Scottish chief’s daughter, Tinnie MacAieth, can think of only one way to ransom her clan’s folk, defeated by the fierce Viking, Claus –
agree to his demand that she become his bride. She hopes her faith and love for her people will allow her to endure a lonely, loveless
future in the cold north.
Claus has claimed Tinnie for his wife, but the prize he truly wants is her heart. Determined to win it, he offers her many gifts, but not
until he undertakes a dangerous winter voyage for her sake does he dare hope she sees what’s in his heart. And on one magical Christmas Eve,
while delivering toys to her clan’s children by sleigh, he begins to believe she may grant him the one gift he desires …
The Tenth Suitor
(Twelve Brides of Christmas Series)
When Edwina Armstrong’s father invites ten titled lords to spend Christmas at his estate so Edwina may choose one for a husband, she finds the idea
romantic. She dreams of gazing into the eyes of one of her suitors and falling deep in love. But it soon becomes apparent the lords in question are far
more interested in gaining her father’s estate than Edwina’s hand.
Thorstan’s in attendance but he hasn’t been invited and he’s no lord. A former mercenary, he’s come disguised as a fool to get near Edwina, long adored
from afar. Edwina quickly falls for his charm and quirky humor even though she fears her father will never approve of a commoner for her husband. But when
Edwina is abducted, only Thorstan—a skilled swordsman— has hope of rescuing her in time for the promised Christmas wedding.
For most of her life, Becca Monroe’s been running. The urge to see what lay beyond the next horizon took her away from Donner’s Mountain and the man she loved. Now, back for what will surely be her grandfather’s last Christmas, she’s caught in a tangle of unresolved emotions that leave her torn between the impulse to flee and the desire to stay.
Jack Donner never stopped loving Becca, even though she deserted him. Better than anyone else, he knows how cruel it would be to fetter her wild spirit, and he doubts she could ever be happy living in one place, on his mountain.
Can memories of Christmases past remind Becca what truly matters? And can love convince Jack to give her one more chance, even if it means risking his battered heart?
Margie’s mom taught her to bake, and to believe in Christmas magic. She also promised this would be the year Margie
found love. When Margie draws the name of her office crush, Trent in the Secret Santa Pool, she decides to make it happen
by baking him a batch of her irresistible Magic Christmas bars. But it’s Bryan, the new guy in the office, who falls under her
Bryan doesn’t need any encouragement when it comes to Margie. From his first day on the job, he’s been captivated by
her sweet nature and beautiful smile. Bryan can tell Margie only has eyes for Trent, but he recognizes Trent for what he
is, a charming user likely to break Margie’s heart. Before that happens, he must make Margie see she’s closer to her
Christmas miracle than she ever dreamed.
When Santa asks his worker, Olja, to help make another elf’s Christmas wish come true, she believes the job calls
for a love potion. Brewing it up will require her to travel all around the North Pole gathering unusual supplies, and to
take a few dangerous risks. But she’s never failed Santa in the past and doesn’t intend to now.
Elf Runi’s in the business of guiding Santa’s sleigh and making other people’s wishes come true. This year he’s dared
make a wish of his own, one from the heart. When he meets Olja, he hopes he’s found his forever. But it will take
assistance from a reindeer, a generous helping of love and a whole lot of magic to make his wish come true. That is, if Olja
and Runi can just outwit the three troublesome trolls who decide they’d make a fine winter’s snack.
Meghan Martin fears it's going to be a lean Christmas. Since her husband, Dustin, abandoned her and their six-year-old daughter, Angie, she's been forced to give up their cozy house in the suburbs and move to a small apartment in the city. Though she loves the multicultural flavor of the new neighborhood and how people help each other, she fears she won't be able to make all Angie's Christmas wishes come true, especially when Angie falls in love with an expensive, hand-made doll in the toy maker's shop downstairs.
Now mysterious things are going on at the community center where Meghan works. Instead of too few packages beneath the giving tree, there are too many, and nobody can tell how they're arriving. Could it be a touch of Christmas magic?
Jonas Kristensen has been making toys for children a long time, but when he sees Angie's longing for the doll he's made, it touches his heart, just like Meghan's beauty and determination. Used to giving to others, he's nearly stopped hoping for his own happiness. It's been ages since he shared the secret of his magic with anyone. Will this be the year the toy maker receives a gift of his own?
Just because she’ll be alone this Christmas, is no reason for Beth Manning to feel sorry for herself. A busy nurse with plenty of friends, she knows she can keep occupied and have a good holiday. But when a tiny package containing an antique locket arrives, she tumbles into a century-old mystery. Is it intended for her, or for a relation of the same name, who lived four generations ago? Why does the image of the young soldier, inside, tug so hard at her heartstrings?
When Tommy Rafferty accompanies his injured friend to the hospital, he’s not thinking about romance. Yet as soon as he meets nurse Beth, his heart gets its own ideas. He’s sure he wants to see her again. But what a strange coincidence, that the tiny package he found and mailed just days ago, while cleaning out a relative’s property should have been addressed to this woman he’s just met. And what about the dreams of past battles he’s been having, that hint at promises and sacrifice?
Is it possible for two lovers parted a century ago to be reunited in time for Christmas? In the blossoming of a new love, will an old promise be kept?
Alone on Valentine’s Day, Leo Rankin attends the library’s Blind Date With a Book event hoping for something he can take to bed with him that night, and finds himself competing against Gerri Webb for the last remaining book. Wild child Gerri is not his usual type. Yet he feels an immediate, sizzling attraction and agrees to share the book and its accompanying bag of candy hearts.
The whole idea of a Blind Date With a Book is to go off genre, so Gerri doesn’t mind when their flirty conversation suggests they unwrap each other rather than the mystery book. When a candy heart advises, “Ask Me,” she asks Leo back to her apartment. She never expects button-down Leo to hit all her buttons, but by the next morning she fears her heart’s in danger. Can one night spent off genre translate to real life?