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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
A cat and mouse discover and share the spirit of Christmas. "Christmas, Schmistmas," Cat hissed. She was mad. Her children were excited about Christmas. They forgot all about her. So she ran off into the forest for her own Christmas. The forest was cold and dark and her tummy was empty. But Rabbit, Mouseling, Squirrel, and Bird were in the forest. A big, hungry Bear, with a very special Christmas surprise, was there, too.
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.
Detective Mark Kincaid was worn to the bone after his years on New York's tough city streets. Upon his return to Whitehorn, all he wanted was peace and quiet-not some sweet, adorable do-gooder messing up the sanctity of his brooding existence. His neighbor Darcy Montague was all sugar and spice, endearing herself with loaves of pumpkin bread and intimate dinners for two. Mark kept up his guard, knowing from experience that he could be hurt beyond repair. Was Darcy Montague too good to be true, or just the woman to make his heart come alive?
Every year, we say we're going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season--Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration. This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short, engaging chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.
Readers of Anne Perry's bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain's wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin. This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould-one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series-who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe. It's Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. But the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, good wine and gorgeously wrapped gifts. It's scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one-not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould-anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party. But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held partly responsible for the shocking turn of events. To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir sets out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to explain to the dead girl's mother the circumstances surrounding the sorrowful act-and to bring her back to England for the funeral. Gwendolen's sole companion on this nightmarish journey is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns more about the victim and the ugly forces that shaped her desperate deed, she understands the heartbreaking truth of the tragedy.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and one fascinating feline offers the most glorious gift of all...To help his daughter Joy recover after the death of her mother, Justin Wingate brings her to a Christmas party. But the only ones to whom the girl will speak are a tiny white kitten--and bereaved widow Meghan Kenwick. Now it's up to an angelic ball of fur to mend ties, restore faith--and bring soulmates together...30,000 Words
The new Sheriff in Trouble, Texas, had a lot to prove. The last thing needed was a gorgeous CIA analyst getting in his way-at Christmastime no less! Trouble's newly minted sheriff, Garrett Galloway, is determined to move on from his traumatic past. But when Laurel McCallister tracks him down and begs for help, he can't say no to the smart, beautiful CIA analyst. She's desperate to find the assailant who killed her niece's family-and now wants her dead. On the run, Garrett, Laurel and her young niece escape to a Texas ranch, but danger follows. Garrett's courage lessens Laurel's initial distrust of the mysterious lawman and sparks fly in the remote cabin. Now he must succeed for more reasons than avenging Laurel's family.
Not only is Julian Dare dashing and wealthy, but he's the heir to an earldom. So what do you get a man who has everything? Innocent and comely Verity Ewing plans on giving Julian her heart--the most precious gift of all.
Never before collected in one volume, here are Pete Hamill's stories about Brooklyn, the borough in which he was born and grew up, and the one closest to his heart.A young boy with a mysterious past forever transforms the lives of the neighborhood toughs. A man returns to his old haunts to avenge the death of his brother. A couple chooses to embrace their memories of a bygone era rather than live in a diminished future.These are stories of a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming over with nostalgia (which Hamill has called the most common New York emotion), for the world after the war, the city before heroin and crack, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, even, for some, the world of the Depression.Full of pieces that have been unavailable for years, this collection is classic Hamill -- a must-read for his fans, for those who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.
"Hamill, a master raconteur, mines his own roots in this enchanting new anthology. " ---New York Times Pete Hamill's collected stories about Brooklyn present a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming with nostalgia---for the world after the war, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, and even, for some, the years of Prohibition and the Depression. THE CHRISTMAS KID is vintage Hamill. Set in the borough where he was born and raised, it is a must-read for his many fans, for all who love New York, and for anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.
At Christmastime, as young girls are disappearing, Rose is having disturbing dreams that reveal where their dead bodies can be found.
Meet the young Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force. Christmas Eve, 1988. Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called out on a freezing night to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighbourhood, The Devil's Pocket. There, with the rest of the city celebrating, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner's shadow to outwit a terrifying predator on the same vicious city streets he will later revisit with his future partner, Jessica Balzano. This ebook-exclusive short story also includes the opening of Richard Montanari's terrifying new novel, The Doll Maker.
Warm up with these sweet and sexy holiday tales of love and romance...Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. NorfleetSmall town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home--along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it--and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him--until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her....Mistletoe Lane Regina HartBenjamin Brooks's marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair--with his boss. Now he's returned to Trinity Falls to start a new job--and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won't let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she's determined to help Ben heal--through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well....His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher MelloBianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina. But she's not at all prepared for her father's golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday-loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season...
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...
Three Zebra Christmas romances: A Highland Christmas (Cameron); Sara's Gift (Henry); When All Through the Night (Sumner).
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....
A mistletoe kiss to change her life... Ethan Caversham has always avoided Christmas. But when he hires Christmas-loving Ruby Hampton to transform an English castle into a luxurious festive resort, that's about to change! Ruby longs for the perfect Christmas with the perfect family but it's always been slightly out of reach. Now, though, her new boss is sending tingles up her spine with every stolen kiss! If she can just convince Ethan to let go of his past, perhaps this will be the year all her Christmas wishes come true...
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?
Santa and Mrs. Claus must rush to find a home for a foundling kitten named Cookie. Santa would love to keep the kitten, but he's allergic--and there's a little girl out there with the perfect home. Readers familiar with Pulver's Christmas for a Kitten will delight in Cookie's further Christmas Eve adventures.
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