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This holiday story finds 60-year -old Gloria Bailey doing informal good works for needy cases seven years after her husband died, and her youngest son, Matthew, disappeared without a trace at age 17. With infinite good nature, Gloria fends off the complaints of her crabby widow neighbor, Miriam, annoyed by the constant riffraff at Gloria's house, while Gloria still sadly hopes that wayward Matthew will somehow return. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Chaz McConnell, a hard-luck drifter and drinker with a good heart, starts his Christmas season job as a security guard at the local department store and is reluctantly drawn into the lives of the people around him. Everyone changes for the better in this tidy fable.
The Christmas Eve Bride by Lynne GrahamRocco thought he was done with Amber after her betrayal two years earlier. But when he unexpectedly runs into her, the attraction is still strong-so he asks her to become his mistress! Amber only accepts so her baby boy can have a better Christmas. But Rocco's plan for revenge changes as he begins picturing a future with Amber...and their son.A Marriage Proposal for Christmas by Carole MortimerCally Turner thinks Noel Carlton is an egotistical playboy! The only reason she's agreed to work for him is so she can give her daughter a Christmas to remember. But as she spends more time with Noel, she begins to wonder what's more irritating-his infuriating arrogance or unexpected tenderness?A Bride for Christmas by Marion LennoxWealthy businessman-and contented bachelor-Guy Carver is in Australia to take ownership of Jenny Westmere's wedding salon. It's strictly business. So no one is more surprised than Guy himself when he realizes that the deal he really wants to ink is making Jenny and her little boy his family by Christmas!
Three proposals. . . beneath the mistletoe!HER CHRISTMAS ROMEO by Carole MortimerItalian executive Roberto Romeo seems very taken by his pretty sales assistant. So as the snow falls and the Christmas festivities begin, he sets about finding a new role for her. . . as his fiancée!THE TYCOON'S CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENT by Rebecca WintersAnnie can scarcely believe it when her dynamic boss, Mitch Reynolds, bestows a kiss beneath the Christmas party mistletoe. Could the tycoon really be thinking about making Annie's Christmas dreams come true?A BRIDE FOR CHRISTMAS by Marion LennoxAfter wealthy Guy Carver arrives in Australia to take over Jenny Westmere's wedding salon, he finds he has only one piece of business in mind: to make Jenny and her little boy his family--by Christmas!
It's Christmas in Epiphany, Pennsylvania--the busiest time of year for Mel Halner. But running the family Christmas tree farm has worn down his love for the happiest season of all, and lately Mel's been wondering what if he'd said yes to a ticket out of town with millionaire Bryce Campion three years ago. Bryce isn't used to people saying no to him, and he can't forget Mel or their brief but sizzling affair. He might not have been offering forever, but Bryce can't understand a guy as sexy and smart as Mel choosing to stay rooted on the family farm over enjoying the high life with him. He's determined to make Mel see what he's missed out on the first chance he gets.
Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie are two sparkling comedies from early in the career of Nancy Mitford, beloved author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, here published in one volume with a new introduction by Jane Smiley. In Christmas Pudding, an array of colorful characters converge on the hunt-obsessed Lady Bobbin's country house, including her rebellious daughter Philadelphia, the girl's pompous suitor, a couple of children obsessed with newspaper death notices, and an aspiring writer whose serious first novel has been acclaimed as the funniest book of the year, to his utter dismay. In Pigeon Pie, set at the outbreak of World War II, Lady Sophia Garfield dreams of becoming a beautiful spy but manages not to notice a nest of German agents right under her nose, until the murder of her maid and kidnapping of her beloved bulldog force them on her attention, with heroic results. Delivered with a touch lighter than that of Mitford's later masterpieces but no less entertaining, these comedies combine glamour, wit, and fiendishly absurd plots into irresistible literary confections.
When a boy's puppy is missing at Christmas time he learns an important lesson about the real meaning of giving.
Years ago, Rebecca Beachy kept her reasons for rejecting Gideon Troyer's marriage proposal a secret. Then Gideon left their Amish community. Now, Rebecca crafts quilts to raise money to cure her blindness. She's also busy guarding her heart against love. Until Gideon returns, at risk of being shunned, to make the winning bid on one of her exquisite quilts. Will the quilt-a patchwork promise of rediscovered love-bring Gideon and Rebecca back together again?
