Cozy up by the fireplace for three heartwarming stories of love and weddings in the wintertime. The honor of your presence is requested at three winter weddings... A December Bride by Denise Hunter When Layla O'Reilly and Seth Murphy make their engagement public, she knows it's only to convince a major client that she's high-society enough to work for his agency. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, but sheâs never given him the time of day. For Layla, this engagement of convenience is the chance to save her career. And for Seth, it's the chance to finally win her heart. A January Bride by Deborah Raney Novelist Madeleine Houser arranges a temporary office in a local bed and breakfast to escape the distracting renovations on her own house. Although she's never laid eyes on the inn's owner, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them as they leave daily notes for each other, and before long, Maddie finds herself falling for her mysterious host - a man likely many years her senior - and a man she's never even met. A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day - wearing the same wedding dress passed down for generations of women in her family, all women with histories of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she's destined to repeat her family's mistakes. When thrown unexpectedly together for a wedding months later, Allie and Marcus discover their own story might be far from over.
Â©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan
A year's worth of novellas from 12 inspirational romance authors. Happily-ever-after guaranteed. Can a decades-long friendship marred by two romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after? Sadie McAllisterâs clients know how lucky they are to have her: an ultra-fastidious personal chef who leaves behind a spotless kitchen and a weekâs worth of mouth-watering meals. Erik Davis, her best friend since middle school, is content to enjoy Sadieâs culinary skills too while maintaining their "friends only" status. Most of his energy is focused on his just-launched freelance business and casual dates that never come close to a commitment. But when Sadie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime cooking job across country, Erik realizes maybe heâs taken his best friend for granted. Even more, heâs about to lose his only chance for lasting love. How can Erik convince Sadie that the well-known adage âMarry your best friendâ just might apply to them? With Godâs help, can they both move past their assumptions about each other and their future? Should Sadie and Erik risk taking their relationship to the romantic point of no return? If they do, their decades-long friendship is as a good as doneâ¦ unless it ends at the altar.
Â©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan
Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three autumn weddings.... A September Bride by Kathryn Springer When Annie moves to Red Leaf, she's ready to call the little town home. Deputy Jesse Kent can't believe his mother has handed the keys to her bookshop over to a woman she met on the Internet. Jesse has seen his mother taken advantage of before, and he decides to keep a close eye on this Annie Price. But when a close eye turns into a historical wedding reenactment with Jesse and Annie as the couple, make-believe nuptials quickly give way to real-life emotions. An October Bride by Katie Ganshert No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married - so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle. While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications - the biggest being their true feelings for each other. A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt Having celebrated the big three-zero by ending a relationship, Sadie is tired of romantic relationships by text. The only man she knows who is willing to put down his iPhone and have face-to-face conversations with her is Erik. It's time to put a 21st-century twist on the Sadie Hawkins tradition of a woman going after her man. But when he realizes he's fallen for her, can Erik convince Sadie his just-for-fun dates were the prelude to "'til death do us part"?
Â©2015 Kathryn Springer, Katie Ganshert, and Beth Vogt (P)2015 Zondervan
A year's worth of novellas from 12 inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent. After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends - aptly nicknamed the "matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow" - are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar. Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn't hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he's saved and it turns out they're part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him. Thrown together through the weekend, and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own.
Â©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan
A yearâs worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentineâs Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her familyâs destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress? History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day - in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family - women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus, but fears sheâs destined to repeat her familyâs mistakes. She canât bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar - him. When the two are thrown together for his sisterâs Valentineâs Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
Â©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan
A year's worth of novellas from 12 inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. She thinks she has prepared for her wedding all her life...but it seems she may have forgotten the most important part. Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life - a wedding just like the one her younger sister is planning back home. Their single mom will pay for Alexa's wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom. At a wedding at her church, Ellie bumps into a man who's one of the guests. She's noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn't trust freewheeling men like Gray. When Ellie risks her own future for her sister's sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle to Ellie's family? Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they've begun come crashing down?
