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A Christine Bennett Mystery.A cheerful Christmas party at St. Stephen's Convent is spoiled when the guest of honor, Father Hudson McCormick, fails to arrive. Worried Sister Joseph asks Christine Bennet, a former St. Stephen' s nun, to investigate. Now every signpost points Christine into the past -- to a troubled young woman who committed suicide and a once-prominent family that has vanished as mysteriously as Father McCormick himself . . .
A cheerful Christmas party at St. Stephen's Convent is spoiled when the guest of honor, Father Hudson McCormick, fails to arrive. Worried Sister Joseph asks Christine Bennet, a former St. Stephen' s nun, to investigate. Now every signpost points Christine into the past -- to a troubled young woman who committed suicide and a once-prominent family that has vanished as mysteriously as Father McCormick himself ... It's a snowy Christmas at St. Stephen's Convent, where a cheerful party awaits an old friend and former confessor, Father Hudson McCormick. But he never reaches his destination. Christine Bennett, a former St. Stephen's nun, arrives to investigate the disappearance. But the nuns are mum until an old scandal involving the priest and a St. Stephen's novice rears its ugly head. Has Father McCormick, unable to face the scene of his sins, gone underground? Or has someone taken belated revenge, ensuring that the truth will never be known?
On Christmas Eve, Melody James leaves the hospital to start life anew without her charismatic, powerful husband, Zeke. The injuries that ended her dancing career-and her marriage-may have healed, but her heart is still shattered. Tycoon Zeke fought to be the best, clawing his way from nothing to the very best, and he's going to fight for Melody. He sweeps her off to a stunning London penthouse suite, intent on seduction. All the man who has everything wants for Christmas is his wife-back in his bed!
The seventh title in the lively Ballerina Dreams series, written by trained dancer and successful author, Ann Bryant. The Central School of Ballet has been involved in the creation of these realistic stories capturing the dreams and dramas of three budding ballerinas.
In her beloved Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers both the authentic Victorian charm and the nail-biting suspense that have made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk tales bestsellers for a generation. Though rife with intrigue, these special seasonal stories beam with the blessed light of the holiday. Ten days before Christmas, as an icy wind cuts through London, wealthy James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a deadly world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth's only hope, he believes, is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the prodigal son. Rathbone knows nothing of the sensation-obsessed underworld where Lucien now dwells, but he acquires two unexpected new companions who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk's medical clinic, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor who turns no one away, however undeserving. Slowly this odd trio gathers clues--about Lucien's mad infatuation with a beautiful woman named Sadie, and about Shadwell, the ruthless man who owns her and, like the Devil, never lets go of one of his own. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a most valuable recruit: young Bessie, a teenager whose courage holds fast even in the depths of the slum. And so they set forth on their odyssey into London's dark streets, on a mission whose outcome they cannot begin to guess.Anne Perry's novels are supreme masterpieces of suspense, and A Christmas Odyssey ranks with the very best. The days leading up to Christmas may prove to be fraught with challenges, but 'tis the season for comfort and joy and miracles.From the Hardcover edition.
Now available as a standalone eBook for the first time ever, #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller's charming holiday novella.The bittersweet tale of a young woman who can't hide her broken heart--or her past--when she returns to her hometown. But a sexy widower may just help her discover the true meaning of home....
Our story begins as a man builds a toy fishing boat. Soon, it will be Christmas! On this imaginary island, a charming, old-fashioned set of Christmas traditions fill the pages of this book.
LOVE ON THE MOUNTAIN Peace and quiet-that's all Connor Pierce wanted from the rented cabin on Crimson Mountain. Yet the caretaker turned out to be lovely April Sanders-a total distraction. As were the two little girls she was caring for. Connor's plan to forget his painful past soon detoured into giving the ladies a Christmas to remember. Being named guardian of two motherless girls has upended April's world. Add to the mix a mysterious, brooding writer claiming he wanted to be left alone while going out of his way to bring a little joy to the girls, and she has quite the quandary. April had counted herself out of a happy ending. But maybe Santa still had a few surprises up his merry old sleeve...
