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A collection of three novellas celebrating the beauty of Christmas at Grace Chapel Inn. It's Christmas morning, and as the Howard sisters celebrate some of their family's treasured traditions, they reminisce about Christmases past. Jane reads from the Bible, just like their father always did, and remembers when she took part in a Living Nativity. Cast as an angel, she decided to make her part more exciting, resulting in a dangerous fall from a hayloft. She should have been injured, but insists a strong pair of arms protected her as she fell -- a Christmas miracle that changed the course of her life. Louise studies the badly-constructed stocking she made for her newborn daughter Cynthia and remembers her first Christmas as a mom. And Alice examines the special Christmas ornament she received the year she organized a program to give all the animals from a nearby shelter a home for Christmas. The novellas capture a sense of nostalgia and the ideal of a good old-fashioned Christmas.
At a health resort, Miss Marple becomes suspicious that a man she meets is planning on murdering his wife. Previously published in the print anthology The Thirteen Problems.
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, David Baldacci's THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
Christmas is coming and Max wants Horse Wise to get in the holiday spirit. He announces that they are going to have Secret Santas, but there's a catch: You can't give something; you have to do something. It sounds like fun, until they draw names. Lisa gets Max. Carole gets Lisa. And Stevie gets Veronica. Carole would love to do something for Lisa, but since they already do things for each other all the time, what? Meanwhile, Lisa has a lot of family visiting and they aren't giving her room to breathe--let alone do anything for Max. As for Stevie, she would love to do something to Veronica--but that wouldn't be in the holiday spirit. Suddenly, doing the "right thing" is really hard.
The Christmas season is full of shopping and holiday cheer, but finding one's true purpose is the greatest gift of all... Reverend Ben has been ignoring his health recently, and it's finally caught up with him in the form of a heart problem requiring bypass surgery. Since Ben will need six weeks of recuperation and physical rehab, an interim minister is assigned to the congregation. Reverend Isabel Moran is young, but she has a quiet but steady way of connecting with the members of the church. While most of the congregation was troubled by the absence of Reverend Ben, Isabel has ultimately reassured them with her warmth and understanding. Meanwhile, Ben has secretly been considering when he should retire. Is this health setback a sign from above that it's time to start a new phase of his life? As Ben grows stronger, he starts to wonder if he's really ready to celebrate his final Christmas as pastor. After all, Christmas is a time for giving, but retiring and presenting Isabel with his much-treasured job might be the biggest test of faith Ben has ever had to face...
Four christmas romance novellas
The Christmas Tree is the tale of a little girl named Anna, who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent. The lonely girl befriends, as only a child can, a tiny fir tree. Anna and Tree, as she calls it, grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship and sharing the wonders of nature. It is this same profound appreciation and love of nature that the grown-up Anna, now Sister Anthony, passes on to her students. When Tree is threatened by a winter storm, Sister Anthony, by now an old woman, decides to give up her dearest friend, allowing it to become the most enjoyed and famous tree of all: the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City. A perennial holiday favorite, The Christmas Tree is about learning to love and, ultimately, being able to share that love with others.
[from the back cover] "Once upon a time there was a very special Christmas Tree ... Elizabeth has a mind of her own, and plenty of opinions she's not shy about sharing. So she naturally lets her family know that she thinks their Christmas tree this year is one hundred percent weird. But Elizabeth's family never listens to her. Too bad. They should have. Because the Christmas tree is even weirder than Elizabeth suspected. Will Elizabeth be home in time for Christmas???" You can read much more about Lizzie as she gets into and out of trouble and into and out of wild, weird, adventures where she must use her strengths to survive and help those she loves, the people she gets into tangles with most of the time. Look for these books by Dean Marney: The Valentine That Ate My Teacher, The Jack-'o-lantern That Ate My Brother, The Easter Bunny That Ate My Sister and How to Drive Your Family Crazy ... On Valentine's Day.
FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen are engineering drugs with deadly results. <P><P>Her boss won't approve a sting operation, so she goes rogue-following the suspects on a hike in the Cascade Mountains to record evidence. But when Sara witnesses them murder one of their own, they target her. Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will is all that's standing between her and seeing Christmas morning. Echo Mountain: Saving lives and finding love in the mountains of Washington State
Now curious kids can learn about all their favorite holiday traditions in this fun, full-color, fact-?lled book. What do reindeer have to do with anything? What is the most popular Christmas present? Who is Santa, anyway? The fascinating answers inside will surprise and delight any kid who's ever wondered about mistletoe, or frankincense and myrrh. For kids, and grownups, of any denomination, this book reveals the interesting facts behind this much- loved holiday. Bonus materials include holiday crafts by renowned children's craft designer, Kathy Ross, and recipes for all types of yummy Christmas treats!