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie's sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Hope Nichols has never felt as if she belonged anywhere, except her hometown of Pine Gulch. So, when she hears that her family's property, Christmas Ranch, is set to be shut down forever, a determined Hope heads home. She refuses to let the Grinch steal her holiday-this will be the most memorable ranch Christmas ever! And, thanks to hunky former navy SEAL Rafe Santiago and his adorable nephew, she might just pull off that miracle. Rafe is undeniably drawn to Hope and her passion for rebuilding her family home. But he knows more about Hope's tragic past than even she herself could imagine. And though she doesn't know it, she owes him her life. And all he wants in return is for her to spend it with him...
A NEW Cowboys of Cold Creek story from New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne! Hope Nichols has never felt as if she belonged anywhere except her hometown of Pine Gulch. So when she hears that her family's property, Christmas Ranch, is set to be shut down forever, a determined Hope heads home. She refuses to let anything ruin her holiday-this will be the most memorable ranch Christmas ever! And thanks to hunky former navy SEAL Rafe Santiago and his adorable nephew, she might just pull off that miracle. Plus a heartwarming RaeAnne Thayne favorite from the Cowboys of Cold Creek series, A Cold Creek Holiday, also included in this book! "A richly plotted story with characters that are easy to care about, this one is as emotional as it is funny." -RT Book Reviews on A Cold Creek Holidayst family holiday ever?
He is one weird Christmas visitor -- his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an exterminator: Toxic roach powders and poisonous fog bombs. But a crossbow? Eric is fascinated at first. He's been bored this snowbound vacation, and has already zapped about a zillion Zergs. Antsy, he's even sneaked a look at the Christmas presents hidden beneath his parents' bed. Then Anje Gabrail, this exterminator, appears, talking a little madly about his war against rats -- about killing them. "The worst," Anje says. And if Eric sees one in the Eden Apartments, he is to call Anje's twenty-four-hour cell phone immediately. Later that Monday, the fourth day before Christmas, a rat does appear in the building's basement -- and Eric finds himself suddenly, frighteningly swept into Anje's vengeful army. As either partner...or victim. With only a flashlight.
"Don't look!"When Kayla Wilson finds a body in Lake Michigan, she shields her daughter's eyes and calls the police. But not before spotting a stranger lurking in the woods-watchingher. And when her bed-and-breakfast is broken into, she knows the man is after her. Coast Guard officer Rafe DeSilva is sure the attacks are related to his current case- a crime ring operating in the Great Lakes. He will do whatever is necessary to keep Kayla and her daughter, Brianna, safe...while holding them at arm's length. Until Brianna is kidnapped, and Rafe puts everything on the line for a Christmas rescue.
My ex-husband had his extravagant moments. So begins a delightful short story by Douglas Kennedy, the #1 international bestselling author of The Moment, just in time for Christmas, and only available as an eBook. Erica, a Manhattan corporate lawyer, seemingly has it all--a gorgeous Tribeca loft, a hefty paycheck, a svelte physique, and an engagement ring worth a healthy six-figure sum. The problem is that the ring was given to her by her now ex-husband, who wants it back and is willing to pay her handsomely for it. In this state of material wealth, Erica has found herself utterly alone, her life empty, her only companions the piles of work sitting on her midtown office desk. It's Christmas Eve, and as she finally decides to call it a day, she walks through the building's lobby, begins a conversation with the doorman, and in one extravagant moment of her own, discovers the truth about the gift of giving.
In her latest romance, Jane Goodger weaves an unforgettable tale of a woman who thinks shes lost everything--until a little Christmas magic reunites her with the one man she could never forget. . . Dashing, debonair, and completely irresistible, Edward Hollings has all of Newport buzzing--and to Maggie Pierces surprise, she alone has caught his eye. But when the handsome earl returns to England without proposing, a devastated Maggie knows she must forget him. Life only gets worse for Maggie, as all her dreams of happiness and love come crashing down around her. When Maggie receives an invitation to go to England for the Christmas birth of her dear friends baby, she accepts--vowing to keep her devastating lies and shameful secrets from the one man she has ever loved. Edward vowed hed never marry, but he came dangerously close with Maggie. Shes beautiful, witty, indescribably desirable--and Edward cant forget her. When Maggie visits mutual friends for Christmas, Edward cant stay away. In fact, he finds himself more attracted to her than ever--a desire fueled even more by Maggies repeated snubs. With the love he never thought hed find slipping away, Edward is determined to make Maggie his own, no matter what the cost. . . Jane Goodger lives in Rhode Island with her husband and three children. Jane, a former journalist, has written seven historical romances. When she isnt writing, shes reading, walking, playing with her kids, or anything else completely unrelated to cleaning a house.
