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By Elizabeth Hand. 2006
The father of an autistic child dreams of a Christmas miracle in this moving short novel nominated for the World… Fantasy Award--proceeds to be donated to Autism SpeaksWhen Brendan touches his four-year-old son, Peter screams and pulls away. He suffers from a form of autism known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder and has no idea how much his father wants to make him smile. Their relationship is tortured, but Christmas is coming, and a miracle might come with it.An unlikely harbinger of the holidays arrives in the form of Tony Kemper, Brendan's childhood friend who's never quite gotten over his glory days as a 1970s punk sensation. Broke, unemployed, and homeless, Tony has recently become obsessed with the long-canceled Chip Crockett television show, a beloved memory from when they were kids. Not a minute of footage remains of Chip, but these three boys are about to discover that when an entertainer is truly great, his magic will last forever.Previously serialized online, this is the first time Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol has been published in ebook form. Elizabeth Hand will donate all proceeds from this book to Autism Speaks in honor of special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy, who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. The two attended the same high school, where Murphy was a friend of Hand's younger sister.
By David Levithan. 2020
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story… collection about love--perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round reading! <P><P>A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush. A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A." <P><P>A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. <P><P>Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every reader here. Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.
By Terri Reed. 2016
In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by… a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog--but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom.David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he's only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog--who leads him to Sophie. Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment--helping her grandmother for a few weeks--is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake--but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn't help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park--and leads her to David. Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can't go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it's more than a holiday romance...and maybe Troy might finally get his Christmas wish for a family.
By Sophie Ranald. 2020
I almost gave up on love. My ex, who called his private parts &‘Nigel&’, was enough to put me off… men forever. But then I met Joe. Alice thought she&’d found Mr Right. Her blue-eyed boyfriend Joe gives her butterflies, makes her bacon sandwiches when she&’s hungover, and doesn&’t have a nickname for any of his body parts. She should have known it was too good to be true. Because one day, Alice and Joe bump into Zoe. According to him, Zoe&’s &‘just an old friend&’. But Alice saw the way they froze, and heard the strange note in Joe&’s voice when he said her name. Then, out of the blue, Zoe needs a place to live. And Joe has the bright idea of inviting her, and her fluffy ginger cat, Frazzle, to stay with them. Alice tries her hardest not to feel threatened. But the thing is, Zoë doesn&’t survive off microwave meals, or go days without washing her glossy copper-coloured hair, or accidentally get mascara in her contact lenses. Joe&’s ex might be pretty much perfect, but there&’s no way that Alice will let Zoe steal him. She&’s on a mission to prove that three (four, if you count the cat) is definitely a crowd… This fabulous, feel-good page-turner is for anyone who has ever got a little too drunk and checked out their partner&’s ex! (We&’ve all been there…) Fans of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, will love this utterly relatable read. Readers totally love Sophie Ranald:&‘SIMPLY BRILLIANT… I finished the book at 3:40 am and I was so happy that I lost my hours of sleep over this book. One of my great midnight reads.&’ Book Reviews by Shalini, ????? &‘Made me scream with laughter… There are no words to adequately describe how much I adored this book… I read the entire story in one sitting.&’ The Bespectacled Bibliophile, ????? &‘Had me hooked right through to the very last word!… Had me smiling from ear to ear, I laughed at some of her antics and I absolutely LOVED the ending (and yes, it did make me cry just a little bit)!… An emotional, heart-warming story with plenty of love and laughter.&’ Stardust Book Reviews, ???? &‘Absolutely brilliant… I devoured it in a few hours because it was impossible to put down… Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions… Packed full of laughs… Had me laughing all the way through… Perfect…
