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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!
RIGHT PLACE, WRONG BROTHER At fourteen, Jessica Kellerman was madly in love with Evan Dryden, one of the boys next door, much to the amusement of both their families. Now, ten years later, she's about to start working for the Dryden brothers, Evan and Damian. But no one will let her forget her girlish crush, and Jessica finds it frustrating in the extreme. Because she's in love with a Dryden, all right-Damian, not Evan. And this time she knows it's not puppy love, it's the real thing. How is she supposed to convince Damian of her true feelings when he's still trying to push her toward his brother? BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Mother To Be by New York Times bestselling author Tanya Michaels Delia Carlisle can't believe she's pregnant at forty-three. Yet while she's shocked and anxious, Alexander DiRossi is elated. Can he convince Delia that they will be a happy family?
Now available for the first time as an eBook, Debbie Macomber's moving novel of heartbreak and hope is a classic story about how love can heal even the deepest wounds. Twelve years have passed since Angie Robinson fled her hometown of Groves Point, South Carolina, with ten thousand dollars and a broken heart. She knows Simon Canfield still lives there. His powerful family practically owns the town. Now she's back, if only to return the money Simon's mother paid her to leave. For too long Angie has lived with her regrets, her mistakes, and her suffering. If there's forgiveness to be had, the time has come. Years of anger and bitterness have hardened Simon's resolve, and he doesn't want any part of Angie--or her excuses. But when he discovers the truth about what happened and why she skipped out on him, everything changes. Simon lost the woman he loves once. Despite all that's happened since, and all that still stand between them, he's not about to lose her again. Praise for Debbie Macomber "No one tugs at readers' heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber."--Chicago Tribune "The reigning queen of women's fiction."--The Sacramento Bee "It's impossible not to cheer for Macomber's characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber."--BookPage Published by Debbie Macomber Books
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?
Robin Masterson's ten-year-old son, Jeff, figures he needs a dog more than anything in the world. And there just happens to be one right next door! But the friendly black Lab belongs to Cole Camden, the unfriendliest man in the neighborhood. Still, Jeff persists&and soon his mom and Cole are looking at each other in a whole new way. "With first-class author Debbie Macomber it's quite simple -- she gives readers an exceptional, unforgettable story every time. " - ReadertoReader. com
Hailed as "the reigning queen of women's fiction" (The Sacramento Bee), #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is renowned for her novels of love, friendship, and the promise of fresh starts. Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view. Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it's springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don't always see eye-to-eye--and at times he seems far removed--yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys. Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she's struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all. High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she's returned to Cedar Cove to make amends. Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Starry Night.
James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom-because he almost married one of the Manning sisters. With that broken engagement behind him, he spends New Year's Eve in Las Vegas...where he meets Summer Lawton. She's just suffered a painful betrayal, and James promises her that in a year, she'll be over it. To prove his point, he makes a date to meet her in Vegas Same Time, Next Year. Except it turns out to be more than a date-it's a wedding!
Wishes for love bring hope from above. Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy-three willing but sometimes wayward angels-are each given someone's prayer to answer . . . Shirley: She's sent to help nine-year-old Timmy Potter, who longs for a new father. And although his mother, Jody, has vowed never to trust any man, Shirley is determined to help her love again. Goodness: She knows Monica Fischer longs for a husband and home of her own, but the young woman has practically given up on finding the right man to stand by her side . . . until Goodness steps in to help. Mercy: Can Mercy bring hope back into Leah Lundberg's life? This maternity nurse desperately wants a child to fill up the home she's made with her husband, Andrew. But there's just one catch: Each angel must teach her charge a memorable lesson before the prayer can be granted . . .
Alone at ChristmasGreg Bennett feels his life has been a waste. Sixty years old and he has no one to spend Christmas with, no one who cares.Greg knows he's made mistakes, hurt people, failed in all the ways that matter. As a young man, he fathered a child he never acknowledged. He deserted a friend in his hour of need. He abandoned his own brother, whom he hasn't seen in years.Listlessly wandering the streets of San Francisco, Greg finds himself in church-and whispers a simple heartfelt prayer. A prayer that wends its way to the Archangel Gabriel, who assigns his favorite angels-Shirley, Goodness and Mercy-to Greg Bennett's case. Because Gabriel knows full well that Greg's going to need the assistance of all THREE!Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are determined to create a miracle for Greg. In their usual inimitable way, they set about to show him what life, joy and Christmas are all about!
There's a little yarn store in Seattle.It's owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love...Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is "How to Make a Baby Blanket." Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan wants to knit something for her grandchild as a gesture of reconciliation with her daughter-in-law. Carol Girard feels that the baby blanket is a message of hope as she makes a final attempt to conceive. And Alix Townsend is knitting her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.These four very different women, brought together by an age-old craft, make unexpected discoveries-about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and more...
For nearly two decades before Mark Twain published his finest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he was refining his craft and winning tremendous popularity with his short stories and sketches. This richly entertaining and comprehensive collection presents sixty-five of the very best of Mark Twain's short pieces, from the classic frontier sketch "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to the richly imaginative fable "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven." Compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning Twain scholar and biographer, Justin Kaplan, this collection represents some of Mark Twain's wittiest and most insightful writing.
Two of Macomber's previous books, "Return to Promise" where Cal and Jane Patterson have marital problems, and "Mail-Order Bride" where Caroline becomes Paul Trevor's bride in Gold River, Alaska
A Snowbound Christmas... A second-chance bride!Practical Jenna Campbell has done something impractical. She's met a man on the Internet and now, a month before Christmas, she's going to Alaska to marry him. Dalton Gray seems to be everything she wants in a husband-sensitive, gallant, romantic....On the flight to Fairbanks, she has the misfortune to sit beside Reid Jamison, who obviously isn't sensitive, gallant or romantic. However, he's not impressed with her plan to marry Dalton, a man he detests (for good reason, as Jenna later finds out). So Reid takes it upon himself to change her destination-and her marriage plans.Which is why Jenna ends up at Reid's cabin in tiny Snowbound, Alaska. It's currently a one-woman town (and the other woman's out of town). That leaves Reid, a bunch of eccentric old men, a few grizzly bears-and Jenna. Kidnapped! And then there's a blizzard. The two of them alone, stranded in Snowbound...Hmm. Maybe she'll be a Christmas bride, after all!
Cain thrived on the challenge, the rush that came with putting his life in incredible danger. But then he saw Linette Collins and everything changed.
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