Married for Christmas

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: 0989906671

Category: Fiction

Page: 241

View: 4501

After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought. Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them. They can get married. They can build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day. Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all... (This book includes fully-developed sex scenes between a husband and wife.)

Relinquish

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 6950

She was supposed to be taking a break from work to rethink her future. She wasn't supposed to be falling in love with her boss. He was supposed to be resting at a beachside retreat and unwinding from a few very stressful years. He wasn't supposed to be wanting her in ways that had nothing to do with the job. Betsy has worked with John Davenport for four years, and she's always been an efficient, practical member of his crisis response team. He might be brilliant, attractive, and good-hearted, but he's also driven, rather grumpy, and emotionally unavailable. Plus, he's never looked at her with any interest other than a friend and co-worker. No one has ever really been interested in her. She's never been the kind of woman that men fall for. No matter how much she loves her job with an international relief organization, she knows she can't do it forever. But as soon as she begins thinking toward a different future, John starts to respond to her in a completely new way. Maybe it's just a temporary feeling, prompted by some much needed downtime. Or maybe they've had more in their hearts than they've ever admitted. Relinquish is the first book in the Balm in Gilead series, a spin-off from the Willow Park series about couples who fall in love in a physical and spiritual rest center on the North Carolina coast called Balm in Gilead.

Christmas with a Prince

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 158

View: 9874

I might be a former party girl and the over-indulged daughter of a multi-millionaire, but for the last few years I've been trying to be work hard and be good. I have enough right now to deal with--graduate school, my community literacy program, preparations for Christmas, and my dad's constant attempts to find me a husband. I definitely don't want to put up with Henry always hanging around, acting obnoxious and looking far too sexy. My boss forced me to take on Henry as a literacy volunteer for the month of December. I don't know anything about him except he's from somewhere in Europe, and he's spoiled, entitled, arrogant, stubborn... and incredibly hot. He's the kind of guy I've been trying to stay away from. Plus he's got a secret--something he's hiding from me. Now I can't think of anything but him, and I'm stuck with him until Christmas is over.

Stirring Up Trouble

Author: Juli Alexander

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781468152784

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 180

View: 4019

"A seriously entertaining read." --Livin' Life Through Books"I had a big smile on my face the entire time I was reading it." --Author Karen Hall"Don't start this book late at night because you will not be able to put it down until you have finished it." --Mermaid from TennesseeZoe Miller is a 15-year-old witch with a talent for potions. She's working hard to find a substitute for toad slime. Since fat-free margarine has been found to be a substitute for dead man's toe, she's hopeful that she'll find one. Then there's all the so-called normal stuff. Like high school, her annoyingly selfish "friend" Anya, and her crush on Anya's ex-boyfriend Jake.Now, Zoe's dad is dating Jake's mom, and things are getting more and more complicated. If only Zoe could brew a potion or two and set everything straight. Zoe can't. If she brews a self-serving potion, bad things will happen to her appearance. Like a crooked nose, giant wart, green skin, rotting teeth--the whole ugly witch stereotype. Zoe's tired of fate interfering so cruelly in her life. Can you really blame her for putting her potions to not-so-good use and stirring up trouble?****************************************Excerpt:“Should we leave?” I whispered to Jake to distract him.“No,” he said, leaning closer to me. Suddenly, he didn't seem as stressed but more like his old self. “I think I should kiss you.”“What? No!” Oh my God! “Why not?” he asked in a low voice that sent shivers through me.I made myself look at him as I whispered, “Because you don't want to kiss me, you just want to bother Anya. And she's my best friend.”“Right,” he said, backing away. “I guess we shouldn't then.”Of course, I'd really hoped that he would say that he did want to kiss me and not only to bother Anya.“Would it help that it would also drive our parents nuts?”Hmmm. “Let me think for a minute,” I said. It would really mess with Dad's head. And that excuse would be good enough for Anya. I already had a major crush. How much worse could it get? Glancing at Anya and quickly judging how dark the theater was, I said, “Okay.” Stirring Up Trouble is a Young Adult Romance.

