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Your child will delight in this “gently dangerous” tale narrated through lighthearted rhyme. Filled with humorous illustrations of the creepy critters children love, this story demonstrates the power of kindness and the strength of mercy.
The year is 1968. After spending the first half of summer vacation driving her Italian family crazy with her fake southern accent, 10-year old A.J. finds a soul mate on the other side of the island to divert her attention.
She is intrigued to learn that Danny shares her same burning desire to know God and realizes that few people her age think as deeply as the two of them do. However, the depth of their newfound faith and friendship is soon tested when Danny's father betrays his wife.
Set in a simpler time, Saving Sailor is a heartwarming tale of how hearts can change and relationships can be restored with God's help.
“Me and Nellie watch to see who won Miss Hog Eye Holler this year. You don’t find out who won ‘til she comes floating down Lavender Lane on her royal float, waving and chucking candy at everyone. “How long ago was it that you won Miss Hog Eye Holler, Nellie?” I ask her.
Nellie shakes her head and laughs. “Too many moons ago to count!” she answers. Nellie is still pretty as can be so it couldn’t have been that long ago. Just as we are talking about it, who should come around the bend but Miss Sandra Jane Jacobs in her long lavender sequin gown and purple high heels on top of her pink and purple floral float. Sandra Jane is the older sister of Emma Jean, who is the girlfriend of Billy Ray Baxter, who is the hunk of Hog Eye Holler. So I’m just a tinge bit jealous that Emma Jean gets to ride up there on that float with her beauty queen sister. “I sure would like to ride on that float myself someday,” I told Nellie, “but only if I can wear my over-alls instead of that skimpy long dress and high heels. I would trip for sure in those tall shoes right off the side of that float, trying to wave and throw candy at same time. I’d bust my front teeth right out, and then I’d look just awful for the newspaper photo.” This is what I say so when the time comes for me to lose the Miss Hog Eye Holler contest, I won’t feel quite so bad.
Nellie smiles. “Oh, you still got a few years yet to practice.”
~ A summer like this comes along only once a lifetime~
Toolbox Trinkets by Cindy M. Amos -- Mr. Fix-it Evan Masterson runs the hardware store in town, but when the new town resident,Willow Stevens, starts remodeling her homestead, romance becomes a project to his liking.
Whisper Sweet Nothings by Cynthia Hickey - How can she forgive someone who broke her heart? Can she learn to trust again and accept the love Drake offers?
Sweetwater Cafe by Renee Riva -- Shelby Smith keeps serving hot meals to the locals until Chase Tanner walks in to distract her, but will grumpy Aunt Beula run him off before her smiles win him over?
Icing on the Cupcake by Martha Rogers -- Lilly Carlisle doesn't need upcoming Valentine's Day to remind her that officer Landon Reeves never made more of their friendship, but when the anonymous gifts start showing up from a secret admirer, will they lead her to disappointment at the table-for-two?
Perfectly Posed for Love by Christina Rich --Adelaide Harrison, owner of Perfectly Posed Photography, hides behind her lens while she seeks to expose real emotions of her Sweetwater clients, but when she sees photos of herself with country singer Neil Wesley Axton will she accept that she's perfectly posed for love?
A Charming Waltz Down memory Lane
“It was just me and Daddy and Sammy that made up our family after Mama went to heaven in 1956. I was only nine years old when she left us. I remember thinking she must have been needed pretty bad up there, ‘cause I sure needed her down here, but heaven got her anyway.
The three of us ran the dimestore winter, spring, summer, and fall, without any outside help. We lived right above the store with a slide that landed us in the backroom, so we could look forward to going to work everyday. Summers were my favorite time of all and got a little crazy at times—but a good kind of crazy—‘cause when it got real busy, I got to work the soda fountain counter. The best part about that was getting to know everybody’s business, and believe me, there was a lot of business to know in Hog Eye Holler. “
There is something special about one’s first crush, and first waltz at the innocent age of twelve, especially in a small Southern town in the 1950’s. Farley’s Five and Dime is all of that, and more~
Ana Popesque arrives at Miss Ellwood's boarding house in Pine Glen to find she's boarding with a couple of very chatty housemates. The constant laughter and gossip make it difficult to focus on her violin practice for her upcoming Christmas Symphony. It's not until the other girls leave for Christmas break that Ana is left with the peace quiet of Pine Cottage. But in that silence, she hears beautiful violin music coming from the boarder downstairs. Before long, her heart strings are so drawn by his melodious ballads, she's compelled to discover what lies behind such sweet, sorrowfully beautiful music.
A feel good Christmas story of love, acceptance, and joyful reunions.
Dawn’s Gentle Light transcends two Countries, two different time periods, and three hearts in need of friendship, hope, and the goodness of God.