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Who is on God's "guest list" for your life . . . and why? The answers may surprise you.Through touching true stories and inspiring insight Debbie Macomber takes readers on a journey to discover the shaping influence others have on us and the power we have to shape and influence those whose paths cross ours.Each of us have "influencers" that have affected our lives--some from a distance, some through word or deed, some through example, be it good or bad. Often we don't even recognize the deep impact others have had and how God has used them to shape us into who we are. By pausing to recognize these influences we begin to grasp how God's guest list had a purpose far beyond what we imagined. We begin to see the seeds of influence that grew into our personal values and character.In some people God invites into our lives, we see only what appears to be painful or negative influence. We bear the scars of disappointment, hurt, betrayal, and pain. Here Macomber redirects our attention, opening our eyes to how those experiences prompted strength, resilience, resolve, decisions, and choices about how we would change and who we would become. In other instances, God has surprised us with just the people at just the right time to support, teach, lead, or love us, but perhaps we haven't quite recognized God's timing and work through these "guests."But perhaps the greatest treasure this book holds is the power to grasp our own power to influence others, and even to anticipate what lives we have yet to touch. In the tradition of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Macomber casts a vision to seize every opportunity to be a positive and faithful influence on others. With this realization comes the willingness and anticipation to live with the door of our lives wide open to greet each new life God brings across the threshold.God's Guest List is filled with true stories and rich insight that will forever change how you see the people in your life.
A place of welcome and warmth, of friends old and new. Discover how knitting can change your life!Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived-and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions-and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
Another romance from the prolific author.
On the anniversary of his beloved wife's death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him.In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request. I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn't spend the years he has left grieving-and she's chosen three women she asks him to consider.First on Hannah's list is her cousin, Winter Adams, a chef who owns a café on Seattle's Blossom Street. The second is Leanne Lancaster, Hannah's oncology nurse. Michael knows them both. But the third name is one he's not familiar with-Macy Roth.During the months that follow, he spends time with these three women, learning more about each of them...and about himself. Learning what Hannah already knew. He's a man who needs the completeness only love can offer. And Hannah's list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.
There's more than one way to capture a man's heart...On the day of her best friend's Las Vegas wedding, Clare Gilroy fears that her own walk down the aisle will never happen...until she finds herself falling for best man-and town outcast-Reed Tonasket.After a dizzying night in the glitter of Vegas, Clare wakes to find a ring on her finger and a husband by her side. It should be everything she's ever wanted, but can a man like Reed ever fit into the life she left back home?
Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber as she visits the Heart of Texas!Welcome to Promise, Texas. It's a ranching town in the Texas hill country—'and it's a place with a mysterious past. But Promise has a heart of goodness, and everyone here knows what really matters in life. Love, family, community...Now meet the people of Promise.Savannah Weston is an old-fashioned kind of woman, quietly content to stay on the family ranch with her brother Grady. Until she meets a disenchanted cowboy named Laredo Smith. Lonesome CowboyEllie Frasier is still mourning her father and needs her friends. But now her relationship with one of those friends, rancher Glen Patterson, seems to be changing, turning into something else... Texas Two-StepWho's the father of Caroline Daniels's child? Everyone in Promise wants to know, but no one's ever asked-or ever will. The people here care about her. Especially rancher Grady Weston, who's beginning to realize he more than cares. Caroline's ChildThe Heart of Texas. There's no place like it!
Nell's cowboy: Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning her property into a dude ranch. And one of her first guests is Travis Grant, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Her kids are crazy about him--and she could fall for him herself. But it's too soon for her. . . . Lone star baby: Wade McMillen might be a minister, but he's also a man. An unmarried and very attractive one. So is it as a man that he responds to Amy Thornton when she shows up in Promise, pregnant and alone? Or as a man of God? Maybe it's both. . . .
Welcome to the town of Promise, deep in the heart of Texas!Promise, a ranching community in the Hill Country, is a place with a mysterious past and more than its share of secrets. It's also a place where family and friendship matter....Lonesome CowboySavannah Weston lives quietly on the family ranch with her brother, Grady. Until she encounters a stranger named Laredo Smith, a disenchanted cowboy who just might change her life-in the best possible way!Texas Two-StepAfter her father's death, Ellie Frasier takes over the feed store in Promise. Still in mourning, she relies on her friends for comfort. But now her long-standing relationship with one of those friends, rancher Glen Patterson, seems to be turning into something else....
