Westward Home and Hearts Mail-Order Brides, Book 26
Teresa Ives Lilly
Spieldauer: 2 Std. und 58 Min.
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Chloe Raymond has been living in an orphanage in Boston all her life and sees very little hope for her future, until she saves Mildred Crenshaw's life. The woman promises to find Chloe a husband through her Matrimonial Agency, but before she is able to do so, Chloe is assigned to take three children across the country in a train to Iowa. Mildren Crenshaw doesn't approve of Chloe traveling alone, so she asks one of her clients, Sylvester Gaines, to chaperone. When they reach Iowa and discover the children's relatives are not there, Sylvester takes Chloe and the children home with him.
Tressa McVey has just finished four years of business college and is returning to Wyoming, hoping to save her uncle's ranch by opening a dude ranch. It's always been her dream to create the parade float to represent the ranch in Cheyenne's Frontier Days Grand Parade, and this year, she's going to get her chance. Bronco Travis and his six-year-old son have been living in the small cabin on the property and Bronco has been working at the Cattle Baron Ranch for a year. Will Bronco's desire to buy the ranch pull him away from Tressa before she and God can convince him to stay?
Franklin thought his estate and businesses belonged to him, until an unknown grandmother shows up with proof that she owns the billionaire's fortune. She plans to give him all rights to his empire if he can do just one thing: work for two weeks before Christmas at Sprucewood, Colorado's Camp for Special Needs Kids, and perhaps learn that work and making money are only of value in God's eyes if mixed with a bit of charity. When he's paired off with Sprucewood's own mayor's daughter Audrey, who has recently discovered "Jesus", the two of them begin to have their eyes opened.
When the owner of the Sweet Harvest Tea Shop in Pumpkin City, Pennsylvania, Gloria, finds out about the upcoming Scone Showdown being held near her town, she is interested in participating. Even more so when she meets the handsome coffee shop owner from a nearby town, Jordan. However, when they discover that his grandfather and her grandmother have an old grudge between them, Gloria and Jordan don't know if they should pursue a relationship or not. With God's help, will they help the grands to heal and open the way for their own sweet romance?
Deanna is supporting her small family while her father recovers in a nearby sanatorium, but just before she starts her job, the neighbor's child is found to be very sick and the father nowhere. Deanna calls to a stranger for help, skating on the frozen lake nearby...not knowing the man is also her new boss. Ryan finds pleasure in helping the small family with the neighbor's sick child, and he offers to help the girl's father as well. Although he is from a very wealthy family, he wishes to be part of the quaint Russell home.
Shay Martin has been collecting houses and buildings for her Christmas Villages since she was a child, but this year, she has a specific looking cottage in mind. While searching for just the right addition for her collection, she finds a picture of the perfect Evergreen Cottage. However, on further research, she finds the photo is of a real cottage. Shay had already decided to travel for the holidays to get away from sad memories and just be alone. After meeting the trail ride instructor, she's no longer sure she wants to be completely alone for the season.
When owner of the Pumpkin Patch Quilt Store in Pumpkin City, Pennsylvania, Franny Green, discovers a photograph of her deceased grandmother holding a wedding quilt, standing beside a man who is not Franny’s grandfather, she is anxious to discover who the man is. She knows she can find answers through her grandmother’s friends at Ripe on the Vine nursing home, but they insist on doing a bit of matchmaking between her and Doctor Birch Trees before they will satisfy her curiosity by insisting Franny "show the doctor around the local festival". Will Franny get the answers she wants?
When Sylvia May, owner of the Good Old Days Antique store in Harbor Inn, Maine, attends an estate sale, she finds a diary hidden in a lovely old desk. Before she knows what's happening, her store and her garage have been broken in to, and one person is dead. Can Sylvia figure out who the killer is, and are there clues in the diary?
When scar-faced Griffin catches an old miner stealing from his store, he insists the man work off the debt. However, when the man gets too sick to work, Griffin sends for Izzy, whom Griffin thinks is the old man's wife. When the girl turns out to be the man's beautiful and kind daughter, Griffin finds himself torn between continuing to wear the façade of a beast, or lowering his defenses and allowing Izzy's beauty to soften his soul.