Comfort and Joy by MARGARET MOOREAfter a terrible accident, Griffin Branwynne had given up on the joys of Christmas-until the indomitable Gwendolyn Davies arrived on his doorstep and turned his world topsy-turvy. Could the earl resist a woman who wouldn't take no for an answer?Love at First Step by TERRI BRISBINWhile visiting friends in England for the holidays, Lord Gavin MacLeod cast his eye upon the mysterious Elizabeth. She was more noble beauty than serving wench, and Gavin vowed to uncover her past at any cost....A Christmas Secret by GAIL RANSTROMMiss Charity Wardlow expected a marriage proposal from her intended while attending a Christmas wedding. But when Sir Andrew MacGregor arrived at the manor, Charity realized she wanted no one but the Scotsman with the sensual smile....
Renowned for her acclaimed Victorian novels as well as a stunning new series set in World War I, Anne Perry consistently dazzles us with stories rife with emotion, intrigue, and psychological depth. She recently expanded her talents with the delightfully rendered novella,A Christmas Journey, whichUSA Todaycalled "one of the best books to brighten the joyous season. " Now she has given readers another gift-a yuletide offering full of holiday magic . . . and murder. The Dreghorn family is gathering for an anticipated reunion in the Lake District of England. The blissful tranquility of the snowbound estate, however, is soon shattered by what appears to be an accidental death. The victim's distraught wife, Antonia, summons her godfather, distinguished mathematician and inventor Henry Rathbone-one of the most beloved characters from Perry's bestselling William Monk series. But questions about the tragic event turn into whispers of murder, sending shock waves among members of the Dreghorn clan, who haven't seen each other in ten years. Now Rathbone must put his analytical and creative capacities to the test as he assumes the role of an amateur investigator. But while searching for clues and mulling over potential motives, he cannot help but wonder: Will another poor soul meet the same untimely end-and be silenced like the night? In this Christmas novella, featuring a colorful, somewhat eccentric cast of characters and an irresistible plot as twisty as a ribbon, Rathbone rescues the holiday with a grace that would impress William Monk himself.
Jeffrey is looking forward to the greatest Christmas ever, spending it with his best friend, Max, a mischief-loving 1950s ghost. But Jeffery and Max argue, and Max disappears. Will Max ever return?
A Christmas present for the man who has everything... With one band of gold Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past-albeit pleasurable-sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara, so the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas! The wayward princess of Tirimia has spent years hiding her untouched heart, and her convenient husband-to-be seems determined to keep it that way. Yet his caresses promise a sensual awakening that's impossible to resist. But once Zara's given him her hand and her body, it won't be long before he has her heart... A passionate read for Christmas nights!
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married--and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day--she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise--she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.
Regency. The Pirate's Kiss by Nicola CornickFamous and feared pirate Daniel de Lancey is master and commander of the Defiance. Only one woman makes him want to swap danger for desire, sea for seduction. . . And with one Christmas kiss, he will make Lucinda his bride!A Smuggler's Tale by Margaret McPheeMasquerading as a smuggler, society's handsome bad boy, Lord Jack Holberton, finds himself protecting young Miss Linden's honor, despite his reputation. But will this rake keep his twelfth-night promise and return to claim her as his own?The Sailor's Bride by Miranda JarrettWar-ravaged Lieutenant Lord James Richardson is about to put in to Naples after a victorious sea battle that has made him a hero but has left its mark on his soul. Young and innocent, Abigail Layton is just the woman to heal his hardened heart. . .
HAVE WEDDING, NEED BRIDE! Wedding planner Zoe Smart is getting a reputation for being a jinx. The worst part is, the rumors may be true. Zoe's last two brides bailed on their grooms, so she really needs cowboy Carson Grant's wedding to go off without a hitch, aside from the one in her heart every time they meet. Though Carson knows he has to tell Zoe the wedding's canceled, he doesn't want to give the town's wagging tongues more fodder. Besides, Carson is having way more fun planning a nonexistent wedding with Zoe than he ever did planning his real one. But time is running out to tell the truth. Will Carson's ruse charm Zoe's romantic spirit, or will their love be jinxed from the start?
His Christmas Eve Proposal by Carole MortimerA quiet holiday in the mountains is all that Hollywood movie star Joshua Hawkley desires. Yet when irresistible redhead Rosie Harrison drops into his life and disrupts his peace, Joshua's desires begin to change. Can he convince her to hang around long enough to meet him under the mistletoe? Snowbound Bride by Shirley JumpA Christmas Eve blizzard leaves Marietta stranded in an airport with Reed Hartstone, the only man to ever break her heart. Perhaps rekindling the past may actually be their perfect Christmas present. Their Christmas Vows by Margaret McDonaghFrazer McIntosh knows exactly what he wants for Christmas--Callie Grogan. Despite his reputation as a fun-loving Romeo, Frazer is serious about his beautiful colleague. Serious enough to love her forever, if only she'll agree to be his Christmas bride. . . .
