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From the back cover: "Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are looking forward to the most glorious Christmas ever. The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and movie star Beau Dillon is coming to town! The actor, who'll be in Sweet Valley to publicize his new movie, has agreed to help Elizabeth raise money for the children's wing of the local hospital. But when the teen star arrives at the Wakefields' house, it's Jessica, not Elizabeth, he meets. What's the harm in pretending to be your twin? No harm, Jessica thinks-until strange things start happening and three ghostly visitors appear on Christmas Eve. Is Jessica's imagination working overtime or have the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future come to teach Jessica the lesson of a lifetime?" Look for more books set in Sweet Valley with the twins Elizabeth and Jessica in the Bookshare Library.
It is the run-up to Christmas, and Leo and Penny are investigating the mystery of a Christmas gift left in a 'safe place' as mentioned on the back of a WW2 wedding photo. Meanwhile, Leo's son Daniel has come to stay for the festive season, there have been a spate of petty thefts in Salthaven, snow is falling thickly, the vicar's wife is perilously close to giving birth and Terry Durham is trying to buy up the Salthaven Boating Society clubhouse land so he can build a tourist marina.
Krista Novak knows you can't go home again. Yet here she is, touching down in the place she left for good eight years ago. Even though it's only for the holidays, being back means facing Alex Costas. It also means dealing with the fallout from his decision to stay and her decision to move her life thousands of miles away. To make the situation more interesting, she still wants Alex. And he wants her. How do they find common ground? A little Christmas magic must be in the air. Because when a snowstorm changes her travel plans, they're blessed with the most life-changing gift of all.
Every Christmas is an opportunity to rediscover the true meaning of the season, and the miracles that are the greatest gifts . . . Twelve-year-old Katie Williams has already received an extraordinary holiday gift this year, passed down from her great-grandmother. Katie has been blessed with second sight. So far her visions have helped her avert tragedy, and brought her beloved long-lost Uncle Charlie back to the family--but can they help keep him there? Charlie has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. Hes back in his hometown and ready for a fresh start. A job as the local mall Santa Claus seems like a good way to begin--until his misguided past comes back to haunt him, dashing his hopes for the future. Can Katie help keep her uncles dreams alive? Christmas Eve will tell, as the love and faith of friends and family--along with a dash of frankincense and myrrh--ignite a powerful magic within every heart. . . a magic that may bring one man the greatest gift of all.
In this timeless, touching holiday memoir drawing on his own experiences as a child of the Depression, master storyteller Ferrol Sams rekindles the sentiment and spirit of the Christmas season in a book that will capture the hearts of generations to come. Image descriptions present.
Every Christmas is an opportunity to rediscover the true meaning of the season, and the miracles that are the greatest gifts . . .Twelve-year-old Katie Williams has already received an extraordinary holiday gift this year, passed down from her great-grandmother. Katie has been blessed with second sight. So far her visions have helped her avert tragedy, and brought her beloved long-lost Uncle Charlie back to the family--but can they help keep him there? Charlie has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. He's back in his hometown and ready for a fresh start. A job as the local mall Santa Claus seems like a good way to begin--until his misguided past comes back to haunt him, dashing his hopes for the future. Can Katie help keep her uncle's dreams alive? Christmas Eve will tell, as the love and faith of friends and family--along with a dash of frankincense and myrrh--ignite a powerful magic within every heart. . .a magic that may bring one man the greatest gift of all.
These cute felt bags are simple to stitch and make up and are perfect for seasonal keepsakes and Christmas gifts. There are four Christmas friends and four winter friends, all in an attractive contemporary style and bold colors.
He's discovered he's a father... Happy with his life as a wealthy bachelor, Hugh Strickland is stunned to discover he has a daughter! And-although he wants to bring his daughter, Ivy, home-he's absolutely terrified. Hugh hardly knows Jo Berry, but he pleads with her to help him become the father that his motherless child deserves... Now he needs to find the courage to be a family... Now, as father and daughter become even closer, Jo realizes that she'll soon no longer be needed. But surely the ideal solution would be if they could give each other the perfect Christmas gift: a family...
