Enjoy this clean, small town, holiday romance by award winning and bestselling author, Lucinda Race. Can a Christmas wish come true… When social media director Vera Davis loses her job in the city, she takes her adorable, goofy rescue pup and heads home for the holidays, to her sweet hometown of Dickens. She’s hoping to move in with her mom and start a new business. But her drive is interrupted when she rescues a handsome, snowbound stranger stranded by side of the road. Newspaper reporter Tony Barbee may be a stranger to Vera, but Dickens is his hometown, too. He’s come to spend Christmas with the uncle who raised him. But Vera and Tony are in for a surprise when they find her mother and his uncle living together. Aren’t they moving too fast? Tony and Vera share something besides relatives in a blossoming romance: a tradition that when they see the Christmas tree in the gazebo on the village green—a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting—they should make a Christmas wish. Though they resist their own growing attraction to one another, Christmas is a time of surprises and gifts, and the unexpected answer to a heartfelt holiday wish may bring Vera and Tony the greatest gift of all… Holiday Heart Wishes is the first novella in A Dickens Holiday Romance, although each book can be read as standalone. A sweet and clean romantic story with a guaranteed happily ever after. Happy reading!
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"The Hungry Heart" by David Graham Phillips is a romance novel. Courtney Vaughan is madly in love with her husband Richard. However, when he neglects her for his chemistry work, she turns to her husband's partner and a homewrecker. When Richard learns that Courtney desires her freedom he divorces her, giving her custody of their little son. After separation, Richard returns to the home and asks permission to use the laboratory. He asks Courtney to assist him, which she does. Basil, learning that Courtney is free, returns to her only to be turned away... Excerpt: "Courtship and honeymoon of Richard Vaughan and Courtney Benedict are told accurately enough by a thousand chroniclers of love's fairy tales and dreams. Where such romances end in a rosily vague "And they lived happily ever after," there this history begins. Richard and Courtney have returned from Arcady to reality, to central Indiana and the Vaughan homestead, across the narrow width of Wenona the lake from Wenona the town."
"Generous and entertaining." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and columnist comes a "fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave" (Cheryl Strayed) collection of heartwarming personal essays "as wonderful as her fiction" (Mindy Kaling) that "will enthusiastically reach out to readers and swiftly draw them close" (Publishers Weekly , starred review). Jennifer Weiner is many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an "unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker ). She's also a mom, a daughter, and a sister, a clumsy yogini, and a reality-TV devotee. In this "unflinching look at her own experiences" (Entertainment Weekly ), Jennifer fashions tales of modern-day womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Nora Ephron and Tina Fey. No subject is off-limits in these intimate and honest essays: sex, weight, envy, money, her mother's coming out of the closet, her estranged father's death. From lonely adolescence to hearing her six-year-old daughter say the F word-fat-for the first time, Jen dives into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to fans all over the world.
This beautiful book shares life's lessons and experiences from a mother to her daughter. A meditation photo essay, it includes related scriptures and quotes that communicate love, appreciation, encouragement, and wisdom.
“A briliant multicultual collection that reminds readers that stories about food are rarely just about the food alone.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A stunning collection of short stories about the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives in teens, from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors, including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco. A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the pastries she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that can cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life. Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one in the same. Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.
