Debbie Macomber - Деби Макомбър е най-продаваният американски автор на над 150 романтични съвременни романи. Започва като всеки неизвестен писател и пише историите си на кухненската маса с пишеща машина, взета под наем. Пет години се опитва да намери издател, който да купи един от нейните ръкописи и най-накрая през 1982 г. "Силует" публикува първия й ръкопис, наречен Heartsong.
1. Cindy and the Prince (1987)
Unemotional, levelheaded Thorndike Prince was certain his company's Christmas ball would be an utter bore... until a captivating mystery woman announced that she was Cinderella and he just might be her Prince. In mere hours she'd toppled his implacable cool and sent his usually unshakable heart reeling. But who was she? Janitor Cindy Territo had thought donning an elegant gown and crashing the Oakes-Jennings Christmas party would be a lark. She'd never dreamed the handsome but cynical young vice president would melt her very soul. But how could she tell Thorndike that his Cinderella was the broom-wielding nobody who cleaned his office?
2. Some Kind of Wonderful (1988)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Once upon a time there was a beautiful, rebellious New York socialite who wasn't interested in fortune or fame; Judy Lovin valued friendship, integrity and her job as a preschool teacher. Then her father's business collapsed, and his most powerful enemy offered to help -- but only on one condition. John McFarland wanted the fair Judy's company. Judy agreed to McFarland's terms and went to the remote Caribbean island to become his temporary companion. After all, he was probably harmless, like the fairy-tale beast who simply needed affection. She didn't expect to meet a powerful, attractive loner who stunned her senses and captured her heart. Suddenly, what had started as a flight of fancy became a tale of love... .
3. Almost Paradise (1988)
IN A CABIN IN THE WOODS . To fun-loving Sherry White, a summer camp for intellectually gifted children seemed the perfect getaway from the smothering influence of her wacky but well-intentioned stepmother. But she soon realized that sharing a cabin with seven precocious little girls and a contraband hamster, under the watchful eye of Camp Gitche Gumee's gorgeous, disapproving director, Jeff Roarke, was more than child's play. Roarke's businesslike attitude and crack-of-dawn staff meetings were anything but relaxing. Still, a midnight lakeside rendezvous had Sherry atingle in a way she was certain ran counter to Roarke's strict antiromance policy. Dare she risk falling under the spell of this unwilling prince?
1. Navy Wife (1988)
Having fled to Seattle to weather a broken heart, Lindy Kyle was unprepared for a roommate like Rush Callaghan. Strong, sensitive and sexy, the temporarily dry-docked naval officer was everything she'd ever dreamed of in a man ... in a husband. But Rush was also a man who placed duty to his country above all else. Though he and Lindy were swept away on a tide of passion, his true mistress was the sea. Lindy would have to prove she had the stamina to be his ideal first mate ... the courage to be his wife.
2. Navy Blues (1989)
Carol Kyle hadn't spoken to her bullheaded ex-husband in nearly a year, so luring him into her bed for one tempestuous night would be no mean feat. But even if it required strategy skills befitting a Navy admiral, she would manage. Because Carol wanted a child, and only Lieutenant Commander Steve Kyle would do as father-to-be. Somehow she'd break through the wall of bitterness Steve was hiding behind. Shameless seduction wasn't forthright Carol's style, but her slinky red dress and an unsteady Christmas tree seemed to be working to sultry perfection...until her carefully wrought baby-trap suddenly slammed shut--on her own unsuspecting heart!
3. Navy Brat (1991)
From the heart-stopping moment when their eyes met across the crowded lounge, Erin MacNamera knew life would never be the same. Lieutenant Brandon Davis was sexy, tender, strong--all she'd ever dreamed of in a man. But he was also Navy--and as a Navy brat from way back, she knew better than to give her heart to the seafaring type. When his old buddy Casey MacNamera asked Brand to look up his eldest daughter, he never dreamed she'd turn out to be as irresistible and stubborn as fiery-haired Erin. Couldn't she see that they were meant for each other? Then Brand was called to Hawaii. And that was when he decided to teach his sweet Irish rose a thing or two about Navy men--and love....
4. Navy Woman (1991)
Busy attorney Catherine Fredrickson loved her job at a submarine base in Washington, but new boss Royce Nyland had her spirits sinking fast. The icy widower was remote, demanding... and incredibly attractive. Though he kept her at arm's length, he aroused a stormy passion in Catherine that was impossible to deny. Royce didn't need any more distractions. He was already struggling to keep afloat, caring for a vast fleet and his energetic preadolescent daughter. And the laws of the sea deemed naval fraternizing strictly taboo. But how long could Royce resist romance when just the sight of sweet, tender Catherine capsized his vulnerable heart?
5. Navy Baby (1991)
It was a night she'd never forget . . . two strangers coming together in one breathless moment of intense need and overwhelming desire. But now, sheltered Hannah Raymond was expecting the child of rugged naval seaman Riley Murdock--a man she never thought she'd see again... Riley had been trying to find the mysterious Hannah for months--ever since the night of searing passion that had left him shaken to the depths of his very soul. Now fate--and the United States Navy--had reunited them. Determined to give his child the chance he'd never had, Riley married Hannah. Together, they'd created one kind of miracle--life. What would it take to bring about another kind--the miracle of love?