Listed

Volumes I-VI

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: 098927294X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5216

They make a deal to get married, for the last three months of her life. Just before her eighteenth birthday, the doctors tell Emily she has three months to live. Not much time to complete the bucket list she's had since she was twelve. The first item is the hardest--"Get married"--so she turns to the only man she knows who can help. Paul, a barely reformed bad boy, has inherited a fortune from his mother, but his life is defined by his conflicted relationship with his father--a white-collar, organized-crime boss who, thanks to Paul, is being brought up on federal charges. Without Emily's testimony, his father might walk, so Paul agrees to her unconventional proposal. He'll be her husband for her last three months. They agree that she'll testify against his father and he'll help her complete her bucket list. It's not supposed to be a true marriage. No consummation. No future. No love. No love. She's supposed to die, after all, and love might not be enough. The complete serial novel (Volumes I-VI) - a USA Today bestseller.

Handle with Care

A Novel

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156301

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 8793

Things break all the time. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Promises break. Hearts break. Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health. Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life? Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

Buttermilk Hill

Author: Ruth White

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9781429934268

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

View: 6146

Finding a way to cope through poetry The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing with her daddy and ten-year-old aunt/best friend Lindy and listening to her grandmother's stories. But then Mama, Tiny Lambert (whom readers may remember from Weeping Willow), announces she wants more out of life than being a housewife, and Daddy thinks this is unreasonable. He moves out and that ugly word d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes a reality. Soon Mama's time becomes consumed with waiting tables and taking college classes. Daddy remarries, adopts two sons, and has a new baby daughter. Piper can't help but feel as if she doesn't belong anywhere anymore, and her only comfort is found in spending time with Lindy and their friend Bucky, whose life is full of his own share of family trouble. Piper's growing interest in and talent for poetry help her find a voice to say the things that are hardest and make an important decision about following her own dreams.

Spiritual Mismatch

Hope for Christians Married to Someone Who Doesn’t Know God

Author: Lee Strobel,Leslie Strobel

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310350409

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 3577

Lee Strobel was the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune, a Yale graduate, and an atheist when his wife, Leslie, became a Christian early in their marriage. She began going to church; she found new friends; she became a different person. But Lee didn’t believe in any of it. Both Lee and Leslie felt they were losing each other. Despite all the emotional clashes they experienced, God answered Leslie’s prayers in miraculous ways. He gave her peace when she was feeling worried, gave her friends to walk with her, and gave her his Holy Spirit to comfort and guide her. Over time, she learned to live out her faith and be an example of Christ’s love to Lee. Today, they’re both Christians and Lee’s conversion story is now a major motion picture, The Case for Christ. In this personal and practical book, Lee and Leslie share the lessons they’ve learned, including Surprising insights into the thoughts of non-Christian spouses Eight principles for reaching out to your partner with the gospel Advice for raising your children in a spiritually mismatched home How to pray for your spouse, with a 30-day guide to get you started Helpful tips on what to do if you’re both Christians but one lags behind spiritually Advice for single Christians about marriage Twelve steps to making the most of your marriage With these trusted principles and helpful suggestions, Lee and Leslie Strobel share God’s peace, encouragement, and hope for your marriage.

Oakwing

A Fairy's Tale

Author: E. J. Clarke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481481916

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 6234

After Rowan is mysteriously transformed into a tiny fairy, she is thrust into a world of fairy clans and talking robins where, she discovers, her long-missing mother is also trapped.

One Reckless Summer

A Destiny Novel

Author: Toni Blake

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061880078

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 8817

It's tough to play it cool on a sultry summer night . . . The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver's been the good girl all her life, and it's gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she's decided it's time to regroup and rediscover herself. This summer she's headed back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next. She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny's #1 hellraiser. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks (or in his case, the lake), and he's landed in hot water more times than he can count. He's exactly the kind of guy Jenny's always kept her distance from . . . but soon the good girl and the bad boy are caught in a raw heat that's out of control. Too bad Mick's got a secret that threatens to tear them apart and ruin Jenny's perfectly, passionately reckless summer . . .

An Amish Country Christmas

Author: Charlotte Hubbard,Naomi King

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 1420131885

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 3009

In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth and new romance brings sparkling joy. Original.

