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New Arrivals - Romance
To keep her out of trouble, Honore Bainbridge is banished to her family's country estate. Yet it is there that she meets Lord Ashmoor, under suspicions because of his American upbringing and accusations that he helped a French prisoner escape from Dartmoor prison. For the sake of her heart, Honore is determined to prove Ashmoor's innocence.
"TV host Miranda Woodruff has built a perfect life for herself onscreen. But everything could fall apart when she falls in love for real"-- Provided by publisher.
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan -- but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?
Ever since Mary Evensong's elderly aunt Mim got sick, Mary has masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids and husbands, and solving pesky problems, for the peerage. Someday she'd like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is, but desperate clients are waiting for "Mrs. Evensong" at the office. Like a scandalous Scottish baron. Honor forbids Lord Alec Raeburn from explaining the suspicious circumstances surrounding his wife's death, but he knows who is responsible. He just needs to hire an actress to lure the scoundrel into a trap. After listening to Raeburn's story and seeing him in his kilt, Mary knows the perfect person for the role. Letting her red hair down, she heads off to the Scottish Highlands to pose as a seductress, but soon finds herself with more than her virtue at stake in a tug-of-war between two powerful men. She could wind up in danger or in the heart of the highlander.
"Kate Preston just moved to New York, but she has to get back to Seattle in time for her best friend's wedding. Joe Firretti is moving to Seattle, and has to get there in time or risk losing his new job. But fate's got a sense of humor. Kate goes from rubbing elbows on a plane with a gorgeous but irritating strange (doggone armrest hog) to sharing one travel disaster after another with him on four wheels. Joe thought he had his future figured out, but sometimes fates has to knock you over the head pretty hard before you see what opportunity is standing in front of you...in a really god-awful poufy bridesmaid dress"--P.  of cover.
In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburgh only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies. But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Tutlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line.
Samantha Evans falls for handsome cowboy Jake Tanner against her better judgment; and Jillian Baron and Aaron Murdock are torn between the demands of a family feud and their own feelings for each other.
Spy hunter Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, tries to resist his attraction to French refugee Marielle Lyon, whom he is convinced is a spy, while Marielle is willing to make use of his interest in her to help save her father.
It is 1845 and New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues. Edgar Allan Poe?s The Raven is all the rage and the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband?s cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe?s writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence and the surprising revelation that he admires her work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair. With each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar?s frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe?s tales.
When Miss Jane Higgenbothem's sculpture of Lord Blackburn--the man she secretly adores--was revealed, making her a laughingstock, she fled to the country in shame, but now, ten years later, she returns as a chaperone to her niece and encounters Lord Blackburn--a man who is not about to let bygones be bygones
Everyone has secrets. Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten. But a secret never told can turn into a lie. And in love, a lie is one thing: Poison. Reid's in love with Dori, though she hasn't told her parents that she's fallen hard for the guy they'd forbidden her to see. Now she's leaving for college, and Reid's promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can't, or won't, return those three important words he wants to hear.
Sparks fly when a free-spirited young woman agrees to be a mail-order bride in order to escape the drudgery of farm life--and gets more than she bargained for.
"Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss--and Dave's business rival--missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?"--P. 4 of cover.
"Adam Colby didn't believe in marriage anymore. After Haley left him, he was convinced that lasting marriage was a fairy tale. He gave up hope of ever experiencing a lasting covenant. But then he found the postcards..."-- Provided by publisher.
With her husband Tyson missing for eight years, Diana Brennan seeks to declare him legally dead in order to remarry, but when Tyson returns as a supposedly changed man, Diana must decide if he has really changed for the better.
Jackson Stone will always be grateful to the Lamberts, who took him in when he was just a kid. But since the accident that killed his foster brother, Brock, he stays away from the family at Coffee Creek Ranch. Epecially now that Brock's former fiancee, Winnie Hays, is back in town with her little boy. The simmering attraction between them may surprise Winnie, but Jackson fell for her at first sight years ago. Loyalty and guilt require he keep his distance...even as their feelings blossom into love. In the end, it is his own conscience Jackson must master. But with the help of the Lamberts, can this Christmas be a time of healing and a new beginning?
The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beile''s barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past the house with its lights off. Sarah, David and Malinda's daughter, is in her late teens and old enough to observe her parents' agony. Not only is she afraid, too, and wishing she could protect her parents, she's entranced by the flirtatious Matthew Stoltzfus. He's dating her friend, Rose, but when he tenderly bandages Sarah's hand after she burned it at the barn raising, she wonders who he is really interested in. When a second Amish barn burns for suspicious reasons, the Amish grow more restless. "We're too quiet too much of the time," a group of Amish men tell David Beiler, their minister. Seriously considering police protection, the increasingly tense community questions their traditional nonresistant approach to violence.
In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth, and new romance brings sparkling joy.
As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O'Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever. Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny's drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production...and to make peace with the past. As if that's not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back. With the help of a little O'Brien holiday magic, will Jenny and Caleb find a way to make sweet music forever?--Publisher's description.
Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist's chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead--and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie's first real client. Now it's up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars. As if that weren't enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie's attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie's secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie's not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match -- and if she's not careful, it could be her last.
"Yvette Hamilton knows just what she wants for Christmas--a dazzling marriage. And if marrying the ton's catch at the height of the Yuletide season is how she can prove herself, she'll be the most respectable of the many ladies competing for his hand. But one accomplished rake has other, much more tempting ideas. . . The illegitimate son of a duke, Lord Jeffrey Eddington knows society will never truly respect him. He thought he'd found acceptance as a friend of the Hamiltons, but Yvette's seeming snobbery makes him wager to win her hand no matter what it takes. Too late, he finds her frivolity conceals an intelligent, appealing woman. Now they face a hard choice between the holiday dreams they think they want most. . .and the very real love they can't resist."--P.  of cover.
Elsie Keim suffers from keratoconus and is slowly going blind, but she doesn't want to let her disease hold her back from a fulfilling life. That is why when a new neighbor, Landon Troyer, shows some interest in her, she doesn't want anything to scare him away...even if it means keeping her condition a secret. But when Landon finds out the truth about Elsie's illness, he is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. How could he keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie?
"Hampshire 1850. Beth Langton has been running her large family estate for nine months now, after the death of her father. Under the watchful eyes of her godfather and guardian, Lord Edward Sharland, and an excellent estate manager, Henry Greenway, she is loving the work. After a week away with Henry buying cattle, terrible news is waiting for her on her return. The father of her best friend, Lady Helen Denton, has shot himself after running up gambling debts, leaving Helen destitute. Beth persuades Helen to come and live with her, although Helen is too proud to take charity and insists she work as a paid companion. The girls soon settle happily together, but further tragedy awaits. Beth is informed by a stranger that her beloved guardian, away on business, has died. The stranger claims to be Edward's heir, making him her legal guardian -- and he has the paperwork to prove it. But can they trust him? And should they?"--From publisher description.
"All heiress Sophia Hart's father wanted was for her to marry a gentleman with a title. She promised him on his deathbed she would do just that. But the only man Sophia wants to spend time with is Matson Brentwood, who makes up for the lack of a title by being dashing and decidedly dangerous. Since Matson crashed his way into her life and her heart, that vow to her father has become an awful burden"--From publisher description.
Struggling to keep the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor running, Christina Willems turns to reclusive mill owner Levi Jonnson to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. When an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally --or more-- in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?