6. Navy Husband (2005) From: Shana@mindsprung.com
Subject: Your Daughter Wants Me to Get Married!
Just a quick note from your ever-loving sister. Wanted to bring you up to date on how things are going with Jazmine. After all, I am -- according to the navy -- your official "parenting plan." I adore Jazmine. But who knew that a nine-year-old had so many opinions? Including an opinion on my love life (or lack thereof). I'm pretty sure she's trying to set me up with that friend of yours, Adam Kennedy. Excuse me -- Lieutenant Commander Adam Kennedy. Yeah, yeah, I know. He's great looking and very helpful (if a little dictatorial), but I am not in the market for a navy husband. Do me a favor -- tell your daughter that, okay?
Love you. Miss you.
1. Denim and Diamonds (1989) Гордостта не е всичко
Чейс Браун предлага на Лети Елисън освен сърцето си, и живот с него в ранчо. Ала тя предпочита да преследва мечтата си за кариера в Холивуд и обръща гръб на любовта... Девет години по-късно, все така горда, Лети се връща в родното място с малката си дъщеря. През всичкото това време Чейс няма друга жена, споменът за Лети така и не го напуска. Животът бързо подсказва на двамата, че има неща, по-важни от гордостта, заради коита се струва да живееш...
2. The Wyoming Kid (2006) Rancher Lonny Ellison has never known a woman like Joy Fuller. For one thing, she doesn't seem very interested in him, and as a former rodeo cowboy, Lonny's not used to that. Women mobbed the Wyoming Kid during his rodeo days! And another thing. He and Joy -- who's a schoolteacher and his sister Letty's best friend -- seem to argue constantly. But it doesn't matter, does it? Because he's not interested in Joy, either. Wait a minute. Maybe he is. At least, that's what Letty seems to think their arguments are all about. Yup, she might have a point there. Now he has to convince Joy that marriage to the Wyoming Kid will be as exciting as an eight-second bull ride and as sweet as the cookies she loves to bake.
Thoose Manning Men
1. The Cowboy's Lady (1990)
When rugged Russ Palmer heard about the new schoolteacher in Cougar Point, he snorted in derision. Imagine a pretty city thing braving a Montana winter! But when he set eyes on Taylor Manning, he began to change his tune. Perhaps the little lady could survive the winter--if he was around to keep her warm... When Taylor locked horns with the Cougar Point cattleman, his sexy drawl left her weak-kneed and trembly...until Russ made it plain that, in these parts, men were men and women were best kept barefoot and pregnant. Taylor vowed she'd never submit to caveman tactics, no matter how cold the winter--or how handsome the cowboy. Of course, the winter promised to be very, very cold...
2. The Sheriff Takes a Wife (1990) Maybe it was the Montana air. Or the fact that her sister had just given birth to a precious baby boy. But from the moment she met Custer County's sheriff-elect, overpoweringly masculine Cody Franklin, responsible, city-bred Christy Manning took a tumble into breathless, brazen love. There were several hitches, however, in far-off Seattle... The instant he saw her, Cody was lost. Lovely, loving Christy burst the bonds on his hardened heart, touched him in ways no one ever had and dared him to dream again. Clearly he had to make the woman his wife, no matter what! The rules she lived by were itching to be broken, and he was just the ornery lawman to do it...
3. Marriage of Inconvenience (1992)
Rich Manning had known Jamie Warren forever. And he loved her--strictly as a friend. But all that changed the day Jamie asked him to be the father of her as-yet-unconceived child! Rich agreed on one condition: they marry. Suddenly, Rich was discovering a side of Jamie he'd never seen before, and was swept away by a passion sweeter than anything he'd ever known ... a passion that stunned his senses. But could he prove to the headstrong Mrs. Manning that it was time to let the world in on their secret--that their love was truly here to stay?
4. Stand-in Wife (1992)
Tragedy had shattered Paul Manning's whole world--leaving him a widower with three small children. Reeling from shock and grief, he turned in desperation to the one person he knew he could count on--gentle, caring Leah Baker. Slowly, Leah eased his sorrow--and filled his life with new meaning. Then Paul made an amazing discovery: He needed Leah--and desired her with an overwhelming passion. But asking Leah to be his wife was one thing; winning her trust was another. Somehow, he had to convince this woman he'd just vowed to honor and cherish forever that they belonged together--heart and soul.
5. Bride on the Loose (1992)
Jason Manning was not the marrying kind. Until a precocious teenage matchmaker interfered and the born bachelor and sports fan found himself irresistibly drawn to single working mother Charlotte Weston... Beneath Charlotte's reserved exterior was a warm, loving woman whose tender passion rocked Jason to the very depths of his soul. Swept away by feelings he'd never known, he asked her to be his wife. But Charlotte had been hurt before and was afraid to give her heart again. Could Jason prove to his reluctant bride that theirs was a very special love--to have and to hold--that should be cherished forever . . . together?
