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Dashing Through the Snow
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a "rising star in the romance genre" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.
Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour--until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.
Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year's Day. . .or are they?
An Alaskan Christmas
In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…
If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.
Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…
Christmas in Vermont
A sweet holiday love story about the magic of synchronicity and fate set at a quaint Vermont inn during the week after Christmas.
Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawn shop on Christmas Eve in Manhattan. She’s there to sell the beautiful bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her when a familiar looking watch catches her eye. It’s the same engraved watch she gave her college boyfriend, Fletcher, years ago. On a whim, she trades the bracelet for the watch and wonders at the timing.
Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on.
When Bronwyn finds out that Fletcher is in snowy Vermont at a romantic inn for the week, she can’t help but give synchronicity a push. She signs Emma up to help the inn keeper as the children’s activity coordinator. Emma agrees that a week filled with quaint shops and maple syrup would do her good... and maybe Fate really does have a Christmas gift in store for her. That is until she sees Fletcher with his daughter and fiancée.
Suddenly, the fairytale trip seems doomed to fail... much like the innkeeper’s dwindling cashflow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.
Christmas in Vermont is a delightful and charming love story about the magic of second chances during the most festive time of year.
Holiday Knits: 25 Great Gifts from Stockings to Sweaters
Cozy mittens, fuzzy ornaments, supersoft sweaters, sporty scarves, and festive stockingsHoliday Knits is brimming with projects to cover everyone on the knitter's list. Yarn-shop owners Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs know firsthand what the holiday knitter needs. Unique patterns, clear instructions, how-to illustrations, and beautiful photographs are sure to get those needles clicking. The 25 projects are organized by the length of time required to complete them (from quick and easy weekend projects to rewarding long-term luxuries) to make for stress-free holiday knitting. From stylish scarves and hats, and exciting updates on holiday favorites, to chic and contemporary wearables, and beautifully designed home accents, Holiday Knits is the knitter's answer to Santa's workshop.
The Instant Pot® Holiday Cookbook: 100 Festive Recipes to Celebrate the Season
Make holidays simpler and more delicious with these 100 celebratory Instant Pot(R) recipes!
Holidays can be busy and stressful--but fortunately, your Instant Pot(R) can make preparing that special meal for family and friends so much easier. This official cookbook features 100 fabulous recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with an introduction full of tips and advice on using this must-have appliance. It goes from festive beginnings, such as appetizers, first courses, and welcoming drinks, to showstopping entrees, side dishes, dressings, and desserts. Plus, there's a dedicated chapter for leftover makeovers! You'll even find ideas for gifts from the kitchen that everyone will love.
Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids
Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids will bring the whole family together for some good holiday fun. Children ages four and up will love selecting their own materials and digging into these cheerful projects. There is something here for everyone and every winter occasion Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Year's, and Boxing Day! Step-by-step instructions, helpful templates, and color photos make it a cinch for little ones to follow along. Best of all, the materials and ingredients for these projects are inexpensive, easy to find, and even easier to turn into amazing gifts, decorations, and treats.
Christmas Papercrafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags, and More!
It's a holiday papercrafting kit in a book! This treasure trove of Christmas papercrafting includes:
- 50 Christmas Greeting Cards
- 16 Holiday Gift Tags
- 18 Yuletide Mini-Cards
- 6 Festive Bookmarks
- Large & Small Envelope Templates
- Large-Format Art Frameables
- 34-page Seasonal Scrapbook Paper Gallery
Inside Christmas Papercrafting, you'll find everything you need to celebrate the season with festive papercrafts, from greeting cards and mini cards to gift tags and bookmarks, all beautifully illustrated with joyous imagery and merry sentiments.
It's so easy to find just the right art card here—perforated, colored, and ready to embellish—that beams with good will and cheerfulness. With a wealth of scrapbook papers, cardstock templates, and frameable art, Christmas Papercrafting is a wonderful resource for every crafter who wants to send their holiday best.
The Christmas Company
She's out to save her townfrom a real-life Scrooge...
The small town of Miller's Point is known across the country for their annual Dickensian Christmas festival. When the celebration is threatened by Clark Woodward, a miserly, big-city businessman, Kate Buckner steps up to save her hometown, their traditions, and her favorite holiday. But, along the way, she realizes that the man she's trying to protect her town from might need some rescuing of his own.
With a lot of heart and a little Christmas magic, Kate is convinced she can teach Clark to love her favorite holiday. But can such different people learn to open up and love each other?
This heartwarming romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham.
Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season
From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.
This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
A Gingerbread Romance
As an architect, she designs beautiful buildings...But will her heart ever find a place to call home?
Taylor's architectural firm enters her in a contest to build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, she's likely to get a promotion to a position in another city. But it's a team competition, and Taylor's temperamental partner soon backs out. Taylor needs a replacement--fast.
When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, she convinces him to be her partner in the contest. After all, winning would give his bakery much-needed exposure.
