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Snowbound Reunion by Barbara McMahon: Cath Morgan knows she was right to spend Christmas alone, far away from the city and her husband, Jake. For six years, Cath has dreamed of more from her marriage-a husband who isn't off globe-trotting, and a home ringing with children's laughter. But Jake isn't about to let his wife go so easily. He has one Christmas to prove how much he loves her...and share the secrets that have kept him away. Christmas Gift: A Family by Barbara Hannay: Happy with his life as a wealthy bachelor, Hugh Strickland is stunned to discover he has a daughter! He wants to bring her home, but he's absolutely terrified. So Hugh pleads with Jo Berry to help him. While Jo is happy to see the father and daughter get closer, she realizes that soon she'll no longer be needed. But surely the ideal solution would be to give each other the perfect Christmas gift-a family.
James Cameron, a minister who runs a mission in Central America, has decided to spend the holidays in Cape Light. But when his car collides with another car, a hint of trouble befalls this close-knit community. No one is hurt, but out-of-towner Leigh Baxter is forced to stay in town until her car is fixed. What she doesn't expect, however, is that the charm of this beautiful seaside hamlet and its citizens will soon win her over--and that she will fall in love with James, who has so generously welcomed her into his life. But will James accept Leigh in his heart once her dark secrets come to light? In the meantime, Jessica and Sam Morgan's relationship is put to the test. More than anything else this Christmas, they want a baby to call their own. But soon they'll discover that life's most precious gifts often come in unexpected packages...
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.
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!
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.
On an icy, December night, three puppies are rescued from the side of the road and taken to an animal shelter. Ruff and Tuff have a plan to ensure that their sister, Penny, finds a home for Christmas, even if they can't. But with the help of an older dog named Brownie, the puppies learn the true meaning of Christmas . . . and find a home for all four of them just in time.
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.
This is such fine writing that the reader will have trouble remembering that this is a novel! "Danged if sitting here doesn't make it easy to remember all these things. I sit in a rocking chair near the stove, warming my feet, looking at Granny's Christmas quilt hung up on the wall. It hangs there prettier to me than anything I saw on the walls of museums in Europe. Daddy told me after Uncle Joe died that he'd gotten with old man Baker and told him to pull that quilt out before Granny got buried. He said on the one hand he understood that Uncle Joe wanted to give Granny something special like that. On the other hand he thought it foolishness to let something Granny had poured her heart into follow her to the grave. He said Granny wouldn't have wanted that that her gift was for people to see and get joy from. He had kept it, intending to give it back to Uncle Joe if he ever indicated that he was sorry he'd put the quilt in. But Uncle Joe never did, so it wasn't until he died that Daddy pulled it out. And from that day on we took care of it because it was, we all reckoned, the most precious family heirloom we had. ... "I hear cars coming down off the main road, right about dusk it is, so I get up from my comfortable spot, put on my shoes and coat, and go out to greet the family as they come in. I want to greet them with a greeting that's big like the Christmas quilt star is big, one that says, "Love lives here." So I go out the front door, and I stand on the front porch. I see them all coming down the road, the tires of the cars making little tracks. Danged if it hasn't been snowing while I sat reminiscing. And I look around, and I figure it's not such a bad thing after all, one small flake following another, settling on the ground soft like a kiss from heaven, covering Smoky Hollow like a blanket of grace that shines white with goodness. ..."
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?
When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters -- her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues -- joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials -- the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II -- tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt. Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.
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?
CHRISTMAS PAST...For billionaire Jack Ransom, the holidays always held bad memories. This year was no exception as the self-proclaimed Ghost of Christmas Past kidnapped his sister.To get her back alive, the reclusive corporate raider had only one hope.CHRISTMAS PRESENT...Attorney Noel Lawson saw a side to Jack that was kept hidden from the world and made him want more than money could buy. But even she couldn't figure out the madman's twisted mind games.CHRISTMAS FUTURE?As the holiday approached and the games grew deadlier, it became clear that the kidnapper wanted more than Jack's money. He wanted Jack's woman...and his life.
In this unique collection, Tomie dePaola shares his love of Christmas and all the delightful twists his life has taken. Christmas Remembered is a delightful window into the life of one of the great American children's book author/ artists.
Sheriff Jake McCall is about to break the law. To find a bone marrow donor for his ailing baby girl, he'll hack into WITSEC to track down Maggie Gallagher-the only person who could be a genetic match. Yet by doing so, he is jeopardizing not only his badge, but Maggie's life, as well. Expecting to have to force Maggie against her will, Jake is unprepared for her willingness to help-and for the desire and hunger she arouses in him. Still, those forbidden feelings could make Jake reckless, and losing focus now isn't an option. With time running out and a killer on their heels, Jake has to keep Maggie alive-and give his daughter a Christmas miracle.
Gabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her-even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.Lady Catherine Trevilian has spent five years poring over the British Army's casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe's name. She's never forgotten him, and she's never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she's agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat's wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven't been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she'd rather have him than the richest lord in all of England...27,000 words
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.
In her latest romance, Jane Goodger weaves an unforgettable tale of a woman who thinks she's 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 Pierce's 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 friend's baby, she accepts--vowing to keep her devastating lies and shameful secrets from the one man she has ever loved. Edward vowed he'd never marry, but he came dangerously close with Maggie. She's beautiful, witty, indescribably desirable--and Edward can't forget her. When Maggie visits mutual friends for Christmas, Edward can't stay away. In fact, he finds himself more attracted to her than ever--a desire fueled even more by Maggie's repeated snubs. With the love he never thought he'd find slipping away, Edward is determined to make Maggie his own, no matter what the cost. . .
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.
AJ Harris needs to leave town, before his past sneaks up on him in the form of a tool-belt-wearing beauty who also happens to be the mother of his child. Fate has other plans when AJ inadvertently hires Samantha Elliott to renovate and sell his grandmother's old house. Now he has to hide the truth-he secretly adopted the child Sam abandoned three years ago. Only, AJ can't prevent the bond between mother and child. When he learns the selfless reasons behind Sam's actions, including his own father's deceit, AJ's secret becomes a burden he can't keep. But will Sam forgive him for having their son all this time? Or will one little boy's love bring together a family...just in time for Christmas?
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.
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.
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie's hopes? Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy - or open the door to even deeper heartbreak? Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration.From the Hardcover edition.