6. Same Tme, Next Year (1995)
HIS SUMMER BRIDE That sparkly New Year's Eve in Vegas, dignified Judge James Wilkens impulsively rescued a most seductive damsel in distress. And one unforgettable night with Summer Lawton had him vowing to meet her at the same time, the same place, the next year... But even twice was not enough. So sober James impulsively made free-spirited Summer his wife. But with all the odds against his sudden, breathless love, would lames still be kissing Summer at the same time next year?
1. Valerie (1992)
Valerie Bloomfield and Dr. Colby Winston -- an unlikely romance Valerie rushes home to Orchard Valley, Oregon, when her father suffers a heart attack. She and her two younger sisters gather at his side, praying he'll live, fearing he'll die .... The last thing Valerie expects at a time like this is to fall in love-and with a man like Colby Winston, yet. She's a take-charge, big-city businesswoman; he's a renowned heart surgeon who loves small-town living and wants a stay-at-home wife. Valerie can't understand why she's so attracted to him-or why her father keeps insisting that she and Colby make a perfect couple!
2. Stephanie (1992) Стефани
Повикана спешно от сестрите си у дома, Стефани Блумфийлд се завръща в Орчард Вали. Баща й е получил инфаркт, но когато Стефи пристига, той вече се възстановява. Чакат я обаче неподозирани изпитания. Среща се с журналиста Чарлз Томазели, заради когото преди три години е избягала от родния си град в Италия… Двамата подновяват старите си пререкания, ала заедно с това се съживяват и забравените чувства… Дали любовта на Чарлз ще я задържи у дома?
3. Norah (1992) Нора
Сестрите на Нора Блумфийлд се готвят за сватбите си, а баща им се възстановява след прекаран инфаркт. Внезапно в Орчард Вали пристига своенравният тексасец Роуди Касиди и след катастрофа се озовава в болницата, в която Нора работи като медицинска сестра. През целия си стаж тя не е попадала на по-твърдоглав и на по-очарователен пациент! Нора се влюбва в него, макар и да има сериозни причини да подозира, че Роуди все още обича друга...
From This Day Forward
1. Groom Wanted (1993)
Aleksandr Berinski was a brilliant Russian biochemist, but his days in the United States were numbered--unless he got married! And who else could make him a groom but the very woman who needed him to stay--Julia Conrad? Her company would go under without his help, and Aleksandr knew he'd be lost without Julia in his life. Having once been betrayed by her emotions, Julia dared not risk any romantic entanglements. If there had to be a marriage, it would be one in name only--yet Aleksandr's passionate kisses, his tenderness and patience proved a challenging test to his "wife's" best defenses .... FROM THIS DAY FORWARD: Married in haste--but no regrets! Three couples marry first and find love later in this heartwarming trilogy.
2. Bride Wanted (1993)
His billboard was brazen, but with mere weeks to find a wife to warm his winter nights, forthright frontiersman Chase Goodman couldn't waste time on sweet talk. Lesley Campbell was not in the market for pretty promises. She'd been fooled once by loving lies and now distrusted her heart. She would wed this handsome Alaskan for reasons that had nothing to do with love--and in the frozen North, she'd be safe from broken vows forever. While warm, sensual Lesley more than lit his fire, Chase wanted her completely--body and soul. And he'd promise anything to make his bride his wife.... FROM THIS DAY FORWARD... Married in haste--but no regrets! Three couples marry first and find love later in this heartwarming trilogy.
3. Marriage Wanted (1993)
GROOM: Divorce attorney Dash Davenport had seen enough bad endings to know that marriage was a mistake. When he had asked Savannah Charles to marry him, it was out of mutual necessity--not love. BRIDE: Weddings were Savannah's business and she was an expert on marital bliss. Yet she'd given little thought to her own day of joy. Until Dash Davenport offered a proposal that would benefit them both. HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Dash claimed he'd never be convinced "I do" could last forever. Yet he'd never expected to marry Savannah-the most passionate woman he'd ever tried not to love...
1. A Season of Angels (1993)
When three willing by wacky angels--called Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy--are given a Christmas prayer request to answer, there's just one catch: each angel must teach her charge a memorable lesson before the wish can be granted....
2. The Trouble with Angels (1994)
A Season for Giving...and Loving It is a time of joy and gladness--yet even the wonder of Christmas cannot brighten lives burdened by loneliness and despair. So when three "rush" prayers fly up from the City of Angels, three real angels fly down to Earth to answer the call. And this is no ordinary celestial trio, but Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy--incomparable, irrepressible, and somewhat outrageous heavenly helpers dedicated to abolishing sadness in their own special fashions. It will take more than one miracle, however, to mend the broken hearts they've come to repair. But Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy are on the case--and they're not going to disappear before they deliver the best holiday gift of all: love!
3. Touched by Angels (1995)
New York City is always in need of a miracle, and this Christmas is no exception. Thank heavens the divinely inspired, if slightly dizzy trio-Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy-have winged in to answer three Christmas wishes and teach a few lessons along the way. As usual, they've come up with three deserving souls who are about to discover that with this crew, when you wish upon a star, you get a lot more than a pretty song.
4. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (1999)
ALONE AT CHRISTMAS Greg Bennett feels his life has been a waste. Sixty years old and he has no one to spend Christmas with, no one who cares. Greg knows he's made mistakes, hurt people, failed in all the ways that matter. As a young man, he fathered a child he never acknowledged. He deserted a friend in his hour of need. He abandoned his own brother, whom he hasn't seen in years. Listlessly wandering the streets of San Francisco, Greg finds himself in church -- and whispers a simple heartfelt prayer. A prayer that wends its way to the Archangel Gabriel, who assigns his favorite angels -- Shirley, Goodness and Mercy -- to Greg Bennett's case. Because Gabriel knows full well that Greg's going to need the assistance of all THREE! Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are determined to create a miracle for Greg. In their usual inimitable way, they set about to show him what life, joy and Christmas are all about!
5. Those Christmas Angels (2003)
Three delightful angels come down to earth -- just in time for Christmas! Shirley, Goodness and Mercy: three well-intentioned angels who are occasionally allowed to intervene (or -- perhaps more accurately -- interfere!) in human affairs. Despite their frequent misadventures, despite the chaos they often cause, things always seem to turn out right. Their latest prayer request comes from the Seattle area. Anne Fletcher sees her son, Roy, becoming a bitter, career-obsessed man. She prays for a special woman to be sent into Roy's life, a woman who'll show him what really matters. The angels swoop down and find a way to throw Julie Wilcoff in his path -- literally! From that moment on, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy shall follow them...whispering suggestions, arranging encounters, hoping for the best.
6. Where Angels Go (2007)
Christmas is a time for angel. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are back! These three irresistible angels love their assignments on Earth. They especially love helping people who send prayer requests to Heaven (even though the Archangel Gabriel, their boss, knows they're going to break his rules)! This Christmas, Mercy is assigned to bring peace of mind to an elderly man-- who discovers an unexpected answer to his prayer. Goodness is sent to oversee the love life of a young woman afraid to risk commitment a second time. And Shirley has the task of granting a little boy's fondest Christmas wish. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy go wherever they're needed. These three charming angels often find themselves in trouble, but somehow things always work out for the best--especially at Christmas.
1.Ready for Romance (1993)
Two brothers--and she's in love with the wrong one! At the age of fourteen, Jessica Kellerman was madly infatuated with Evan Dryden, one of the boys next door. Now, ten years later, everyone still believes she's still carrying a torch for the roguish Evan. Everyone, including his older brother, Damian. AND they all persist in applauding this nonexistent romance. She's just the right woman for Evan, they say. Jessica finds it frustrating in the extreme. Because she's in love, all right, and with one of the Dryden men, too. The WRONG Dryden man. Damian, not Evan. And this time, Jessica knows her feelings aren't some silly teenage crush, they're the real thing. But how's she supposed to convince Evan of that, not to mention their families and friends? Most important, How's she going to convince DAMIAN?
2.Ready for Marriage (1994)
What do you do when you love him-but love isn't enough? If you're Mary Jo Summerhill, kindergarten teacher, and you're in love with Boston blue blood and political hopeful Evan Dryden, you get out of his life. You do it by lying to him, by telling him you've found someone else. And you break his heart.... All because you believed that you didn't belong in his world. All because his mother said you weren't the "right kind of wife." That happened three years ago. Now your parents need legal help-Evan's help-and you go to him. You discover you're as much in love with him as ever. You don't know how he feels, though, and you wonder: Does love ever get a second chance?
3.Ready for Love (2001)
At the tender age of 14, Jessica Kellerman was wildly infatuated with Evan Dryden. But that was just a teenage crush...although it made quite an impact at the time. Now, almost 10 years later, she's in love -- truly in love -- with his older brother, Damian. But everyone, including Damian, believes she's carrying a torch for Evan! Mary Jo Summerhill is the woman in love with Evan. But her background's blue-collar, while Evan's is blue blood. So three years ago she got out of his life -- and broke his heart. Now she needs his help. More than that, she wants his love. She wants a second chance with Evan....
Hard Luck, Alaska -- a town that needs women Location: 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150--mostly men--but growing! Because the O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to Hard Luck.
1. Brides for Brothers (1995)
Sawyer O'Halloran He's the middle brother. Pilot and part owner of Midnight Sons. And, if the truth be told, he's not entirely in favor of this scheme. But he considers himself immune to the charms of any woman - he's adamantly against marriage and he's not too sure about love! Abbey Sutherland Single mother of two adorable kids. Veteran of one bad marriage. Wants a new beginning - not a new romance. She responds to the Midnight Sons ad and is delighted to accept their offer. But there's a complication - or two. She hasn't told the O'Hallorans she's arriving with children!
2. The Marriage Risk (1995)
Charles O'Halloran--The oldest brother. Surveyor and not-so-silent partner in Midnight Sons. Like his brothers, he has a distrust of marriage in general--and a distrust of anyone related to Catherine Harmon Fletcher, the woman who did so much to destroy his parents' marriage. Lanni Caldwell--She's the only woman Charles has ever fallen for, the only one who might convince him to take the marriage risk. They meet when she visits Hard Luck on a family matter. But there's something Lanni hasn't told Charles--and doesn't want to. She's Catherine's granddaughter....
