Masquerading as a governess, Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission to find the man who ran off with her fortune and reclaim what’s rightfully hers. But does God have something --- or someone --- better in mind?
Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish, or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind --- Englischers?
Jesse Montgomery, a reformed rowdy cowboy, desperately wants to build a life of his own outside Apple Grove. When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Katie Miller is the young healer in the district who attends to him. This sweet Amish widow can't risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, yet she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see.
Elizabeth Martin and her two children have made it through the easy part of their journey, but now their wagon train faces high mountain passes, dangerous river crossings, and decreasing supplies. Desperate circumstances bring out the best and worst of the travelers, including Will Bramford, the wealthy widower who is pursuing Elizabeth, and Eli Kincade, the independent and solitary guide who has stolen Elizabeth's heart.
Cassandra Bainbridge loves everything about her betrothed, Geoffrey Giles, the earl of Whittaker, except for one thing --- he doesn't love hot air ballooning as much as she does. However, after a terrible accident makes Cassandra break her betrothal and move out to the country, she doubts that her life will ever be as wonderful as she once imagined. When Whittaker comes back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dreams?
In the midst of making a photo memory quilt for her graduating daughter, widow Mara Keegan suffers a heart attack. While recuperating, she struggles to finish the project in time and discovers burgeoning feelings for the man who's keeping her business going without her. Will Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt?
Tori Taylor is a cancer surgeon who finds herself dying on her own operating table. After undergoing a heart transplant, Tori has memories of a homicide that she didn't witness. With her new heart, her previously ordered life is cluttered with chaos. Threatening memories, a search for the truth, and new opportunities for love and faith await.
A HOME FOR LYDIA, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Sadie Sillsby is torn when she is offered the position of matron at the orphanage where she works. She loves her job, but she also loves her beau, Blaine --- and tradition dictates that she cannot have both. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else?
Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, hailed as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future.
From Amy Clipston, the author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, comes two books in one: A PLAIN AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS --- in which shunned Anna Mae doesn’t receive the welcome she expects when she pays a visit for Christmas; and NAOMI'S GIFT --- re-introducing 24-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children.
A winter storm raging outside blows Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick into the home of Mattie and Sol Riehl --- and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?
Rachel King has always wanted to work with horses, but when her handsome boss sweeps her off her feet, she starts to doubt everything in life, including her Amish faith. Horse breeder and trainer Jake Brady dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby with his new colt. But how much is he willing to risk for a chance at fame and fortune?
Moved by the desire for adventure and a yearning to help the Ute Indians, 20-year-old Shiloh Wainright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. Soon she finds herself caught in the crossfire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian Agent, and the unrealistic demands of the US government. Her unexpected encounter with Jesse Blackwater, an embittered half-breed Ute and childhood friend, only complicates matters.
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
Jake and Marlee's marriage is over! Driving to the lawyer's office, they start to argue --- and slam into a snowbank. Marlee trudges to a nearby house, where an old man claims he can mend broken relationships. He takes her on a journey through the past, present --- and two futures --- with her lifelong love. Which will she choose?
After more than a decade, Charlotte Rose Hill finds that she still has feelings for her first love, Sam Wilder. Initially thrilled to learn that Sam has come home to Middlebury, Texas, Charlotte is devastated to learn that he has brought someone with him: his fiancée. But all is not lost when the townsfolk decide to get involved. Will Charlotte and Sam find their way back to each other?
One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death. Despite much reluctance, Mia teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate this tragedy. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold --- even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Arabella Beckett is in the business of assisting other women, but she’s not in the habit of accepting help herself, no matter what kind of trouble she’s in. But private investigator Theodore Wilder is just as stubborn as she is. Has this feisty suffragette finally met her match?
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.