By Catherine Miller. 2019
When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again? For Tabitha, the day that changed… everything started like any other. She woke up, slid her feet into fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom, leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs, she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose. Upstairs, Andy&’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn&’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn&’t wake up. Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life but she won&’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart. But being a mother isn&’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too? This stunning tale will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, hold your loved ones close and see the beauty in the little things in life. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this moving and uplifting story. Readers absolutely love Catherine Miller&’s beautiful books:&‘Crying like a baby… When those tears started, they didn&’t stop. In fact they just came faster and harder… It literally broke my heart, it very much lived up to being an uplifting story also… A thought-provoking, heart-wrenching but beautiful love story.&’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars &‘I was blubbering away into my tissues like the big emotional wreck that I was… It was just as much a happy story as it was a sad one… Equally heartbreaking and uplifting… Make sure you have a large box of tissues to hand!!' Stardust Book Reviews &‘What an amazing book… And the ending, despite being a tear-jerker, was the best ending that could ever have been written… Wish I could give it a lot more than 5 stars… It touched me so much, I want to read it over and over again.&’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars &‘Wow! This is a heartbreaker of a story.&’ Goodreads Reviewer &‘An amazing, life-reaffirming read… So very different to any other book I&’ve read in this genre and deserves all the applause and accolades that I&’m sure are coming its way… Very well done to the writer for producing something so special.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars &‘Masterpiece… Amazing…
Return to Everdene Sands, setting for the THE BEACH HUT, and discover secrets, love, tragedy and dreams...Summer appeared from nowhere… that year in Everdene...and for those lucky enough to own one of the beach huts, this was the summer of their dreams.For Elodie, returning to Everdene means reawakening the memories of one summer fifty years ago. A summer when everything changed.Vince and his brother are struggling to come to terms with the death of their father - but they have very different ways of coping. And for Jenna, determined to put the past behind her, the opportunity to become 'the ice cream girl' once again might just turn her life around.But this summer is not all sunshine and surf - as secrets unfold, some lives are changed for ever...Escape to the seaside today with Sunday Times bestseller Veronica Henry! If you've loved reading The Beach Hut, The Forever House or A Family Recipe, then this is the perfect story to curl up with. Your favourite authors love Veronica Henry'An utter delight' Jill Mansell'Truly blissful escapism' Lucy Diamond'A heart-warming, triumphant story combined with Veronica's sublime writing - the perfect mix!' Cathy Bramley'A delicious treat of a book' Milly Johnson'A beautiful book. Warm, emotional and full of hope' Sarah Morgan
It’s just supposed to be business in New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer’s lastest romance! They’re about to go… their separate ways come the New Year…Neither Harper Bravo nor Lincoln Stryker are planning to stay in Valentine Bay. She’s got big-city career plans, and he’s trying to figure out how to balance work and caring for his orphaned niece and nephew. But when Lincoln moves in next door and needs a hand, a cash-strapped Harper can’t help but step in. They make a deal: just during the holiday season, she’ll nanny the kids while he works, and then they’ll each leave town. But when they can’t deny the spark between them, will love be enough to have them both changing their plans?From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.The Bravos of Valentine BayBook 1: The Nanny’s Double TroubleBook 2: Almost a BravoBook 3: Same Time, Next ChristmasBook 4: Switched at BirthBook 5: A Husband She Couldn’t ForgetBook 6: The Right Reason to MarryBook 7: Their Secret Summer FamilyBook 8: Home for the Baby’s SakeBook 9: A Temporary Christmas Arrangement
A Christmas fling makes the perfect giftfor the bachelor who has everything…Sparks fly the moment Adie Ashby-Tate and Hunt Sheridan… meet. Too bad Hunt doesn’t do relationships. But career-minded Adie, working with him to boost her business, is too tempting for the millionaire influencer to resist. When she agrees to a no-strings tryst, he jumps at the chance. The only rule: no commitment. But the Christmas spirit might change all the rules… From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.