3. Daddy's Little Helper (1995)
Mitch Harris--A good friend of the O'Hallorans, he represents law and order in Hard Luck. He's also the widowed father of seven-year-old Chrissie--but he never talks about his marriage to Chrissie's mother. Bethany Ross--Chrissie's teacher, who's new to Alaska. She's attracted to Mitch--really attracted--but she's come here for an important reason of her own.... As Christmas comes to Hard Luck, Mitch's daughter redoubles her efforts to find a new wife for her dad--and a new mother for her. And she's got Bethany in mind for both roles!
4. Because of the Baby (1996)
Matt Caldwell: Charles O'Halloran's brother-in-law. An easygoing charmer who's recently moved to Hard Luck, where he's begun to renovate the O'Hallorans' old lodge. He's also begun a strategy to win back his ex-wife...starting with a Valentine card. Karen Caldwell: She's still in love with her ex-husband. Her reaction to him at his sister's wedding--and afterward--certainly proved THAT. It also left her pregnant. Now Matt wants her to marry him again, to live with him in the lodge at Hard Luck. And not JUST because of the baby!
5. Falling for Him (1996)
Christian O'Halloran--The youngest O'Halloran brother. Charming, handsome, clever. He loves the company of women--but please keep him away from Mariah Douglas! She's the secretary at Midnight Sons and she drives him crazy. She loses his messages, misplaces his files and generally creates chaos around him. What he can't understand is why no one else has a problem with her. And why, despite everything, he can't get her out of his mind .... Mariah Douglas--Life in Alaska is an adventure for her. For the first time, she's taking risks, learning about survival, making new friends. Falling for Christian O'Halloran is an adventure, too--one that her heart might not survive!
6. Ending in Marriage (1996) Duke Porter. He's the best pilot Midnight Sons ever had. Tough, rugged, great in a crisis. He's also an unashamed traditionalist who delights in expressing outrageous opinions. Especially when Tracy Santiago's around.... But Tracy gives as good as she gets, and their clashes become legendary in Hard Luck! Tracy Santiago. The first time this Seattle attorney came to Alaska, it was on business--business concerning Midnight Sons. Now she comes because she likes the place, likes the people. Even Duke Porter... In fact, she more than likes him--and she can't understand why. He's so obviously not the kind of nice, sensitive man she wants. Or thinks she wants.
7.Born in a Small Town: Midnight Sons and Daughters (2000)
There's something special about Alaska -- and about the town of Hard Luck. Scott O'Halloran grew up there; he's been away for years, but now he's back. To stay? Everybody's wondering -- especially Chrissie Harris. The girl he left behind...
1. Someday Soon (1995)
This jungle stinks and I'm afraid I'll get somebody killed because I can't think straight anymore. My men say a woman is coming between me and my job, and they're right. I can't get you out of my head. I know you're afraid of risking your heart again, especially on a guy like me, but I'm crazy about you. I'm coming back. Will you be waiting?
2. Sooner or Later (1996)
I may be a rough, tough soldier of fortune but I've met my match! I'm in Central America on a no-win job and regretting every minute. A woman named Letty Madden hired me to find her missing brother. I'd figured this prim and proper Texas postmistress would run and hide when I named my price: one night. I was wrong. I swear the woman is my punishment for never giving a damn about anyone. She's as stubborn as a mule and soft and sweet...and hell, buddy. I'm in big trouble. Getting out alive is the least of my problems.....
3. Moon over Water (1998) FROM ORDINARY LIFE TO EXTRAORDINARY LOVE Not long ago, the only adventures Lorraine Dancy experienced were in the movies--where the improbable becomes possible and the romantic becomes real. Now she's starring in her own version of Romancing the Stone--except that this is her life. Her adventure begins with a trip to Mexico's Yucatan coast to search for the father she doesn't remember. She finds him, all right. She also finds herself in trouble--framed for the theft of an artifact and pursued by the police, the thief and a local crime boss. Enter Jack Keller. Jack's a renegade who keeps to himself and makes his own rules. As a favor to Lorraine's father he helps her escape. In his boat. Just like The African Queen. But there are troubled waters ahead...including an attraction that's as risky as it is intense. Lorraine's not looking for another Brief Encounter, though. She wants her story to have a different ending altogether!
Heart of Texas
1. Lonesome Cowboy (1998)
Everyone in Promise thinks Savannah Weston is an old-fashioned kind of woman, quietly content to stay on the family ranch with her brother Grady. But Savannah has her passions--for the old roses she loves to grow, for the children she hopes to have. And for a man named Laredo Smith. He's a stranger to Promise, a disenchanted cowboy who may just change Savannah's life.
2. Texas Two-step (1998)
Ellie Frasier needs her friends. She's still mourning her father, still learning to run the business he left her -- Frasier's Feed Store, in Promise. She knows she can count on the people here for comfort and support, laughter and friendship...But now her long-standing relationship with one of those friends -- rancher Glen Patterson -- seems to be changing, turning into something else. Love?
