Hearts, Homes & Holidays
A Sweet Romance Charity Anthology Filled with Family, Friends & Faith
by Michele Pollock Dalton, Michele Brouder, Nancy Fraser, Teddy Cat Hester, Jean Jacobsen, Caroline Lee, Kirsten Osbourne, Rose Pearson, Christine Sterling
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Pub Date 19 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 20 Oct 2021
Family Ever After
Longing hearts, loving homes, and lively holidays combine in this Romantique Treasury. This warm-hearted anthology combines friends, families, and faith as hope blossoms in the lives of orphaned children.
ADOPTED IN ARKANSAS
Socialite Emily Simpson feels out of place. So, when Emily consults her aunt, Lachele suggests she use Matchrimony to find a husband. For farmer Derrick Bobo, he hopes an arranged marriage will give him a better chance of gaining custody of his autistic nephew, Zach. Can Emily adjust to a farm wife’s lifestyle? And more importantly, how will she deal with a boy on the spectrum?
A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Madeline Collier finds solace in charity work and fundraising for a local children’s home. Peter Townsend moves west from Philadelphia to escape his past and begin a new life. When an idea is planted for an orphan’s possible future, Madeline realizes she needs help. Can Maddie persuade Peter to commit to a marriage of convenience and, in so doing, help her give a child a forever home?
A NEW FAMILY
Eliot Graveney fought his entire life to be seen as the equal of those around him, but a flash of fire enters his world in the shape of heiress Marianne Daltrey. And Eliot’s life will never be the same. Can Eliot outsmart a wealthy man to help Marianne get her inheritance? Will he lose his heart in the process?
Susan Vuichard is committed to making sure no child is forgotten in the foster system, which means opening her family farm to three sisters that have nowhere else to go. Richard Petra still suffers from a tragic loss, but sparks fly when he finds his high school sweetheart. Can this group somehow become a forever family?
JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS MORNING
Anna Beckett has a soulless job at Gallagher Industries. When she becomes a volunteer cuddler, holding the sickest babies in the neonatal unit, Anna begins to realize there’s more to life than work. Thrust into a Santa Claus suit at the children’s hospital, Jack Gallagher is surprised to recognize the accountant from work. Can they overcome their misguided perceptions to form a lasting bond?
Frazzled by a hectic lifestyle, Rachel Boulton has no choice but to rearrange her priorities when a surprise gift is left for her at work. With the help of her secret crush, Mick Polenz, can Rachel meet the overwhelming needs of this special delivery, or will she lose the greatest joy she’s ever known to the demands of unfulfilled ambitions?
LONG TO BELONG
Mark Diamond has never had a family of his own, but being on the spectrum makes relationships extra complicated - until Katie Reed, owner of the Bountiful Blueberry Coffee Shop, stole his heart faster than an underpriced IPO offering. For Katie, her shy beau has been as yummy as a dandelion-cocoa latte, but can they handle each other’s situation, or will their dreams be thrown out like yesterday’s brew?
Macy Williams loves her career as a photojournalist, but when her brother and sister-in-law die, Macy is drawn back to her small hometown to handle their estate. Cord Adams is surprised by his deceased friend’s choice of guardian. He only met Macy once, and the meeting was anything but cordial. Can two strong-willed individuals set aside their differences for the good of two young girls?
NOT PART OF OUR EVENING PLANS
As one of the couples who found love at River’s End Ranch, Jace and Dinky Cunningham struggle with the loss of their dreams for a family; but, circumstances can shift in a split second. Dare they hope this change of plans will bring them everything their hearts desire?
Proceeds from this collection of inspiring stories will benefit special-needs adoption grants through Reece’s Rainbow.
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This is a collection of short sweet stories that center around the holidays. They each deal with persons that have a disability. I liked most of them. I had to laugh about the line, who puts pickles in potato salad, in the first story. my response is ANYONE in the South! :) Cute short read, and gave me some insights about autism.
Hearts, Homes & Holidays. Kirsten Osborne - such a beautiful Christmas story. I can totally relate to this story I have a grandson who has Autism. My daughter and her boyfriend are wonderful with him. (My daughter knows so much about autism). I love that they all became a *forever family* and that they were going to Vacation in New York City. The only thing Zach was interested in was the Nintendo store. I loved the second story in the book Forever family A Fresh Start/Second Chance Romance by Christine Sterling. The story takes place in Richmond, Virginia. Susan and Richard met at the ranch ran by Susan’s parents A therapy center for foster children. They both leave and go off to their own life’s they meet again when the three foster girls mother is killed. At the end of the story they are given a gift of love by Susan’s parents. “Just Like Christmas Morning” by Michele Brouder is the next story in the book. Read the story I guarantee you will love it. Each story gets better. Jack plays Santa where Anna is a cuddler at the hospital to newborns that do not have parents coming to see them. Kandie Kisses by Michele Pollock Dalton was a really cute story about a lady baker who found three children in the back of her car and her story to raise them. Long to Belong byT.C. Hester. The miracle of love and adoption. This is a beautiful story about a man who has autism. With autism sometimes people have to have a timeout and recharge their brain and the lady he is in love with. The lady has a nephew who has lost his parents. She is trying to adopt the nephew but the one stipulation is she has to be married or Drake has to go live with a happily married cousin. Macy’s gifts by Nancy Fraser was another story about a child with special needs. When Lily and Brittany’s parents die Macy is appointed guardian by her brother Macy fells in love with the girls and Cord their doctor. not part of our evening plans. dink and Jace adoption story by Caroline Lee. Enlighten of their infertility diagnosis. Such a cute story they adopted a baby girl. A Home for Christmas by Jean Jacobson. Denver City, Colorado 1876. Chloe gets her forever family. A New Family by Rose Pearson takes place in November of 1819. Lord Winters comes in and kicks out Marianne and her brother after their parents are killed in a carriage accident. Elliot marries her to save her brother Lionel and adopts him. Elliot wants her to be in love with him. Read these short stories about love and adoption.