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When a baby was born in the manger, Mary and Joseph rejoiced. The angels sang, and kings journeyed to bring gifts. When you came into the world, there was a celebration too - because every new baby is a small miracle.
It was a single guy's dream. Brian Kincaid's job took him all over the world and he got to sample women the way other people sampled exotic cuisines. Until DNA tests and a ten-month-old orphan turned him into the diaper-toting dad he'd never planned on being. Luckily, Faith McClain was perfect for the job of nanny. With her in charge, Brian could go back to being the freewheeling bachelor, no strings attached. Except he wasn't at all sure that the perfect nanny was what he wanted. Maybe this Christmas he wanted a lover and a wife to go with that baby under the tree?
What Child Is This? The infant, carefully swaddled in a pink blanket, is oblivious to the fact that she's been abandoned in Nora Saunders's woodshed. She's also unconcerned about the blizzard raging outside of the fact that Nora knows nothing about babies and a crash course in baby-sitting is a far cry from the quiet Christmas Nora had planned when she rented the isolated cabin from its attractive owner, Sheriff Daniel Langford. All she'd wanted was to escape the Christmas "hoopla" of the big city and her own bleak childhood memories of the holiday.But the baby and Dan make an irresistible team. Together, they give Nora the strength to face the old hurts and buried secrets she and Dan uncover as they search for the truth about the little girl. And suddenly Christmas takes on new meaning....
Will amnesia offer a second chance for this couple and their baby? Find out, only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann. After a car accident, Alaina Rutger can't remember her husband or their newly adopted baby. But her amnesia also means she's forgotten the disaster they made of their marriage. Her husband, Porter, knows he's made mistakes. Now he'll do whatever it takes to rebuild the family he nearly lost-even keep their near-divorce from his wife. This Christmas he'll convince Alaina to stay. But will a secret she's kept for years resurface and put them to the ultimate test? Enjoy a special Texas Cattleman's Club: Lies and Lullabies bonus prequel short story from Janice Maynard Reclaimed by the Rancher
The secret to mend their marriage With an aching heart, Emily Watson knows her marriage is in trouble. She wants it to work more than anything in the world, so walking away from Cole is the hardest thing she'll ever do. But one last night together is set to change her life and her marriage forever.... Needing time to think, Emily returns to the one place that always feels like home: the Gingerbread Inn. It is the perfect setting to work out what to do with her little secret. And when Cole finds her, and her growing bump, he realizes that this Christmas, some things are worth fighting for....
They had both longed for a child. That was enough for Peta and Liam to decide to get married. Love would never have to enter the equation. But one year later, Peta is devastated to realize that she's fallen in love with her husband, despite their agreement. There's also still no sign of their much-wanted child, and the heartbreaking reason for that is threatening to tear them apart. Then, just before Christmas, a baby girl is abandoned on their doorstep. . . .
With Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high.Winning means a lot to everyone involved--talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she's more than a stay-at-home mom, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves.But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers' loyalties are called into question--whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why?The Christmas Bake Off is an exclusive short story from Abby Clements, author of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. This edition also includes bonus recipes for cinnamon cookies and vanilla and almond biscuits.
The Christmas season is a magical time--sleigh bells ringing, puffy snow flurrying, a cozy fire crackling, and wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen as families make yummy Christmas treats. Christmas Baking will make the holiday season even more magical with fun and simple recipes that are sure to become Christmas traditions in every home. Prominent Swedish pastry chef Mia Öhrn offers thirty-eight of her amazingly creative and delicious recipes for cakes, cookies, candies, truffles, cupcakes, tarts, and breads that are tasty, colorful, fun, and decorative. Learn how to build and decorate the perfect gingerbread house, create marzipan elves, make toffee sticks, ginger-flavored chocolates, a gingerbread bowl, fig pie, and decadent chocolate cake with blood oranges. Aside from the sweets, Öhrn includes recipes for a fruit and nut bread, saffron bread, and poppy crisp bread. Along with the recipes, the author provides helpful hints for choosing the best ingredients, gives you valuable baking tips and decorating ideas, and shows you how to properly preserve your finished creations. The beautiful photographs of the delightful treats and winter scenes by Ulrika Pousette make Christmas Baking a very special book filled with treats that everyone will love.