3. Caroline's Child (1998)
Who's the father of Caroline's child? Everyone in Promise wants to know, but no one's ever asked -- or ever will. Maggie's five now, and Caroline Daniels has kept her silence all these years. It doesn't change how the people in this community feel about Caroline. They're protective of her and Maggie; they care. Especially rancher Grady Weston, who's beginning to realize he more than cares.
4. Dr. Texas (1998)
They call her Dr. Texas. She's Jane Dickinson from California, a newly graduated GP who's working at the Promise clinic. Just for a couple of years -- then she'll head back home. They call him Mr. Grouch. Cal Patterson was left at the altar by his out-of-state fiancee, and he's not over it yet. Too bad Jane reminds him of his almost-bride. In more ways than one.
5. Nell's Cowboy (1998)
Nell Bishop, widowed mother of two children, is turning Twin Canyons into a dude ranch. One of her first guests is Travis Grant, a celebrity of sorts, a wannabe cowboy, an Easterner known for his books about the West. Nell's kids are crazy about him, and Nell... she could fall for him herself. But it's too soon to be thinking of love and marriage again. Too soon! Not only that, Travis seems intent on stirring up the town -- by uncovering the mystery in its past.....
6. Lone Star Baby (1998)
Wade McMillen might be a minister, but he's also a man. An unmarried and very attractive one. Is it as a man that he responds to the lovely young woman who shows up in Promise, pregnant and alone? Or as a man of God? Maybe it's both. Amy Thornton hopes to make a new life for herself and her baby, and to do that, she needs Reverend McMillen's help, his compassion. What she wants is the love of a man named Wade...
7. Promise, Texas (1999)
In Promise, Texas, people know what it is to depend on a friend--and how to be that friend. They know that family, home, community are the things that really count. They know that love gives meaning to every single day of their lives. Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families--like the Westons and the Pattersons, who first came to the hill country more than a century ago. Then there are people who moved here just recently, like Dr. Jane Dickinson and Amy Thornton, women who fell in love with men from Promise--and with the town. And there are newcomers like Jane's friend Annie Applegate, who's looking for peace and finds a great deal more. She agrees to marry a widowed veterinarian for the sake of his children ...and discovers that marriage can lead to love. In Promise, everyone's life is a story! The people here, like people everywhere, experience tragedies as well as triumphs, sorrow as well as joy. This town, like towns everywhere, has its share of secrets. But--whether times are good or bad--you're never alone in a place like Promise. And that makes all the difference, doesn't it? Join me there!
8. Return to Promise (2000)
The town of Promise, Texas, is a good place to live, to raise a family, to spend the rest of your days with the person you love. Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane -- also known as Dr. Texas -- certainly think so. The last thing they expect is a threat to their marriage. But in September, disagreements begin to escalate -- with the "help" of an attractive young woman who's got her eye on Cal. After months of emotional upheaval brought on by doubts about the marriage, the two separate, and Jane returns to her childhood home in California, taking their children. Cal, now alone on his ranch, is forced to confront what he really wants in his life, what he needs. Jane is confronting the same questions.... How seriously does Cal take his marriage vows? And how important is Promise to Jane? Is there hope for a reconciliation -- in time for Christmas?
1. Dakota Born (1999)
Buffalo Valley, North Dakota. Like so many small Midwest towns, it's dying. Stores are boarded up, sidewalks cracked, houses wanting a coat of paint. But despite it all, there's a spirit of hope here, of defiance. The few people still left in Buffalo Valley are fighting for their town. Lyndsay Snyder is a newcomer. She's an outsider, even though she spent childhood vacations here. Now she returns to see the family house again, to explore family secrets and to reevaluate her life. To her own astonishment, she decides to stay, to accept the vacant position of teacher. Her decision marks a new beginning for Buffalo Valley -- and for Lyndsay Snyder, who discovers in this broken little town the love and purpose she's been seeking.
2. Dakota Home (2000)
Welcome back to Buffalo Valley, a town in North Dakota not unlike the real towns that are part of my family's history. You'll find that the spirit of hope is ever strong in Buffalo Valley, and the people here -- many of whom first appeared in Dakota Born -- have reason to feel optimistic these days. In Dakota Home, their stories continue and evolve. So whether this is a return visit to Buffalo Valley or your first -- make yourself at home! Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, has found new life. People have started moving here -- people like Lindsay Snyder who came for one year to work as a teacher and stayed, marrying local farmer Gage Sinclair. And now Lindsay's closest friend, Maddy Washburn, has decided to pull up stakes and join her in Buffalo Valley, hoping for the same kind of contentment. And the same kind of love... Jeb McKenna is a rancher. a man who's learned to endure, as the Dakota earth endures. He's raising bison and, by choice, lives a solitary life. Maddy -- unafraid and openhearted -- is drawn to Jeb, but he rejects her overtures. Until one of North Dakota's deadly storms throws them together. These few days and nights bring unexpected consequences for Maddy and Jeb. Consequences that, in one way or another, affect everyone in Buffalo Valley.
