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Years ago, Rebecca Beachy kept her reasons for rejecting Gideon Troyer's marriage proposal a secret. Then Gideon left their Amish community. Now, Rebecca crafts quilts to raise money to cure her blindness. She's also busy guarding her heart against love. Until Gideon returns, at risk of being shunned, to make the winning bid on one of her exquisite quilts. Will the quilt-a patchwork promise of rediscovered love-bring Gideon and Rebecca back together again?
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie's sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.
A NEW Cowboys of Cold Creek story from New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne! Hope Nichols has never felt as if she belonged anywhere except her hometown of Pine Gulch. So when she hears that her family's property, Christmas Ranch, is set to be shut down forever, a determined Hope heads home. She refuses to let anything ruin her holiday-this will be the most memorable ranch Christmas ever! And thanks to hunky former navy SEAL Rafe Santiago and his adorable nephew, she might just pull off that miracle. Plus a heartwarming RaeAnne Thayne favorite from the Cowboys of Cold Creek series, A Cold Creek Holiday, also included in this book! "A richly plotted story with characters that are easy to care about, this one is as emotional as it is funny." -RT Book Reviews on A Cold Creek Holidayst family holiday ever?
"Don't look!"When Kayla Wilson finds a body in Lake Michigan, she shields her daughter's eyes and calls the police. But not before spotting a stranger lurking in the woods-watchingher. And when her bed-and-breakfast is broken into, she knows the man is after her. Coast Guard officer Rafe DeSilva is sure the attacks are related to his current case- a crime ring operating in the Great Lakes. He will do whatever is necessary to keep Kayla and her daughter, Brianna, safe...while holding them at arm's length. Until Brianna is kidnapped, and Rafe puts everything on the line for a Christmas rescue.
My ex-husband had his extravagant moments. So begins a delightful short story by Douglas Kennedy, the #1 international bestselling author of The Moment, just in time for Christmas, and only available as an eBook. Erica, a Manhattan corporate lawyer, seemingly has it all--a gorgeous Tribeca loft, a hefty paycheck, a svelte physique, and an engagement ring worth a healthy six-figure sum. The problem is that the ring was given to her by her now ex-husband, who wants it back and is willing to pay her handsomely for it. In this state of material wealth, Erica has found herself utterly alone, her life empty, her only companions the piles of work sitting on her midtown office desk. It's Christmas Eve, and as she finally decides to call it a day, she walks through the building's lobby, begins a conversation with the doorman, and in one extravagant moment of her own, discovers the truth about the gift of giving.
In her latest romance, Jane Goodger weaves an unforgettable tale of a woman who thinks shes lost everything--until a little Christmas magic reunites her with the one man she could never forget. . . Dashing, debonair, and completely irresistible, Edward Hollings has all of Newport buzzing--and to Maggie Pierces surprise, she alone has caught his eye. But when the handsome earl returns to England without proposing, a devastated Maggie knows she must forget him. Life only gets worse for Maggie, as all her dreams of happiness and love come crashing down around her. When Maggie receives an invitation to go to England for the Christmas birth of her dear friends baby, she accepts--vowing to keep her devastating lies and shameful secrets from the one man she has ever loved. Edward vowed hed never marry, but he came dangerously close with Maggie. Shes beautiful, witty, indescribably desirable--and Edward cant forget her. When Maggie visits mutual friends for Christmas, Edward cant stay away. In fact, he finds himself more attracted to her than ever--a desire fueled even more by Maggies repeated snubs. With the love he never thought hed find slipping away, Edward is determined to make Maggie his own, no matter what the cost. . . Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with her husband and three children. Jane, a former journalist, has written seven historical romances. When she isnt writing, shes reading, walking, playing with her kids, or anything else completely unrelated to cleaning a house.
When Eireanne O'Conner returns to Ballynaheath, her home in Ireland, for Christmas, she finds that her brother has married, her new sister-in-law's family is ever-present, and her friends, the Hannigan twins (Year of Living Scandalously) are up to their usual tricks. During the twelve days of Christmas, there are secrets and surprises that will either sink Eireanne deeper into the scandals that have surrounded her family, or send her to London to find a titled husband who will hopefully add some dignity to a family who can't seem to keep away from scandal!know who is the author and who is the intended love interest. Once again, Eireanne and Mr. Bristol dissect the sequence of events, looking for clues. She finds Mr. Bristol very charming and witty. He does not seem to care about her reputation. He talks about America and his family's estate in New York, and she is enchanted with his descriptions of his life there. When a third letter is found, the author declares that he can no longer stay away and will come to openly voice his esteem at the Twelfth Night celebration Declan and Keira plan to host. All of County Galway is on tenterhooks on the Twelfth Night. When a final letter is found, Mr. Bristol claims he wrote it for Eireanne. No one believes him (it was too poorly written for an educated man), but he insists it is true. He has fallen in love with Eireanne. They are married that night. As it turns out, Molly and Mabe guessed at Mr. Bristol's esteem for Eireanne and, without his knowledge, concocted the dropped love letters to put them together--their Christmas Secret. When they confided Mr. Bristol in their scheme, he was appalled and insisted they tell Eireanne the truth. But love won out and he saw the opportunity for himself and was persuaded to make a grand gesture, and of course Eireanne loves him just as much. And Molly and Mabe happily live on to mess in other people's lives.
