakfast club ladies and I decided to select a word to serve as a personal focus for the year. Over time the words I've chosen have had a powerful impact on my life. In John 15:7 the Lord says, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." That could be the story of my life. As I've tried to remain in Him and tuck His words deep in my soul, I've asked, I've imagined, and I've dreamed. I have to confess, God's blessed me far beyond that for which I asked. Why should that be such a big surprise? That verse carries a promise. And God always keeps His promises. When we choose one single word from His Word and spend a year with it, I've found that the Lord takes us by the hand and walks us through the year, teaching us about that word, about ourselves, and even more, about God Himself. --from One Perfect Word
What if you, personally, could make the world a better place . . . by tomorrow? Debbie Macomber knows the secret to doing exactly that! In a world that too often seems stingy and grudging, she has witnessed how one simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles. You are about to discover, through true stories, what happens when we commit intentional acts of generosity. Come with Debbie late one evening through the checkout line at the grocery store. Visit a midwestern train station. Discover the link between a submarine, a few bread crumbs, and some minnows. Visit ancient Galilee as a young boy volunteers his meager lunch and watches in amazement as it is multiplied many times over to feed five thousand. Listen in on a phone call with an elderly widow who has a life-touching gift to share. You will stand amazed at what God accomplishes when we make ourselves available through simple acts of generosity. Debbie Macomber invites us to live with open hands, offering who we are and what we have to others. When we do so with an eager sense of expectancy, lives--including our own--are changed in ways we never envisioned. All it takes is one simple act.
Valerie rushes home to Orchard Valley, Oregon, when her father, David, suffers a heart attack. She and her two younger sisters, Stephanie and Norah, are gathering at his side, praying he'll live, fearing he'll die....At a time like this, falling in love is the last thing on Valerie's mind. And with Dr. Colby Winston, of all people! He's David's heart surgeon, a renowned specialist who enjoys small-town living, while Valerie is a high-powered businesswoman who prefers city life. They're complete opposites in every way. Yet David keeps insisting she and Colby are a perfect couple.Meanwhile Stephanie has other worries besides her father's health. She'd fled Orchard Valley three years earlier after her humiliating rejection by local journalist Charles Tomaselli. Now she's home, and it's not long before they begin reliving past battles-and renewing old feelings. He was the reason she left. This time, will he give her a reason to stay? David seems to think so....
Two classic romances by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Macomber are gathered together in this special two-in-one volume. Includes "Marriage Wanted: Groom" and "Laughter in the Rain."
What would make your Christmas perfect?For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.What other options are there? Well...she could hire a professional matchmaker. Simon Dodson has quite a reputation, but he's very choosy about the clients he takes on-and very expensive. Cassie considers him a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she's astonished when he accepts her as a client.Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets this paragon. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell-ringer, dressing up as Santa's elf at a mall and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (most of whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all-and then she's finally ready to meet her match.But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!
Romance between a man paralyzed in an accident and his physical therapist.
Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families--like the Westons and Pattersons--folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who's looking for peace but finds a great deal more. She agrees to marry a widowed veterinarian for the sake of his children. . . and discovers that marriage can lead to love. In Promise, everyone's life is a story! The people here, like people everywhere, experience tragedies as well as triumphs, sorrow as well as joy. This town, like towns everywhere, has its share of secrets. But--whether times are good or bad--you're never alone in a place like Promise. And as Annie Applegate knows, that makes all the difference.
TWO BROTHERS-AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEMReady for Romance?At the age of fourteen, Jessica Kellerman was wildly infatuated with Evan Dryden. But that was just a teenage crush and now, almost ten years later, she's in love-truly in love-with his older brother, Damian. But everyone, including Damian, believes she's carrying a torch for Evan!Ready for Marriage?Mary Jo Summerhill is the woman in love with Evan. But her background's blue-collar, while Evan's is blue blood. So three years ago she got out of his life-and broke his heart. Now she needs his help. More than that, she wants his love. She wants a second chance with Evan....The Dryden men-bachelors no longer. Not if these women have anything to say about it!
Mary Jo Summerhill is the woman in love with Evan. But her background's blue-collar, while Evan's is blue blood. So three years ago she got out of his life-and broke his heart. Now she needs his help. More than that, she wants his love. She wants a second chance with Evan. . . .
At the age of fourteen, Jessica Kellerman was wildly infatuated with Evan Dryden. But that was just a teenage crush and now, almost ten years later, she's in love-truly in love-with his older brother, Damian. But everyone, including Damian, believes she's carrying a torch for Evan!
The town of Promise, Texas, is a good place to live, to raise a family, to spend the rest of your days with the person you love.Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane-also known as Dr. Texas-certainly think so. The last thing they expect is a threat to their marriage. But in September, disagreements begin to escalate-with the "help" of an attractive young woman who's got her eye on Cal.After months of emotional upheaval brought on by doubts about their marriage, the two separate, and Jane returns to her childhood home in California, taking their children. Cal, now alone on his ranch, is forced to confront what he really wants in his life, what he needs. Jane is confronting the same questions.... How seriously does Cal take his marriage vows? And how important is Promise to Jane? Is there hope for a reconciliation-in time for Christmas?
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