From one night with secret consequences to a sizzling Singapore reunion… This stunning romance from Clare Connelly has it all!She… can’t deny him his heir…but she won’t surrender her heart!Dimitrios Papandreo once spent a desperate, passionate night with Annie Hargreaves. Knowing he couldn’t offer the happily-ever-after she deserved, he’s been trying to forget her ever since…until he’s told she’s raising their son!Annie’s speechless when Dimitrios arrives on her doorstep, declaring he knows her secret. He’ll accept nothing less than marriage to claim his child! That means moving to Singapore and facing their electrifying connection… Can Annie walk down the aisle this Christmas, knowing Dimitrios might never be capable of loving her?From Harlequin Presents: Escape to exotic locations where passion knows no bounds.Read both books in Clare Connelly’s A Billionaire-Dollar Singapore Christmas duet:Book 1 — A Heir Claimed by ChristmasBook 2 — No Strings Christmas (From Harlequin Dare)
By Sharon Kendrick. 2020
An irresistible one-night seduction leads to a secret pregnancy in this passionate Cinderella romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Sharon… Kendrick.Cinderella’s story will change forever…with her festive secret!Hollie Walker knew Spanish businessman Maximo Diaz was off-the-charts gorgeous—and off-limits to a shy waitress. But with all his attention focused on her at her work Christmas party, Hollie couldn’t deny herself the night of inescapable pleasure that followed…Lone wolf Maximo knew their encounter would be unforgettable—and unrepeatable. Yet now Hollie’s at his castle, to reveal she’s pregnant. And a snowbound Christmas will force them to confront the dangerous passion they can no longer escape!From Harlequin Presents: Escape to exotic locations where passion knows no bounds.
By Maggie Davis. 1993
Alone and suffering from heartbreak and holiday blues, Buck Grissom has holed up at home. The last thing this manly… Georgia cop could comprehend is that a Christmas miracle is about to arrive at his door. Heavenly, beautiful nineteen-year-old Scarlet O'Hara Scraggs and her younger sister Farrie have come from nowhere but arrived with a secret. Scarlett and Farrie's story is heartwarming, but is it enough to defrost Buck? Will these three get what they really want for Christmas? Moonlight and Mistletoe should be enough to make anyone's yuletide dreams come true and see their passion brought in from the cold.
By Dave Horowitz. 2005
With looks different than all the others in the pumpkin patch, Ugly Pumpkin is teased by his peers and never… gets picked throughout the whole season, but after he leaves the patch and heads out on his own, Ugly Pumpkin discovers that he is special in his own way and ends up becoming the star of a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!
By Jules Bennett. 2020
Event planner Violet Calhoun lives to deck the halls, and her quaint Southern hometown’s fiftieth annual Tinsel Tour will be… the event of the season. With a magazine crew on hand to document Peach Grove’s transformation into a winter wonderland, this year’s festivities have got to be the holly-est, jolliest yet. She does not have the time to deal with a Grinch—even a gorgeous one like Brady Jackson.Divorce attorney Brady has plans to divest himself of his family’s ancestral mansion and be back at his Atlanta firm by New Year’s. Hanging so much as a wreath on the door is not a part of that plan. Nor is dealing with an annoying—though undeniably adorable—elf. But Violet is all about making holiday magic happen. As they work together to stage Brady’s historic house, the town grump reveals he’s more sexy than Scrooge. And after some mind-blowing kisses, what starts as a Christmas flirtation starts to feel more like a year-round affair…
By Sophie Ranald. 2020
Seriously, why do guys on dating apps think I want a picture of what&’s in their pants? I could open… an art gallery with the collection I&’ve got. Zoe really doesn&’t want to die alone and surrounded by cats. But it&’s not looking good: she&’s had sex precisely twice in the last year, and her feline friend isn&’t the kind of male company she wants in bed… Her top dating disasters include: The guy who kissed her hand, took out a violin and serenaded her in public.The guy who force-fed her oysters (she can confirm that they&’re not an aphrodisiac).The guy who was so hungover he turned up with his t-shirt on inside out, sweating sambuca.The guy who brought his actual kid on a dinner date.And don&’t even get her started on the dick