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At Christmastime, as young girls are disappearing, Rose is having disturbing dreams that reveal where their dead bodies can be found.
EYE WITNESS In steamy New Orleans, three people witnessed the same crime, testified against the same man and were then swept into the Witness Protection Program. But now there's new evidence, and these three witnesses are about to come out of hiding... When silver-wrapped chocolates began mysteriously appearing, Cori St. John knew they were messages from her husband. He'd vanished the same day Cori witnessed a brutal murder--an event that forced her to change her identity and introduced her to sexy federal marshal Joey Tio. Now only Joey can keep her safe--because he fears the woman he's coming to love has been betrayed and lured into a deadly trap...
The one sale he couldn't resist... As soon as rancher Jon Sinclair put down his twenty dollars at a kissing booth, florist Anne Hyden knew she was in for it. Mr. Sex-in-Pants certainly wasn't the type to settle for a quick little peck. But Anne wasn't expecting to actually swoon in the guy's arms. Unfortunately, Anne had a problem. She had a heart condition that ensured her life was as dull and safe as it could get-and Jon was hardly "safe." In fact, he was just the sort of guy to make a girl's heart give out altogether. And she still owed him nineteen more kisses....
The one sale he couldn't resist...As soon as rancher Jon Sinclair put down his twenty dollars at a kissing booth, florist Anne Hyden knew she was in for it. Mr. Sex-in-Pants certainly wasn't the type to settle for a quick little peck. But Anne wasn't expecting to actually swoon in the guy's arms.Unfortunately, Anne had a problem. She had a heart condition that ensured her life was as dull and safe as it could get-and Jon was hardly "safe." In fact, he was just the sort of guy to make a girl's heart give out altogether. And she still owed him nineteen more kisses....
Even in today's busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas "the most wonderful time of the year." More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.
Festive family recipes, gifts from the kitchen and sweet Christmas memories...share the joys of the season! Includes chapters like Chilly-Day Soups, Cookies by the Dozen & Gifts in Good Taste.
After her in-laws paid her to disappear, single mom Meara Hayden moved to Mackinaw Island to start over. With her faith and her son's enthusiasm, she knew she could do it. But she never thought one simple kite would lead her to love again. Jordan Baird felt as aimless as the kites he made. After losing his family, he led a reclusive life. Then, unexpectedly, a mother and her special son made him see new possibilities, the happiness of love and faith. Did Jordan dare dream of the riches life had to offer?
When Santa arrives back at the North Pole on Christmas Eve, he brings Cookie, a homeless kitten. But Cookie can't stay--Santa is terribly allergic to cats. It's late now, and Santa's already delivered his gifts. How can he find the perfect child and the perfect home for the adorable kitty before Christmas morning? Robin Pulver and Layne Johnson previously teamed up to create Christmas for a Kitten. This sweet, satisfying sequel is sure to delight all their fans.
Christmas Ladies-3 Full-Length Holiday Regencies by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes Three luminous holiday tales of romance, passion, and dreams come true, from Grace Burrowes' enormously popular Windham series.LADY SOPHIE'S CHRISTMAS WISHCraving a bit of peace and anonymity, Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster. With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened. It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true.LADY LOUISA'S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT'Tis the Season for Scandal...Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution. But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both.LADY JENNY'S CHRISTMAS PORTRAITWhat soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham wants for Christmas is the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire-or so she thinks. Elijah finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny's career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.
YOU ARE NOW ENTERING RIVERBEND, INDIANARiverbend...home of the River Rats-a group of small-town sons and daughters who've been friends since high school. The River Rats are all grown-up now. Living their lives and learning that some days are good and some aren't-and that you can get through anything as long as you have your friends.When his father betrayed him, Jacob Steele left Riverbend, vowing never to return. He even changed his name to Jay Lawrence. Fifteen years later, he's back-because of his father's strange will-to claim the inheritance he doesn't want but definitely needs. He's also making sure his maiden aunts are protected from Kate McMann, the woman who stands to inherit if Jay doesn't fulfill the terms of the will.Jay knows Kate is up to something. And the only way to find out what is to hide his true identity and lie his way into her home. But even Jay isn't prepared for what he discovers....
