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As the spirit of the season spreads through the seaside hamlet of Cape Light, town mayor Emily receives an unexpected and precious Christmas gift: a baby girl tucked away in a decorative cradle set up outside the church, with a note begging whoever discovers the child to take care of her. Now, in the midst of the year's most joyous season, Emily must come to terms with her duty to her family, her own feelings of regret and loss-and what her heart truly desires.
Third book of the Company of Rogues collection. "IF ONLY THEY WOULDN'T KEEP FALLING IN LOVE WITH ME..." Weary of war and diplomatic wandering, Leander knollis. Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas, As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late husband's memory that no one thinks she could ever love again.... CHRISTMAS IS COMING, AND THE CUPBOARD IS BARE... Judith Rossiter is in no position to turn down the astonishing proposal, but it worries her. Why would an earl and a most attractive one at that, offer marriage to an impoverished widow with two young children? At least his main condition should be easy enough to fulfill. After the folly of Judith's first marriage, a sensible rather than a sentimental union is exactly what she wants. Or so she believes when she says her vows...
Annie needs a break from being the "nation's angel." Her high-profile charity work means the media spotlight follows her every step. So leaving her aristocratic title behind her, Annie goes undercover...and meets brooding businessman George Saxon. They form an unlikely relationship--until George discovers Annie's been hiding her true self from him all along!
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are here in the very novels that made them famous: A Season of Angels, Touched by Angels, and The Trouble with Angels. Collected in one volume, this angelic anthology shows these three cherubs indulging in outrageous antics and acts of love, answering prayers while making thorough pests of themselves. Reminding us what the true spirit of Christmas is all about, Christmas Angels makes a heavenly holiday gift for the many fans of angels and contemporary romance.
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther'smem's calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it's bachelor bait.
He Was Coming Between Her And Her Family Legacy! Willa Mercado might have to sell off a piece of her late husband's valuable south Texas land. . . but she isn't about to let some sweet-talking stranger back her into a corner. Even if Major Daniel Trent has the sexiest smile she's ever seen. Then the wounded military hero proposes a business arrangement that feels like anything but business. Daniel has three months to prove to the widowed mother of three that he was born to the ranching life. But spending quality time with Willa and her kids makes him realize what he's been missing. With his courage tested in ways he never imagined, Daniel vows to make this a real family Christmas by convincing Willa to take a chance on a love that comes once in a blue moon. . .
Well, if lightning didn't strike twice, then how could a night of passion with her former lover, Matt Bravo, leave Connie Lonnigan pregnant with his child...for the second time? They already had a beautiful little girl, and they'd finally come to terms with their can't-live-with-can't-live-without-each-other relationship. And now this!Texas tycoon Matt Bravo had let Connie slip through his fingers five years ago, and he was not about to make the same mistake again. He had to convince her that he was the man for her, now and forever. To make this a Christmas to remember--for all four of them...
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR B.J. DANIELS HAS A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU: TWO BOOKS IN ONE!In CHRISTMAS AT CARDWELL RANCH, Tag Cardwell caught Lily McCabe off guard in more ways than one when the two became entwined in a murder mystery. But before they could lose themselves in each other they had to trace a killer. Or risk finding a crime scene under the Christmas tree.In the holiday favorite KEEPING CHRISTMAS, Chance Walker was the cool-eyed cowboy hired to bring Dixie Bonner, a wild child on the run, home by Christmas. But when the bad guys started to close in, two stubborn souls needed to trust each other if they hoped to survive the season.
Celebrate the holidays with this magical Swift River Valley novella from New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers When fashion designer Alexandra Rankin Hunt is asked to create the dresses for Olivia Frost's Christmas wedding in tiny Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, she jumps at the chance. She's certain she'll never get to design one for herself-not with her history of falling for the wrong men. Ian Mabry, the sexy fighter pilot whose bravery reminded her of her beloved great-grandfather, was the worst yet.To Alexandra's surprise, Ian is also at Carriage Hill, Olivia's picturesque country inn. And if anyone can charm his way into a wedding, it's him. Ian wants more than an invitation-he's determined to find a way back into Alexandra's life.Don't miss Echo Lake, the next novel in Carla Neggers' unforgettable Swift River Valley series.