Â©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan
Learn to find and play the role God wants most for you to play, not the ones you feel pressured into playing for the sake of others or even our sense of accomplishment and worth. Most of us spend a lot of our lives figuring out when to say yes and when to say no. How to manage our time, reduce stress, do our best for our families, find a little space for "me". But we don't find space for our souls until we learn to step past the yes and no of daily decisions and seek a third option: the best yes. The best yes is the choice that shapes all our other choices. It's what allows us to play our necessary parts in God's plan, to spend our energy and focus our passion on the assignments that really are ours. How do we learn to say that best yes? It requires honesty. Imagination. Attention. Trust. Humility. Practice - lots of practice. And wisdom. The best yes is really all about wisdom - learning to make truly wise decisions. And that's the heart of this book. "I want us to become powerfully effective decision makers," writes Lysa Terkeurst. "Because then we will live powerfully effective lives. And spend our souls doing powerfully effective work to the glory of God." With her signature mix of transparency, Scripture-laced insight, and "been there" humor, she suggests usable strategies for choosing wisely and encourages us all to shout and whisper our own best yes to life, day by decision-making day.
Â©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson
Laura Sobiech tells the amazing story of how God used her sonâs battle with cancer to touch the lives of millions. "Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someoneâs life to be changed forever." This is what Laura Sobeich prayed when she found out her 17-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to Godâs will. At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, "Clouds", captured hearts and changed not one life but millions, making him an international sensation. But Zachâs story is not just about music. Itâs a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. Itâs a story about the human spirit. Itâs about how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions - including top executives in the music industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and school children across the globe. Zach once said, "I want to be known as the kid who went down fighting, and didnât really lose." Fly a Little Higher is about how God used Zach to do something big.
Â©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson
They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now 12 new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. An owner of a Victorian inn and charming rustic barn is used to creating the perfect setting for other couples' nuptials. But when she falls head over heels for the new man in her life, will she be prepared to walk down that aisle?
Â©2014 Rachel Hauck (P)2014 Zondervan
They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now 12 new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. All Dressed Up in Love Tara walks into Elena's Bridal and finds her dream job - and a handsome man to match. Greg Elizondo is working at the shop, trying to keep it afloat after his mother's passing. But can their growing attraction take root while they're juggling Bridezillas, wedding dress orders, and an upcoming gala for the shop? Can God orchestrate their desires and goals into one happy ending? In Tune with Love April knows her job as maid of honor is to fulfill her sister's every wish - whatever the bride wants, she will have. Unless it involves Jack Vaughn. April Quinn loves her sister and wants to make sure the week of her wedding is the happiest of her life, even if it means putting up with Kristin's every crazy whim. But when Kristin hires Jack Vaughn as the wedding singer, all sisterly devotion flies out the window. As April and Jack keep appearances for the sake of Kristen's happiness, they rediscover a chemistry that never quite fizzled out. But will they be able to rewrite two solos into a timeless duet? Never a Bridesmaid Mari wants her sister Crystal's wedding to be perfect. But a poorly chosen maid of honor may turn it into a disaster. Mari Hays' older sister, Crystal, is getting married, and Mari is ecstatic to be part of the wedding. But she soon finds her expected role as maid of honor has been delegated to the worst possible choice: Sienna Jameson. With the wedding day looming, an emotional and sensitive sister, and a selfish maid of honor, can Mari keep the waters calm until the bride and groom jet off for their honeymoon? And will she allow herself to be caught by Houston's most eligible bachelor?
Â©2016 Ruth Herne, Amy Matayo and Janice Thompson (P)2016 Zondervan
Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at three summer weddings.... A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen: Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, and they're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony. But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is seeking? A July Bride by Beth Wiseman: It was the happiest day of her life when Alyssa Pennington walked down the aisle to be united with the man of her dreams. But when Brendan left her at the altar, Alyssa was consumed by humiliation, embarrassment, and a broken heart that wouldn't allow her to trust anyone. Brendan Myers knows he will spend the rest of his life regretting what he did to Alyssa, the only woman he's ever loved. Now he plans to win her back. But winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. An August Bride by Debra Clopton: After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend, but Kelsey instantly captures his attention. Thrown together through the weekend, and with the meddlesome encouragement of some matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys.