Christmas Letters is "a fine companion to a glass of eggnog." -Publishers Weekly Katherine O'Connor (known as K.O.) adores her five-year-old twin nieces-and objects to her sister's plans to dispense with Christmas. Zelda is following the theories of child psychologist Wynn Jeffries, author of The Free Child (and, as it happens, K.O.'s neighbor). K.O. is particularly horrified by his edict to "bury Santa under the sleigh," and she's out to prove that Wynn and his ideas are full of...snow. He's not going to ruin her nieces' Christmas! Too bad the guy's so darned attractive... Rainy Day Kisses is a delightful romantic comedy at Christmas-or any other time of the year! Seventeen years ago, Susannah Simmons was a career girl who knew nothing about babies. But after babysitting her niece, Michelle, Susannah discovered that one determined-and screaming-infant can make the corporate world look like child's play! Thank goodness for Nate Townsend, her charming neighbor at the time. Now he's her charming husband, and Susannah is a mother as well as an aunt. And every Christmas Eve, Michelle tells her cousins how their mom met their dad...
CHRISTMAS LETTERS is "a fine companion to a glass of eggnog."-Publishers WeeklyKatherine O'Connor (known as K.O.) adores her five-year-old twin nieces-and strongly objects to her sister's plans to dispense with Christmas. Zelda is following the theories of child psychologist Wynn Jeffries, author of The Free Child (and, as it happens, K.O.'s neighbor). K.O. is particularly horrified by his edict to "bury Santa under the sleigh," and she's out to prove that Wynn and his ideas are full of...snow. He's not going to ruin her nieces' Christmas! Too bad the guy's so darned attractive....RAINY DAY KISSES is a delightful romantic comedy at Christmas-or any other time of year!Seventeen years ago Susannah Simmons was a career girl who knew nothing about babies. But after babysitting her infant niece, Michelle, Susannah learned that one determined-and screaming-baby can make the corporate world look like...child's play. Thank goodness for her charming neighbor Nate Townsend. Now he's her charming husband, and Susannah's a mother as well as an aunt. And every Christmas Eve, Michelle tells her cousins how their mom met their dad-a story in which she plays a starring role!
A crisis sends Juneclaire Beaumont on a difficult journey to London, forcing her one night to take shelter in a stable with the rakish Earl of St. Cloud. Though he behaves as a gentleman, the ton would never believe him to act the nobleman for a moment, let alone a whole night. When Juneclaire slips out of town, the earl sets out to prove them wrong, spending the twelve days of Christmas on an all-or-nothing ride to find her. .
Kat Harmon did not believe in Santa Claus. And she wasn't sure her kids should, either; it would only set them up for disappointment. Her twins had visions that St. Nick would bring them kittens, dogs-and a daddy. How could she tell her children that their Christmas dreams weren't going to magically come true? And Gabe Housley wasn't making things easier for Kat. The twins had hired Gabe to find the real Santa Claus-and he was humoring them! But as Gabe slowly worked his way into their family, Kat began to wonder if he had his own brand of Christmas magic, the kind that made even the hardest heart believe in happy Christmases ever after....
An embarrassment of riches: three sweet and sexy tales of holiday romance! Billionaire under the Mistletoe by Carole Mortimer When softhearted Sophie pulls off a last-minute Christmas miracle for a family in crisis, she wins the gratitude-and heart-of wealthy Max Hamilton. But at what cost? Snowed in with Her Boss by Maisey Yates Dutiful Amelia is stranded on Christmas Eve. (Bad.) She's at a five-star Aspen resort. (Good!) She's posing as her handsome boss's girlfriend. (So bad it's good!) But is she pretending...or practicing with Luc Chevalier? A Diamond for Christmas by Joss Wood Headstrong Riley's holiday run-in with hot gemstone tycoon James Moreau is unsettling to say the least. But she soon discovers that the only thing better than resisting temptation is finally giving in!
Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks Mission: Resist one saucy redhead's attempts to de-Scrooge him...and seduce him! Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back-by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip's hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He's the "inspiration" Frankie needs for the holidays! Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he's at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas-including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights... But does giving in mean giving up everything he's worked for?
Prepare for an exhilarating journey across the boundary of death into a shadowy, daring new world. As darkness falls on another year, five fanged rebels are ready to celebrate like never before.It's a time for bloodlust and stolen kisses, for clandestine bites and forming new bonds beneath the mistletoe. Succumb to the forbidden as these powerful vampires give you a Christmas you'll never forget....Includes five red?hot vampire stories that will make the season sizzle!
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