A Heartwarming Christmas: A Boxed Set of Twelve Sweet Holiday Romances

A Heartwarming Christmas: A Boxed Set of Twelve Sweet Holiday Romances

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by Melinda Curtis, Anna J. Stewart, Anna Adams, Carol Ross
     
 
This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are four connected books in A Heartwarming Christmas. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of

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This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are four connected books in A Heartwarming Christmas. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages. Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.

Book 1: Coming Home to Christmas Town by Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams, & Anna J Stewart: Three adopted siblings gather for the holiday season and closure after their father dies.

Novella 1: The Comeback Christmas by Melinda Curtis, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 2: Bells Are Ringing by Anna J Stewart, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 3: A Home by Christmas by Anna Adams, award-winning, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Book 2: The Fisher Brothers Christmas by Carol Ross, Cheryl Harper, & Amy Vastine: Three brothers with a Christmas Eve family tradition in jeopardy until love leads them home.

Novella 1: The Christmas Bell by Carol Ross, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 2: Making Up Under the Mistletoe by Cheryl Harper, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 3: My Christmas Hero by Amy Vastine, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Book 3: Gifts of the Heart by Tara Randel, Leigh Riker & Cari Lynn Webb: In the spirit of Christmas, three siblings reconnect to find romance, special gifts - and each other.

Novella 1: An Unexpected Gift by Tara Randel, Barnes and Noble bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 2: A Gift of Home by Cari Lynn Webb, Harlequin Heartwarming debut author.

Novella 3: His Christmas Gift by Leigh Riker, award-winning, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Book 4: The Gingerbread Men by Liz Flaherty, Patricia Bradley & Rula Sinara. When two sisters and their widowed mother are reunited for the holidays, falling in love isn't on any of their Christmas wish lists, but sometimes the best gifts are unexpected...

Novella 1: The Gingerbread Heart by Liz Flaherty, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 2: The Gingerbread Pony by Patricia Bradley, award-winning, Amazon bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Novella 3: The Gingerbird House by Rula Sinara, award-winning, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940150894815
Publisher:
Purple Papaya, LLC
Publication date:
10/13/2015
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
11,858
File size:
2 MB