'Tis the season ... For holiday cheer--and astro-sleigh rides on the snow-covered moons of Jupiter. Celebrate with over a dozen astonishing stories of wondrous festivities on far distant worlds--remarkable tales of Yuletides yet to come ... of alien Santas and robotic reindeer--from some of the most gloriously imaginative minds in Science Fiction: sparkling ornaments from Isaac Asimov--CHRISTMAS ON GANYMEDE and CHRISTMAS WITHOUT RODNEY; a present from Poul Anderson--THE SEASON OF FORGIVENESS: a sensational stocking-stuffer from Michael Swanwick--A MIDWINTER'S TALE Plus more futuristic yuletide favorites from: Connie Willis ... Frank M. Robinson ... Jack McDevitt ... Barry N. Malzberg ... James White ... Robert F. Young ... and John Christopher Joy to the cosmos! Sample the season's best and brightest Isaac Asimov The native population of a Jovian moon threatens to revolt unless Santa Claus comes to town. Frederick Pohl, In a world of consumerism gone mad, the true spirit of Christmas makes an astonishing reappearance ... Gene Wolfe, The toys of a previous year must engage in a brutal and terrifying struggle for survival ... Gordon R. Dickson, A bizarre alien creature gives the most precious Christmas gift of all: a life ...
The warm, wonderful, real-life tale of the family that brings the Christmas spirit to life on a street corner in Manhattan. Every holiday season for nearly twenty years, Billy Romp, his wife, and their three children have spent nearly a month living in a tiny camper and selling Christmas trees on Jane Street in New York City. They arrive from Vermont the day after Thanksgiving and leave just in time to make it home for Christmas morning—and for a few weeks they transform a corner of the Big Apple into a Frank Capra-esque small town alive with heartwarming holiday spirit. Christmas on Jane Street is about the transformative power of love—love of parent and child, of merchant and customer, of stranger and neighbor. The ideal Christmas story, it is about the lasting and profound difference that one person can make to a family and one family can make to a community. A lovely, lovingly illustrated little gem of a book, this delightful tenth anniversary edition of a beloved Christmas classic tells the poignant, inspiring story of an unforgettable family and the warm, wide circle of friends who have welcomed them to the neighborhood.
'Tis the season to fall in love in these four small towns. In "Christmas in Shelter Bay," New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross returns to Shelter Bay, where Kelli has long tried to keep her feelings for her friend Cole a secret. But when the local matchmakers conspire to send them to a secluded lakeside cabin, the two friends soon discover that a little love will keep them warm. TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle knows the Bayberry Island mermaid legend is a joke- how could a statue grant a wish for true love? But when a Christmas Nor'easter lands him in close quarters with local Annie Parker, they see magic at work in matters of the heart in New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan's "A Seaside Christmas. " In LuAnn McLane's "Mistletoe on Main Street," Clint isn't sure how to rekindle his romance with high school sweetheart Ava-until his father bows out of playing Santa at the annual Cricket Creek holiday parade and Clint gets the chance to make this Christmas one to remember. And in Alexis Morgan's "The Christmas Gift", business is booming at Bridey Roke's pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats. But in her spare moments, she's perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor-who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve! .
"A delightful annual tradition." --RT Book ReviewsThe future looks merry and bright... The little town of Branding Iron, Texas, keeps an annual tradition that makes the holidays especially festive--the Cowboys' Christmas Ball. But Sheriff Ben Marsden, busy with work, joint custody of his son, and caring for his aging mother, has no plans to attend. Not until a pretty newcomer to his small town gets involved in the planning. Suddenly Ben finds himself wanting to keep a close eye on Jessica Ramsey, and not just because her relatives seem to be in jail more than out. He can tell the mysterious redhead has secrets in her past, but now that she's bought a little fixer upper with her mom to start a bed and breakfast, the whole family's turning over a new leaf. With the prospect of dancing and celebrating ahead, surely there's time for everyone to unwind. Because this year, more than ever, Ben's got Christmas--and loving--on his mind. Praise for JANET DAILEY and her novels"Dailey confirms her place as a top mega-seller." --Kirkus Reviews"Readers will be glad they've gone along for the ride." --Chicago Sun-Times on Heiress"The spirit of Christmas permeates this charming holiday romance." --RT Book Reviews on Merry Christmas, Cowboy
Fairbrook is a town tailor-made for Christmas, with beautiful old houses dotting quaintly named streets, yet not everyone is eager for the holidays to arrive. Cash-strapped single mom Carly Westbrook worries about providing a merry Christmas for her boys. It doesn’t help that they’ve been having run-ins with neighbor Max Tolliver, an aspiring novelist stricken with writer’s block. Then there’s Grant Barrows, a formerly wealthy businessman whose heart seems to have shrunk along with his bank balance. Some are determined to make the season sparkle – like the Diamond Lils, a ladies group that meets weekly to play poker and socialize. This year, they’re looking to do some good deeds, and wealthy widow Lynette thinks that a little matchmaking between Grant and Carly would be a perfect place to start. Winner of the Maggie and Readers Choice Awards, Judy Duarte sets her heartwarming, uplifting novel in the small community of Mulberry Park in Fairbrook, California. With inspirational messages of hope and love, her books appeal to fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jan Karon.
