Looking for a holiday gift for those who love historical romance? Check out these featured books...
The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella by Anna Campbell
At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune… When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins? But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot? Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her? Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?
A Marchioness for Christmas by Alanna Lucas
After Antonia Madeley’s mother died, she learned just how heartless her father could be. Not caring for his daughter’s grief, Lord Madeley forbade her to play her beloved violin, and then remarried with indecent haste to a woman who made it plain she’d rather Antonia wasn’t there. The engagement that’d been arranged between Antonia and Dracon, Lord Trawden, offered no escape. Dracon was clearly still in love with his late wife, Catherine. Facing a life of always being second best, Antonia ran away.
Five years on, Antonia receives the news her father is gravely ill. Perhaps the time has come to make amends and go to his bedside. However, traveling in inclement weather and on treacherous roads, her carriage is involved in a terrible accident, and when she regains consciousness, she’s being cared for at Lionshead, Dracon’s family seat! The feelings she has for Dracon haven’t dimmed, but she has no reason to believe he’s stopped loving Catherine either. With Christmas only a few days away, will Antonia be forced to endure yet another bleak midwinter, or is it possible that a yuletide miracle will gladden her lonely heart?
Willie, My Love by Judy Ann Davis
Finalist in the American Fiction Awards! $1.99
The year is 1856. White pine is king of the forest.
The last thing Jonathan Wain wants to do is ride miles through Pennsylvania's wilderness to help his father's logging partner in the small settlement of Clearfield. His family owns clipper ships in the Chesapeake Bay that carry the coveted logs to the markets each spring, and they can't afford a loss.
The last thing Wilhelmina Wydcliffe wants is a handsome sea captain from Maryland meddling in her father's logging operations under attack by unknown enemies. A feisty tomboy and better known as Willie to her crews, she has a dream to be the largest logging operator east of the Mississippi River.
When both Willie's and Jonathan's lives are threatened, they are forced to work together to find their enemies before both of their companies are in shambles. But as their attraction to each other escalates, can they set aside their differences, unearth the truth and troublemakers, and discover contentment in each other's arms?
Mistletoe Kisses by Heidi Vanlandingham
Music and Moonlight
Orphan Jillian Simpson loves Christmas, but she loves childhood friend, Graham Rogers, more. When he returns from college and doesn’t seem to notice her at all, she wonders if he’ll ever see the woman she’s become. Although Graham returns to Saint Charles, Missouri to begin his career as an attorney and with intentions to declare his love to Jillian, everything falls apart when his job offer is withdrawn before he’s even started. Will the magic of Christmas be strong enough to bring these two together again?
Sleighbells and Snowflakes
Railroad heiress Isabelle Baker dreams of becoming a mother and building a loving family but dreads the marriage of convenience her parents are pressuring her into accepting. Attorney Phillip Dobson has reluctantly accepted a position in the family law firm, but when his drive to help those in need clashes with his father’s social bias, his job and new relationship with Isabelle are threatened. Will the scales of justice weigh in favor of losing his position or losing his heart?
Angels and Ivy
Losing her parents at Christmas makes the season a difficult time for Grace Shepherd, but with her friends finding love, her heart aches for a family of her own. Born into wealth and privilege, Douglas Campbell longs to create a meaningful life. Can a woman afraid to love find the courage to love a man willing to prove his worth?
Nutcrackers and Sugarplums
After losing her family in the war, Alicia Price throws everything she has into her bakery, Sugarplums. When she becomes overwhelmed with Christmas orders, she discovers a kindred spirit in war veteran Gideon Sinclair and accepts his offer of help. Can the joy of the season and encouragement of their friends help Alicia and Gideon discover a new beginning together?
A Healing Touch by Liz Arnold
DOCTOR HILLIARD: MEDICINE WOMAN In post-revolutionary America, Molly Hilliard wants to be more than an herbal healer, and she answers the lure of adventure on the Ohio River and journeys to the Northwest Territory seeking the freedom to set up a medical practice. Along the way, she tries to hire Romney Applewood as a guide, but he is going the opposite direction. After ten years as a captive of the Delaware Indians, Romney wants to get as far east as possible to forget his past and avoid the bounty on his head for taking part in raids upon settlers' homes. Something about the way she sacrifices herself to heal others, and something about the way he endures the difficulties he encounters because of his tormented past, links them in more than their quest as they blaze new trails in their lives and in America's frontier.