Â©2015 MaryBeth Whalen, Beth Wiseman, and Debra Clopton (P)2015 Zondervan
Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at a year of weddings.... A January Bride: Madeleine Houser's pen-pal friendship with a lonely widower has taken an unexpected turn. A February Bride: Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from her family curse. A March Bride: Susanna found her prince, and happily ever after is just around the corner. But first they must pass one final test. An April Bride: Weeks away from the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between faith in their past love or a very different future than either imagined. A May Bride: Ellie has prepared for her wedding all her life...but she's forgotten the most important part. A June Bride: The reality show ended with an engagement, so why doesn't this feel like the fairy tale Wynne thought it would be? A July Bride: In a moment of total panic, Brendan left Alyssa at the altar. What will it take for him to win her back? An August Bride: As far as Kelsey Wilcox is concerned, her last cowboy was the last cowboy. A September Bride: Annie is ready to call this new town home, but one handsome policeman is ready to stand in her way...even if it means walking her down the aisle. An October Bride: What if the only way to make your father's last wish come true...was to marry the man of your dreams? A November Bride: Can a decades-long friendship marred by romantic missteps ever lead to happily ever after for Sadie and Erik? A December Bride: What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement in Chapel Springs this holiday season.
Â©2015 Zondervan (P)2015 Zondervan
They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now 12 new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. April is willing to do anything for her sister's wedding - until she comes face to face with a guy from her past. April Quinn is thrilled to be her sister's maid of honor until the wedding coordinator quits, and the responsibilities get dumped on her. It's April's worst nightmare - especially since her sister has more objections and opinions than a lawyer presenting a high-profile court case. When the wedding singer walks out at the last minute, her sister hires a replacement. When April finds out who the replacement is, she's ready to call it quits as well. Because there's only one person in April's past that she never wanted to see again, and her sister just handed him a front-row seat to the wedding. Jack Vaughn finally has the career he's always wanted. After playing in bars and singing at weddings as a struggling musician for half a decade, he's just released his second album, and sales are skyrocketing. But while visiting his parents' Nashville home the weekend before his first headline tour, he runs into an old friend. When she asks him for a last-minute favor, he can't bring himself to say no. Even though saying yes means he has to come face to face with April Quinn - the girl who hasn't spoken to him in years. And rightly so, since he stole something from her that he'll never be able to repay.
Â©2015 Amy Matayo (P)2015 Zondervan
They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now 12 new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk: Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes. Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted - and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce...or a real wedding of her own. A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck: Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters' specialty - but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself. Ginger Winters will be the "beauty maker" for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger's thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again...despite Tom's best efforts. Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt: Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it's served up on a silver platter? Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow's roof even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from. But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.
Â©2015 Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck, and Cheryl Wyatt (P)2015 Zondervan
A March Bride by Rachel Hauck: Susanna Truitt (Once Upon a Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She'll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna's heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God's plan for her. An April Bride by Lenora Worth: Bride-to-be Stella Carson cannot wait another day to marry soldier Marshall Henderson. But when Marshall returns home to Louisiana, it becomes clear to them both that he is not the man he used to be. With only weeks until the wedding, Stella and Marshall must choose between a marriage built on the past and faith in long-ago love or a very different future from the one Stella imagined. A May Bride by Meg Moseley: Ellie Martin, a country girl living in Atlanta, has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, but she's missing a key ingredient to her plans for the future: a groom. Then Ellie meets Gray Whitby--at a wedding, of all places. But when Ellie jeopardizes her own future for the sake of her sister, Gray feels like he'll always be second to Ellie's family. Can Ellie and Gray find their own way together amid the demands and perceptions of others, or will their romance end before it has truly begun?
Â©2015 Zondervan (P)2015 Zondervan
Originally published as Fly a Little Higher and now updated and revised to coincide with the film release of Clouds, Laura Sobiech tells the amazing, true story behind the song and the movie. âOkay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for somethingÂ big. I want someoneâs life to be changed forever.â This is what Laura SobiechÂ prayed when she found out her 17-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to Godâs will. At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, âCloudsâ, captured hearts and changed lives, making him an international sensation. This story is a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. Itâs a story about the human spirit. It shows how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions - including top executives in the entertainment industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk-show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and schoolchildren across the globe. And above all, itâs an example of the amazing things that happen when someone shares the most precious thing he has - himself. Â âIâm not a musician; Iâm just a filmmaker, and my prayer is that you get an opportunity - both through the reading of this beautiful book and the watching of our film based on it - to experience what I will fail to put into words: the magic and inspiration of Zachary David Sobiech.â (Justin Baldoni, filmmaker and director of Clouds)
Â©2020 Laura Sobiech (P)2020 Thomas Nelson