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Ellis the Elephant is back! In Christmas in America, the fifth in Callista Gingrich's New York Times bestselling series, Ellis discovers the meaning of Christmas and learns how this special holiday has been celebrated throughout American history. In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims' Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and From Sea to Shining Sea, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Christmas in America, this adorable pachyderm explores the tales and traditions that have made Christmas a cherished part of the American experience. Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Christmas in America will delight readers who want to discover how the celebration of Christmas has prevailed and brought out the best in our nation.
Calcutta has one of the largest Anglo-Indian populations in the world. This is a community with members who occupy a wide range of socio-economic positions and who live a variety of lives that are always nuanced by their being Anglo-Indian. However, the community has been conveniently stereotyped by the media. Christmas in Calcutta goes beyond the stereotype and delves deep in this study of the Anglo-Indian community in Calcutta. The book comprises life stories, memoir pieces and essays on issues of contemporary interest. It is organised into four sections: 'Identity' focuses on the origins, characteristics and the constitutional definition of the community; 'Faith', or specifically the practice of Christianity, is the subject of study in the second section; 'Education' points out some of the failings of the education system for the community; and the final section, 'Community Care', talks about Anglo-Indian care and the consolidation of their community through this care. By drawing on the vital lives of real individuals, the author hopes that there is a change to the lens through which these people of India are viewed.
Lady Noelle has no intention of marrying just to save her family's castle. She feels nothing for Sir Gavin, the man who will become her husband on Christmas Day. Then she spies Camelot's newest knight, the notorious Sir Nicholas the Dragon, A champion as renowned for his prowess in the beds of Camelot's maidens as for his skill in battle. Noelle's heart has found the man she longs for, even as her hand is promised to another. . . . Are Always Unexpected Sir Nicholas's only loyalty is to his king whose orders are clear: He is to fend off the enemy besieging Noelle's castle and bring the lady safely back to Camelot for her wedding day. But spending time with the proud beauty awakens an irresistible hunger in him. Now, as desire does battle with duty, Nicholas has only two choices - to surrender the woman he loves to another man or fight to the end to make her his own . . .
First, drop in at 5-B Poppy Lane, where you'll get a chance to visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met-andthey'll share Helen's breathtaking adventures during the Second World War. Then drive out to Grace and Cliff Harding's place. They have a small horse ranch not far from Cedar Cove. Mary Jo Wyse and her little girl, Noelle, will be there, too. Join them in reliving their memories of the Christmas Mary Jo came to Cedar Cove, pregnant and alone, and had her baby in the Hardings' stable (well, actually the apartmentaboveit). That's the night firefighter Mack McAfee began to fall for Mary Jo and the idea of a family-with her.
She claimed to be a waitress and a single mother, but Rebecca Parsons doesn't look like any hash-slinger Pine Gulch Police Chief Trace Bowman has ever seen. And she doesn't seem particularly maternal toward her little girl, either. Still, one look in her vulnerable green eyes and his protective instincts go into overdrive. Attention from local law enforcement is the last thing Becca needs. She'll do anything to protect her little sister Gabi from their con-artist mother, even lie about their identities. When Trace shows up at their house carrying a Christmas tree and stirring desires she can't afford to indulge, she longs to surrender to the magic of the season with him. But Becca's past is catching up-fast. Can her sexy police chief perform a Christmas miracle?
He'll be home for Christmas... Jeff James survived capture inspired by the memory of Liza deLane's apricot-glazed ham. And her luscious lips. Now he's a free man, with one Christmas wish--to meet Liza, the new Martha Stewart, heroine of hearth, home and keeping hubby happy. Uh-oh--her home? She'd never found a room she couldn't decorate, a baby she couldn't cuddle, a mess she couldn't clean up. Until Jeff. Now America's sweetheart has a problem...a borrowed husband, some rented kids and a very big secret.
"A master storyteller. . .one of the world's most popular novelists." -The Des Moines Register The greatest gift is love. . .Ski instructor Annie Bennett doesn't have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn't always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best--until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor's land becomes a potent distraction. . .Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there's something about Annie that's as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn't want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she's too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word. . .
A Christmas gift she can't refuse... Billionaire Niccolo Da Conti has everything a man could want-the money, the cars, the business empire-but seeing the unbearably enticing Alannah Collins again has sparked his possessive streak. He'll hire her, seduce her and cross her off his wish list once and for all! Alannah knows the danger of working too closely with the sensual Sicilian, but she'd be a fool to refuse his help launching her business. Now, with Niccolo ruthlessly trying to seduce her under the mistletoe, her every defense is threatened. Can she stop him from unwrapping the truths she's fought to conceal?