Grandmothers know best...especially these three grandmothers, all soldiers' brides. Their generation lived through war and peace, good times and bad, love and loss.5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie MacomberAll her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier-and discovers a secret in her grandmother's past.The Apple Orchard by Katherine StoneClara MacKenzie's granddaughter Elizabeth arrives at Clara's Oregon farm needing comfort. That's exactly what Clara offers-and so does a childhood friend named Nick Lawton. But Nick wants to offer Elizabeth more than comfort. More than friendship...Liberty Hall by Lois Faye DyerWhen Professor Chloe Abbott finds herself caught up in a troublesome mystery, she turns to her grandmother. She needs Winifred's expertise as a wartime code breaker. She doesn't need suggestions about her love life-all of which involve ex-marine Jake Morrissey!
One of beloved author Debbie Macomber's classic novels, a heartwarming story of hope and possibility, is available for the first time in decades--and exclusively as an eBook. Skye Garvin treasures her work as a volunteer in the pediatric ward of the local hospital. Bringing even a small amount of joy to a suffering child--whether through her playful attitude or her gift for music--is a blessing that Skye cherishes. But due to overcrowding, her favorite young patient's new roommate is an adult--a man who catches Skye completely off guard. Despite his gruff exterior, Skye is compelled to help the unnerving man. But the old scars of personal tragedy--and a fundamental difference of faith--might undermine Skye's chances at a happy ending. Jordan Kiley can't imagine anything more frustrating than his current situation. A car accident has left him confined to a hospital bed, his arm painfully pinned in traction. He can't even feed himself. But when he first lays eyes on the beautiful volunteer, he knows there are far greater challenges awaiting him. Astutely, he senses that Skye's sparkling wit hides a heart that has been unbearably broken. And Jordan has deep secrets of his own. Can he convince Skye that she is worthy of love--and earn her heart in the process? "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
Everyone Wants to be Home for the Holidays...The Forgetful BrideCaitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier. So Cait spends Christmas with Joe Rockwell, who was a childhood friend-and is still a terrible tease, claiming that Cait's his wife. Oh, sure, they were "married" in a pretend ceremony when she was eight, but now Joe wants to make their "marriage" real!When Christmas ComesEmily Springer trades her Leavenworth, Washington, home for Charles Brewster's Boston condo. Then Emily's friend Faith comes to visit her in Washington-and instead finds Charles, a complete stranger and a curmudgeon, to boot. His brother, Ray, meanwhile, shows up at Charles's place, only to discover Emily living there. But through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, among the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge....
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn. Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast--the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn--ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected. The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother's wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn't come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go. A touching novel of life's grand possibilities and the heart's ability to heal, The Inn at Rose Harbor is a welcome introduction to an unforgettable set of friends.BONUS: This edition includes a The Inn at Rose Harbor discussion guide.
A Marriage of ConvenienceFormer mercenary Zane Ackerman wants a family. In particular, he wants a child who'll be his legacy-and his heir. That's because his upcoming mission might be his last, and it's made him all too aware of his own mortality.Architect Lesley Walker wants a family, too. She craves a baby of her own.So Zane suggests a marriage of convenience to give them both what they want. But given the intense attraction they feel, this arrangement is becoming less convenient all the time!
Debbie Macomber calls KNIT TOGETHER the project of her heart. Whenever she speaks, her theme is simple: don't be afraid to dream. God created us for a reason, and when we come to recognize our deepest longing, we can discover His plan for our lives. Full of encouragement and divine empowerment for women, the book centers around the Bible's assurance that God knits each one of us together in our mother's womb. Debbie deftly weaves her own story throughout the book, using the knitting theme of her most recent bestsellers to create metaphors that explore God's handiwork in creating us for a purpose.
The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie MacomberAnne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes-on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives....Coming Unraveled by Susan MalleryWhen Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to longing for her childhood home, she returns to Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman isn't making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other.Return to Summer Island by Christina SkyeAfter a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal is welcomed by a community of knitters on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro pick up the threads of hope, opening her heart to wherever it takes her?
Beloved #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Macomber brings readers two classic tales of family, friendship, and romance: "Love by Degree" and "Sugar and Spice. " Reissue.
"A man needs someone to share his life." Rorie wanted to be that "someone," wanted to be the woman in Clay Franklin's life. From the moment her car broke down on an Oregon country road and Clay came to her rescue, Rorie's own life began to change. She discovered that a city girl could feel at home in a close-knit country community; that she'd be welcomed by people like Kate Logan, Clay's delightful neighbor. And Rorie discovered that a city girl could fall in love with a country man. But Clay Franklin had no right to return her feelings--because he was engaged to Kate. ...