My Ex-Life

A Novel

Author: Stephen McCauley

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250122422

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5062

National Bestseller “I didn't know how much I needed a laugh until I began reading Stephen McCauley's new novel, My Ex-Life. This is the kind of witty, sparkling, sharp novel for which the verb ‘chortle’ was invented.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air “McCauley fits neatly alongside Tom Perrotta and Maria Semple in the category of ‘Novelists You’d Most Like to Drive Across the Country With.’” —The New York Times Book Review David Hedges’s life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents’) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7. The last person he expects to hear from is Julie Fiske. It’s been decades since they’ve spoken, and he’s relieved to hear she’s recovered from her brief, misguided first marriage. To him. Julie definitely doesn’t have a problem with marijuana (she’s given it up completely, so it doesn’t matter if she gets stoned almost daily) and the Airbnb she’s running out of her seaside house north of Boston is neither shabby nor illegal. And she has two whole months to come up with the money to buy said house from her second husband before their divorce is finalized. She’d just like David’s help organizing college plans for her 17-year-old daughter. That would be Mandy. To quote Barry Manilow, Oh Mandy. While she knows she’s smarter than most of the kids in her school, she can’t figure out why she’s making so many incredibly dumb and increasingly dangerous choices? When David flies east, they find themselves living under the same roof (one David needs to repair). David and Julie pick up exactly where they left off thirty years ago—they’re still best friends who can finish each other’s sentences. But there’s one broken bit between them that no amount of home renovations will fix. In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)

Make Way for Ducklings

Author: Robert McCloskey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101997958

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 68

View: 1457

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

Revival

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 7644

When she was a girl, Leila had an embarrassing crush on Baron James, her brother's best friend. She has grown up now, divorced with twin daughters and a new job as a college professor, and she needs to make good decisions. No matter how irresistible Baron is when he reenters her life, she won't be a fool over him again. Baron James has been a bad boy all his life, chasing women and seeking thrills, but he's forced to take on leadership in his family's company after his father dies. His new role takes everything he has, and he doesn't have room in his heart to start a relationship with Leila and her daughters. But his heart doesn't seem to know this...

From This Moment On

Author: Debra Clopton

Publisher: DCP Publishing

ISBN: 1941491162

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 2842

Hurt by her failed marriage and dashed dreams, Cali Sinclair returns home to Windswept Bay with her heart wary and closed to the dreams of true love she so desperately wanted. Determined to never again risk her heart, she throws herself into running the family’s small boutique resort on the Florida coast, a place so full of romance that it’s a reminder every day of what she’ll never have. But when renowned artist Grant Ellington shows up to paint a mural on the wall of the resort, she’s swept away by her response to the artist. Suddenly, every time he looks at her, Cali finds it harder than she ever thought possible to keep her heart protected. Grant Ellington loves his ranch, his horses, and his life as a sought-after artist. But after walking away from a plane crash that killed his best friend and the young pilot, he’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt as he heads to Windswept Bay. Painting a sea life mural at the resort started out as a favor to his neighbor, but one meeting with the beautiful Cali and he feels alive again—and determined to spend time on the moonlit beaches with her in his arms… But, like him, Cali has her own emotional scars—can they learn to trust the love that sparks between them and move forward from this moment on?

My Ántonia

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611483X

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 3668

Splendid early novel (1918) evokes the Nebraska prairie life of the author's childhood, and touchingly commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers who settled the land.

Falling for her Brother's Best Friend

Author: Noelle Adams

Publisher: Noelle Adams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

View: 1074

After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men. And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown. She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister. Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah. At all. Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they're all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories.

The Baby Bargain

A Once a Marine Series Book

Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence

ISBN: 1622660730

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 461

Baby Bargain: A Once a Marine Series Book by Jennifer Apodaca: Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn't know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together... Adam returns to Raven's Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son. Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it's a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail... Each book in the Once a Marine series is STANDALONE: *The Baby Bargain *Her Temporary Hero *Exposing the Heiress

Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary

How to Reach Friends and Family Who Avoid God and the Church

Author: Lee Strobel

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310872758

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3478

Who Are Unchurched Harry and Mary?He or she could be the neighbor who is perfectly happy without God.Or the coworker who scoffs at Christianity.Or the supervisor who uses Jesus’ name only as profanity.Or the family member who can’t understand why religion is so important.Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary isn’t a book of theory. It’s an action plan to help you relate the message of Christ to the people you work around, live with, and call your friends.Using personal experiences, humor, compelling stories, biblical illustrations, and the latest research, Lee Strobel helps you understand non-Christians and what motivates them. The book includes:* 15 key insights into why people steer clear of God and the church* A look at Christianity and its message through the eyes of a former atheist* Practical, inspirational strategies for building relationships with non-Christians* Firsthand advice on surviving marriage to an unbelieving spouse