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A Heartwarming Christmas: A Boxed Set of Twelve Sweet Holiday Romances 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories I love happy endings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all you romantics out there - this is a can't miss read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of the novella An Unexpected Gift by Tara Randel to read and review (I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the collection as well!) In this story, Faith is stuck working in her parent's Christmas shop since her father is not doing well, and she doesn't feel she will ever be able to spread her wings and explore the world. Drew recently discovered that he was adopted and is searching to find his birth mother who used to work at the Christmas shop. There is an instant connection between the two, and as they learn each other's stories, they feel sympathy and do their best to help. Faith provides encouragement and leads for Drew to follow, and they draw close as they search for answers to his mystery. The emotions of the characters are more told than shown so I didn't feel a real connection to them, but it is a pleasant story. I was a little turned off by how Faith was just feeling sorry for herself without really trying to do anything to change her situation, but at least Drew inspired her to take her life in her own hands. (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome collection of Christmas stories! So far I've had the pleasure to read the collection of three stories in Coming Home to Christmas Town. It is three connected stories revolving around three sisters and their lives in Christmas Town. The Comeback Christmas by Melinda Curtis is about Ted and Chloe. Their love was cut short when they were teenagers because of Ted deciding to do the responsible thing instead of what his heart wanted. Chloe found living in the same town difficult so she went off to school and for 10 years stayed away except for visits with her family. Coming home to Christmas Town after her father's death brings up old feelings and Chloe isn't sure she wants to open up old hurts or feelings, but her father leaving her the mill means she has to get it sold, pay off her debts and decide what is next in her life. Ted has always loved Chloe, but when he was needed take on adult responsibilities at an early age he jumped in head first while turning his back on Chloe. Having her back in town has brought up all of those old feelings and the wanting to start over again. Bells Are Ringing by Anna J Stewart is about Marnie and Sam. For as long as they could remember they had been best friends, but now they both are finding that their relationship is changing. Marnie has felt stuck after years of caring for and helping her parents. She wants to do something for herself. Going away to design school is something that she has put on hold while she stayed home and did the responsible thing, but leaving her home, sisters and Sam will be the biggest challenge. Sam has always loved Marnie and seeing her go will be difficult, but he will do anything to help her reach her goal of redesigning the chapel that her father left her all the while reminding her how much he loves her. Home by Christmas by Anna Adams is about Noelle and David. They had been friends since they were children living in the foster care system. When they had no one to rely on they relied on each other. Years later they tried to have a grownup relationship, but David was so busy taking care of everyone else that he forgot to take care of Noelle. Now he is home in Christmas Town with his twin daughters and he is battered and bruised by the thought of loosing his daughters because of his job. He asks Noelle for help when he feels that he has no one else and immediately their feelings are right back where they were eight years before. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
GoABraves More than 1 year ago
I reviewed three of the novels...The Gingerbread Men Meet Cassandra “Cass” Logan and her two daughters, Amy and Lia, of Christmas Town, Maine. Enjoy a heartwarming Christmas trio that is as sweet as the Gingerbread cookies that is enjoyed during the holiday season. In “The Gingerbread Heart” by Liz Flaherty, Cass Logan is returning “home” after taking care of her mother and before that caring for her husband. She has returned to Christmas Town to be closer to her daughters and hopefully soon to be grandchildren. She has no clue what she needs to find meaning in her life. Answering an ad for a temporary position with Elijah Welcome aka E.W. Doherty an actual minister but mystery writing author. He needs help to recover from surgery and to finish up his next best-selling book. Can she be a care giver again or keep it “business” only? But a chance to work with her favorite author is too much to pass up. A delightful tale making those traditional Gingerbread cookies to hang on the Christmas tree and maybe a chance to continue on with life and all it has to offer. In “The Gingerbread Pony” by Patricia Bradley, met Amy Logan a Speech Pathologist, and her therapy horse Ginger at Twin Sticks Farm. Her last patient before leaving Christmas Town, Maine is Lizzy – the daughter of ex-boyfriend, Marc Bradford. Mark was Amy first and true love, but Mark chose this first love music over Amy years ago. His daughter has suffered a tragedy and can no longer speak. Amy knows that Ginger is the key to helping Lizzy. Before Amy leaves town and Ginger gives birth to a new pony can they help Lizzy? When Ginger give birth early, Lizzy speaks her first word “Gingerbread” and names Ginger’s new foal. Can love be rekindled at Two Sticks Farm? Can Marc and Lizzy give Amy the family she so desperately wants? A delightful tale that makes Christmas traditions so important to everyone and why we look forward to them each Holiday season