Christmas Stories

One Horse Open Sleigh Race

OneHorseOpenSleighRace 500x750Amanda Fleming’s outspokenness has caused her clergyman twin brother Stephen his last two positions. Now after receiving the best one ever, she vows to be the perfect helpmate—even if it means keeping silent. But the ladies of the church test her at every turn and she prays that Cameron Hunt, the man who gave Stephen his living, will understand and not send them packing. But as her friendship with Hunt’s younger sister grows she finds herself falling in love with him, even knowing he is about the marry the perfect lady and all she can do is watch.

Cameron Hunt, ninth earl of St. Martin, firmly believes in following tradition, including being engaged by his thirtieth birthday. With only weeks to spare, he plans to propose to a woman he considers the most suitable candidate. But then Amanda Fleming comes crashing into his life, challenging everything he thought he wanted in a countess and turning his life upside down.

With Christmas and the villages’ annual sleigh race approaching, will he follow tradition, and marry the “right” woman or follow his heart?

Love Came At Christmas

The first time together in print, three stories from best-selling historical romance author Karen Hall.Christmas Stockings: Professional letterLoveCameforChristmas2 500x750 writer Holly Chamberlain and Reverend Grayson Clark love each other, but shyness seals their lips. Will help from the Christmas Spirit and an over the top production of A Christmas Carol lead them to meet under the mistletoe for the first of a lifetime of kisses?

A Christmas Proposal: to keep away the fortune-hunters, heiress Cassandra Barnwell makes a deal with confirmed bachelor Lord Brandon Russell. Pretend to court her during the Christmas season, and she’ll back his archaeology expeditions. But with the holiday upon them, and their attraction growing stronger with every meeting, which will they choose? Go their separate ways or ring in the New Year as husband and wife?

The Comet that Came for Christmas: Years ago, star crossed lovers Victoria Hawthorne and Jake Dillon lost their chance for happily ever after. Will an unexpected meeting at Christmas-and a little help from Haley’s comet-bring them together again?

You’re My Secret Santa Baby

You're my secret Santa babyCo-workers Joy Temple and Daniel Graves plot to bring together their always arguing supervisors-by Christmas. But will they be able to overcome their shyness and admit that the match they really want to make happen, is their own?

A Star Carol for Celesteastarcarolforceleste

After abandoning her musical career to become a teacher, Celeste Stillwell never thought she would again see Micah Anderson, the man who broke her heart, much less have to work with him. Seeing him again forces her to accept a hard truth-she never stopped loving him.

Micah Anderson’s plans of being a church organist ended under the boots of a drunken lout. Now years later, his hands ruined, he comes face to face with the woman he gave up for another. After all this time, can he convince her to give him another chance or will he go on living a “solo” life?

The Comet that Came for Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. For former sweethearts Victoria Hawthorne and Jake Dillon, their unexpected reunion is anything but that. Their paths cross again when Jake and his millionaire employer visit Victoria’s hometown of Tyler, Tennessee before opening a Haley’s Emporium there and stay in Victoria’s home. Their old attraction flares again but both know Jake isn’t staying for long. But when his boss tumbles down some icy stairs injuring his back, and an approaching snowstorm threatens to bury the town, Jake and Victoria are stuck together, forcing them to look at their pasts and into their hearts to see if they have a second chance. And with a legendary comet possibly headed their way, one that has always brought Jake’s boss good luck, how can they not have a happily-ever-after?

Christmas Stockings

Holly Chamberlain can write love letters for others, but no decent young lady would dare write one for herself. So when her secret beloved, Grayson Clark, vicar at St. Martin in the Pines, arrives at her office with a request to write love letters for a shy friend, she suspects he is actually the friend and the letters are to the granddaughter of a baronet known to admire him. His request for her to replace an injured cast member of St. Martin’s production of A Christmas Carol delights her, but the baronet’s granddaughter is also in the cast, dashing any hopes Holly has for her own Christmas love story.

Grayson Clark can speak eloquently from the pulpit, but not to Holly Chamberlain, the woman he secretly loves. After all, he’s just a vicar while she is the daughter of one of London’s wealthiest merchants and known to be admired by an up and coming barrister. Dictating his own love letters to her may be folly but what else can he do? Having her join the cast of A Christmas Carol seemed like a miracle, but now his predecessor is insisting Grayson be attentive to a baronet’s granddaughter in order to pay for St. Martin’s new roof. Can’t vicars have their own happily-ever afters?
After all, it’s Christmas.

Set against a backdrop of late Victorian London, and a production of Charles’ Dickens beloved, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Stockings brings together two people who are only shy when they are together, and whose fondest wish is about to be granted-and they don’t even have to use mistletoe!

A Christmas Proposal

With her forthright manner and freckled face, heiress Cassandra Barnwell knows the only reason men seek her hand in marriage is because of her fortune. And nothing less than true love will take her to the altar. Desperate to foil her Great Aunt Tilda’s matchmaking, she solicits the help of a man she just met, a duke’s younger brother and current heir. Pretend to court her and keep away the charlatan’s and she’ll fund his archaeology expeditions. The last thing she expects is to fall in love.

After Lord Brandon Russell’s (London’s most confirmed bachelor) chief backer decides to spend his money on his new wife and Brandon’s own brother refuses to help, Brandon needs money fast. So when Miss Cassandra Barnwell makes him an offer impossible to turn down, he accepts. Pretending to court her shouldn’t be so hard. After all, she’s paying him handsomely for it. With her backing, he can return to Egypt at the first of the year, both of them happy with their arrangement. But it’s Christmas, and the more time he spends with Cassandra, even Brandon finds his thoughts straying to mistletoe and happily-ever-after.

The Zebra in a Manger

Eleanor Hamilton’s husband, Drew, had always called Christmas a magical time of the year. Now the tree is decorated, Christmas Eve church bells are tolling, and Drew has not come home. Couldn’t the Foreign Office have sent another one of their spies on this dangerous mission? So far, Eleanor has been creative in her explanations to the children, but not their despair threatens to overwhelm her. When her daughter’s whimsical story and a friend’s legend gives her a bit of hope, practical Eleanor must truly believe that Christmas is about the the very best magic there is: love.

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