The Wedding Shop by Rachel HauckRomance. Nearly eight decades apart, two women's hopes and dreams are centered on a Tennessee wedding shop. In the 1930s, never-married 30-year-old Cora Scott makes each bride feel unique, even as she waits on her beloved's promised return -- but is he a man of his word? Years later, former Air Force captain Haley Morgan wants to reopen the abandoned shop, just as she and her deceased best friend had pinky sworn to do when they were kids -- but the building is slated for demolition, and the man in charge is her old crush. Both Cora and Haley discover hope and healing in this novel that seamlessly sews together both women's stories.
This Road We Traveled by Jane KirkpatrickHistorical Fiction. Though her son thinks she's too feeble to make the rough Oregon Trail journey, 66-year-old widow Tabitha "Tabby" Moffat Brown disagrees. Hiring her own wagon and heading out from Missouri with her elderly brother-in-law, Tabby joins other family members making the trek, including her reluctant daughter and her forward-thinking granddaughter. Facing life-threatening danger and other obstacles, Tabby and the others try to keep their faith. Based on the life of the real Tabby (who's known as the "mother of Oregon" and was a founder of Pacific University), This Road We Traveled is "richly researched and remarkably detailed" (Booklist).
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth MooreGeneral Fiction. When her estranged father dies, 25-year-old Jillian Slater is summoned to New Orleans, a place she barely remembers. Going against her mother's advice, Jillian leaves San Francisco and her rich (but controlling) boyfriend behind. In New Orleans, she's drawn into the lives of the eccentric residents of her grandmother's apartment house, which is in a former church, and the mystery the of strange messages and relics that appear on its steps. And she learns that her father maybe didn't drink himself to death after all: he might have been murdered. In her first novel, bestselling nonfiction author Beth Moore creates realistic, flawed characters and tells an inspiring, riveting story.
A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. WhiteHistorical Romance. In the Cotswolds of 1913, someone wants the rare red diamonds belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Stafford. Not one to turn down a challenge, the duke's sister, Lady Ella, decides to figure out what's going on to protect her family. What she doesn't count on is her attraction to Lord Cayton, a man with a bad reputation and a criminal past. Will Ella and Cayton find love amidst danger and outside pressures? Read this final book in the Ladies of the Manor trilogy to find out. It provides intrigue and a charming Edwardian romance, which fans of TVs Downton Abbey should enjoy; readers who'd like to start with the 1st book should pick up The Lost Heiress.
The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul EvansLove Story. Kimberly Rossetti has had her share of trials, from her mother's Christmas Day suicide when she was only 11 to two failed engagements and an abusive marriage. Now her beloved father has cancer. Knowing that her dream is to be a romance writer, her dad signs her up (and pays) for a writing retreat in Vermont just before the holidays. There, 32-year-old Kim bonds with Zeke, a fellow writer and one of the few men attending, but his secrets may keep them apart. Though this is the 2nd book in the author's Mistletoe collection, the books are all standalones which can be enjoyed independently; the 3rd book, The Mistletoe Secret, is due out this month.
A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft: An Amish Brides of Pinecraft Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard GrayRomance. In peaceful Pinecraft, Florida, Mennonite Beverly Overholt is shaken to her core when, in the middle of the day, someone breaks into the inn she runs and lives in. Eric, the inn's absentee owner, arrives to help with the fallout -- and finds Beverly unable to move past her fear. This challenging time may bring Beverly and Eric together romantically, even as locals are shocked to learn who the burglars are. This sweet story of trusting God and helping others is the 4th in a series and a perfect Christmas read (newcomers who want to see Beverly and Eric's relationship develop gradually will want to start with the 1st book, The Promise of Palm Grove).
Falling Like Snowflakes: A Summer Harbor Novel by Denise HunterRomance. Eden Martelli is on the run. Along with her five-year-old son Micah, she's driven from Florida to Maine, but when her car breaks down in small Summer Harbor, she's out of money and stuck there for the time being. Thankfully, she's able to find a temporary job: the Callahan brothers need immediate help with their home and Christmas tree farm. Blending romance and suspense into a pleasing Christmas concoction, veteran author Denise Hunter's 1st in her Summer Harbor series is a delight for those who enjoy well-told tales. Note: fans of Colleen Coble's Sunset Cove series might recognize a few names since the authors set their series near each other and decided to share some characters!
Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love & Family by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie GanshertRomance. Four moms give birth (three girls, one boy) at the local Amish midwife's home on the same snowy evening in North Star, Pennsylvania. Over two decades have passed since that night, and a young journalist wonders what has become of the children, particularly Baby Anna, whose mother disappeared with her right after she was born. Four beloved Christian fiction authors (and one of their daughters!) answer that question and more in this heartwearming Christmas collection that explores love, faith, and the miracles that surround Christmas.
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