Harlequin Holiday Collection: Four Classic Seasonal NovellasA struggling B&B owner scrambles to hide the dead body wrapped in her Christmas tree from a visiting camera crew-and from her still-irresistible reporter ex. A waitress and a sexy FBI agent mix business with pleasure while investigating a crime over the holidays. A crime lab worker finds herself in danger six days before Christmas...and only her off-limits but oh-so-attractive coworker can help. And two childhood friends rediscover their sense of wonder-and love-when reunited for the holidays. Discover these four classic seasonal novellas:And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie KellySeduced by the Season by Merline LovelaceEvidence of Desire by Debra WebbSeason of Wonder by Marta Perry
Facing the past can be deadly... Twenty years ago, Lainey Colton spent one perfect summer in Deer Run with her beloved great-aunt Rebecca. Since then, the beautiful graphic designer has been a gypsy, calling no place home. Now Rebecca is gravely ill, so Lainey has returned to Deer Run to care for her...and to escape her mistakes. Lawyer Jake Evans gave up a high-powered job to build a quieter life in the small Pennsylvania town. So when a beautiful stranger appears after twenty years gone, he naturally questions her motives. Still, he is drawn to Lainey. But no amount of attraction will matter if he can't keep her safe from a mysterious threat....
When a tragedy orphans 20-month old Marcy, her godfather, Link Morgan, and her aunt, Annie Gideon--who have barely spoken since their relationship ended years ago--agree to marry to gain custody. In doing so, they discover their true purpose and true love. Original.
Marta Perry returns with a brand-new inspirational Pleasant Valley novel. After spending three years in the English world, Anna Beiler returns to the Pleasant Valley Amish with a baby girl, which will surely cause a stir since Anna is unmarried. What they don't know is that the baby is adopted, and Anna desperately needs to protect it from its violent father... Anna finds it reassuring to reconnect with family and old friends. But she hasn't fully faced the consequences of her irresponsible youth. And now she may be endangering her family. If she wants to stay, she must seek forgiveness from the community whose blessing she took for granted, and experience the true change of heart required to make a new beginning.
WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVEHad her brand-new husband been involved in something shady? Before Caroline Hampton could confront him, he was killed in a car crash. . . or so it was claimed. Unsettling incidents--escalating in dange--warned her he could be very much alive. And so Caroline fled for the safety of her sisters' Amish country inn. But someone who suspected her--handsome police chief Zachary Burkhalter--was waiting for Caroline. Waiting for her to slip up. And watching her every move. Daring her to trust him with all of the truth.
She was lucky to be alive. . . . . . after the hit-and-run that nearly took her life. But history seemed to be repeating itself when Rachel Hampton spied a car speeding down the dark road. Tyler Dunn came to Rachel's family inn seeking justice for a decades-old crime. Rachel wanted to trust the attractive architect, but he was too secretive. . . until she uncovered a shocking link to her own past. Suddenly a holiday season amid the Plain People swarmed with hidden danger as Rachel found herself a killer's target. THE THREE SISTERS INN: Danger awaits the Hampton sisters in quiet Amish Country.
Libby Morgan never wanted to return to Lancaster County. She'd made her own life in the city as a news photographer, leaving the slow pace of Amish country behind. She'd left love behind, too, when she fled the old-fashioned ways of Adam Byler. But when a friend in trouble beckons, Libby knows she has no choice. What she doesn't know is that something sinister awaits her....For Adam Byler, the traditional ways convey safety and order. As police chief of Springville, the former marine strives to keep the peace between the Amish and their modern "Englischer" neighbors-and he will not allow Libby's beauty to distract him from his duties. But when an innocent woman is attacked, they'll confront a danger more threatening than their growing passion.
THE DAD BEHIND THE BADGEPhiladelphia lawyer Anne Morden was a breath away from adopting Emilie, the child she had always longed for. All that was left to do now was to convince police chief Mith Donovan to sign away the rights to his precious daughter.But with his denial of paternity, Mitch put baby Emilie's future at stake, and Anne's lifelong dream on hold. Yet Mitch seemed determined to make things right, if only Anne could trust him enough to let him help.
THE PRODIGAL DOCTOR COMES HOME...When Rebecca Forrester pledged her five-year-old heart to Brett Elliot, the idealistic doctor-to-be had vowed to return one day to care for her and the other townspeople. Well, Brett had finally come home-but not to stay. Still, Bedford Creek's medical future rested in this sophisticated stranger's hands, and Rebecca prayed the Lord would help Brett see where he belonged. God seemed to be giving Rebecca a chance to convince the young doctor to stay when Brett began helping out at the clinic. Was He also giving her the chance to claim the heart of the man she'd always loved?
When big-city doctor Grant Hardesty comes to a small Maryland town to help out temporarily, he never imagines he'll discover God's plan for his life and an everlasting love with nurse Maggie Davis. Original.
In this third installment of the Hometown Heroes miniseries, Paula Hansen helps wealthy industrialist Alex Caine see that he doesn't have to be perfect in God's sight in order to receive His love.
This spin-off from the author's emotional "Hometown Heroes" miniseries features Quinn Forrester. Consumed with a need for revenge after his wife's untimely death, Quinn must find faith and forgiveness in order to see the wonderful future that waits for him with Ellie Wayne.