Her Christmas wish come true...Nurse Eden Hadley hopes for only two things this Christmas. More than anything she wishes that the little orphaned boy on the children's ward, who has stolen her heart, can have one real family Christmas before it's too late. And secondly she wants consultant Nick Watson to notice her again and remember the friendship they once had. But before that can happen, Nick has to reveal the truth about his past...and then maybe he can make both her dreams become reality.
ANSLEY POTTER JUST FOUND OUT SHE'S AN AUNT ...of three endearing orphaned children. Only Seth Dobson isn't planning to relinquish custody of his nephew and nieces. But Ansley didn't come all the way to Prairie Chicken, Kansas, to give up without a fight. She's determined to be part of the children's lives, even with the handsome farmer opposing her at every turn. As the children's paternal uncle, Seth is happy to do his Christian duty. Just when he and the kids are finally becoming a family, here's this Boston beauty who isn't afraid to stand up to him...or to danger. Can two strangers who are constantly surprising each other create something special and lasting-together?
It's the most wonderful time of the year...for rugged ranchers to fall in love! Diana Palmer spins two fan-favorite tales of love, joy and happily-ever-after under the mistletoe. Winter Roses-Handsome rancher Stuart York was never one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister's best friend, found that out the hard way. During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart's arms. Knowing she was too young for him, Stuart closed his heart to her. Now, years later, Ivy is determined to be treated like a grown woman. But can she tame the one man determined to avoid her embrace? Cattleman's Choice-Carson Wayne has come to Mandelyn Bush with the ultimate request: he needs her to teach him how to treat a lady. There's no doubt he asked the right person. Beautiful Mandelyn is as polished and feminine as Carson is rough and reclusive. It's too intriguing a challenge for Mandelyn to turn down. She's always been curious about what lies beneath the outlaw's hard shell. But what she didn't count on were her own feelings for the irresistible rebel.utlaw's hard shell. But what she didn't count on were her own feelings for the irresistible rebel.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, COWBOY! You can put him in a cast, but you can't keep Bowie Calhoun down. Broken ankle or no, the flirty cowboy has no intention of spending Christmas lying in bed-unless he has company. The serious-minded nurse who is hired to tend his wounds isn't biting. Ava Archer is a widow; she lost her husband to war. She'd never consider falling for a patient, especially not a "wild child" like Bowie, who battles fires for a living and takes risks just for fun. But the longer Ava stays on at the Silver Horn Ranch, the harder it is to fight Bowie's magnetism. 'Tis the season to be tempted. Is Ava ready to take a risk of her own...on love?
A collection of inspirational thoughts combined with a sophisticated design to celebrate the holiest of nights.This beautiful gift book will make its way into your heart and your Christmas decor year after year. Well-loved verses from Luke intermingled with quotes from influential Christians, both past and present. Share thoughts such as "The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God" from C. S. Lewis or these lines from Christina Rossetti: "Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine. Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign."