December 1890:Eleven days before Christmas, Clarice and her husband, Reverend Dominic Corde, arrive in the idyllic village of Cottisham to watch over the Reverend Wynter's flock, whilst he takes a richly deserved holiday. With its village green and thatched cottages, Cottisham is a far cry from the bleak London parish they've left behind. But Clarice can't shake the feeling that the welcoming smiles of the locals are hiding dark secrets. When a shocking discovery confirms her suspicions, Clarice can't resist investigating. Could it be that the Reverend is not all that he seems? Are there black sheep in the fold?One thing is certain: Clarice is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Many lives are wound around this wonderful story of a boy's love for his mother.
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie's hopes? Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy - or open the door to even deeper heartbreak? Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration.From the Hardcover edition.
Two weeks before Christmas, Kevin and Sally decide to build a snowman. One night they look out the window and are amazed to see Mr. Snow-their snowman-making snow angels, sledding, and even skating on the pond. But when the weather warms up just before Christmas and Mr. Snow starts to melt, Kevin and Sally come up with a plan to save their friend by imploring the help of Santa Claus. Johanna Westerman's elegant drawings compliment Margery Cuyler's touching story to create a book that is perfect for children and parents to share during the holiday season. Ages 4-8.
A young boy and his mother spend Christmas 1943 with relatives in northern Minnesota while his father is fighting in the war in Europe. They take a long journey by train to a snowy land of vast frozen lakes, deep and sparkling cold, and the most magical Christmas tree the boy has ever seen. He knows this will be the last Christmas he will spend with his cousin, who is dying. The boy's uncle overhears the two cousins say there is no Santa Claus, and in a grand gesture that is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, he restores the children's faith in the spirit of the season.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dead bodies. Mysterious gunmen. Eerie voices rising from the mist. When Chelsea Caldwell returned to run her aunt's B & B in Jenkins Cove, she hadn't counted on being swept into a strange and frightening mystery. Something was wrong in the old Victorian house--and it started with the arrival of one guest: Michael Bryant. Michael shadowed her, probed her past and turned up at the deadliest moments. But Chelsea couldn't resist his sexy swagger and dark good looks. Though Michael promised to protect her, she sensed that he had secrets. . . dark secrets that could get her killed.
In his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring true stories of family and friends celebrating Christian traditions during Christmastime. In his bestselling books, It's Your Time and Become a Better You, and in his weekly worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, Joel Osteen offers hope to millions through his belief in the power of faith and the goodness of God. The Christmas season has become a bustling period for many, filled with distractions and anxiety. Osteen will help readers return to the essence of the holiday, by practising the principles taught by the Child born that day, and by reminding all of what is truly important in life. In the tradition of bestselling books that share Christmas memories and stories to celebrate the essence of the season - the birth of Christ and the hope and love of His message - Osteen's collection of unique stories will illuminate the importance of family and faith, and set readers on the path to a hopeful, peaceful holiday filled with Christian spirit. As always, his words and his practical faith-based advice will be inspiring and insightful, a welcome light in the lives of the faithful at a very special time of year. Influential in the Christian community around the globe, Joel Osteen is a major source of inspiration and an initiator of change for the millions to whom he preaches. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.