Philip Gulley takes us to Harmony, Indiana, at Christmastime as inspiration strikes the inimitable Dale Hinshaw. Always looking for a way to increase the church's profit margins, Hinshaw brainstorms a progressive nativity scene that will involve the whole town, complete with a map like those for the Hollywood stars. Neither Pastor Sam Gardner nor the other members of the Harmony Friends meeting express any enthusiasm for this idea, but Dale is unstoppable. Meanwhile, Pastor Sam has his own concerns: he's having his annual argument with his wife, and he's worried that the four-slotted toaster he bought for her may be too lavish a gift. Amidst the bustle of the season, the citizens of Harmony experience the simple joys and sometime loneliness that often go unseen. Sam comes to the realization that Dale, in his own misguided way, is only trying to draw meaning from the eternal story of Christmas. "In this unsettled world, it is good to have this steadiness -- the Christmas Eve service, the peal of the bell. . . .There is a holiness to memory, a sense of God's presence in these mangers of the mind. Which might explain why it is that the occasions that change the least are often the very occasions that change us the most."
Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it'd been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort - because Jack has no memory of his family.All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn't wait to leave town. Now he's a local hero with a wife and son he doesn't know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.
Only a family emergency could drag Abby Vernay home to Key West for Christmas. And there's certainly nothing holly berry and mistletoe about this visit. She's got to bail out her eccentric father, and that means taking on the local law. None other than police captain Reese Burkett, Abby's high-school crush--and the man she's been avoiding for thirteen years. She doesn't know about Reese, but she's never forgotten the night of her graduation, a night that left Abby with bittersweet memories and a secret that changed her life. Yet even Abby can't deny that Reese's behavior has been very good and he doesn't deserve a lump of coal this year. In fact, he has a right to finally know the truth. Besides, seeing him again makes her want to let go of the past and move on to a future. . . together. Except he'll probably never forgive her. . . . Merry Christmas? Bah, humbug.
No one does the holidays like Linda Lael Miller, whose Christmas novels have warmed the hearts of millions of readers the world over! Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. <P><P>But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit-she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. There was one potential prince, though-Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities-but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected... Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva-the woman who raised her-needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!
Open up this precious treasury of classic stories and you rediscover what makes Christmas so special. Fond memories come flooding back as these heartwarming tales transport you to happy times surrounded by family and friends. What makes these stories such a special gift is that they come from the heart. They share the spark of Christmas in all of us--the caring, the sharing, and the self-giving love.Joe Wheeler's great discovery is that the best of Christmas is in our hearts, and we embrace life in new ways when we read heartwarming stories about this joyous season. He was so convinced of this that he began to collect all sorts of Christmas stories, old and new, from far and wide. With the trained eye of a seasoned English professor, and the sensitive heart of one who grew up listening to wonderful stories year after year, he knows a good story when he hears it.In Christmas in My Heart, the author brings together the best old familiar favorites and fresh new yarns from his literary treasure trove. The riches of master storytellers such as Pearl S. Buck, Madeleine L'Engle, Taylor Caldwell, and O. Henry are combined with stirring tales from the golden age of Christmas stories to form a priceless treasury of holiday classics.Read them once, to loved ones or in peaceful solitude, and they will forever become a part of your family's Christmas traditions. Because these stories sparkle and shine with the true spirit of Christmas, they will make you smile, bring tears to your eyes, and give you goose bumps all over. You may give this delightful collection as a gift from the heart to someone you love, or buy it for yourself. No matter what, you won't be able to put it down, or to let one Christmas pass by without opening this timeless treasury of heartwarming stories.
[from inside dust jacket flaps] "When the good cheer and anticipation of Christmas get crowded out by long lines and to-do lists, let your spirits be lifted by the heartwarming stories in this classic collection. Find joy in the midst of the hustle and bustle as you read the tale of a teddy bear's gift to two lonely people or the account of love's power to heal the wounded heart of a disillusioned young woman. Whether you read these stories aloud to loved ones or savor them alone, you'll be drawn back to them again and again--each time feeling as if you've come in from the cold. Compiled by Joe L. Wheeler, longtime collector of great stories and books, this collection has been beautifully illustrated with classic engravings and woodcuts."
Joe Wheeler's bestselling Christmas in My Heart series brings joy to readers by reawakening the true spirit of the season within themselves. His two previous collections make gifts that send a cherished message of love and help families establish a cozy holiday tradition of reading these stories together. In Christmas in My Heart: A Third Treasury, Wheeler offers more warm, tender, and beautiful stories, such as the tale of a young girl who dreams of getting a doll for Christmas or the story of the little orphan who radiates the love of holidays. No family will want to miss out on these lovely stories.
Children eagerly await the arrival of Christmas day in this fun portrait of a joyful yule.