At Cupid's Hideaway you can celebrate the spirit of Christmas all year long!Cupid's Hideaway is an unusual bed-and-breakfast run by the equally unusual Maisie Templeton, together with her granddaughter (and chef) Meg Burton. The B and B is on an island in Lake Erie-the perfect place for Meg to hide her broken heart.It's also the perfect place for Gabe Morrison, who shows up during the Christmas-in-July celebrations with Duke the dog (really Diana) in tow. He's hiding from all the people who expect him to come up with the next brilliant advertising jingle. Except that Gabe's a little short of inspiration these days.Then he discovers that every time he touches Meg, or kisses her, he's inspired. Visions of hamburgers dance in his head and the advertising campaign starts to take shape. He also discovers that he wants Meg as more than a muse. He wants her as a lover...and a wife!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mud Flat--everyone is bustling about making plans, wrapping gifts, and deciding who will play Santa at the village holiday party. All except Freddie, who's stuck inside his fix-it shop under a pile of ambitious promises. Strange and wonderful things happen this time of year, though, including raisin cookies in the snow, runaway rolls of red ribbon, and the spirit of giving--Mud Flat style. Merry Christmas, Mud Flat!
From the pages of America's most influential magazine come eight decades of holiday cheer-plus the occasional comical coal in the stocking-in one incomparable collection. Sublime and ridiculous, sentimental and searing, Christmas at The New Yorker is a gift of great writing and drawing by literary legends and laugh-out-loud cartoonists. Here are seasonal stories, poems, memoirs. and more, from a stellar roster of writers, including John Cheever, James Dickey, Richard Ford, Ken Kesey, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, S. J. Perelman, Adrienne Rich, and James Thurber. And it wouldn't be Christmas-or The New Yorker-without dozens of covers and cartoons by Addams, Arno, Chast, and others, or the mischievous verse of Roger Angell, Calvin Trillin, and Ogden Nash ("Do you know Mrs. Millard Fillmore Revere? / On her calendar, Christmas comes three hundred and sixty-five times a year.") From Jazz Age to New Age, E. B. White to Garrison Keillor, these works represent eighty years of wonderful keepsakes for Christmas, from The New Yorker to you.
THE DARCYS AND THE BENNETS CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY: A PRIDE & PREJUDICE HOLIDAY SEQUEL Darcy has invited the Bennets and the Bingleys to spend the Christmastide's festive days at Pemberley. But as he and Elizabeth journey to their estate to join the gathered families, a blizzard blankets the English countryside. The Darcys find themselves stranded at a small inn while Pemberley is inundated with refugees seeking shelter from the storm.Without her brother's strong presence, Georgiana Darcy tries desperately to manage the chaos surrounding the arrival of six invited guests and eleven unscheduled visitors. But bitter feuds, old jealousies and intimate secrets quickly rise to the surface. Has Lady Catherine returned to Pemberley for forgiveness or revenge? Will the manipulative Caroline Bingley find a soul mate? Shall Kitty Bennet and Georgiana know happiness?Written in Regency style and including Austen's romantic entanglements and sardonic humor, Christmas at Pemberley places Jane Austen's most beloved characters in an exciting yuletide story that speaks to the love, the family spirit and the generosity that remain as the heart of Christmas.
With its rough gray shingles and weathered slate roof, Sea Pines cottage seems, at first glance, past its prime. But inside this remote fishermans house, a driftwood fire crackles in the fireplace, brightly colored rugs cover the floor, and cozy cushions dot the worn, welcoming furniture. A young man named Robert has retreated after the war, planning to spend his days writing, tending to the local lighthouse, and nursing his injuries. For company, he adopts a young Golden Retriever puppy named Meteor. Robert and Meteor spend months in quiet companionship, until the day Robert rescues a young woman from a storm at sea. Strong-willed and intelligent, Laura sees past Roberts injuries to the proud, passionate man beneath, and--with some matchmaking help from Meteor--they begin a new life together at the cottage. But even Meteors tireless devotion cant protect his cherished family from all of lifes unexpected challenges--hurdles that will teach each of them lessons of courage, faith, friendship, and the enduring love that can sustain us through lifes coldest seasons. . .
Nothing is more rewarding than bringing a new life into the world. Share the joy with the dedicated staff of The Birth Place and the women who choose to have their babies here.Pediatrician Joanna Weston's looking forward to caring for the infants at The Birth Place. But one of her first patients is a baby girl-not born at the birth center, but abandoned on the porch of the ranch next door. Joanna is outraged when she finds out her handsome neighbor is the child's deadbeat dad. Until she sees the tender concern he shows the daughter he didn't know he had. The daughter he'll now do anything to keep.
The pond at Stony Creek is perfect for ice skating, and a blanket of snow is on the ground. It's almost Christmas. Pipsqueak wishes she could spend the days at the pond, then curl up in front of a glowing fire with her family. But Papa has gone away to search for food. He promised to be home soon, so by Christmas Eve, Pip is worried. What will they eat for Christmas dinner? How can they celebrate without Papa? Pip knows she must do something. There are mountains of food in the huge house on the hill. The one filled with cats and traps. The most dangerous place in Stony Creek. Mama has forbidden everyone from even mentioning the house. Pip's not sure she has the courage to go there, but she has to try. She has to do it for Mama, Kit, Will, Nibs, Nan, and baby Finny. For Christmas. And for Papa. Braveness starts with a single step.