Small Town Christmas by Gail Gaymer Martin When seven-year-old twins act up in temporary teacher Amy Carroll's class, she meets their very apologetic widowed father, Mike Russet. The handsome man has his hands full-but can two mini matchmakers and holiday cheer open his heart to Christmas romance? Her Christmas Cowboy by Brenda Minton After being jilted a week before her wedding, Elizabeth Harden attends a bull-riding event for her dad, where she tries-unsuccessfully-to avoid bull fighter Travis Cooper, a too-handsome heartbreaker. But could her first impression of Travis be mistaken? A Christmas wedding just might be in her future, after all....
Colorado Wife by Cheryl St. JohnFinding two orphans on her doorstep, Rosalyne Emery is determined to make local tycoon Sam Calhoun responsible for them. But the mismatched pair soon find themselves trapped in a pretend engagement that might just become a reality. . . . Jubal's Gift by Elizabeth LaneJubal Trask is out to kill Thomas Curry, The man who deserted him during the war. But finding Thomas's two children and their aunt Tess, The girl who has always loved Jubal, The scarred soldier struggles to learn the power of love and forgiveness before it's too late. Until Christmas by Mary BurtonLaura Butler wants to sell her grandfather's silver mine, move back east and forget all about mining! Mine manager Roman Maddox has other plans, but he has only until Christmas to win Laura's hand in marriage.
In the sixth of Anne Perry's charming Christmas novellas, a community learns to come to terms with a terrible event from its past. Emily Radley's Christmas plans are shattered when she learns that her aunt is dying. Although estranged from her, Emily decides that she must journey to Susannah's home in Ireland to assist her in her final days. When she reaches Connemara though, it is evident that Susannah has more on her mind than her health. Then Daniel, the lone survivor of a ship wrecked in a violent storm, seeks refuge in Susannah's house. Determined to understand why the village is not welcoming its new arrival, Emily discovers strange parallels with the unsolved death of another young man, Connor, many years before. Susannah, desperate to find out what happened to Connor before she dies, urges Emily to investigate. And as she does, Emily learns that some people will do anything to keep their secrets safe.
After years in the navy, Colin Brockman gets his chance to cut loose while studying to be a chaplain. He's finally enjoying the freedom to live by his rules and nobody else's. But his footloose lifestyle is soon turned upside down when he meets beautiful grad student Holly McCade. Holly never expects to be charmed by the scruffy student she calls "Mr. Late. " Will he turn out to be Mr. Right? Original.
ONE TEXAS CHRISTMAS CHANGED EVERYTHING. . . Despite his dark past and dangerous edge, Jordan Taylor fell for the helpless infant left on his Texas doorstep with a frantic plea for help. The millionaire security agent had built a fortress around baby Gus. . . or so he thought until Kinley Ford showed up at Christmas fourteen months later. Kinley wanted only to see her son; instead she'd led the killers on her heels straight to Gus. Killers who wouldn't hesitate to use him as the ultimate pawn. Kinley got to Jordan's heart, and after a lifetime of loss, he vowed to sacrifice everything to protect his surrogate son and the woman who'd ensnared him. Everything. Even his life.
Anne Perry has dazzled readers for decades with her gripping Victorian novels and has won new fans with her acclaimed World War I series. Perry's thrilling Christmas novels, recent additions to her unique repertoire, are set in the most joyous season of the year. In A Christmas Guest, Mariah Ellison, better known as the vinegar-tongued Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, makes a stunning appearance in a bracing story full of devious delight . . . and certain death. For Grandmama Ellison, Christmas is no reason to celebrate. And when her daughter and son-in-law plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, the cantankerous Grandmama is forced to stay elsewhere-and travels to the chilly, windswept Romney Marshes to spend the holiday with Charlotte Pitt's parents, Caroline and Joshua Fielding. Grandmama is immediately miserable. For starters, Christmas with the Fieldings is nothing like the cultured life to which she's accustomed, and the Romney Marshes are unbearably provincial. When Joshua's cousin Maude Barrington arrives, Grandmama is at her wit's end. Although Maude is well traveled and friendly, Grandmama thinks she's improper and strange. But when Maude is found lifeless in bed, Grandmama senses foul play and takes it upon herself to assume the role of amateur detective-uncovering not only the truth about Maude Barrington but some startling truths about herself as well. Enlivened with bold characters and vivid, witty writing, A Christmas Guest is yet another holiday novella with the perfect combination of mystery and murder mixed with a generous helping of yuletide cheer. From the Hardcover edition.
