Rival Hearts (Quilts of Love, #19) by Tara Randel {Preview}

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

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A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach {Preview}

Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She’s been chasing success and all the “good things in life” for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.

She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she’s made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence’s big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara’s business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara’s heart and onto Cadence’s quilt?

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Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (Quilts of Love)

When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple. With only her mother’s quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery.

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Beside Two Rivers (Daughters of the Potomac) by Rita Gerlach

A tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again. From the banks of the Potomac to the misty moors of England, Darcy follows a path where the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface in this dramatic saga that began in Before the Scarlet Dawn. She meets Ethan Brennan, an aspiring English horse breeder, who embraces her independent spirit and marvels at the simplicity of her faith. Ethan and Darcy fall in love, but are kept apart by a promise to another and a sworn oath to a dying woman whose long-hidden secret threatens Darcy ‘s and Ethan ‘s lives.

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A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee

Upon her grandmother’s death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.

Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the “treasure map,” they’re determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren’t enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.

What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

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Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane {Preview}

After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?

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Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane

After a tornado rips through her town, merchant Abigail comes across a piece from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, “What kind of a God would allow such tragedy?”

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Coming Soon from the Pen: Please Welcome Historical Author Rita Gerlach!

At last comes the novel readers have been waiting for… Book 1 in the long awaited Daughters of the Potomac Series by author Rita Gerlach. Readers will grow attached to heroine Eliza Morgan, as she faces the hardships of colonial life when she leaves behind all she has in order to follow her heart and the man she loves into the Maryland wilderness. What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Before the Scarlet Dawn pondering over? That the words to that beautiful song by Rogers and Hammerstein,  ‘You’ll never walk alone’ are so true.  Take one day at a time, and have faith that God is directing your path, that He will work in the lives of others to help you through the darkest hours. Also to forgive those that have hurt you, and to seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt.   Please. . .

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RockaBye Toddlers & Twos

Rock-a-Bye Toddlers & Twos from Abingdon Press Genre: Christian Curriculum Pages: 48 Paperback Date Published: June 2009 Publisher: Abingdon Press With Rock-a-Bye Toddlers & Twos, learning Bible stories and simple Christian faith concepts literally becomes child’s play!  This resource guides leaders and parents as they help children ages 18-36 months begin to understand simple faith concepts.  The leader’s guide offers ways to engage the children with Bible story activities that are appropriate for toddlers and twos and coordinate with the other resources in the annual kit. The annual kit is packaged in a tote bag and contains: Leader’s Guide Resource Pak Sample set of Bible Story Picture Cards for each season Three board books (God Loves Me, Jesus Is my Friend, Church Is a Happy Place) Rock-a-Bye Lullaby CD First Chapter Abingdon Press has quite a find with their Rock-a-Bye series. My first intro was with their Babies and Waddlers Ministry. . .

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Creating Animal Characters with Personality by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

When I was writing Highland Sanctuary, Phelan, the village wolf dog appeared out of nowhere. Of course, the name is Celtic/Scottish for male and actually means, wolf. In my mind, I imagined a white wolf with yellow eyes. He looks fierce, but is gentle as a lamb. With Phelan around, few people worry about their safety. Most think of him as the village protector. Whenever there is danger, Phelan always senses it and alerts the villagers. He’s loyal, a companion, and a friend. The reader gets a glimpse of Phelan’s playfulness, his seriousness, and his vulnerable side. Throughout the book, he becomes as much of a character as any of the other people in the story. For those of us who are animal lovers, don’t our pets become part of our family? We worry when they don’t feel well or act bizarre. We grieve when they’re in pain and die.. . .

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Abingdon Press – Fall Reads

Have you had an opportunity to check out Abingdon Press and their selection of new books this fall? There are too many that sound great to choose from… but try a few of these blurb teasers (and FIRST CHAPTERS!) to see if there is one that suits your pleasure. Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here’s the rub about her job as a baker … Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning crème brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she’s never even had one full slice of it. When Jackson Drake hears. . .

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