A Winter Wonderland

By Fern Michaels, Holly Chamberlin

4 detailed vacation choices from cutting-edge favourite authors remind us that after love is in your record, you by no means need to cease believing. . .

"A iciness Wonderland" by way of Fern Michaels

Angelica Shepard left big apple for Christmas in Colorado to chill and unwind--but an out-of-control snowboarder virtually had her laid to leisure. whilst she wakes up within the clinic, all she recalls is the good-looking angel who stored her. . .

"The pleasure of Christmas" through Holly Chamberlin

Not all happiness is sweet for you--or that is what Iris Karr thinks whilst she makes a decision to maneuver away rather than marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, residing with that call is not easy--until a well-known face involves name her domestic for the vacations. . .

"The Christmas Thief" by way of Leslie Meier

Elizabeth Stone is prepared for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a complicated yuletide ball on the Florida resort the place she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have long gone lacking and the police are asking approximately her ties to a adorable secret visitor. great thing Elizabeth's mom, Lucy Stone, flew right down to shock her. ‘Tis the season for a bit investigating. . .

"The Christmas Collector" through Kristina McMorris

Estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn't really one for Christmas nostalgia. but if one grandmother's keepsakes recommend a mystery existence, unwrapping the secret leads Jenna--and her client's good-looking grandson--to the genuine center of the vacation spirit. . .

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A couple of half-empty bottles of condiments. A lone egg. A head of broccoli she had no real interest in cooking. She closed the refrigerator with a sigh of frustration. good, a minimum of her father, Robert Karr, hadn’t appeared to brain her defection, she inspiration now. He had remarried slightly a 12 months after his wife’s dying. Iris had already long past off to Portland so hadn’t been available to—to what? to speak her father out of his mad concept that his first spouse might be changed? The doorbell rang then, interrupting Iris’s reluctant journey down reminiscence lane. “Thank God,” she murmured, and moved quickly to reply to it. bankruptcy three It used to be Bess, dressed this night in a floor-length sable coat. It had belonged to an analogous great-grandmother who had owned the opal ring, yet someplace alongside the road its care have been overlooked. Moths had eaten tiny holes up and down the fingers, and components of fur have been oddly flat and boring. simply taking a look at the coat made Iris believe itchy. Bess held out a plastic meals box. “I introduced you a few butternut squash soup. Marilyn’s experimenting with a brand new recipe. ” “Thanks. ” Iris acknowledged, accepting the present. “I type of forgot to move foodstuff buying this week. i used to be dealing with peanut butter on pretzels for dinner. ” Bess dropped the sable coat at the closest chair, a high-backed vintage monstrosity (her time period) upholstered in a faded eco-friendly textile revealed with great red cabbage roses. As used to be her behavior she glanced quick round the rooms. It by no means did not puzzle Bess why Iris, the daughter of a recognized artist, had none of her mother’s works on demonstrate in her domestic. there have been no framed photos of her mom or of her father, both, not anything on an finish desk or at the mantel of the hearth within the lounge. What Bess didn’t understand used to be that Iris did preserve an image of her mom, hidden away in her university replica of The Riverside Shakespeare. It were taken at the day Bonnie had graduated from paintings college. It had continuously been Iris’s favourite photograph of her mom, this smiling, hopeful younger lady who had no concept of what awaited her in existence, strong or undesirable. Bess additionally didn’t understand that there has been no picture of Ben Tresch hidden away in a ebook, no letters on the backside of a table drawer, no longer one reminiscence in tangible shape. Even the vintage locket he had given her on their first anniversary was once in a field of ignored memorabilia someplace in Robert Karr’s basement. “Peanut butter on pretzels? ” Bess stated, eyebrows emerging. “Are you convinced you aren’t a man? ” “Quite yes. a man may consume the pretzels with ketchup. ” “True. I as soon as stuck my older son chowing down on condensed soup correct out of the can. He stated it used to be an excessive amount of of a trouble so as to add water and stir. ” Iris pretended a glance of sympathetic horror. She watched with a few leisure as Bess surveyed her atmosphere, as though she have been seeing them for the 1st time. The furnishings used to be a jumble of kinds, a few enormously Victorian, just like the maroon velvet sofa, others Danish sleek, with a number of a little lousy items from the sixties thrown in for enjoyable. the general surroundings used to be one Iris cherished to consider as “decayed splendor.

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