Add a spoonful of affection to your delicious Christmas treats with Christmas Baking with Love. From luscious cupcakes to festive shortbread, cakes and cookies, this cookbook is perfect for the Christmas holiday season. Each recipe includes a beautiful photograph and step-by-step instructions, making it easy to bake these divine delights. These recipes will warm everyone's hearts on Christmas day.
That summer-more than ten years ago, while they were still in high school-Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton fell secretly in love. Secretly because their mothers had been locked in a bitter feud for decades. But despite the animosity between Sarah McDowell and Mary Sutton, Noelle planned to elope with Thom. Until he jilted her.This Christmas Noelle McDowell is home to celebrate the holidays with her family. (After all, December 25 is also her birthday.) Unfortunately, Noelle's feelings about home-or rather, her hometown of Rose, Oregon-were changed forever the day Thomas Sutton broke her heart.This Christmas the feuding mothers find themselves working together to fill Christmas baskets for charity. What irony! And what an opportunity for reconciliation...if only they could see it.This Christmas Noelle and Thom discover they're still in love. Regardless of their mothers' reactions, they want to be together. Is that possible? Can old rivalries be set aside? Will Sarah's Christmas daughter have a second chance with Mary's charming son?Maybe she will...this Christmas!
[from the back cover] "Yuletide Cheer! A wonderful whimsical collection of Christmas stories that will enchant and delight young readers. Here are heartwarming stories of courage and commitment, humor and fantasy, family love and loyalty. Filled with memorable scenes and wonderful characters, these superb stories make for special bedtime reading for a special time of year!" Pictures are described.
The fifth in Anne Perry's series of charming Christmas novellas. For Superintendent Runcorn, Christmas has rarely looked so bleak. Believing that a change of scenery may help him finally forget Melisande Ewart, Runcorn heads for the beautiful, desolate Isle of Anglesey. Any hopes of Christmas passing quietly are dashed, however, when he discovers Melisande is also in Anglesey and, moreover, that she is engaged to another man. Then the local vicar's sister is found murdered and Melisande's brother is implicated in the crime. Determined to assist Melisande in her time of need, Runcorn resolves to find the killer. Is it possible in doing so, that he will also win the heart of his one true love?
They were sisters once--identical quadruplets--given up for adoption at birth. Now each receives a letter advising her to claim her inheritance and the family she never knew. . . at Christmas. Holly feels betrayed when she learns she's adopted, while Carol prays for a loving family. Starr thinks it's all a hoax, and Noelle needs a break from a hopeless situation. There are more surprises in store as each young woman gets just the gift she wants--and needs. You'll be warmed by love in these interwoven tales of the ultimate Christmas gift. . . .
NO WAY OUT The last thing Benjamin Duff needs is to be stranded at his friend Piper Lawrence's bed-and-breakfast with a dangerous intruder. But when he stops to say goodbye before moving across the world, he finds a masked man attacking Piper. Benjamin rushes to save her, crashing his truck and trapping them during a winter storm in the process. With no power or cell phones and time running out before his trip, he'll have to work fast to catch the killer. As they fight for their lives and their feelings for each other grow, Benjamin must decide if he's really willing to leave Piper behind.
Return to the heart of the Adams Dynasty with this fan-favorite Christmas tale from New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods... Widowed Jessie Adams was about to give birth, and she needed help--fast! Unfortunately, the closest ranch in her small Texas town belonged to her late husband's brother, Luke, who didn't know a thing about delivering babies. And though this charismatic rancher was her only hope, he was the last person Jessie wanted to be stranded with in her time of need.
Widowed Jessie Adams was about to give birth and she needed help immediately! Unfortunately, the closest ranch in the small Texas town belonged to her brother-in-law, Luke, who knew nothing about delivering babies. And though this rancher was her only hope, he was the last person Jessie wanted to be stranded with.
June Cotner has created the perfect gift for all those seeking a richer and more spiritual Christmas experience: A keepsake collection of over 100 poems and prayers. From angels and shepherds to memories, inspiration, and Christmas through the eyes of a child, this treasury celebrates every aspect of the holiday and includes blessings, toasts, and prayers for every occasion.
Old Mr. Jenkins tells Sissy about the year when he was a boy that Santa moved his workshop, elves, Mrs. Clause, and the reindeer and polar bears to their town because it was too hot at the North Pole. The trouble was they couldn't work unless it snowed. Young Maynard Jenkins always followed by his dog, gets a little too much help and after a great wind, it's so icy the reindeer keep falling down. Then the snow starts and doesn't stop. Find out how Santa will be able to make Christmas deliveries and how the town gets a new name. The funny pictures are described. This story is a tall tale.
