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A Snowglobe Christmas: Yuletide Homecoming\A Family's Christmas Wish (Love Inspired) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Goodnight , Lissa Manley
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Yuletide Homecoming by Linda Goodnight

Five years ago, Rafe Westfield broke his fiancée's heart when he left to join the military. Now the battle-scarred soldier is back in Snowglobe. Amy Caldwell tries to keep her distance, but the holidays, family and a sweet stray dog keep bringing her and Rafe together…maybe this time, forever.

A Family's Christmas Wish by Lissa Manley

Abandoned by her husband when she was eight months pregnant, single mother Sara Kincaid vowed to rely only on herself. But then she makes a deal with handsome widowed father Owen Larsen to provide babysitting services in exchange for his carpentry work on her inn. Can two pint-size matchmakers help them see beyond the past in time for Christmas?



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About the Author

Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in fiction, Linda Goodnight has won various other highly acclaimed awards, and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. A country girl, she lives in Oklahoma. Readers may contact her through her website: www.lindagoodnight.com

Lissa Manley decided she wanted to be a published author at the ripe old age of twelve. . She feels blessed to be able to write what she loves, and intends to be writing until her fingers quit working, or she runs out of heartwarming stories to tell. Lissa lives in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon with her husband, grown daughter and college-aged son. She loves hearing from her readers and can be reached through her website www.lissamanley.com, or through Harlequin Love Inspired.

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High above Snowglobe, Montana, Amy Caldwell's blue Ford Focus wound round and round the narrow road as she made her way into the valley nestled snugly between two snowcapped mountains. As if the creative hand of God had reached down and given the earth a loving shake, snow swirled upward in a constant circle so the small picturesque village of tiny stores and houses was forever captured in time and space like a snowglobe.

The colorful scatter of buildings and snow-kissed evergreens rested inside a bowl of milk-white snow. Smoke curled from rooftops and pulled Amy in like a long-lost friend. Her heart leaped at the sight.

"Home." The word tasted foreign on her tongue. If all went as planned, she was home to stay.

Time and distance and a growing faith may not have healed the heartache she'd left behind, but it was time to let go, to come home, to do this one thing that her mother asked. At least she would no longer have to face Rafe Westfield and his betrayal.

When her car reached the village, she turned onto Main Street and headed straight for The Snowglobe Gift Shoppe. She parked in a slant at the curb and slammed out of the car, eager as her boots crunched on fresh, powdery snow. Before she reached the glass-fronted shop, a slender woman in dark slacks and a red scoop neck pullover rushed out the door, her shoulder-length black hair flying.

"Mom!" Amy said just as she was enveloped in a hug that smelled of hothouse roses and potpourri. At fifty, Dana Caldwell's Spanish rose beauty still made Amy wish she looked more like her mom and less like her absentee father, the golden boy who had turned out to have brass feet.

"You made it. I was starting to worry."

Amy smiled. Her mother always said that. "Safe and sound. And excited."

"Are you? Oh, honey, I'm so ready to retire."

"Semi-retire. You're not leaving me alone with this store."

Dana laughed. "Well, not yet. But you know the retail gift business as well as I do. Better. You have a degree!"

The degree in marketing meant more to her mom than it did to Amy or to her employers in Spokane. Former employers, she thought with a happy little step as her mom looped their arms together and tugged her into the shop.

Gently played symphonic Christmas music practically sucked her inside, alluring and lovely. Amy closed her eyes and breathed deeply of the warm, welcoming scent of Christmas past and present. "I love this smell."

For as long as she could remember, cinnamon and pine, snow and flowers, and this shop with snowglobes and poinsettias in the vast picture window had meant Christmas.

"Christmas is the best smell of the year."

They both giggled and hugged once more, a spontaneous action Amy knew would be repeated time and again. Her mama was a hands-on kind of woman.

Amy stepped away from her mother's embrace to survey the gloriously decorated store.