It was an answer to a prayer when teacher Leigh Christopher bonded with Daniel Gregory's deaf daughter. Finally, her God-given gift for teaching was being used for a worthwhile purpose. Until her plans to encourage young Sarah to gain more independence were derailed by her promising pupil's fiercely protective father. Still, Leigh refused to give up, and half-anticipated locking horns with an undeniably handsome Daniel. Storm clouds were on the horizon, but somehow, some way she vowed to forge a bright new tomorrow with this man and child.
He was a father?A DNA test revealed that Mason Grant had a nine-year-old daughter. He'd had no idea that the woman he'd loved and so tragically lost had been pregnant. Or that his own child had been in the custody of the woman's murderer all these years. Now the killer wanted Mason to pay--in more ways than one-- for the return of the girl. And for daring to find love with old friend Jennifer Pappas. But the only payback the cold-blooded murderer would get was final justice.
When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives. Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul's dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she's struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial solution--even though Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed to embrace Amish beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca realizes how dependent she has become on others. Where can she find the courage to grow and change? Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours her experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as neighbors turn against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp far away for refusing to fight. She can't know, as she grows from a girl into a woman during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another Amish woman will gain strength from the words she writes and will learn that she, too, can become a keeper of the promise.FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Returning to Pleasant Valley is giving Hannah Conroy a much-needed chance at a new life. But now she must discover her true place in the world ... Unexpected tragedy has left Hannah without her soldier husband and a home for her baby son, Jamie. Seeking refuge, she comes to live with her aunt in Pleasant Valley, a place she hasn't seen since childhood, when her parents left the Mennonite faith. Working in her aunt's bakery is a way for Hannah to get back on her feet, but she isn't sure if she can live by tradition--or if she and Jamie should stay for good. She finds an unexpected, sympathetic listener in furniture maker William Brand. His stutter makes him feel like a permanent outsider in his Amish community, and he understands her loneliness. Hannah is irresistibly drawn to the shy, caring William, and her education in speech therapy makes it natural for her to want to help him speak more easily. But how can she encourage his attention when she might someday leave Pleasant Valley, and when her father-in-law, a military officer, is scheming to take Jamie away from her? As William seeks the courage to stand up for the woman who believes in him, Hannah must decide where her true home lies--in the free, ever-changing world she knows, or in the simpler, loving community she's found...
Amanda Bondine's Boss is so. . . bossy!The hard-nosed newspaperman will only assign reporter Amanda Bodine fluff pieces about dog shows. She longs to prove herself with a serious front-page story. But then her own family becomes newsworthy. Suddenly, Ross Lockhart is sitting beside her at Sunday dinner, interviewing her relatives. And he almost seems. . . like part of the family. Until she realizes he's after information that will tarnish the Bodine name! Time to teach the boss about the real heart of the matter: love.
Firefighter paramedic Terry Flanagan saw her clinic for migrant farm workers as the perfect way to make a difference. But when Dr. Jacob Landsdowne was assigned to oversee her project, she wondered if her dreams would go up in smoke. Two years ago a tragedy had touched both their lives and almost destroyed Jacob's career. Now he was intent on rebuilding his reputation, and Terry's clinic was an unwanted distraction. Yet, with the well-being of women and children hanging in the balance, maybe it was time Jacob put aside his trust in himself. . . and turn to God.
Single mother Laura McKay must rely on firefighter Ryan Flanagan when an arsonist threatens her and her deaf daughter. Can Laura renew her faith in God and learn to place her trust in this heroic man? Original.
Imagine her shock when Violet Colby discovers she has an identical twin sister she never knew existed. Why her family was torn apart remains a secret no one can answer-yet.Hoping to develop a sisterly bond, Violet invites her sophisticated city twin to the Colby Ranch in tiny Grasslands, Texas. But when her sister's former fiancé arrives with questions of his own, country girl Violet finds herself drawn to handsome businessman Landon Derringer. And learns that true love requires faith-and a heart as big as Texas.
The third novel in Perry's The Flanagans miniseries. Can God bring together Seth Flanagan, a man who's determined to marry for companionship instead of love, and Julie Alexander, a woman who's convinced she's not lovable? Original.
Animal trainer Nolie Lang must work with firefighter Gabriel Flanagan to obtain crucial funding for her new business. They are equally determined and stubborn--can even God bring these two people together?
She couldn't turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother's house into an inn. But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn't want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone-- even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine--was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.
"PLEASE, GOD, IF YOU'RE LISTENING, KEEP RACHEL SAFE." She couldn't turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother's house into an inn. But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn't want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone-even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine-was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.
HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHTCalled home to the Amish countryside, city gal Andrea Hampton can't let go of her bitter memories. But she'll have to in order to help turn her grandmother's house into a bed-and-breakfast. When danger stalks her, Andrea must turn to carpenter Cal Burke, a man with his own secrets.BURIED SINSWhen the youngest Hampton sister, Caroline, returns to Amish country and her family inn, she hides a frightening secret. The dangerous husband she'd secretly married-and supposedly lost-might be alive after all. Yet Police Chief Zach Burkhalter knows more about her past than she expects....