In “The Gingerbread House” by Rula Simara, Lia Logan has put her whole life and her whole saving account into Holly Haven a rescue/rehab center for animals of all shapes and sizes. When she decided to move into the old cabin closer to Holly Haven, a stranger and his son are living in the cabin. Quinn Weston and his six-year old son, Jax, are on the run. Quinn is not running from the law, but from his ex-wife who wants to take his son after she gave up her rights years ago to “save” her reputation. Quinn has lost everything his own, his business and his savings taking care of his grandfather, who was the caretaker for Two Sticks Farm, and his son. Lia “hires” him to fix up the old cabin and starts making Gingerbread bird houses that Lia and the entire town of Christmas Town, Main falls in love with. Can Lia get a grant to save Holly Haven and will Quinn finally trust someone enough to give him a chance to start a new life for himself and Jax? A delightful tale that makes you heart warm like hot chocolate does on a cold winter night and opens your heart to the holiday spirit. A copy of the three novels were provided by L. Flaherty to the reviewer.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I have read the first set of stories in the boxed set, but all three stories were wonderful. All of stories take place in Christmas Town, who wouldn't want to live there. They are all clean romances, with no cliff hangers. The first set of novellas deal with three adopted sisters gather at the family home after their dad passes away, for closure of the house. In Comeback Christmas by Melinda Curtis, deals with Chloe and Ted, longtime friends. Chloe inherited the mill and is in financial difficulties. Ted needs the property for his family farm to save his family. I love how these two come together and help save each other. In Bells Are Ringing by Anna Stewart, deals with Marnie and Sam. Marnie has a lifetime chance to attend a design school. She has inherited the chapel in town. Sam, local carpenter, has offered to help fix up the chapel, then when everything is going along a fire devastates all her dreams. Or are her dreams just about ready to come true. In Home By Christmas by Anna Adams, deals with Noelle and David. Noelle and David had a relationship a long time ago. David has returned home, divorced and raising his twin daughters after his ex wife has died. David is a family lawyer, who always wants to help everyone but forgets about his own. Love how Noelle got him to see how important family is. This is a wonderful group of books that will sure get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. I love how each story only took me an hour to read. Great for all of our busy lives. Looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
This review is based on Book 1: Coming Home to Christmas Town by Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams, & Anna J Stewart: Three adopted siblings gather for the holiday season and closure after their father dies. These novellas are sweet holiday romances that will get you in the Christmas spirit. The Comeback Christmas by Melinda Curtis and Home By Christmas by Anna Adams are both second chance romances. Bells Are Ringing by Anna J. Stewart is a friends to lovers story. I love the traditions of Christmas Town and the close-knit community.This is a unique town and I look forward to reading the other books in this boxed set. **I received a copy of this 3-pod novella set that is included in A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS in exchange for an honest review.**
caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to receive an ARC with three of these novellas: Coming Home to Christmas Town. These stories are about 3 women who were adopted by Mr & Mrs Harold Wright - Chloe, Marnie & Noelle. In all three stories Harold Wright has just passed away leaving all three of his daughters part of his legacy to do with as they wish. 1. The Comeback Christmas by Melinda Curtis. This story is about Chloe (who has been left the old mill) and Teddy Lincoln, they were childhood friends and Chloe had a major crush on him but when they grew older Teddy used to ignore her, until one summer night and this is when things changed between them and she was left upset. Now years later Chloe is back home after a disastrous business going under to sell the mill to get her out of debt. The one person that asked to buy it however is Teddy and she does not want to sell to him because of the memories that the place holds. This is a fabulous story of old friendships, truths and love. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between these characters. 2. Bells are Ringing by Anna J Stewart This novella is about Marnie (she was left the Wedding Chapel) and Sam Collins. Marnie and Sam have been best friends since first grade and recently Marnie has been having feelings towards him. One morning she tells him that she has got through the initial application for design school, Sam is shocked that she want to leave the town and the Wedding Chapel but agrees to help her with her design project that she needs to do, as the next part of her application. This is a story of friendship, a town coming together, love and romance. 3. Home by Christmas by Anna Adams This novella is about Noelle (was left the house) and David Parker. Noelle and David where high school sweethearts and moved together to Boston but because of David's work ethics Noelle never seemed to see him and they parted ways. Years later after the death of his ex-wife Claudia, David returns for Christmas to town with his two daughters to give them a good Christmas without any distractions, only to run into Noelle outside her bakery. Noelle is shocked to see David again, even more shocked when he phones her later that same day asking can she look after his daughters - she is shocked but agrees to help him. This story is about family bonding, friendships, trust and love. I loved all three of these novellas and I am sure the others would be fab too.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