pics, or how on earth you&’re supposed to know whether a total stranger is an axe murderer or not. She&’s ready to give up on the search for love, until her friend has an idea. Robbie lives by his horoscope, and he&’s sure she&’s got this dating stuff all wrong. He dares her to work her way through the zodiac until she finds The One. Usually Zoe would laugh at such a suggestion, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Could love be written in the stars? Or is she destined to end up alone, eating take-out in bed and watching endless re-runs of Friends? A feel-good, fresh and fabulous page-turner for anyone who has torn their hair out over their love life, drunk their weight in wine to survive an awful date, or stared at their phone, willing it to ring. Fans of rom-coms by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin will absolutely love this laugh-out-loud tale. Readers totally love Thank You, Next:&‘I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!… I did really love it… I&’m just so happy… It was one of those books that I picked up and didn&’t wanna put back down. Sophie Ranald books always warm my heart and this was no exception… I really did love this book!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ????? &‘OMG I LOVED this book… The stories of the dates she goes on – hilarious… I&’m super excited to read the rest of her books, because this was just such a fun read!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ????? &‘Oh my Lord… This book made me laugh out loud… Made me legit laugh out loud. I cackled, y&’all. Don't lie, you giggled too. Thank You, Next is a saucy little romcom… Entertaining as hell.&’ In Literary Love &‘I simply devoured this book in one sitting!… The characters are on point! The story is beyond amazing! And the ending… Loved it! Hurry and grab this one!&’ Oh.happy…
By Jennifer David Hesse. 2019
After a hectic year, Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni is ready to welcome autumn by counting her many blessings. But… a case of murder could cause her to fall behind . . . Keli is hoping that Mabon, the Wiccan Autumn Equinox, will bring balance back into her life. But it’s death that comes calling when she’s asked to consult on an estate case. Recently passed, Elaine Turnbull left everything, including her valuable art and antiques collection, to her granddaughter, Lana. But Lana has been missing for years, ever since a tragedy tore her family apart. Also missing may be Elaine’s most recent will. Then there’s the not-so-small detail that Elaine’s death by natural causes may not have been so natural after all . . . With the help of her boyfriend Wes, who knew Lana in high school, Keli starts digging into Elaine’s past—and her journals. Soon she discovers that everyone, from Elaine’s caretaker to her curator, had a motive for murder—along with a seemingly rock-solid alibi. Between missing people, missing documents, a string of vandalism against her friends, and the sense she’s being stalked, Keli is feeling a disturbing chill. Now not even her Wiccan protection rituals may save her from a killer with a cold heart that’s far from grateful . . . Praise for the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries “A perfect read.” —Library Journal “A good atmospheric read for fall.” –Parkersburg News & Sentinel “A good atmospheric read for fall.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Samhain Secrets
Featuring over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen&’s famous bakery, this festive new Christmas mystery… from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the holiday treat you need this season! &“Don't miss this charming mystery, which will also satisfy your sweet tooth.&” —Booklist STARRED REVIEW As December turns Lake Eden into the North Pole, the heat is on in Hannah Swensen&’s kitchen to honor two Christmas promises: baking irresistible holiday cupcakes and preventing murder! While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa&’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michelle&’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah&’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she&’s not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah&’s bakery . . . The befuddled John Doe can&’t recall a thing about himself—except for his unusual knowledge of restoring antique furniture. With a smattering of clues and barely enough time to frost Christmas cookies, Hannah must solve a deadly puzzle that could leave her dashing through the snow for her life!
By Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross. 2019
Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting… carried a little too far . . . HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER Newcomers to Tinker&’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it&’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior. DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor&’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess. HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman&’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster&’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes. PRAISE FOR HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER &“Haunted houses, a holiday staple, are an especially good fit for the authors&’ folksy Down East setting. All three tales offer a dash of detection, but their strong suit is hometown charm.&”—Kirkus Reviews &“Enjoyable. . . . The well-drawn main characters, not the spooky goings-on, are the main attraction. Cozy fans are in for a Halloween treat.&”—Publishers Weekly
By Nan Rossiter. 2011
In this heartwarming holiday tale by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter, old friends discover the… best gifts are the ones worth waiting for . . . With Christmas just around the corner, Asa Coleman has his hands full keeping up with his young son Noah’s rambunctious spirit. Whether he’s playing Santa or keeping a furry surprise under wraps, the joy Asa feels in Noah’s delight is all he could ask for as a single father. His best friend Maddie Carlson has been more than helpful throughout the season’s sometimes overwhelming rush of activities, and she can’t help but see how well she fits into their lives. But as always, something holds Asa back from accepting the happiness he deserves. Except this year, when it’s time to open gifts, something special might surprise them all . . . Praise for the novels of Nan Rossiter “Nan Rossiter is at the peak of her storytelling abilities with Under a Summer Sky, which is told with the kind of compassion, grace, and wisdom that is nearly unrivaled in contemporary fiction.”—Examiner.com “Eloquent and surprising...I love this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family.”—Ann Leary, author of The Good House, on The Gin & Chowder Club “A gripping story of three sisters, of love lost and found and a family’s journey from grief to triumph. A sure winner.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on More Than You Know
By Mary Burton. 2008
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton comes a captivating tale of romantic suspense set in the heart of… a rugged winter . . . Photographer Nicole Piper moved to Virginia hoping to put a troubled past behind her and start fresh with her baby daughter. But those hopes are dashed when she receives a very unwelcome Christmas gift—from her late husband. It’s a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer’s identity. The victim had helped save Nicole’s life—and paid with her own. Nicole owes it to her to follow the letter’s trail, and perhaps put to rest the fear that stalks her once and for all. But she can’t do it alone. When Homicide Detective David Ayden first met Nicole, he was looking for a fresh start too. Widowed and raising two teenage boys, Nicole was the only woman who’d stirred his interest—and the attraction was mutual. But that was months ago and she wasn’t ready to trust again. Maybe she still isn’t. All that matters now is that she needs his help—even if it means embarking on a road trip that will take them both into the heart of danger—and desire . . . Praise for the novels of Mary Burton “Will have readers sleeping with the lights on.”—Publishers Weekly on Before She Dies (starred review) “Terrifying . . . this chilling thriller is an engrossing story.”—Library Journal on Merciless
By Jodi Thomas, Sharla Lovelace, Scarlett Dunn. 2020
In these Texas-set stories of romance and adventure, the Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it&’s time for three… rugged fighters to become lovers . . . FATHER GOOSENew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas Dispirited by war, when Trapper Hawkins accepts a job hauling five little rich girls to Dallas, all he cares about is the money. He doesn&’t expect they&’ll awaken his spirit—or that their intriguing nursemaid, Emery Adams, will awaken his heart. And when danger strikes as Christmas Eve nears, he definitely doesn&’t expect Emery and the girls to risk their lives—for him . . . THE MISTLETOE PROMISE * Sharla Lovelace A catastrophic storm, an ailing herd, and a failing cattle ranch have left Texas rancher Josie Bancroft in danger of losing everything her father worked for. Still, she&’d rather die than merge with her neighbor rancher Benjamin Mason, the man who broke her heart years ago, on Christmas Eve. As old sparks fly and secrets are revealed, however, Ben is determined to help Josie—and prove that this time around can be different. That the misunderstandings of Christmas past need not define their future . . . CHRISTMAS ROAD * Scarlett Dunn Yellow Fever has hit Clint Mitchum&’s Texas hometown and taken his father and siblings, leaving Clint ever more cynical. Racing homeward to be by his mother&’s side, Clint finds only a note from her, asking that he help her caregiver, a young woman named Amelia. Assuming his mother has passed, in his grief Clint ventures out to search for Amelia—and finds the best of gifts—just in time for Christmas . . .