Growing up as the only lion in a family of bears, Bowie always felt a little bit different. A lion with distinctive bear traits, Bowie has the kind of personality that helps him get along with everyone. It’s an asset in his work as a police officer, but it hasn’t helped him find his true love. His siblings have all found their mates, but so far no female has piqued his lion’s interest. Just when he’s resigned himself to a life of bachelorhood, he gets a job offer that will change his life… After Becca’s father was murdered by hunters, her family was plunged into poverty. It took a long time to dig out and become financially stable again, but the memory of being hungry and scared looms large in her memory all these years later. She’s got one goal in life: to make as much money as possible so she never feels vulnerable again. And she’s working three jobs to make that happen. No male is going to distract her from her goals—especially a weirdly cheerful lion who claims that they’re mates. So what if her bear agrees that they’re mates? She's stronger than her animal side, she’ll just have to resist. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is coming and Bowie has the whole town on his side. They’re not going to rest until the couple gets their happily ever after… About the "Shifters for the Holidays" series: The shifter town of Greysden is gearing up for the holidays and some of its sexiest residents are finally finding their true mates. The road to love isn't easy, but with a little help from fate and some nosy small-town matchmakers, there's a guaranteed happily ever after. If you love short and steamy standalone romances with curvy women and growly shifter men who fall fast and hard, this is the holiday series for you. Download your copy of this instalove Valentine’s Day romance today! Keywords: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, later in life, midlife, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, instalove, second chance, reunited, short read, romance novella, romantic novella, love at first sight, unexpected love, alpha male, curvy woman, strong female lead, steamy, series, paranormal, paranormal romance, fated mate, rejected mate, humor, rich, funny, millionaire, billionaire, seasoned romance, comedy, romance, love, work, workplace, mature couple, romantic, silver fox, milf, bbw, boss, shifter, shape shifter, wolf, bear, lion, small town, veteran, military, police, sheriff, deputy, family
Hungry Heart is filled with the honest searching of a girl’s coming of age and beyond, looking for love and acceptance. At times the journey to adulthood is seen through revealing journal entries and poetry; at other times it sounds the desperate inborn cry of the human heart from infancy to adulthood—the need to be loved and cherished. Hungry Heart tells the story of the search for love through food, men, more food, more men, and finally finding the hunger quenched by the greatest love of all. “What I remember most about Lorene is that she always had a smile on her face no matter what the situation was. It was hard to tell if she was on top of the world or hurting terribly inside. She was never unkind to anyone, even those that didn't treat her well. I truly believe she has a spirit that can’t be broken. I know there was a lot of pain in those days but she never let it totally defeat her. It is very evident now that she has raised above all that to become very successful and works tirelessly to inspire others.” — Mark Perkins, Director of Bands and Technology, Scranton High School, Scranton, North Dakota.
Just in time for the holidays, take another wonderful trip to Oregon. Enjoy this sweet story about some new small-town people and learn about the lives and loves of a hot young couple. Don't miss this opportunity to catch up on some of your favorite book people and the enchanting town of Pride. A PRIDE CHRISTMAS Take a magical trip back to Pride, Oregon and enjoy meeting some new people and watching how the Jordan family welcome them in this special Holiday Novella. Alice McKinney was supposed to be home for the holidays, enjoying her mother's home-made pies and her father's fried turkey. Instead, she's trapped in a blizzard, held up in a small cabin somewhere on the coast of Oregon. TIS THE SEASON It's time Matthew admitted he has bitten off more than he can chew by purchasing the old house on the hill? A SILVER COVE CHRISTMAS Having lost the man she loved early on, Crystal vowed to live freely for the rest of her life. But, after her business is threatened due to theft, she hires a private financial investigator to plug the leak. Falling for the tall, dark, and very serious stranger was certain, what she hadn't expected was for it to be true love. CHRISTMAS WISH Laura's been down on her luck with love, starting with Simon Berg. After the man of her fantasies ended up leaving her shattered years ago, she determined to never let anyone get close to her again. She would have succeeded if Simon hadn't waltzed back into her life a month before Christmas. COMING HOME Brian Laster swore he'd never return to his home town of Haven, Montana. After all, he'd been a total dick to everyone there before he'd left, including his mother. However, in the past ten years, things had changed. He had changed. Coming home wasn't something he'd wanted to do, but this time it wasn't his choice. It was his job.
Is fate playing matchmaker? Missy Higgins isn’t looking for a man, yet everywhere she turns, sexy Ben Wright pops up. A harmless flirtation, nothing more, until Ben wanders into the Christmas craft bazaar just as her horrible ex appears. It’s Ben to the rescue as her fake boyfriend with a scorching kiss that leaves her breathless and weak in the knees. Mind. Blown. (Though she insists it’s a onetime thing). But when Ben shows up just as she’s getting fired and offers her a holiday job she desperately needs, she has to wonder if fate might be telling her something. Like screw professional boundaries, give in to uncontrollable lust, and let a man into her heart. How can she resist fate when Ben is irresistible?