These 25 heartwarming stories are set during the holidays in the years between 1906 and today, amid historic events when people came together and found opportunities to exchange the true gifts of Christmas: kindness, encouragement, forgiveness, peace, hope, belonging, and more. The main character of each story is a boy or girl, man or woman whose heart opens to give or receive love, bringing personal transformation and causing them to always look back and say, "That was the best Christmas!" Each story is penned by A.R. Cecil with a gentle twinkle in her eye, giving the reader delightful twists of plot, and revealing Mrs. Cecil's warm understanding of human relationships-with each other and with the Creator who sent his Son that first Christmas Day. A story collection that will rekindle the reader's own memories, giving perspective to the present and hope for the future. Perfect to read during Advent or any time of the year.
The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course-dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of theton
A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple 'tis the season of second chances
Sophie Kinsley planned to remain a wallflower at the Duke of Hollyshire's ball. Yet when a dance with him leads to a stolen kiss, will the duke be willing to let her go? Or will Sophie's Christmas wish be granted at last?
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he's overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.
Patience Markham never forgot the fateful dance she had with the future Duke of Kingsbury. But when a twist of fate brings them together for Christmas Eve, will the stars finally align in their favor?
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Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity. Dickens preferred the style of the 18th century picaresque novels that he found in abundance on his father's shelves. According to Ackroyd, other than these, perhaps the most important literary influence on him was derived from the fables of The Arabian Nights. His writing style is marked by a profuse linguistic creativity. Satire, flourishing in his gift for caricature, is his forte. An early reviewer compared him to Hogarth for his keen practical sense of the ludicrous side of life, though his acclaimed mastery of varieties of class idiom may in fact mirror the conventions of contemporary popular theatre. Dickens worked intensively on developing arresting names for his characters that would reverberate with associations for his readers, and assist the development of motifs in the storyline, giving what one critic calls an "allegorical impetus" to the novels' meanings. To cite one of numerous examples, the name Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield conjures up twin allusions to "murder" and stony coldness. His literary style is also a mixture of fantasy and realism. His satires of British aristocratic snobbery-he calls one character the "Noble Refrigerator"-are often popular. Comparing orphans to stocks and shares, people to tug boats, or dinner-party guests to furniture are just some of Dickens's acclaimed flights of fancy.
Malinda is a young woman who struggles with a past of uncertainty. She was born to parents who abused drugs. Her mother becomes involved with child protection services shortly after Malinda was born. She was adopted relatively fast because her mother abandoned her at the hospital and father was unknown by child protection services. At eighteen her adoptive parents driving home from a holiday party gets hit by a drunk driver and was killed instantly. Her adoptive parents were also orphaned when they were children so there was no one for Malinda to go to after their death. She was aware of being adopted; because adoptions are closed in the state of New Jersey she had no way of finding any family members. This left her with a difficulty forming close relationships. In spite of herself she learns to trust, to be a friend and most of all fall in love.
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