From the book jacket: IT'S AUTUMN IN HARMONY, AND Pastor Sam Gardner has vowed to be ready for Christmas. Determined to redeem a dreadful history of gift giving, Sam enrolls in a scrapbooking class to make a Christmas gift his wife will never forget. However, Sam's absence from their home every Wednesday night, coupled with his fishy alibi of attending a men's group, raises her suspicions. Meanwhile, Sam struggles in the class and must attempt to complete his project with only the help of his faithful secretary, Frank. As Christmas fast approaches and rumors of Sam's Wednesday night absences swirl along with the snow, a series of mishaps leads to a Christmas no one will soon forget.
When Eireanne O'Conner returns to Ballynaheath, her home in Ireland, for Christmas, she finds that her brother has married, her new sister-in-law's family is ever-present, and her friends, the Hannigan twins (Year of Living Scandalously) are up to their usual tricks. During the twelve days of Christmas, there are secrets and surprises that will either sink Eireanne deeper into the scandals that have surrounded her family, or send her to London to find a titled husband who will hopefully add some dignity to a family who can't seem to keep away from scandal!know who is the author and who is the intended love interest. Once again, Eireanne and Mr. Bristol dissect the sequence of events, looking for clues. She finds Mr. Bristol very charming and witty. He does not seem to care about her reputation. He talks about America and his family's estate in New York, and she is enchanted with his descriptions of his life there. When a third letter is found, the author declares that he can no longer stay away and will come to openly voice his esteem at the Twelfth Night celebration Declan and Keira plan to host. All of County Galway is on tenterhooks on the Twelfth Night. When a final letter is found, Mr. Bristol claims he wrote it for Eireanne. No one believes him (it was too poorly written for an educated man), but he insists it is true. He has fallen in love with Eireanne. They are married that night. As it turns out, Molly and Mabe guessed at Mr. Bristol's esteem for Eireanne and, without his knowledge, concocted the dropped love letters to put them together--their Christmas Secret. When they confided Mr. Bristol in their scheme, he was appalled and insisted they tell Eireanne the truth. But love won out and he saw the opportunity for himself and was persuaded to make a grand gesture, and of course Eireanne loves him just as much. And Molly and Mabe happily live on to mess in other people's lives.
December 1890:Eleven days before Christmas, Clarice and her husband, Reverend Dominic Corde, arrive in the idyllic village of Cottisham to watch over the Reverend Wynter's flock, whilst he takes a richly deserved holiday. With its village green and thatched cottages, Cottisham is a far cry from the bleak London parish they've left behind. But Clarice can't shake the feeling that the welcoming smiles of the locals are hiding dark secrets. When a shocking discovery confirms her suspicions, Clarice can't resist investigating. Could it be that the Reverend is not all that he seems? Are there black sheep in the fold?One thing is certain: Clarice is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means putting her own life in danger.
The millionaire... Being forced to spend Christmas with his godfather's mistress was not Quinn Mannion's idea of fun. Laura Maclane might be beautiful, but Quinn had no doubt she was a heartless gold digger. Why else would his godfather have left money to an attractive younger woman? ...and the mistress Laura had never wanted money--she'd just wanted to get to know her father. Unfortunately, now that he was dead, who would believe she was his daughter? Certainly not Quinn. Infuriated, Laura decided to play up to his expectations of her--and soon Quinn wanted her as his mistress...
Single mom Angie Malone left Christmas wishes to her daughter. After all, Santa couldn't fix the broken heart Angie'd had since Jubal Jamison married another woman. She had never seen Jubal again. . . not even to say she was carrying his child. But now a miracle might happen for Angie and her little girl. With Jubal hired as the vet for the Sandbur Ranch, there was a chance for father and daughter to find each other. And with Christmas just around the corner, perhaps Jubal and Angie could finally forgive the past--and become the family they'd always wanted to be. . . .