"The shop looks amazing." She turned a slow circle, examining every detail. "I don't think I've ever seen it look bet—"

The word died an abrupt death, jammed down into her throat like a fist.

"Hello, Amy." The gently masculine voice was as familiar as Christmas and as unwelcome as a lump of coal.

Amy's heart jerked against her rib cage.

Rafe Westfield, the man who'd taken her heart and then handed it back again, leaned against the glass-topped counter. Bundled to the ears in a sheepskin jacket, and out of place amidst the singing Santas and dainty angels, he was handsomer than ever. His brown hair had grown out from the last time she'd seen him, after the recruiter had buzzed him bald, and now lay in gentle waves above a forehead no longer smooth and boyish but creased with fine worry lines. If anything they made him more rugged, more delicious.

Like his mouth. He had the most perfect lips a man could have, the bottom full and curved with the top a long, low M like the mountains surrounding Snowglobe. She remembered the feel of that mouth, the kisses they'd shared when he'd loved her. Or claimed to. He never really had; she knew that now. If he'd loved her, he would not have joined the military against her wishes.

She licked her own lips, gone bone-dry.

"Rafe?" she managed. "What are you doing here?"

She'd worked hard to let go of the bitterness, to forgive and move on, but in one moment, the old feelings came rushing back like a tidal wave.

"I live here," he said. Below a slash of dark brows, his winter-blue eyes were solemn and aloof. The sparkle was gone, the teasing glint, the ready smile. He had changed. But then, so had she. Amy was no longer the gullible little college grad who'd dreamed of nothing but being Mrs. Rafe Westfield and making a home in Snowglobe, Montana.

"No, you don't," she insisted. "You can't live here. You're in the marines. You're in the Middle East somewhere."

"Was. Now I'm home."

Home? He was calling Snowglobe home? The flutter of panic that had started way down in Amy's belly soared through her bloodstream. He couldn't be here permanently. Not if she was.

"What happened to your military career?"

The career that was more important than a life with me.

A muscle above one cheekbone flinched. It was the only indication that her question had hit a sore spot.

"Three tours was enough." Abruptly he turned to the counter and collected two giant pots of scarlet poinsettias. To her mother, he said, "I'll drop these off on my way."

"Thanks for doing that, Rafe. The shop's so busy, I'm not sure when I could get out there."

"No problem."

Then, exactly as he had five years ago, he turned and walked out the door.

"Mother!" Amy spun around, fingers gripping the counter's edge. "What is he doing here?"

With mild reproof Dana said, "You're repeating yourself, Amy. Rafe has lived in Snowglobe all his life, just as you have."

"That's not true. He left. He said he wasn't coming back. Why didn't you tell me?"

Her mother pretended to rearrange a lighted ceramic village behind the cash register. "If I recall—and I do—you forbade me to ever speak his name again. You said the relationship was done and over with and you wanted to move on. And you did."

"You should have told me anyway," Amy answered, feeling unreasonable and petulant.

"Would you have come home? Would you have agreed to take over the shop?"

"No, I wouldn't have. I don't want to be constantly reminded of how he humiliated me. It's hard enough to come back to Snowglobe knowing that everyone in town pitied poor little Amy Caldwell when Rafe broke off our engagement to join the military."

"Oh, precious girl." Her mom repositioned a jingling reindeer before taking Amy by the shoulders. "That was a long time ago. You've enjoyed a nice career, friends, dates, travel. If you'd married so young, look at what you would have missed. I thought you'd forgiven and forgotten all about Rafe Westfield."

"I said I've forgiven him. I'll never forget. How could I? We were engaged. I'd picked out a dress!"

She'd loved him so much she thought she'd die when he chose the marines over her. Yet, he had, and there was no changing the past. After six months of feeling sorry for herself and dealing with the pitying stares, she'd taken the job in Spokane. She'd found a good church, made friends, had a great life.

So why was she letting Rafe get to her now?

The internal question shook her. Why indeed? Rafe West-field was nothing but a bad memory.