Deck the haunted halls for a romantic holiday starring one shy writer and a cynical journalist. . . and oh yes, a ghost. . . . Snow on the roofs and wreaths on the doors and chains on the tires. . . isn't Christmas in New England wonderful? But Charlotte Prescott is too busy taking in super-sexy reporter Sam Landry to notice the nip in the air. Make that the nip in the air alternating with the scorching heat that rises whenever she and Sam are alone together. Charlotte would be happy to forget the supernatural third wheel who seems to be staying for the season in the quaint old house she inherited. It is real. Someone's slurping down all the good eggnog. And something is drawing Charlie and Sam together under the mistletoe--not to mention everywhere else. Happy holidays! Directions for mixing Fabulous Christmas Cocktails included! Fast-paced, cleverly humorous romance. --Romantic Times on Hot Date, four and half star reviewsAmy Garvey delivers! --Donna Kauffman
These two Christmas stories especially appealing to middle school girls and boys are set in England. The first story begins with a boy's eager description of the Christmas celebrations with his family, including the gory and glorious details. He tells about flinging the toy robin on the Christmas cake so hard it flies across the room and watching in fascination as his Nana pulls the pink and brown coils and greeny, oval gall bladder out of the as yet unplucked Christmas bird. He reveals that if men at the Chemical factory where his father works aren't careful they can be roasted, boiled or fried. On the other hand, he remembers thinking that the strolling carolers he heard in bed at night were angels singing. On Christmas Eve as he takes lunch to his father, he believes he sees Santa in the elevator. The workers believe this is a sign that a worker will die. The boy is determined to communicate with the hatless Santa so he can prevent disaster. In the second story a lonely upper class girl staying with her uncle, a churchman nobody likes, forms a friendship with a poor boy. Together they rescue a cat and her kittens. She discovers it's the mean housekeeper who has turned everyone against her uncle. Protecting the cat becomes part of her plan to get rid of the nasty housekeeper so people will come to her uncle's church again, and on Christmas Eve, one good thing leads to another.
The Three Wise Ghosts by Lynn Kurland; Keeping Faith by Casey Claybourne; Only Fifteen Shopping Days Left by Elizabeth Bevarly, The Ghost of Christmas Present by Jenny Lykins
Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client...without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication-Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.
Starr Lederman. She was named after the Christmas star. She's a woman who knows her own mind and heart, a woman who values family and family traditions. So she's determined to giver her almost-adopted daughter, SeLi, the most wonderful Christmas possible.SeLi, who's nine years old and wise beyond her years, knows what she wants for Christmas. A dad. Which means a husband for Starr-whether Starr wants one or not! In fact, SeLi's already got a man picked out. Now she's going to wish extra-hard on the Christmas star, and the name she'll whisper is Clay McLeod.Clay McLeod. He's a rancher with a soft spot for children and animals. He believes in family. But he's not interested in marriage-especially to a woman as headstrong as Starr. A woman he believes is having an affair with his brother. His married brother.At Christmastime, though, things have a way of working out.
A Christmas light shines bright in the midst of the darkest winter. With Christmas only a few weeks away, Sam and Jessica Morgan look forward to celebrating the joyous day together. But when they?re awakened by the smoke alarm in the midst of one quiet night, they barely make it outside before their beloved house is engulfed in flames. Meanwhile, single mom Julie Newton and her seven-year-old daughter appear on Jack Sawyer?s doorstep, thanks to bad weather, a broken-down car, and a dead cell phone battery. And though Jack, still mourning the loss of his wife, feels none of the holiday spirit, he can?t turn them away. As Sam and Jessica become perpetual guests in others? homes, trying to piece their future back together, and Jack finds his frozen heart melting day by day, it soon becomes clearer than ever that miracles can happen even in the humblest of settings. .
Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family's tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering. Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert's fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father's sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that the boy has never known.
In this poem, eight animals, who are friends, find that there has been a mix-up in their Christmas stockings and presents from Santa. The friends trade presents and stockings until everyone is delighted with the right gifts.
[from inside flaps] "Penned by distinguished and emerging writers, the works in Christmas Stories from Georgia span over two centuries of the state's storytelling. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the seaport Savannah, the landscapes, characters, and holiday traditions described by these writers are uniquely Georgian. Waiting to be unwrapped are scenes of Georgia Christmases past and present. Lillian Smith practices "peace on earth and good will to all" in her memoir of a Depression-era Christmas dinner shared with men from the local chain gang. Toni Cade Bambara's "Christmas Eve at Johnson's Drugs N Goods" seeks the true spirit of the season in the most commercial of settings, while Erskine Caldwell casts a darker shadow across the season of lights in "We Are Looking at You, Agnes." Christmas magic works its spell in a number of tales. Jack Slay, Jr., wakes the dead with a discordant holiday marching band in "The Education of Edie Mac." Karen Schwind's "Healing the Sick" revives the living with a powerful laying on of hands. Santa Claus navigates a dry landing in Jason Taylor's "Yule Tides and Water Buffalo," but faces youthful doubters in an excerpt from Ferrol Sams's Christmas Gift! The Civil War provides the backdrop for holiday tomfoolery in Joel Chandler Harris's "A Conscript's Christmas." Scarlett O'Hara, icon of Southern womanhood, welcomes Ashley Wilkes home on a holiday furlough in an excerpt from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. The renowned Georgia wit and its accompanying wisdom are present in "Little Things Mean a Lot to Little Ones" by Lewis Grizzard. Additional pieces by Raymond Atkins, Laura Dabundo, Janice Daugharty, Jim Hendricks, Kenneth Robbins, and Philip Lee Williams complete this holiday collection."
Christmas stories from the popular Grandma's Attic series