Many lives are wound around this wonderful story of a boy's love for his mother.
Two weeks before Christmas, Kevin and Sally decide to build a snowman. One night they look out the window and are amazed to see Mr. Snow-their snowman-making snow angels, sledding, and even skating on the pond. But when the weather warms up just before Christmas and Mr. Snow starts to melt, Kevin and Sally come up with a plan to save their friend by imploring the help of Santa Claus. Johanna Westerman's elegant drawings compliment Margery Cuyler's touching story to create a book that is perfect for children and parents to share during the holiday season. Ages 4-8.
A young boy and his mother spend Christmas 1943 with relatives in northern Minnesota while his father is fighting in the war in Europe. They take a long journey by train to a snowy land of vast frozen lakes, deep and sparkling cold, and the most magical Christmas tree the boy has ever seen. He knows this will be the last Christmas he will spend with his cousin, who is dying. The boy's uncle overhears the two cousins say there is no Santa Claus, and in a grand gesture that is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, he restores the children's faith in the spirit of the season.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Dead bodies. Mysterious gunmen. Eerie voices rising from the mist. When Chelsea Caldwell returned to run her aunt's B & B in Jenkins Cove, she hadn't counted on being swept into a strange and frightening mystery. Something was wrong in the old Victorian house--and it started with the arrival of one guest: Michael Bryant. Michael shadowed her, probed her past and turned up at the deadliest moments. But Chelsea couldn't resist his sexy swagger and dark good looks. Though Michael promised to protect her, she sensed that he had secrets. . . dark secrets that could get her killed.
In his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring true stories of family and friends celebrating Christian traditions during Christmastime. In his bestselling books, It's Your Time and Become a Better You, and in his weekly worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, Joel Osteen offers hope to millions through his belief in the power of faith and the goodness of God. The Christmas season has become a bustling period for many, filled with distractions and anxiety. Osteen will help readers return to the essence of the holiday, by practising the principles taught by the Child born that day, and by reminding all of what is truly important in life. In the tradition of bestselling books that share Christmas memories and stories to celebrate the essence of the season - the birth of Christ and the hope and love of His message - Osteen's collection of unique stories will illuminate the importance of family and faith, and set readers on the path to a hopeful, peaceful holiday filled with Christian spirit. As always, his words and his practical faith-based advice will be inspiring and insightful, a welcome light in the lives of the faithful at a very special time of year. Influential in the Christian community around the globe, Joel Osteen is a major source of inspiration and an initiator of change for the millions to whom he preaches. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.
For many, the Christmas season can be filled with distractions and anxiety rather than the joy and peace it is supposed to bring. In The Christmas Spirit, his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting and inspiring stories of family and friends celebrating Christmas traditions that will help readers return to the essence of the holiday by practicing the principles taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate that day. With these stories, Joel reminds us all of what is truly important in life. Filled with humorous and compelling holiday memories from Joel's family and friends, this heartwarming collection will inspire and amuse readers while enhancing their faith in God's goodness and eternal wisdom. The stories in The Christmas Spirit reflect that this Christian holiday is a celebration of family: God's family, our own, and the diverse global family. Friends and families from near and far share faith and Christmas traditions: They laugh together. They grieve together. They support each other. They offer proof that the best way to overcome hurt and loneliness is to reach out to others who may be hurting and lonely, too. Joel's unique stories and memories will encourage readers to savor their own Christmas memories, to share them with loved ones, and to create new memories and traditions that will be passed down for generations to come. For those feeling stressed, hurt, or lacking direction this holiday season, these heartwarming stories will serve as a healing balm and a guiding light to a more hopeful and peaceful holiday. Over the past decade, Joel Osteen has been called the Most Influential Christian in America by numerous publications and, in 2006, was named one of Barbara Walters's Most Fascinating People. Hailed as "America's voice of hope," Joel Osteen is one of the most respected pastors in America. Each week 43,000 people attend his worship services at Lakewood Church in Houston, and his weekly inspirational program is seen by more than 7 million television viewers across America, along with tens of millions more in 200 nations throughout the world. This new book of stories from family and friends about Christmas will be cherished by readers everywhere.
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