In a beautifully rendered portrait, Jimmy Carter remembers the Christmas days of his Plains boyhood -- the simplicity of family and community gift-giving, his father's eggnog, the children's house decorations, the school Nativity pageant, the fireworks, Luke's story of the birth of Christ, and the poignancy of his black neighbors' poverty. Later, away at Annapolis, he always went home to Plains, and during his Navy years, when he and Rosalynn were raising their young family, they spent their Christmases together re-creating for their children the holiday festivities of their youth. Since the Carters returned home to Plains for good, they have always been there on Christmas Day, with only one exception in forty-eight years: In 1980, with Americans held hostage in Iran, Jimmy, Rosalynn, and Amy went by themselves to Camp David, where they felt lonely. Amy suggested that they invite the White House staff and their families to join them and to celebrate. Nowadays the Carters' large family is still together at Christmastime, offering each other the gifts and the lifelong rituals that mark this day for them. With the novelist's eye that enchanted readers of his memoir An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter has written another American classic, in the tradition of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory and Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales.
Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter. When her older brother Josh struggled with his love life, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb flirted with the idea of leaving their order, she firmly told him he was wrong. Over the years, she's watched her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in her family's store during her spare time. Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated this holiday season. But everything changes when her father hires Ben Knox. Ben Knox is the "bad boy" of Sugarcreek. Though he's never considered jumping the fence, he's certainly never tried to be anything close to dutiful. Two years ago he left Sugarcreek under a cloud of shame. Rumors circulated that his rumspringa had been filled with more than the usual harmless explorations. Now he's back and working side by side with Judith. As the chaos of the holiday season threatens to sap all joy, sparks fly between Ben and Judith. But Judith steels herself to ignore her infatuation. The last thing she wants to be is just one more girl who falls under Ben's spell. Ben, on the other hand, wants Judith to realize there's more to him than his bad reputation. When he fled Sugarcreek, he was running from a disruptive home life. Now that he's back, he wants a fresh beginning. Could this Christmas season bring love and a new life for the unlikeliest pair in Sugarcreek?
Texas Tough...And Christmas TenderChristmas Baby BlessingsTina LeonardRanger Seagal West is back in Bridesmaids Creek, Texas, on bodyguard duty with his soon-to-be ex, Capri Snow. And what a body to guard: to his surprise, she's carrying twin babies. His babies. Capri is as irresistible and stubborn as ever. So how can Seagal convince Capri they all belong together-and not just for Christmas?The Christmas RescueRebecca WintersA slippery road, a speeding car...and Texas Ranger Flynn Patterson finds a baby lying helpless in the wreck. As he comforts the boy, Flynn's heart turns over. He'll never stop grieving his own lost family. But he can take care of this little guy, and his desperate mother. No matter how Andrea Sinclair pushes him away, Flynn knows the safest place for the fugitives this Christmas is his own lonely home. But will they stay?
A heartwarming 2-in-1 filled with joy and faith, just in time for the holiday season!
'Tis the season for a steamy reunion from USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard... Whatever possessed Emma Braithwaite to move to Silver Glen? She had no illusions that being in Aidan Kavanagh's hometown would reignite their love. But now that Aidan's returned for his brother's Christmas wedding, it's clear her explosive attraction to him has lost none of its power.She is the cool English beauty whose betrayal once shattered his heart. So Aidan's not looking for reconciliation--all he wants is Emma in his bed! Needless to say, Emma has other ideas; she's not settling for anything less than commitment this time...Be sure to read other scandalous stories from The Kavanaghs of Silver Glen series by Janice Maynard, only from Harlequin® Desire! A NOT-SO-INNNOCENT SEDUCTIONBABY FOR KEEPS
Snuggling by the fire, gazing at the twinkling lights and sipping warm wassail...the holiday cookbook celebrates them all. Whether you celebrate in a cabin or a cottage, Chirstmas in the Country will really take you "home"again.
The undisputed queen of hip-hop fiction, #1 Essence bestselling author Nikki Turner unwraps a talented new collection of writers with raw urban stories to jingle your bells this season. Christmas in the Hood presents fresh talent alongside shining stars such as K. Elliott and Seth "Soul Man" Ferranti--all writing gritty tales that reveal what the holidays bring for the naughty and the nice who live by the code of the street. In "Secret Santa," after her children's Christmas presents are stolen, a woman has to decide what she's willing to sacrifice to give them the holiday they deserve; in "Me and Grandma," a senior sleighs more crack than candy canes to bring Christmas cheer to her needy grandkids; and in "Holiday Hell," Noelle must raise $23,000 to repay a loan shark or her sister will become a ghost of Christmas past. True to the streets and true to the season, these stories will raise the holiday spirit in the heart of even the most ghetto-hardened gangsta. "The ghetto's voice without constraint."-Upscale, on Tales from da Hood.
For the first time ever, the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped, and the stockings have been hung. And that's mistletoe, not cobwebs, hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels ... really!The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!But a strange "Christmas visitor" at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It's an impossible match--a human and a vangel--but Christmas is a time for magic.Karl and Faith don't stand a chance ...
Thomas the Tank Engine can't wait for the Wellsworth Christmas Eve Festival, but when stormy weather rolls in, he might miss the celebrations completely. Ages 3-6.
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