Shock is police captain Morgan Wright's first reaction to seeing his former sweetheart, Julie Burns. But concern soon follows. The lovely social worker left Port Whisper behind years ago. Why is she back...and what's got her so scared? Her hometown was the only safe place Julie could turn to after witnessing a kidnapping. She didn't count on trouble following her. And she certainly didn't expect to run into Morgan, or to feel that old love rekindle. Morgan wants to help her, and she wants to let him-but now that danger has intruded on her safe haven, everyone's at risk....
A season of miracles. . . and second chancesAudrey Lamour was a successful artist and devoted mother, forever indebted to the heroic fireman who pulled her from a blaze twenty-five years ago on Christmas Day. She honored him by painting his portrait--never dreaming her picture would become a lifeline to love. . . Conrad Pearson was driven to meet the woman whose emotional painting of his father seared his soul, even if it meant returning home to the Pacific Northwest, and painful memories. But Audrey's beauty, grace and unforgettable kiss ignited the kind of sensual fire that made a man glad to be alive. Now he was ready to confront all the ghosts of Christmas past to keep this angel in his arms forever.
A Season To Remember . . . For Charlotte Aldridge, Christmas's arrival means anything but warmth and cheer. Only a few holidays ago, she fell in love with handsome Edward Barringer, the peer both their families were hoping she would marry. But Edward not only turned his back on his noble name, he also turned his back on Charlotte. Rejected and heartbroken, she made a new life for herself and vowed to put the past behind her. But now Edward has returned to the English countryside for the holidays. And Charlotte is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her heart forever out of harm's way . . . A Love To Reclaim . . . Edward Barringer can't believe it . . . the pretty-but-frivolous Charlotte has grown into a fascinating woman. He never meant to break her heart all those years ago, but he was determined to earn his fortune rather than marry it. But now, he's become completely captivated by the alluring and passionate young woman Charlotte has become. And he's willing to risk all he has to prove the love between them is for now--and all the seasons to come. . .
For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life. For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless. And for reasons that elude Charley, Lydia pines for a man half a world away--a dope dealer and murderer whose sins Lydia seeks to absolve through her own self- destruction. Haunting, erotic, deeply effecting,Christmas Holidayexplores two souls capsized by compassion--and the confusion that engulfed a generation in the days between the Great Wars.
Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer. Laura, like Todd, has disabilities of her own, but her struggles are more physical than developmental. Their friendship is sealed when Todd--with the help of his trusted companion, the tenacious Labrador retriever named Christmas--trains a beautiful dog named Gracie to help Laura with the day-to-day life tasks that are difficult for her. Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown. Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs, and the shelter is swelling to capacity. The local government is struggling to meet its obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd's boss delivers the bad news. Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year. But what will happen to all the animals? As the Christmas holiday approaches, Todd has limited time to find homes for all the dogs. Not to mention that he needs to secure a new job and figure out what to do when his friendship with Laura takes an unexpected romantic turn. All this seems overwhelming unless you've got a loving family, dedicated friends, and a couple of very special dogs behind you. In which case, nothing is impossible.
THE DAVIS LANDING OBSERVERTHE GOSSIP GURU. . . hears wealthy newspaper tycoon Wallace Hamilton may finally be released from the hospital, after recurring visits following his bone-marrow transplant. But the juiciest Hamilton news is that Jeremy-who is not Wallace's son-has been in contact with his family again. . . And he might rejoin Hamilton Media. A certain lovely single mom has been spotted doing holiday volunteer work with the former business tycoon. Perhaps the charms and strong spiritual life of Gabi Valencia helped create this Christmas homecoming for Jeremy.