3. Always Dakota (2000)
Please join me for my third -- and final -- visit to Buffalo Valley, North Dakota. This town exists only in my imagination, but its spirit and sense of community are definitely real. Buffalo Valley resembles many places in my family's history, and perhaps in yours. If you've been to Buffalo Valley before, I invite you to come and visit the friends you met there; if not, prepare to make some new ones! Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, has become a good place to live -- the way it used to be, 30 or 40 years ago. People here are feeling confident about the future again. Stalled lives are moving forward. People are taking risks -- on new ventures and on lifelong dreams. On happiness. And one of those people is local rancher Margaret Clemens, who's finally getting what she wants most. Marriage to cowboy Matt Eilers. Her friends don't think Matt's such a bargain; neither did her father. But Margaret's aware of Matt's reputation and his flaws. She wants him anyway. And she wants his baby....
4. Buffalo Valley (2001)
Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, has discovered a will to survive, to prosper. And the outside world has discovered Buffalo Valley. A large retail conglomerate plans to move in, which would surely destroy the small independent businesses that have begun to succeed. Which might even destroy the town. It's a season of change for a man named Vaughn Kyle. He discovers that he's at an impasse. Just out of the army, he's looking for a place to live, a life to live. As Christmas draws near, he decides to visit his family in Grand Forks, North Dakota -- while he waits for his reluctant fiancee to make up her mind. Vaughn decides to visit Buffalo Valley and Hassie Knight, the old woman who owns the pharmacy there. His parents named him after Hassie's son who died in Vietnam. Although he and Hassie have never met, she thinks of him almost as family, as a surrogate son. He arrives at her pharmacy one snowy day and finds not Hassie but a young woman named Carrie Hendrickson.... As he begins to love Carrie, as he grows close to Hassie, Vaughn has to question his feelings for the woman he thought he loved. He knows now that he wants to stay in Buffalo Valley and fight for its way of life. A life that's all about friends and family -- not just at Christmas, but every day of the year.
1. 16 Lighthouse Road (2001)
16 Lighthouse Road
Cedar Cove, Washington
You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove because I want you to meet my family, friends and neighbors. Come and hear their stories -- maybe even their secrets! I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather...difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there's my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them. Here's an example: I'm a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In Charlotte's view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn't tried hard enough to make their marriage work -- and I agreed. So I rendered my judgment: Divorce Denied. Well, you wouldn't believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn't mind seeing more of!), everyone's talking. Cedar Cove -- people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it! See you soon...
2. 204 Rosewood Lane (2002)
If you've been to Cedar Cove before we've probably met. You can usually find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I've lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here. But my husband and I -- well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just...disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will I ever find out? My hometown, my family and friends, bring me comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I'm continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone's been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine -- the only daughter of my best friend, Olivia Lockhart -- impulsively got married a little while ago. My own daughter Kelly recently had a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. My older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic. I think she's seeing a new man, but for some reason she won't tell me who it is. Then there's Jack, who's been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and his son, Eric, and Eric's girlfriend, Shelly (I think she's pregnant), and Zach and Rosemary Cox, whose marriage is reputedly on the skids and... Well, just come on over and we'll talk!
3. 311 Pelican Court (2003)
311 Pelican Court
Cedar Cove, Washington
One thing about Cedar Cove -- people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take me, for instance. Everybody in this town knows that my husband, Zach, and I recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that Judge Olivia Lockhart decreed a pretty unusual custody arrangement. It won't be the kids moving between my place and Zach's. We're the ones who'll be going back and forth! Olivia isn't immune to gossip herself. Will she stay with Jack, the guy who runs our local paper, or will she get back with her ex? Inquiring minds want to know! But the really big gossip has to do with the dead guy -- the man who died at a local bed-and-breakfast. Who is he and why did he show up there in the middle of the night? Roy McAfee, our local private investigator, is absolutely determined to find out. I hope he does -- and then I'll let you know! See you soon....
4. 44 Cranberry Point (2004)
Thyme and Tide B and B
44 Cranberry Point
Cedar Cove, Washington
I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died in our B and B. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and Bob had known him briefly in Vietnam.We still don't have any idea why he came here and -- most important of all -- who killed him. Because it now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon! Not that we're providing the only news in Cedar Cove these days. I heard that Jon Bowman and Maryellen Sherman are getting married. And Maryellen's mom, Grace, has more than her share of interested men! The question is: Which one is she going to choose? Olivia -- I guess it's Olivia Griffin now -- is back from her honeymoon, and her mother, Charlotte (who's in her mid-seventies at least), seems to have a man in her life, too. I'm not sure Olivia's too pleased.... There's lots of other gossip I could tell you. Come by for a cup of tea and one of my blueberry muffins and we'll talk.
5. 50 Harbor Street (2004)
50 Harbor Street
Cedar Cove, Washington
Considering that I'm married to Cedar Cove's private investigator, you might think I enjoy mysteries. But I don't -- especially when they involve us! Roy's been receiving anonymous postcards and messages asking if we "regret the past." We don't know what they mean.... On a more positive note, we're both delighted that our daughter, Linnette, has moved to Cedar Cove to work at the new medical clinic. A while ago I attended the humane society's "Dog and Bachelor Auction," where I bought her a date with Cal Washburn, who works at Cliff Harding's horse farm. Unfortunately Linnette is less enthusiastic about this date than I am. Speaking of Cliff, the romance between him and Grace Sherman is back on. But that's only one of the many interesting stories here in Cedar Cove. So why don't you drop by for a coffee at my husband's office on Main Street or our house on Harbor and I'll tell you everything that's new!