I read Book I, Coming Home to Christmas Town with novellas by Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams, and Ann J. Stewart, and received them as an ARC. I have pre-ordered the whole Heartwarming set so that I can read all of the interconnected books. It is with pure delight that I have returned to Christmas Town. I read Christmas, Actually last year by these same authors. This town is Christmas year round, from the street names to the businesses, and there have been many marriage proposals under the mistletoe in the gazebo. The characters of all three novellas overlap each other, as there is a happy ever after for all three single adopted half-sisters. All come from different biological parents and are the same age. Each has inherited what their father thought would be best for them. He wanted to make sure all of them had a plan for the future before he died of bone cancer. Their mother passed three years ago, and their father has only been gone for three months. Chloe has inherited the Wright Grist Mill, Marnie the Bells Are Ringing wedding chapel, and Noelle, the family home. They lived their lives as best friends, and all three knew the love of their lives as children, even though they didn't know it yet. Whether they were adopted from a Children's Home or a foster home, they were lovingly raised by Harold and Doris Wright. This heartwarming trio of novellas that intertwines in the magical town of Christmas Town is where people find their way to each other, even though they have not always been together. I look forward to purchasing and reading the other books in this anthology.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I had pre-ordered this anthology but was given an advance copy of the Coming Home to Christmas Town pod to review. As I read more of this anthology, I will post the reviews. In The Comeback Christmas, we get to read about Chloe Wright and Ted Lincoln. Once again, these two are longtime friends who had a falling out long ago. Chloe inherited the old grist mill from her family and Ted feels he needs this building and land to save his family. Both have family issues and trauma to work thru and of course, it only works when they do it together. Feel good story and it is great to get the whole Wright family picture of Chloe, Marnie and Noelle. In Bells Are Ringing, it was my first time visiting Christmas Town, Maine and I read this story first in this wonderful town. It is a sweet holiday story and was about Marnie and Sam. These two have their issues, of course, but reading about how they worked thru them made this such a great read for the holiday season. Marnie finally has the chance of a lifetime, design school in NY and a ticket out of Christmas Town. She and Sam have been best friends forever and there are so many deep feelings between them that they cannot see it. Sam feels he isn’t successful enough, in anyone’s eyes, due to circumstances in his past. He is a carpenter/handyman and has amazing talent but you’ll need to read his story to see all that he has endured. And he loves Marnie, no doubt about it. He just doesn’t want to hold her back. Great story, people, and a wonderful small town read. I love Ms. Stewart’s writing and believe you will, too. I highly recommend. In Home by Christmas, the third story in the pod by Anna Adams, we get to read the story of Noelle. Noelle’s story is about David Parker, an old love and long ago friend, and his twin daughters. It was all about all four of them, really, overcoming past deep hurts and trauma. I loved the little girls! They are two very different characters, that’s for sure. And David broke my heart. It was great to read the entire three “girls’” stories.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5) I received a copy of Book 2, The Fisher Brothers, in exchange for an honest review. I love stories that build on each other and that's just what these novellas do. In The Christmas Bell, we meet the oldest Fisher brother, Ben. He's got a successful business in CA, but is home in Christmas Town, Maine for the holidays. Coming from a long family line of fire fighters, he decides the perfect gift for his father, the fire chief, is to find the missing bell and bring it home. Ben is a very determined character, who is also a little insecure and clueless at times. He is so adorable, in kind of a dorky way, and I couldn't help but to like him. Andrea is an old high school classmate, one who always seemed to have it all. Determined to make her own way in life, she's now into history and antiques and Ben contacts her for help finding the bell. I love how independent Andrea is and the cautious way this friendship develops into more. What good is a love story without a little misunderstanding, some mistletoe, and a cozy, heartwarming setting? I loved this town, this family, these characters, and their story. I love a small town with a homey feel, well established traditions, and this really came through for me. ***** In Making Up Under the Mistletoe, we treated to the story of the next brother in the Fisher family--Josh. Josh married his high school sweetheart, Ivy, eight years ago and they've had quite a marriage. He is a fire fighter with his dad and brother, Rick, but his heart is set on moving on and having a break from Christmas Town. On the verge of divorce, Ivy and Josh have to figure out what really matters if they want to have any chance of saving their marriage. I'm chalking it up to marrying so young, but this couple really has trouble communicating. Ivy is so set on helping her dad and doing what she thinks is best that she doesn't ever really hear Josh and his opinions. On the other hand, Josh, otherwise known as Crash, is a risk taker, knows