Holly and the brooding new Earl of Castle Craigie... Angus Stuart is more used to managing boardrooms than castles, but when his father dies he finds himself thrust into an unfamiliar world. Returning home, he intends to sell the estate as quickly as possible. However, with Christmas around the corner, fate has other plans.... Showing up on his doorstep, Australian chef Holly McIntosh is bursting with festive cheer. But she's desperate for a job, and she's not taking no for an answer! Not usually one for taking a risk, Angus offers her a temporary position. But if anyone can melt this brooding earl's heart this winter, it's Holly!
More family for Christmas? Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news. Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.
One of five beloved Christmas classics Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England--and inspired occasionally by missives in the "lost letter" box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran--these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time when carolers filled the streets and each house's door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar. Penguin Christmas Classics Give the gift of literature this Christmas. Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year. Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann es about the holiday. Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
A holiday rescue at Thunder Horse ranch En route to investigate an illegal crossing, Border Patrol agent Dante Thunder Horse's helicopter goes down in a fiery blaze. He makes it out of the wreckage-just barely-and tackles his assailant to the ground. Paleontologist Emma Jennings is no killer-but she's now in the crosshairs of one. Sworn to protect the woman who saved him, Dante needs to find out who shot him down and why. When Emma accompanies Dante back to his Badlands ranch, where a vengeful enemy threatens his family and their proud heritage, she's in even more danger...of falling for the brave Lakota pilot. But can there be a future with a man haunted by the past?
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels crafts an unforgettable story of lives connected and friendship kindled in an action-packed and gripping novel. It's the most wonderful time of the year... and for Heather Andrews, security manager at Timberwoods Mall, undoubtedly the busiest. But this Christmas, Heather has more to contend with than frazzled parents and disgruntled Santas. Angela Steinhart, a young woman who designed the mall's spectacular holiday displays, has had a premonition that tragedy will strike on Christmas Eve. And Angela's visions have a habit of coming true. Heather would love to dismiss the warning as holiday stress. But the more she gets to know the quiet, lonely Angela, the more she trusts her. In Lex, her boss, Heather finds an ally-and the glimmer of something more profound. And as the days count down, it will take all of her wits, hope, and unflagging courage to stop someone from destroying the season in one split second...
When a baby was born in the manger, Mary and Joseph rejoiced. The angels sang, and kings journeyed to bring gifts. When you came into the world, there was a celebration too - because every new baby is a small miracle.
It was a single guy's dream. Brian Kincaid's job took him all over the world and he got to sample women the way other people sampled exotic cuisines. Until DNA tests and a ten-month-old orphan turned him into the diaper-toting dad he'd never planned on being. Luckily, Faith McClain was perfect for the job of nanny. With her in charge, Brian could go back to being the freewheeling bachelor, no strings attached. Except he wasn't at all sure that the perfect nanny was what he wanted. Maybe this Christmas he wanted a lover and a wife to go with that baby under the tree?
What Child Is This? The infant, carefully swaddled in a pink blanket, is oblivious to the fact that she's been abandoned in Nora Saunders's woodshed. She's also unconcerned about the blizzard raging outside of the fact that Nora knows nothing about babies and a crash course in baby-sitting is a far cry from the quiet Christmas Nora had planned when she rented the isolated cabin from its attractive owner, Sheriff Daniel Langford. All she'd wanted was to escape the Christmas "hoopla" of the big city and her own bleak childhood memories of the holiday.But the baby and Dan make an irresistible team. Together, they give Nora the strength to face the old hurts and buried secrets she and Dan uncover as they search for the truth about the little girl. And suddenly Christmas takes on new meaning....
That summer-more than ten years ago, while they were still in high school-Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton fell secretly in love. Secretly because their mothers had been locked in a bitter feud for decades. But despite the animosity between Sarah McDowell and Mary Sutton, Noelle planned to elope with Thom. Until he jilted her.This Christmas Noelle McDowell is home to celebrate the holidays with her family. (After all, December 25 is also her birthday.) Unfortunately, Noelle's feelings about home-or rather, her hometown of Rose, Oregon-were changed forever the day Thomas Sutton broke her heart.This Christmas the feuding mothers find themselves working together to fill Christmas baskets for charity. What irony! And what an opportunity for reconciliation...if only they could see it.This Christmas Noelle and Thom discover they're still in love. Regardless of their mothers' reactions, they want to be together. Is that possible? Can old rivalries be set aside? Will Sarah's Christmas daughter have a second chance with Mary's charming son?Maybe she will...this Christmas!