6. 5-B Poppy Lane (2006)
Grandmothers know best...especially these three grandmothers, all soldiers' brides. Their generation lived through war and peace, good times and bad, love and loss. All her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier -- and discovers a secret in her grandmother's past.
7. 6 Rainier Drive (2006)
6 Rainier Drive
Cedar Cove, Washington
As you may have heard, we've recently had quite a shock. My husband, Seth, and I lost our business, The Lighthouse restaurant--to arson. The investigation continues. The prime suspect is a young ex-employee named Anson Butler, who disappeared right after the fire. So Seth and I are trying to sort out our lives. (And let me tell you, this kind of crisis is not good for a marriage.) In the meantime, life goes on for everyone else in Cedar Cove--with marriages, births, reunions and even the occasional scandal. One of the most interesting pieces of news is that Cal, who works on Cliff Harding's ranch, is now rescuing wild mustangs from Wyoming. I have to run--I'm meeting an old friend, Warren Saget, for lunch. Let's talk soon, and I'll fill you in on everything that's happening in town!
8. 74 Seaside Avenue (2007)
I'm living a life I couldn't even have dreamed of a few years ago. I'm married to Bobby Polgar now (you know, the famous chess champion who just happens to be the man I love!). And we've got this beautiful house with a view of Puget Sound. Lately something's been worrying Bobby, though. When I asked, he said he was 'protecting his queen' and I got the oddest feeling he wasn't talking about chess but about me. He wouldn't say anything else. Do you remember Get Nailed, the beauty salon in Cedar Cove? I still work there. I'll tell you about my friend Rachel, who's got two men interested in her (count 'em, two). And I'll let you in on what I've heard about Linnette McAfee, who left town when her love life fell apart. (That kind of trouble I know all about.) Come in soon for a manicure and a chat, okay?
Teri ( Miller) Polgar
9. A Cedar Cove Christmas (2008)
I have something to confide in you. I think my husband, Dave, might be having an affair. I found an earring in his pocket, and it's not mine. I'm also worried because some jewelry was recently stolen from an old woman--and Dave used to visit her a lot. You see, he's a pastor. And a good man. I can't believe he's guilty of anything, but why won't he tell me where he's been when he comes home so late? Reader, I'd love to hear what you think. I also want to tell you what's going on with your other friends in Cedar Cove. Like Sheriff Troy Davis, to mention one. His long-ago love, Faith Beckwith, just moved here! So come on in and join me for a cup of tea.
10. 8 Sandpiper Way (2008)
Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn.... So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals--including a donkey and a camel--for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!). When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers--the three Wyse men--show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...
11. 92 Pacific Boulevard (2009)
92 Pacific Boulevard
Cedar Cove, Washington
I'm not much of a letter writer. As the sheriff here, I'm used to writing incident reports, not chatty letters. But my daughter, Megan -- who'll be making me a grandfather soon -- told me I had to do this. So here goes. I'll tell you straight out that I'd hoped to marry Faith Beckwith (my onetime high school girlfriend) but she ended the relationship last month, even though we're both widowed and available. There were a few misunderstandings between us, some of them inadvertently caused by Megan. However, I've got plenty to keep me occupied, like the unidentified remains found in a cave outside town. And the fact that my friend Judge Olivia Griffin is fighting cancer. And the break-ins at 204 Rosewood Lane -- the house Faith happens to be renting from Grace Harding... If you want to hear more, come on over to my place or to the sheriff's office -- if you can stand the stale coffee!
12. 1022 Evergreen Place (2010)
1022 Evergreen Place, Unit B,
Cedar Cove, Washington
Guess what? I'm falling in love! With Mack McAfee. My baby daughter, Noelle, and I have been living next door to Mack since the spring. I'm still a little wary about our relationship, because I haven't always made good decisions when it comes to men. My baby's father, David Rhodes, is testament to that. I'm so worried he might sue for custody. In the meantime, the World War II letters I found are a wonderful distraction. Both Mack and I are trying to learn what happened to the soldier who wrote them and the woman he loved. Come by sometime for a glass of iced tea and I'll show you the letters. Plus I'll tell you the latest about Grace and Olivia, my brother Linc and his wife, Lori (who tied the knot about five minutes after they met!), and all our other mutual friends. Oh, and maybe Mack can join us.
Mary Jo Wyse
13. 1105 Yakima Street (2011)
1105 Yakima Street, Cedar Cove, Washington
Dear Listener, You've probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel's pregnant, and she says that she can't handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteen-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it's my fault. As a widower I spoiled her – Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that's not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is. She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is…when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat? Of course, I'm not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse's father-in-law is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful, and the family's worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on – but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am. If you have any idea where my wife is, please give me a call. Please.
14. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane (2011)
The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But...someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads. As always in life - and in Cedar Cove - there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending! What would the holidays be without a new Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?