[from inside flaps] "This heartwarming story of three generations of Christmas letter writers is about family tradition, family love, family strength--the perfect story to give at Christmas, and to read yourself. Birdie Pickett, her daughter Mary, and her granddaughter Melanie are all storytellers at heart. Their letters-- folded inside their Christmas cards-- tend to be long ones because they write to explain their lives as much to themselves as to far-flung family and friends. Birdie writes the first one in 1944: "It is the day before Christmas and though I know I should be so happy with my own sweet angel baby Mary who lies right here beside me as I write this letter, I will tell you the truth. I am weepy, and cannot hold back my tears." Birdie's new husband, Bill Pickett, is fighting World War II in the Pacific, having left his wife and baby in his parents' care. "Well," writes Birdie, "it is the other way around, if you ask me." Much of the story is also told through shared recipes. As Mary says, "I feel as if I have written out my life story in recipes! The Cool Whip and mushroom soup years, the hibachi and fondie period, then the quiche and crepes phase, and now it's these salsa years." Melanie photocopies her first Christmas letter in 1996 and shares her big news: "I've started a novel ... luckily, Mom saved all of Grandma's letters." In these vivid, familiar, gossipy letters, Lee Smith's skill at capturing women's voices renders the "clash of generations"-- heard here at very close range-- as the music of our ever- evolving American family life. It's the perfect music to listen to at Christmastime." More novels by Lee Smith are in the Bookshare Collection.
In the heartwarming tradition of Richard Paul Evans's The Christmas Box, this timeless story will inspire all generations. With the whole family convened for holiday festivities, Grandpa speaks from his heart to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. "This may be the last Christmas I get to spend with each of you, so I want to give each of you a letter." The nine envelopes Grandpa hands to his family each contain a personal story of how they brought joy to him, and a life lesson that not only speaks to them but moves readers to reflect on the ways their lives have been touched by their loved ones.
K. O. is a young single woman who works at home as a medical transcriber and writes Christmas letters for those who would rather delicate that annual chore. She is outraged at Dr. Wynn Jeffries who recommends that parents of toddlers bury Santa Under the Sleigh. Her neighbor LaVonne reads fortunes in kitty litter and raisin bran and all of the men in her life are cats. Jeffries' father, Moon Puppy, is an ex hippie, a widower who employs drama and exaggeration to get attention. Adorable twin girls gone berserk with too much freedom and several innocent house pets swept along with these characters down a slapstick path to romance make for humorous, heart-warming Christmas reading.
Who doesn't love to open the mailbox during the holidays and find a newsletter? Whether it's a juicy missive from a college roommate inadvertently revealing her husband's wandering eye, a self-congratulatory account of a cousin's rise to power at the local fast-food joint, or a mind-numbingly detailed account of a year's medical ailments (including photos) from a coworker, they're always entertaining. Christmas Letters from Hell skewers holiday letters of all shapes and sizes, from the ones that come crammed with cheesy graphics or written from the perspective of the recently neutered family dog to those filled with stories of "perfect" family vacations that were clearly anything but. Here Santa uses his holiday letter to let the elves know that he'll be outsourcing to China effective immediately; a bipolar mom tells two very different versions of the year's events; and Osama bin Laden touches base with his high school host family in Minneapolis. Christmas Letters from Hell serves up a steaming, savory blend of the holiday cheer, humor, and twisted truth in our well-intended attempts to stay in touch gone horribly, horribly wrong.
In "Caterpillar Kisses," Naman shares the small but inspiring lessons she learned from her students as a kindergarten teacher. Now, in her first work of fiction, Naman evokes that same warmth and tenderness in stories set during the holiday season and centered on the lives of ordinary women.
THE LONE STAR SOCIAL CLUB A CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL... Mitch Ryan knew Phoebe Smith and her orphaned niece and nephew needed a home for the holidays. So the rich executive played Santa and offered Phoebe an apartment...in exchange for temporary secretarial services. The only catch: the apartment came fully furnished--with Mitch. Phoebe had to take the apartment, Mitch included. But on one condition: No fooling around! Which seemed fine with confirmed bachelor Mitch--he was only interested in short-term arrangements. Still, Phoebe never figured she'd fall for her irresistible roommate. And did she dare hope that Mitch would allow Phoebe and company to set up camp permanently--in his heart? You may walk in alone...but you won't leave that way!
This beautifully illustrated book looks at Christmas traditions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that have become a big part of how Christmas is celebrated today. Topics include how Santa came to be, the use of candles, why angels are a part of Christmas, Santa's workshop, elves and reindeer, parades, and much more.
