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"You gotta face the ghosts."More poignant advice the Reverend John Leaf had yet to hear for dealing with his haunted past. A man of God now, he'd done things that would shame the devil himself, not the least of which was loving-and leaving-Abbie Windsor, a woman of true grit and uncommon courage, a woman who could make him whole...!Abbie Windsor had weathered dark days with only the steel of her will for cold comfort. Yet today John Leaf-who'd awakened her womanhood, who'd given her a daughter-offered her his protection. But could she accept a marriage in name only to the man who shared her soul?
The long journey across the West ended in sorrow for one hopeful mail-order bride. Dani Baxter stepped off the train in Colorado, only to learn that her intended had died suddenly, leaving three young daughters behind. And suddenly she knew why God had sent her here--to make this family whole again. But her late fiancé's brother, Beau Morgan, a bounty hunter obsessed with vengeance, believed that was his duty. He proposed they marry--in name only-- for the children's sake. But as she came to know him, she realized she wanted more, much more. And she wondered if even this lost man could somehow find peace in a woman's loving arms.
Josie's Wedding Dress by Victoria BylinDesperate for someone to help her save her ranch, Josie Bright makes a deal with Ty Dormer. Now the man who'd left her waiting at the altar is making her hope for things she had long stopped wishing for.Last Minute Bride by Janet DeanElise Langley was stung to the quick when her would-be suitor suddenly left town. But when David Wellman returns and they are thrown together organizing their friends' wedding, can she open her heart again?Her Ideal Husband by Pamela NissenAs a girl, Lydia Townsend hoped to marry Jebediah Gentry-until his rejection spoiled her dreams. When family duty brings her home, it's Jeb's chance to show Lydia that now is the time for her wedding dreams to come true.
Finally a Family by Jillian HartWidow Molly McKaslin won't marry for less than true love. But does handsome town doctor Sam Frost want a wife, or a housekeeper for his daughters? With the help of two little matchmakers, Molly might end up with the family of her dreams.Home Again by Victoria BylinWhen her troublemaking son vandalizes the town church, Cassie O'Rourke comes face-to-face with town sheriff--and former love--Gabe Wyatt. The honorable lawman offers to help tame her wild child, if he can come courting. For the love of her son, dare she entrust her heart to this man once more?
A Christmas Child by Carolyn DavidsonMarianne Winters has no one in the world but her baby brother and, with Christmas approaching, she needs somewhere warm to stay. Will she find her home, and a loving heart, with the lonely pastor, David McDermott?The Christmas Dove by Victoria BylinMaddie Cutler once snubbed bad boy Dylan McCall, but with nowhere else to turn she has come back to town--with a babe in arms. Dylan is a reformed man, and on seeing Maddie again he longs to heal her hurt--and claim her once and for all!A Baby Blue Christmas by Cheryl St. JohnTurner Price hasn't been the same since he lost his wife and child. But when he finds a young woman and newborn twin babies in his stable, he realizes this may be his second chance to be a loving husband and father, just in time for Christmas!
He hired a governess, but what retired officer Tristan Willoughby-Smith needs is a wife. Not on his behalf, but to protect little Dora and Freddie. When Caroline Bradley arrives at his Wyoming ranch, she seems perfectly suited-capable, efficient, intelligent...if a trifle too appealing. Caroline knows what a real union of hearts should be, and the major's polite, no-nonsense offer hardly qualifies. Still, she accepts for the children's sake, little knowing the complications the marriage will bring to test her confidence and her faith. Yet in this unusual match, Caroline starts to see a glimmer of something strong and true-the makings of the family she never thought she'd find...
Once a righteous minister, Joshua Blue is now a guilt-ridden man scouring the West for his estranged sister. The trail leads to Denver, where boardinghouse owner Adelaide Clark might be the key to unlocking past secrets. Original.
A LIFESAVER AND A DEAD-EYE SHOTDr. Susanna Leaf was a woman of startling contradictions, and Rafe LaCroix found every one of them too intriguing for his own good. He couldn't risk staying anywhere for long, but with her alluring innocence Dr. Leaf invited a man to linger-and made him desire things he'd long since lost the right to yearn for....HE'D KIDNAPPED HERAll in a good cause, Susanna Leaf admitted, but Rafe LaCroix was a powder keg of unpredictability and wore his secrets as close as his battered trail duster. Yet his raw masculinity compelled her in ways that reminded her she was a woman first and a physician second. And that-more than anything else-made him dangerous.
JAKE MALONE HAD NOTHING MUCH TO BELIEVE IN-UNTIL HE HEARD AN ANGEL SINGING IN THE DESERT....Under the blazing Colorado sun a miracle happened. Soulless Jake Malone began to care about Alexandra Merritt, an indomitable, heaven-sent beauty, and the small, squalling life she'd helped bring into this world. But could she help Jake forgive himself his past so that they could have a future?
J. T. Quinn would know Mary Larue's beautiful voice anywhere. He just never expected to hear her singing in a Denver church. The gunslinger comes to town to reunite with the only woman he's ever loved. . . ;but the actress he left behind two years ago is gone. In her place is a deeply Christian woman with a successful restaurant, the town's respect and a pair of younger siblings in her care. J. T. doubts he'll ever be worthy of Mary again, but he can protect her and her siblings from the threats of a local ne'er-do-well. And with courage and faith, perhaps even an outlawcanearn redemption-and love. . . ;.
Three stories of hopeThree very special menOne perfect holiday!A Place To Belong by Judith StacySheriff Jack Crawford is a man who has never called anywhere home, but Maggie Hudson's beauty makes this good-looking drifter think about putting down roots.A Son Is Given by Victoria BylinKatherine Merritt's life was changed utterly by a tragic accident. Now, in the season of miracles, will she find it in her heart to forgive the husband she once adored?Angels in the Snow by Elizabeth LaneDella is resolved to give a lonely little boy the Christmas he needs-even though the boy's exasperatingly stubborn, infuriatingly gorgeous father has his mind dead set against it!
For Everything There Is A SeasonBe it sorrow, hope or love-and Jayne Dawson had weathered all three.Widowed before she was truly a wife, she'd found aid and comfort with Ethan Trent, a decent man beset by sorrows of his own. But could the grieving rancher ever release the darkness of his yesterdays to join her in a brighter tomorrow?The protection of his name was all Ethan Trent could offer Jayne from the danger stalking her. Though buffeted by life's storms, pregnant and alone, this angel of a woman gave him so much more-the ability to feel again...and the power to dream!
Matrimony? Never again for deputy sheriff Matt Wiley. The only good thing from his first marriage is his daughter. His little girl might want a mother, but Matt knows that no woman should have to deal with his guilty secret, or his anger at God. He'll do his duty, serve the town of Cheyenne and keep his distance. Yet when courageous single mother Pearl Oliver comes to town, watching from the sidelines isn't an option- especially when Pearl lands herself in danger. His heart, Pearl's life and the safety of their town are all at risk. Only the love and faith he thought he'd left behind can help him win his way to happily ever after.