The tiny bell over the shop door jingled and two customers entered. Her mother moved into action, leaving Amy to wander through the beautiful Christmas displays. Maybe the sights and smells would calm her stress and bring back the excitement of being home.

She shucked her jacket, leaving the bright turquoise scarf to dangle over her long black sweater.

She didn't understand why she was so upset. She was completely over Rafe. He was old news. It wasn't like she hadn't had a boyfriend in the past five years. She had and yet, the old hurt had flown in her face like an out of control downhiller.

She rounded the corner of the greeting card display and heard someone say, "Amy? Is that you? I heard you were coming home for Christmas."

"Katie?" Amy's mood rose at the sight of her bouncy blonde friend from high school. With a squeal, the two women exchanged a brief hug. "It's so good to see you. What are you doing?"

"Trying to find the perfect birthday card for Todd." Katie had married a local boy right out of high school. "I'm having a little Christmas-style birthday party in his honor on Saturday. Why don't you come? It'll be a great way to see old friends again."

"I'd love to! Are you sure it's okay? I don't want to be a fifth wheel."

Katie made a noise in the back of her throat. "Stop. This is Snowglobe. No one is a fifth wheel here. Bring a little gift for the gift exchange if you want. It'll be fun."

"Are you playing Dirty Santa?"

Katie fingered a particularly pretty birthday card before putting it back on the shelf and selecting one with a grinning mule on the front. "We play Nice Santa, sort of. All the gifts are decent, but some are great. No one loses, but it's lots of fun to see the guys in a friendly fight over a new snowboard and the girls bartering for a gift certificate to Molly's Massage."

"Mmm. Molly's Massage." Amy rotated her shoulders, tight after the unexpected confrontation with Rafe. "Sounds wonderful. I'm in."

"Last year I ended up with a set of deer antler salt and pepper shakers." Katie laughed. "Todd thought they were so cool!"

Amy laughed, too, feeling much better after reconnecting with her old friend. W...


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  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373877773
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (November 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X47IRI
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming October 16, 2012
By rhonda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Snowglobe Christmas by Linda Goodnight and Lissa Manley
4 STARS

A Snowglobe Christmas is two stories together by two different authors in the town of
Snowglobe, Montana. They are both clean reads.
Yuletide Homecoming by Linda Goodnight
Rafe Westfield has come back to Snowglobe after being gone in the military for five years. He also left behind a ex-fiancee. Rafe still has nightmares about his experiences. He is joining his brother in the rental of snowmobiles.
Amy Caldwell has come back to Snowglobe to help her mom. Amy is going to run the shop so her mom can retire. Amy had her heart broken when Rafe decided to join the service and leave her behind. Amy does not expect to run into Rafe.
Amy and Rafe end up working on Christmas boxes for those in need through their church.
They find that they are still attracted after all and start to grow close again.
It is a nice story. Short story I wish it was longer. I was able to see the town of Snowglobe in the discription of the story. I would read more from Linda in the future.