When Desiree decides to move back home to Fredericksburg, Texas and open an art studio, she finds herself strangely satisfied helping save the lovely Blue Bonnet Inn from closing. She also finds she is attracted to the handsome new owner who is also a baker and part-time Elvis impersonator. When Holt is left his Gran's Blue Bonnet Inn bed and breakfast, he fears he must close it down, until he meets Desiree, who offers to help save the failing business. Working together, Holt finds himself attracted to Desiree.
Cat is taking care of a Black Bombay cat. A school boy taunts her that Black Bombay cats are cursed, and to watch out since it is Halloween time. When bad luck continues to strike Cat, she begins to worry that maybe there really is a curse.
Cat, a 12-year-old, takes on a different cat-sitting job. Each month Cat's teacher teaches the class a different poetry style. In this charming first book, Cat is asked to watch a neighbor's Siamese cat named Percy. Percy is usually the most perfectly behaved cat, but while on duty, Cat notices that Percy is not acting like himself and the destruction he leaves behind makes Cat wonder if she will ever get any mercy. In this book Cat and the listener learn to write a Haiku poem.
Ruby’s mother has informed her that it's time for her to start dancing at the Golden Dawn saloon, and has replaced all of Ruby’s clothes with saloon ball gowns. To escape that lifestyle, Ruby answers a mail-order bride ad from a man in Waterhole, Texas, looking for someone with upstanding morals to help clean up his town. When Ruby arrives in town, dressed in a saloon gown and toting her younger brother, Timmy, Seth thinks he's been duped, and the last thing he wants is a child in his life, having recently lost his own.
When Jody Carson is given the chance to photograph a small town's Christmas event for the magazine she works for, she isn't sure how she feels when her boss agrees her hometown "Christmas Cookie Town" would be the perfect choice, because she knows she will have to work closely with the town's mayor, her ex-fiancé Holcom Garrison. Can working together and sharing Christmas cookies reignite their interest in one another?
Harbor has come to Tasoca Texas to help her brother civilize the town by opening a school, but the first things she hears is that a mysterious person is acting the part of a Christmas angel in town. Harbor wants the children and townspeople to put their faith in God, not the Christmas angel. Drake can't understand why Harbor's brother would bring her to such a wild place, but he takes it upon himself to make sure she is safe each day. He isn't sure he agrees with her opinion of the Christmas angel until he see's her faith in God.
Paris has come to the Lodge at Confluence to work as the event’s coordinator and fulfill her desire to see the beautiful state of Colorado. The last thing she expected to find was her high school sweet heart Paul Gordon, the only man she ever truly loved.
Tricia has been living in the town of Harbor Inn, Maine for less than a year, ever since she discovered her boyfriend was seeing another woman, but she has given up on dating anyone. That is, until Gathe Denver moves back to town and says that he wants to court her. Is courting any different than dating? Can she trust this man with her heart? As Tricia and Gathe participate in all 12 Christmas Cocoa traditions and events around town, will she be able to trust Gathe and find true and lasting love?
When Dale returns to Bandera, Texas, for Christmas, all he expects is to spend time with his beloved dog Buck. However, running into Shanna, his high-school sweetheart, reminds him of the time he has wasted and all he lost by running away on Christmas Eve nine years earlier. When he discovers something awful happened to Shanna on the night that he left, Dale is determined to make it up to her, but first he must be able to forgive the way that God has forgiven him.
When Rachel attends the annual "Dickens on Main" Christmas event in Boerne, Texas, she never imagined she would end up spending the weekend with a handsome Houston Newspaper man who wants to write an article about the event as seen through her eyes. As their relationship grows, Rachel wonders if Charlie Dickens could be the man that God has prepared for her, until she discovers he is a possible thief. Will Rachel be able to solve the mystery before the weekend is over, and Charlie leaves with the stolen Dickens collectible and her heart?
Charlene Trumbel is 29 years old, a spinster daughter of a wealthy New York family. However, she is appalled at the wasteful lifestyle her family lives. When given a chance to ride on the Orphan Train to get firsthand experience to write an article to induce wealthy families to support the Orphan Train, Charlene jumps at it. However, her poor eyesight, which has caused her to remain a lonely wallflower her whole life, almost stops her from the trip. That is until she meets a young city boy who agrees to come along with her and be her eyes. Along the way, Charlene learns.