'Tis the Season-for murder... A colorful assortment of guests at a festive holiday house party discover there is a killer in their midst when their universally reviled host is found dead-in a room locked from the inside. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is complicated by the fact that every guest is hiding something-throwing all their testimony into question and casting suspicion far and wide. The clever and daring crime will mystify readers, yet the answer is in plain sight all along...PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS ENVIOUS CASCAGeorgette Heyer wrote over fifty books, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. Her barrister husband, Ronald Rougier, provided many of the plots for her detective novels, which are classic English country house mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, inventive plots, and sparkling characterization."Georgette Heyer has given me such great pleasure over the years in my reading, and rereading, of her stories. --#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts "Sit back, slip away to a happier time and enjoy." --New York Times bestselling author Kasey Michaels"One never forgets one's first Heyer." --New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney"The wittiest of detective writers." -Daily Mail"Miss Heyer's characters and dialogue are an abiding delight to me." -Dorothy L. Sayers
When Ava finds herself stranded for a night with Leo Ferrante, the chemistry between them is scorching! But Ava won't let anything happen between them because, as far as she's concerned, Leo is off-limits. At least until Christmas Eve--when the truth is revealed. . .
Still spry at ninety-three, Theodora has lived long enough to see her family grow into an insufferable bunch of truculent knuckleheads. Having finally gathered the whole bickering brood together for the holidays at her South Carolina home, the grand matriarch pines wistfully for those extravagant, homey Christmases of her childhood. How she misses the tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, the over-the-top decorations, those long, lovely fireside chats with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante. These days, where is the love and the joy . . . and the peace?But this is, after all, a magical time. Someone very special has heard Theodora's plea--and is about to arrive at her door with pockets full of Gullah magic and enough common sense to transform this Christmas into the miracle it's truly meant to be.
Still spry at ninety-three, Theodora has lived long enough to see her family grow into an insufferable bunch of truculent knuckleheads. Having finally gathered the whole bickering brood together for the holidays at her South Carolina home, the grand matriarch pines wistfully for those extravagant, homey Christmases of her childhood. How she misses the tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, the over-the-top decorations, those long, lovely fireside chats with Pearl, her grandmother's beloved housekeeper and closest confidante. These days, where is the love and the joy . . . and the peace? But this is, after all, a magical time. Someone very special has heard Theodora's plea--and is about to arrive at her door with pockets full of Gullah magic and enough common sense to transform this Christmas into the miracle it's truly meant to be.
Christmas bells ring with danger in these suspenseful holiday storiesMerry Mayhem by Margaret DaleyWhen single mom Annie Coleman unexpectedly arrives in Christmas, Oklahoma, police chief Caleb Jackson suspects she's hiding secrets. He'll be watching her closely. And his protection is just what Annie and her daughter need, as danger has followed them to their new home.Yule Die by Debby GiustiIt's hardly a happy holiday for medical researcher Callie Evans...until she discovers her ailing patient is her long-lost brother. And he's being watched by undercover police officer Joe Petrecelli. When the trio is abducted by a cadre of bad guys, Joe and Callie will have to fight to keep her brother--and themselves--alive.
It's a Christmas tale only a man called Kinky could tell. King Jonjo Mayo the First is in a bind. Every Christmas, he commissions an artist to paint a traditional nativity scene to be dramatically revealed after midnight mass. This year, though, the date is mere weeks away, and he still has not yet found his painter. The king decides to take a chance on a peculiar, mute boy whose artistic genius and clairvoyance are rumored throughout the kingdom. He sends three valiant, if begrudging, knights to seek out the boy in the remote countryside. Finally, they find Benjamin -- and he is, indeed, peculiar. Nobody knows if the child is up to the task, but the king's Christmas tradition -- and Benjamin himself -- might just be saved by a Christmas miracle that comes in the form of a very special pig -- who is rather peculiar herself.
Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas in five years-not since her mother passed away. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season and feels the pain of her absence, even more so now that she and her sister are barely speaking. More than anything, Alexis wishes her family could be whole again. However, with her wedding fast approaching, Alexis might just be ready to make some holiday memories with a new family of her own. Alexis's fiancé, Chase Dupont, is everything she ever dreamed of. He's kind, handsome, fully supportive of Alexis's career, and the CEO of a large company. But outside forces threaten to derail this happy couple from ever reaching the altar. As tensions rise, a dramatic event causes Alexis to question everything. Will fate give her what she needs to finally embrace the season that has brought her so much pain? Will Alexis get her wish for a happy holiday? Or will her Christmas prayer go unanswered?
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