what he wants in life, and thinks he's doing what's best for his small family, but he doesn't stop to talk about things with Ivy. Too much assumption going on! I loved the Christmas miracles that occurred in this story. I grew to love the characters and to understand them and their motives. My heart was touched with this enjoyable story. ***** My Christmas Hero really hit home for me! Rick is next in line to be fire chief, but has to continue to prove himself, since his dad is the current chief. He's a very commanding, yet likable guy and I easily fell for his character. Julianna, or Jules, is a sweet local girl who does odd jobs, including that of a dog walker. What hit home most is that she's not a perfect woman. While walking a dog, she ends up stuck in a tree and has to be rescued. And that's only the beginning! Her day goes from bad to worse and Rick's right there in the middle of it all. I relate best to Jules because we're a lot alike. I love the way Rick is able to take an embarrassing situation and turn it around. He is challenged to ask Jules out, but is determined to follow his own timetable when it comes to love and not that of someone else. The romantic sparks flickering in this wonderful Christmas setting hit the spot. The icing on the cake is the humor and banter. I completely enjoyed this one! Content: all three stories are sweet, clean romances with mild kissing only. Clean!
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I love holiday books! I had the opportunity to read Book #1 and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was great to go back to Christmas Town! I've read books set in this town before and it was a pleasure to revisit it! Book #1 is about 3 adopted sisters who face their first Christmas without their father who recently died. Each has inherited something from their father and that is the focus of the story. THE COMEBACK CHRISTMAS BY MELINDA CURTIS: This story focuses on Ted Lincoln and Chloe Wright. Chloe inherited the grist mill from her father but it needs to be sold to pay off her debts. She is pretty much bankrupt and needs money. Ted wants to buy it but he and Chloe have history and she doesn't want to sell it to him. Ted has a lot of family pressures with his family apple orchard plus his family members all have issues. He's barely hanging on! Ted and Chloe have known each other for many years and once had a relationship. I liked this story a lot and their "banter" made this story fun! BELLS ARE RINGING BY ANNA J. STEWART: Marnie Wright inherited her father's wedding chapel. Sam has been her best friend for many years. Marnie has wanted to go to design school forever and decides that THIS is the time she's going to do it. She's going to apply to the school and use the renovation of the wedding chapel as her application project. Sam says he will help her (but he doesn't really want her to leave since he's really in love with her!). They do amazing things with the wedding chapel and grow very close in the process. I thought Sam was a fantastic character. He did SO much for Marnie and was so supportive! Although he loves her, he's willing to make her dream come true! When a fire happens and practically destroys the chapel, Sam comes through again for Marnie. The last 2 chapters of the story were very tear-jerking for me! What Sam does for Marnie is SO thoughtful and special! Read it to find out!!! A HOME BY CHRISTMAS BY ANNA STEWART: A Christmas collection wouldn't be complete without a story with children! Noelle Wright is running the donut shop. David, who is her former best friend/love, brings his 2 children to Christmas town for the holidays. His ex-wife has recently died and the children need a happy Christmas. Noelle has a hard time seeing David with children when she wanted to be married to him and have children. David was a workaholic when they were together and that's why she left him. However, she falls in love with his girls and agrees to help him bring Christmas to them. In the process, she forgives him and they fall back in love again. This is a sweet book about forgiveness and how two foster kids deal with all the losses they have during their lives. Each react differently! I highly recommend this book!!!!
phylis More than 1 year ago
The Fisher Brothers Christmas The Christmas Bell This is the first book that I have read by Carol Ross. It is a must read for the avid romance reader. I started this book earlier today and just could not put it down. Andrea runs an antique shop and is barely able to make ends meet. She is helping Ben find a Christmas bell that used to hang in their hometown of Christmas town. This book tells about their search for the bell and how much it means to the town, to Ben's family, and to Ben and to her. A story you are sure to enjoy. The second book about the Fisher Brothers features Ivy and Josh.The name of the book is Making-Up Under the Mistletoe They have issues throughout their marriage that needs resolving. One of them is a control freak who wants everyone to follow her plan. She panics when things do not go the way she wants. Josh however is tired of making sacrifices. Throughout the store you wonder if they will make their marriage work or go their separate ways. A great book I am sure you will agree. The last book in the Fisher Brothers group is My Christmas Hero. This is the story of Julianna Kramer and Rick Fisher. I can relate to this book because I often have days like Julianna had that Christmas Eve. If something can go wrong it will. All throughout the book things were happening to Julianna and Rick had to come and save her. In the end I wonder who really saved who. A cute story that kept my interest and made it hard to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas stories, everyone of them!
mybookfriends More than 1 year ago
Have not yet gotten through the first book. Reserve opinion until all completed.