A Family's Christmas Wish by Lissa Manley

I really liked the character in this story a lot. The two little girls joy at being together and bonding was sweet. I smiled a lot in this story.
Sara Kincaid inhierited a old house and she has turned into a bread and breakfast. With all the heavy snow she found her roof is leaking. Problem is she does not have the money to fix the roof.
Owen Larsen is coming to give a estimate of the roof and his babysitter had to go out of town so as he is a widower he brought his three year old with him. Turns out that Sara also has three year old little girl and is willing to play together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Snowglobe Christmas October 19, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Snowglobe Christmas by Linda Goodnight and Lissa Manley
Love Christmas stories, the traditions and being together with family and friends and remember getting a snowglobe from my father upon his return from a business trip one year.
This includes two stories from two authors.
Yuletide Homecoming by Linda Goodnight
Snowglobe, Montana and Amy Caldwell is coming back home for the holidays, her mother's, Dana wish. She owns and runs The Snowglobe Gift Shoppe.
She now has a marketing degree from college and will help her mom run the store so she can semi-retire.
She left when Rafe Westfield handed her heart back to her. He headed to the Marines, 3 tours and was now back himself and lived in town.
She volunteers to help the pastor with the food and gift baskets this year and there is a long list as the times demand. She finds out Rafe is in charge of it all.
There is no avoiding him there and at her friend's gift swap party.
While taking a break from deliveries the baskets he asks for her help in where to build his new house, on the land he's showing her. She has so many ideas and what it would need.
Her mother is still trying to set her up with eligible bachelors.
With the events that take place in the shop one dark cold night Rafe lends a hand and the talk is of the Bible and the true meaning of Christmas.
Her mother has a good idea of what to do with the late night visitors...
When she gets lost in the snow she prays to God...
Bonus is the recipe!
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A Family's Christmas Wish by Lissa Manley
Owen Larsen and his 3yo daughter Jane arrive at the B&B to fix the leaking roof.
Jane Kincade and her 3 yo daughter Mia own and run the Snowglobe B&B.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for Christmastime November 20, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Both Linda Goodnight and Lissa Manley capture an old-fashioned Christmas in a contemporary setting in their novellas. If you are looking for a treat to relax with in a hectic season, Snowglobe Christmas is an excellent choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Stories December 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Yuletide Homecoming:

This was a sweet, feel-good story about a love lost refound at Chrismtas. What a wonderful time to find the person you can settle down with and spend the rest of your life with!

Rafe and Amy were engaged until he announced he was joining the Marines. Now, most people would be proud to marry someone who going to be a hero to the country, but not Amy. She felt Rafe was abandoning her and told him she would not marry him if he joined. He realized that they weren't ready for marriage.

Five years later, he's back. Though she was determined not to get involved with him again, they find themselves falling in love.

Now, I'm giving this story five stars because it kept my interest. I loved Dana, but thought the excuse she made for Amy was lame. My father abandoned me, my Mom, and my siblings but I never felt the way Amy did. I think Amy behaved childishly and thought that Rafe's brother said it well after she walked out on him AGAIN! But what Rafe replied it also tragically true. Of course, it's always great to read about a hero coming to rescue a damsel in distress!

A Family's Christmas

This was also a very sweet story about two families who came together at Christmas. After losing his wife to cancer a year ago, Own and his daughter were ready to move away from Snow Globe to a small town in Washington. But before they left, Owen had one more job to do - fix the roof of single mother, Sara's bed and breakfast! But while doing that, his daughter and her daughter became best friends and drew their parents close together.

I did get mad at Own at one point. I really didn't understand why he thought he HAD to leave, but I was so glad to see the results of what could have been a tragedy!

Both of these stories were awesome. They happened at the same time, which made it interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great setting!
This is actually two short stories that take place around Christmas. Because the stories are short you really don't get a chance to fall in love with the main characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Irene's Christian Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday fare
I enjoy Christmas stories and this was a good one by several authors with a different twist to each story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Sweet Romance Tied Together but Completely Seperate
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This fall I've really been enjoying reading Christian Christmas romances. Is that a thing? I don't know. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Christian Romance Stories
This book has 2 short stories, both of them Christian romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Snowglobe Christmas : Yuletide Homecoming A Family's...
This book is a little bit of slow read that is not that fast paced of a novel to really enjoy.
Published 21 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet
Two short Christmas novellas set in a small Montana town. Two heroines who were abandoned by their fathers and by their first loves. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ruthjoec
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it for the season
Easy reading and very enjoyable. Would recommend to others. Holiday books are fun and light reading for this time of year.
Published 22 months ago by anne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!!
I enjoyed reading these two stories. The characters were very likeable and easy to relate to. If you have an afternoon this would be a great book to curl up and read. Read more
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NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer's Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her deeply emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher. Connect with Linda on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.lindagoodnight.com

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