Wade McMillen might be a minister, but he's also a man. An unmarried and very attractive one. Is it as a man that he responds to the lovely young woman who shows up in Promise, pregnant and alone? Or as a man of God? Maybe it's both. Amy Thornton hopes to make a new life for herself and her baby, and to do that, she needs Reverend McMillen's help, his compassion. What she wants is the love of a man named Wade...Look for more heartwarming titles from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, available now from Harlequin MIRA!
Cody Bailman: He's a hardworking, good looking rancher-who has neither the time nor the patience for "courtin' a woman". Fortunately-or unfortunately!-Cody's twelve year old daughter, Heather, is determined to teach him about romance. Because she's got her eye on newcomer Sherry Waterman as the woman who's "just perfect for dad."Sherry Waterman: She's discovering that Texan men truly are a breed apart. Especially the stubborn Cody Bailman. She's definitely attracted to the man-in fact, she's darn close to falling in love with him-but she'd like a little romance first!
Welcome to the town of Promise, deep in the heart of Texas!Promise, a ranching community in the Hill Country, is a place with a mysterious past and more than its share of secrets. It's also a place where family and friendship matter....LONESOME COWBOYSavannah Weston lives quietly on the family ranch with her brother, Grady. Until she encounters a stranger named Laredo Smith, a disenchanted cowboy who just might change her life-in the best possible way!Look for more heartwarming titles from New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, available now from Harlequin MIRA!
Debbie Macomber's heartwarming new series, set at the Rose Harbor Inn in picturesque Cedar Cove, displays the author's signature talent for creating characters who feel like friends, and small towns that feel like home. In this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Jo Marie Rose readies her inn for spring, turning to her new friends Grace and Olivia when she needs them most. Jo Marie has big plans for her bed-and-breakfast. With the help of handyman Mark Taylor, she intends to plant a beautiful rose garden in time for her upcoming open house. Jo Marie and Mark rarely see eye to eye--especially on matters of home improvement--but she knows he has her best interests at heart. After the two walk the grounds, Jo Marie realizes that her beloved rescue dog, Rover, is missing, and at a time when she most needs a friend, Mark abruptly leaves. Confused by Mark's behavior and worried for Rover's safety, Jo Marie searches for her precious pup all over Cedar Cove. Rover is on an adventure of his own--one that will lead to a delightful surprise for two unlikely people. Includes an excerpt from Rose Harbor in Bloom, the next novel in Debbie Macomber's new series. Watch the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel. Praise for The Inn at Rose Harbor "Charming . . . warm and serene . . . a wonderful novel."--Bookreporter "[An] emotionally charged romance."--Kirkus Reviews
Sometimes love's right there in front of you As Stephanie Coulter discovers, sometimes you find it in the most ordinary places;and what could be more ordinary than the office? Stephanie, who works as an assistant at Lockwood Industries in Minneapolis, is temporarily assigned to the boss;Jonas Lockwood himself. Jonas lives up (or down!) to his reputation as a tyrant, dictator and grouch. But Stephanie's colleagues, romance readers all, decide that he's really the classic lonely hero. What he needs, they say, is Love 'n' Marriage. And the woman they have in mind for him is;Stephanie. Bethany Stone, on the other hand, is already in love with her boss, Joshua Norris, although their relationship is strictly business. But one day he asks for her help; outside the office. Joshua's ten-year-old daughter, Angie, is coming to live with him and he has no idea how to raise a precocious little girl. Angie might be Almost an Angel,but she quickly develops a matchmaking plan for her dad; and Bethany!
In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove's cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love--and a well-timed love letter--to inspire hope and mend a broken heart. Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks' good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark's life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She's determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own--and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths. Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She's come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she's been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie's overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings. Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage--and to win back each other's trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart. For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve--and took pen to paper--that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber's moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.
The wedding dress was made many years ago, and it came with a promise:The First Man You Meet...Shelly Hansen was horrified when her great-aunt's wedding dress arrived-because, according to family legend, she was destined to marry the next man she met. So when she tripped on an escalator and fell into Mark Brady's arms, she told him-and herself-that she wasn't interested in marriage. But then she started seeing him everywhere.... Coincidence?is The Man You'll MarryAfter her own wedding, Shelly sends her best friend, Jill Morrison, the dress-which is delivered to Jill's hotel in Hawaii. But at least the man she sat beside on the plane-gorgeous grouch Jordan Wilcox-can't be the man in question, can he? She met him before she got the dress!
Rich Manning and Jamie Warren have always been friends-and nothing but friends. However, that changes when she asks him to father the child she so desperately wants. Rich agrees-if she'll marry him. Because he thinks their Marriage of Inconvenience could become a real marriage instead.Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Leah Baker for help and comfort. When that comfort begins to grow into something else, Paul discovers that he wants more than a Stand-In Wife.
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