A short comic novel about a Hawaii-bound holiday traveler who ends up stranded in his North Dakota hometown during a blizzard. A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy he s not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday. In his reverie, our man reaches an epiphany worthy of the season he hears the harkening angels sing, he is awed by the silence of the night (dead quiet: not even TV) and when he is finally rescued, leaves North Dakota resolved to simplify his life.
"I need a wife. You'll do." Lyndsey couldn't believe the man she'd been fantasizing about for months had actually proposed! It wasn't for real, of course. Sexy P.I. Nate Caldwell was in a jam and his shy secretary was only too happy to oblige. Until she discovered they'd be sleeping together! Did she have to look at him as if he were about to ravish her? Frankly, his pretend wife was hard to resist, especially with one bed between them. Nate was determined to keep his mind on business, even if his body wouldn't take the hint. But Lyndsey was breaking through his go-it-alone act, making him yearn to spend this Christmas -- and every holiday -- with her....
EVERYMAN DICKENS THE CHRISTMAS BOOKS Edited by Sally Ledger Birkbeck College, University of London. Dickens's powerful evocation not only of Christmas, but of the plight of the poor in Victorian Britain. Written in the so-called 'Hungry Forties', when Britain's landscape was scarred by poverty and social unrest, Dickens's Christmas books urged the regenerating power of domesticity and human fellowship upon his devoted readership. Christmas is presented as a time when class differences can be dissolved and enmities suspended. In A Christmas Carol, the comically grotesque Ebenezer Scrooge ("I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry") eventually learns the value of human warmth and reciprocity. But the joyful winter festivities around which each tale revolves are shown to offer only a temporary respite from the social inequalities of Victorian Britain. In three of the stories domestic misery and childhood deprivation are an ever-present possibility which only the social conscience of Dickens's readers could hold at bay; in the other two domestic happiness is also threatened but it is human passions that spin the plot. The most comprehensive paperback edition available, with original illustrations (which are described), introduction, notes, selected criticism, text summary and chronology of Dickens's life and times. Cover illustration: Detail from A Christmas Carol', by John Leech (The Dickens House Museum, London)
When it comes to family and Christmas, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods always looks to the O'Briens for a little holiday magic For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah-with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives-is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after. It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams. "Love, marriage, family, and forgiveness all play an important part in Woods's latest richly nourishing, holiday-spiced novel." -Chicago Tribune on A Chesapeake Shores Christmas
Since it was first published, more than seven million people have been touched by the magic of The Christmas Box, a holiday classic that is as beloved in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens's. When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the joy of rearing their own children, and by that time their relationship would have changed forever. In writing The Christmas Box, he hoped that at some time in the future they would read the book and know of their father's love.As Evans began to write, he was amazed at the inspiration that flowed into his mind and heart. He completed the moving story of a widow and the young family who comes to live with her in less than six weeks, and bound twenty copies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. In the following weeks, those twenty copies were shared and passed along from family to family, from friend to friend, and what began as a tale for two little girls became a message of miracles, hope, and healing for people throughout the world.
In 1994, Richard Paul Evans, then an unknown writer, self-published a short book entitled The Christmas Box. That book went on to become an international bestseller, selling more than seven million copies and touching the lives of many more people along the way. The Christmas Box Miracle is the story behind the book that has become a Christmas classic: how a man writes and publishes a book which helps grieving people to heal and lost souls to find their way home. It is Evans's story: his own spiritual journey and stories of people he encountered along the way -- miraculous stories of healing and divinity that often defy explanation. In sharing the story behind The Christmas Box, Richard Paul Evans has given us a story of miracles, hope and healing for all seasons.
Since it was first published, more than seven million people have been touched by the magic of The Christmas Box, a holiday classic that is as beloved in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens's.When New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the joy of rearing their own children, and by that time their relationship would have changed forever. In writing The Christmas Box, he hoped that at some time in the future they would read the book and know of their father's love. As Evans began to write, he was amazed at the inspiration that flowed into his mind and heart. He completed the moving story of a widow and the young family who comes to live with her in less than six weeks, and bound twenty copies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. In the following weeks, those twenty copies were shared and passed along from family to family, from friend to friend, and what began as a tale for two little girls became a message of miracles, hope, and healing for people throughout the world.
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