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Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England's beautiful but rainy Lake District ... where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters ... Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in with her parents. Life as a singleton thirty something living in her parents' house is miserable, but Esther is determined to reboot her life, including going on a few unfortunate dates. She's shocked when tight-lipped Will shows up on her doorstep determined to woo her back. They've been married for seven years, but Will wants to return to the beginning, dating and getting to know each other again. New challenges face them as they start over-and new chances too. Can Esther and Will save their marriage, especially when faced with the hardest decision of all.Show more
Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England's beautiful but rainy Lake District ... where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters ... Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage. After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas ... and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna's social capabilities to the test. Avoiding her sisters' bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to-including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister's boyfriend. Confident she'll never see him again, Anna returns home ... only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father's new curate! Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won't let her retreat into her usual shyness-and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she'd tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?Show more
Always the baker, never the bride ... Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in the Cotswold village of Wychwood-on-Lea, and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices while eating too many of her own specialty confections. When Simon Blacklock, a handsome, whimsical stranger, breezes into her shop and buys a cupcake and then returns the next day and the day after, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amidst the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the side lines, is she brave enough to star in her own story? Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!Show more
Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver. Laura Neale is grieving. A year after her beloved husband's death, she is still left with far too many questions and is struggling with feelings of guilt, anger, and grief. Hoping to rebuild her life and her children's, she moves to Wychwood-on-Lea with her two troubled kids-an eleven-year-old son with too much energy and a fourteen-year-old daughter flirting with the same depression that afflicted her father. The warm community of women who have lived in Willoughby Close welcome her with open arms, and their friendship helps Laura find a semblance of peace. But when she finds herself with an entirely unexpected attraction to her son's teacher, James Hill, Laura is gobsmacked. James is charming, funny, and ten years younger than her, thus completely unsuitable. Besides, her husband Timothy was her soulmate-wasn't he? As revelations about everything she once held dear surface, Laura wonders if she is reckless or maybe just brave enough to try for love a second time.Show more
When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn't hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn't prepared for teenaged Zac's sullen moods or silent rage. When he's expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt's cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland ... about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough? From the moment they step onto the island's shores, everything seems to go wrong ... including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie's suggestion of putting Zac to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine. Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world?Show more
Welcome to Willoughby Close ... a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver ... After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she's always done-not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She's not sure what to do now that she's thirty-five, widowed, penniless ... and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband's child. Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava's glamour girl act to the hurt she's been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason-and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own. But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?Show more
Welcome to Willoughby Close ... a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver ... Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do. Then, Lady Stokeley's nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she's started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he's desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love. When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly be the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?Show more
He didn't want complications. She was looking for a miracle. Quinn Freeman has spent his life avoiding the dangers of commitment, but his reluctant return to his home town that's in tragedy for his family stirs up memories and emotions he'd intended to leave buried. His arrival lights hope in many hearts including one long dormant. Meghan O'Reilly, the town's only plumber and solo caretaker of her dependent sister, is weighted down with responsibility. She only sees in Quinn a careless charmer who isn't used to hard work-but she still can't keep from imagining his kiss ... and longing for his touch. Surely some things, like a fling between them, can be simple ... Or is it possible for a fling to become forever?Show more
Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver ... Belinda "Lindy" Jamison has moved to the Cotswolds for a fresh start and to open a dancing school-her lifelong dream. Pushing forty and still looking for Mr. Right, Lindy is determined to no longer wait for happiness but to reach for it with both hands. So she packs up her life and heads south to Wychwood-on-Lea to start up her school. Soon Lindy has a motley crew of would-be dancers. But her most intriguing pupil is Roger Wentworth, a fortysomething bachelor with a shy and awkward manner, but a heart of blazing gold. When Lindy decides to showcase her pupils in a Christmas show, Roger is deeply reluctant but finally agrees. Lindy longs to bring Roger out of his shell-but she didn't expect to fall in love with him in the process. Soon it is Roger teaching her how two lonely hearts might be able to embrace a second chance this Christmas ... if they can just believe they're both worthy of love.Show more
Welcome to Creighton Falls, New York ... a town time forgot where miracles happen ... Glamorous city girl Hannah Ford wasn't thinking when she walked out of a Christmas party and drove three hundred miles into a snowstorm; she just needed to escape. Thankfully local carpenter Sam Taylor comes to her rescue, and the unlikely pair are forced to spend a snowed-in Christmas together. All Sam planned for Christmas was to get drunk alone. The holiday has always been something to be endured, until Hannah tumbles into his life, making it magical. Now Hannah and Sam have a chance to have a Christmas together ... and make it the best one either of them have ever had. But can one night out of reality turn into something that's lasting and real?Show more
Welcome to Willoughby Close ... a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver ... Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she's left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard's been unceremoniously fired-and he's become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant. Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life-but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible ... Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. But when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven-and what kind of future she is fighting for.Show more
Welcome to Willoughby Close ... a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver ... Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn't start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable. But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver's nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family ... and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver's chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear. Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?Show more
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