For years, Taylor has avoided thinking of anywhere as "home." When she was a kid, her family was always on the move. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brooke, decorating for Christmas and enjoying Philadelphia's holiday traditions, has her questioning everything. Could she have found a place to call her own?
This book includes an original recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce.
Taste of Home Handmade Food Gifts
Cherish the spirit of giving all year long with delicious presents from the kitchen with Taste of Home Handmade Food Gifts.
Nothing warms hearts like a gift from the kitchen. Now you can delight family, friends, and neighbors with delicious presents from this brand new collection, Taste of Home Handmade Food Gifts. Whether surprising a co-worker with a plate of cookies, thanking a teacher with a colorful soup mix or rewarding a hardworking teen with a yummy snack, you’ll find the perfect food gift for any occasion—all year long. In fact, the recipes in Taste of Home Handmade Food Gifts are so tasty, they’re sure to become staples in your own home! Best of all, this lovely book offers dozens of easy ideas for packaging your gifts, creating charming gift tags and shipping with success. From sweet to savory, the insatiable surprises in this must-have collection are too delicious to keep to yourself, so make someone’s day with a gift from the kitchen.
A perfect holiday novel about dogs, romance and starting over. If you loved Jacqueline Sheehan’s Lost and Found or Meg Donohue’s Dog Crazy, this is the book for you.
He stood in the doorway, overweight, depressed, nearly homeless. He was a pug named Teddy Roosevelt, and he was Brydie Benson’s new full-time, four-legged housemate. True, Teddy was a bit gassy, a bit grumpy, but Brydie figured he was no worse than her ex-husband and probably more faithful. Plus, he was part of the deal: housesit Teddy and live in a lovely home rent-free.
Navigating her newly single world wasn’t easy, but Brydie knew a few things: first, she was a darn good baker. Second, she wasn’t going to let circumstances get the better of her. So she began to rebuild her world—making new friends, like cute local vet Nathan Reid, and Teddy’s irascible owner, Pauline Newman.
As Halloween turned to Christmastime, Brydie’s disdain for Teddy turned to a love. She realized that baking for Teddy could be just as satisfying as baking for humans—after all, dogs rarely complain. And somewhere, in between gluten free dog bones, crisp apple tarts, and Nate’s company, Brydie found the life she’d never known she always wanted.
Love You Like Christmas
Sometimes getting lost leads you back to what matters most...
Maddie, a marketing executive in New York, is on her way to attend the December wedding of one of her best clients. She's afraid of flying, and taking her late aunt's classic Mustang on a road trip seems like fun--until the car breaks down and leaves her stranded in the small town of Christmas Valley.
The first time Kevin meets Maddie, he's dealing with an accident that left a whole shipment of his Christmas trees scattered across the highway. He hasn't thought about romance since his wife died: he's been busy raising a little girl and running a struggling tree farm. But even in the middle of this setback, he's immediately drawn to Maddie.
As Maddie waits in Christmas Valley for her car to get repaired, she begins to realize that friends and family are at the heart of the holidays--and she can't deny her growing feelings for Kevin. But sooner or later, she's going back to her big-city life, and Kevin's future is uncertain. How can either of them take a chance on love?
This novel includes a free original recipe for Christmas Biscuits with Sugar Plum Jam.
From the acclaimed author of the “marvel of a novel” (Entertainment Weekly) Finn comes a masterful reimagining of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol with this darkly entertaining and moving exploration of the twisted relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley.
“Marley was dead, to begin with,” Charles Dickens tells us at the beginning of A Christmas Carol. But in Jon Clinch’s ingenious novel, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge, is very much alive: a rapacious and cunning boy who grows up to be a forger, a scoundrel, and the man who will be both the making and the undoing of Scrooge.
They meet as youths in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabb’s Academy for Boys, where Marley begins their twisted friendship by initiating the innocent Scrooge into the gentle art of extortion. Years later, in the dank heart of London, their shared ambition manifests itself in a fledgling shipping empire. Between Marley’s genius for deception and Scrooge’s brilliance with numbers, they amass a considerable fortune of dubious legality, all rooted in a pitiless commitment to the soon-to-be-outlawed slave trade.
As Marley toys with the affections of Scrooge’s sister, Fan, Scrooge falls under the spell of Fan’s best friend, Belle Fairchild. Now, for the first time, Scrooge and Marley find themselves at cross-purposes. With their business interests inextricably bound together and instincts for secrecy and greed bred in their very bones, the two men engage in a shadowy war of deception, false identities, forged documents, theft, and cold-blooded murder. Marley and Scrooge are destined to clash in an unforgettable reckoning that will echo into the future and set the stage for Marley’s ghostly return.
Meticulously crafted and beguilingly told, Marley revisits and illuminates one of Charles Dickens’s most cherished works to spellbinding effect.
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