It's three days before Christmas and Jack London Clarke has just issued a stunning ultimatum to his wife, following a damaging confrontation regarding his suspected infidelity. As Jack prepares to flee his suburban Chicago estate, a knock upon the front door delivers a most unlikely character who sets in motion Jack's personal life to spinning out of control.
Consumed by entitlement, excess and temptation, Jack has grown ignorant to his own moral decay and a hardened heart that has alienated the three women who love him most. When his family turns up missing, he's forced to face the reality of his ways, and the realization that the life he once had - but never knew - may be lost forever.
With only a mysterious telegram, improbable email, and antique newspaper as his guides, Jack is thrust into an epic, unsuspecting journey of redemption and self-discovery. Searching through a world not known to modern man, he stumbles upon welcoming strangers who reintroduce him to those things in life most important. It's only when he confronts the skeletons of his past and empties his soul of the scars of a debauched childhood that he can dream of ever seeing his family again.
Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.
At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?
Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.
Praise to Válmíki, bird of charming song,Who mounts on Poesy's sublimest spray,And sweetly sings with accent clear and strongRáma, aye Ráma, in his deathless lay.
Where breathes the man can listen to the strainThat flows in music from Válmíki's tongue,Nor feel his feet the path of bliss attainWhen Ráma's glory by the saint is sung!
The stream Rámáyan leaves its sacred fountThe whole wide world from sin and stain to free.The Prince of Hermits is the parent mount,The lordly Ráma is the darling sea.
Glory to him whose fame is ever bright!Glory to him, Prachetas' holy son!Whose pure lips quaff with ever new delightThe nectar-sea of deeds by Ráma done.
Hail, arch-ascetic, pious, good, and kind!Hail, Saint Válmíki, lord of every lore!Hail, holy Hermit, calm and pure of mind!Hail, First of Bards, Válmíki, hail once more!
Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
When Savannah Mast's fiance dumps her a week before their wedding, she flees California for the safety of her Amish grandmother's farm near Nappanee, Indiana. She's not planning on staying long but becomes unexpectedly entangled in the search for a missing Amish girl. She can't leave--especially not when her childhood friend Tommy Miller is implicated as a suspect.
When Savannah accompanies her grandmother to Plain Patterns, a nearby quilt shop, the owner and local historian, Jane Berger, relates a tale about another woman's disappearance back in the 1800s that has curious echoes to today.
Inspired by the story, Savannah does all she can to find the Amish girl and clear Tommy's name. But when her former fiance shows up, begging her to return to California and marry him after all, she must choose between accepting the security of what he has to offer or continuing the complicated legacy of her family's faith.
In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job.Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for?
A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.
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