Christmas whispers of wistful longings and warm family celebrations-the Savior has come. But the story isn't finished. "Peace on earth and goodwill toward men" will only be a wish and a vision until the Prince of Peace finally rules our world. The lights, the singing, the gift giving, and the joy foreshadow an eternal morning together in His presence. Through her artwork, her creative retelling of the Nativity, and her tender reflections of the Christmas season, Joni Eareckson Tada invites the reader to consider anew the Son of God, who is the wellspring of every joy, the fulfillment of every longing. Take time this Christmas season to step outside the clamor and excitement. Visit the stable and ask God to speak to you in the quiet and serenity and stillness. . . Never stop believing that He will fulfill His promise to live among us in unveiled majesty and splendor.
It's Christmastime in London, and unwittingly Grace is swirled into the sumptuous and scandalous world of Prince Maksim Rostov. When the unworldly secretary learns he took her innocence in exchange for a business deal, she flees broken-hearted.But when Maksim discovers Grace's pregnancy secret, the ruthless Russian drags her to his guarded mansion in snowy Moscow. There he'll keep her as his captive bride and unwilling princess....
THE PETS WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS "What kind of cat burglar brings her kitties?" groused tough state policeman Mike Burnette. Then Mike learned that his irrepressible intruder was actually Casey Crawford, his new--unwelcome-- housemate...for the entire holiday season. Bah, humbug! The rugged Scrooge warily tolerated caroling Casey's enthusiastic Christmas spirit, and stared in disbelief as she and her feline companions mesmerized his dog, enchanted his neighbors and even tried to "transform" the resident Grinch! Mike knew there was no such thing as love or happiness for a lifetime. But somehow, with Casey cuddled beside him, it was hard not to wish upon his special star...
A heartwarming collection of festive short stories for the holiday season--only available on eBook. Can the sisters, Dolores and Genevieve, finally break free from their mother's powerful grip? Can Larissa learn to embrace the endurance test that is the Office Christmas Party or will this year's be too much to handle? Can Alice open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn't want this Christmas? And when mysterious Madame Lucia sets up shop with her crystal ball above a travel agency, will the staff be convinced that fate really can play a hand? Full of charming, witty, and uplifting tales of life, love, and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, Christmas Magic is a delightful collection of tales--all told in Cathy's warm and engaging voice.
A Christmas to remember! The cosy market town of Heatherdale is a refuge for pediatrician Mia Redmond. Alone and penniless, her only hope is a once elegant Victorian house to restore and sell...much to the interest of her new neighbour-and new boss-consultant pediatrician Ryan Ferguson! Single dad Ryan is unsettled by his attraction to the vulnerable Mia-his young daughters and his work are all he has time for. But as the falling snow and fairy lights turn Heatherdale into a place of magic and wonder, Ryan realizes that all he wants for Christmas is Mia-in his arms!
When snowboard designer Sean Hughes sees Zoe Flynn hitchhiking at the bottom of Mount Hood he recognizes a free spirit-much like himself!They hit it off, and Zoe ends up agreeing to pose as Sean's girlfriend at his family's Thanksgiving. But following an accident and a misunderstanding they're soon stuck with each other for the Christmas holidays!Zoe's girl-next-door looks make Sean wish their charade was a romantic reality, but Zoe is hiding something...and he has until the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve to discover her secret!
A woman returns home to find a most unusual proposal from the most unexpected man. . . Sometimes you'll find the most unexpected things under the mistletoe--and on your doorstep!
A collection of three novellas celebrating the beauty of Christmas at Grace Chapel Inn. Snow is falling, carols are playing, and the Christmas spirit is settling over the small town of Acorn Hill. Grace Chapel Inn, the gracious Victorian bed-and-breakfast run by the Howard sisters, is ready to welcome you home for the holidays. As the three Howard sisters gather around the fire on Christmas Eve, they reminisce about their favorite Christmas memories. Louise shares about one snowy Christmas in 1951 when the young Howard sisters, visiting their newlywed Aunt Ethel's farm with their mother and father, witnessed the birth of a lamb on a snowy Christmas Eve. Alice talks about the year when she got stuck running the children's Christmas musical at Grace Chapel and couldn't have done it without the help of her sisters. And Jane reminisces about the year, just after the sisters all moved home and opened Grace Chapel Inn, that she organized a Christmas cookie drive for shut-ins that ended up teaching the whole town a lesson about generosity.
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