Five delicious Christmas novellas.
MOOSTLETOE —JAN ELDER
Rev. Samantha Evans lands in Moose Creek, Maine, where parishioners chew up new ministers for breakfast. Happily, she also reunites with forest ranger Eric Palmer, her best friend from her teenage years. With Samantha’s career on the line, Eric must save her job and rescue his own shattered heart in the process. But how does Matilda the moose factor into the mix?
THE HECTOR CLAUSE—CLARE REVELL
The last thing Brie Dalgleish expected her boss to do was ask her to play an elf in the toy store grotto. She’s even less enthusiastic when she discovers Santa is the same bloke who drove his car through a puddle the previous evening, completely soaking her.
Hector Clause is playing Santa in the family owned toy store under sufferance as a favor to his grandfather. He’d rather be in a nice safe office, using his law degree, than playing Santa in a shop full of squealing kids. Even if the chief elf is on the cute side.
With the store’s centenary fast approaching, the anniversary party is abruptly cancelled. Hector resolves to celebrate anyway, but isn’t prepared for the curveball he finds headed his way.
SUGAR AND SPICE—CECELIA DOWDY
Sheila Parks is stunned when Mason Smith, the identical twin brother of her ex-boyfriend Reese, moves to Blue Spring and opens a bakery. Reese’s cruel breakup still bothers her and seeing somebody who looks just like him is a painful reminder of her predicament. Unemployed, Sheila needs financial help and it appears that Mason can assist her with her problem. Can she learn to trust a man who looks just like her ex?
Mason is stunned when Sheila storms into his bakery, mistakenly thinking that he’s Reese. Mason is used to comforting his womanizing brother’s ex-girlfriends. A stutterer, Mason has always had a hard time socializing with others. However, he finds himself smitten with beautiful Sheila. Can he control his stutter so that he can ask Sheila to be his date to his grandmother’s Christmas birthday party?
Both Sheila and Mason deal with past pains as they work together during the Christmas season.
CALM & BRIGHT—AUTUMN MACARTHUR
Maddie Calder Hughes is determined—her charming but unreliable ex-husband won’t get the chance to disappoint their son with broken promises this Christmas. Caring for her grandmother in the remote community of Sunset Point, Huckleberry Lake, Idaho is the life she wants. Not following Brad from city to city while he chases promotion. She and their son saw so little of him while they were married, they may as well have been divorced.
Brad Hughes is equally determined—he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his ex-wife Maddie he’s not the driven, unreliable charmer she married. Even working in her grandmother’s quirky store. He’s a changed man, and he wants more than anything for them to be a family again.
Can their broken marriage and broken hearts heal before his career tears them apart a second time?
A story of faith, community, second chances, and the greatest gift of all — the gift of a second chance with God.
GINGER & BRAD’S HOUSE—MARION UECKERMANN
When Brad O’Sullivan is unfaithful to Ginger Murphy, she escapes to Australia for five long years. During this time, Brad’s shotgun marriage fails. Besides his little boy, Jamie, one other thing in his life has turned out sweet and successful—his pastry business.
Ginger returns to Ireland, when her mother’s diagnosed with heart failure. She loves being a wedding flautist but fears bumping into the wedding cake chef she tries to avoid.
A gingerbread house contest fundraiser at church has them competing, both determined to win—Ginger the contest, Brad her heart. But a dear old saint challenges Ginger, and she has to decide whether to embrace the true meaning of Christmas—peace on earth, good will to all men. Even the Irishman she’d love to hate.