Though deserted by her husband years ago, Isabel Jordan (with her family of orphans) inherits his entire estate when he dies! Though blessed with a home, Belle has inherited a very profitable bordello partly owned by her late husband's cousin, Morgan Travers. Though Belle and Morgan hate each other, this holiday story has a happy ending for everyone.
Among the brilliant array of Anne Perry's New York Times bestselling novels, her Christmas stories occupy perhaps the warmest spot in the hearts of readers. Each one is a masterpiece of suspense; each is alight with the true holiday spirit.In A Christmas Homecoming, a familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels--Charlotte's mother, Caroline--travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on Netheridge's financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work. As tempers flare and wind and snow swirl around Netheridge's lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm--an eerily opportune arrival, for this enigmatic figure, one Anton Ballin, turns out to be a theatrical genius. At the same time, a brooding evil makes itself felt. Instead of the theatrical triumph that Netheridge desired for his daughter, there is murder--shocking and terrifying.Anne Perry's ninth Christmas novel keeps us poised on a razor's edge of suspense, hypnotized by a story in which the heartwarming power of goodness is challenged by the seductive power of inner darkness. In the end, A Christmas Homecoming lifts the spirit and rejoices the heart.From the Hardcover edition.
Molly has returned to Serenity for Homecoming...but will she stay forever?Beau Julander, a single father of two, is having trouble juggling the responsibilities of career, home and family. And his work for the Homecoming Week Committee makes this time of year really busy-but not too busy to get reacquainted with Molly Shepherd, a girl he barely knew in high school.His attraction to Molly and her obvious interest in him soothe the damage done to his ego when his ex-wife walked out on him, but he's keenly aware of how his kids have been hurt by the divorce, and he doesn't want to make things worse for them by becoming involved in a relationship that's only temporary. But Beau and his kids soon find out that Molly is not a temporary kind of woman-she's in for the long run.
Reunions abound this holiday season in these two stories! Christmas in Hawthorn Bay Mayor Nora Carson knows that council's plans for the Killian mansion will attract the last person she wants to see: Jack Killian. Run out of town in high school, Jack is back to protect his turf-but he'll find Nora's eleven-year-old secret. She can't tell him how she became a single mother. Or why her son has the Killians' blue eyes... Husband Under Construction When life gets topsy-turvy, Roxie Ducharme seeks refuge in the New Mexico town she left years before. But as she renovates her uncle's home, she faces an unforeseen obstacle: contractor Noah Garrett. He's as alluring as he once was. Too bad he doesn't want the house and kids of Roxie's dreams. Or will she change his mind?
Anne Perry's "vastly entertaining" (The Star-Ledger) holiday novels are "as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). A Christmas Hope is just as delectable--the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London--and a lonely woman's search for meaning in her life.Although she lacks for nothing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has nothing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman's clinic--a job her husband strongly disapproves of. Then, at a glittering yuletide gala, she meets the charming poet Dai Treggaron and finds her spirits lifted. But scarcely an hour later, the charismatic Dai is enmeshed in a nightmare--accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party. Even though she suspects that an upper-class clique is quickly closing ranks to protect the real killer, Claudine vows to do her utmost for Dai. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an innocent poet to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own.Nevertheless, it's the season of miracles and Claudine finally sees a glimmer of hope--not only for Dai but for a young woman she befriends who is teetering on the brink of a lifetime of unhappiness. Anne Perry's heartwarming new holiday novel is a celebration of courage, faith, and love for all seasons. PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY "Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat."--The Wall Street Journal A Christmas Garland "In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly."--Greensboro News & Record A Christmas Homecoming "Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Christmas Odyssey "[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses."--Lincoln Journal Star A Christmas Promise "Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia."--The Washington Times A Christmas Grace "[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season."--BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.