Any news, mother?" asked Edna one Friday afternoon when she came home from school. "There's a letter from grandma," replied Mrs. Conway after kissing the lips held up to hers. "There isn't any real news in it, but there is an invitation." "What kind of an invitation?" "A Thanksgiving kind." "Oh, mother, what do you mean?" "I mean that grandma wants us all to spend an old-fashioned Thanksgiving with her; the kind she used to have when she was young. She says she and grandpa are both getting old and they may not be able to have the whole family there together again." "And are we going?" "Yes, I think so." "The whole family?" "I think perhaps you and I will go on a day or two ahead and let the others follow. Celia and the boys can come with your father, who probably could not get off till Wednesday afternoon. Grandma asks that I bring my baby with me." "And that means me," returned Edna, hugging herself. "How long shall we stay, mother?" "That depends upon several things which will have to be learned later, so I can't tell just yet." Edna danced off to hunt up her brothers that she might tell them the news. She found them in their little workshop over the stable. Charlie was making a new box to put in his pigeon house and Frank was watching him. They had not seen their little sister since Monday for she and her sister Celia went to school in the city, remaining until the Friday afternoon of each week.
Have you ever received one of those Christmas newsletters and thought, "Oh, brother! How much bragging can one family do?" Have you ever bought what you thought was the "perfect" Christmas gift for your best friend, only to later discover he's trying to sell it on Ebay? Have you ever tried a new holiday recipe that nearly caused your guests to need their stomachs pumped? Then this book is for you! These 17 holiday-themed short stories by New England humor columnist, Sally Breslin, were selected from her weekly newspaper columns from the past 15 years and cover every topic from hanging Christmas lights to making New Year's resolutions. If the holidays tend to get you down or stress you out, these stories will relax and entertain you...and hopefully, make you laugh out loud (at least once!).
Her Guardian GroomPaid to accompany two orphaned siblings to their grandfather in Nebraska, Lily Winter is dismayed to discover the old man has gone missing. And when the children's inheritance makes them a target, buying protection is Lily's only option. Until a handsome gun-for-hire suggests another solution: marriage.Undercover US Marshal Jake Elder can't reveal his true identity without blowing his mission. Nor can he leave the town's pretty new arrival unguarded. But while uncovering a plot against her charges is difficult and risky, falling for Lily is all too easy. Especially once their marriage in name only gives Jake a glimpse of how wonderful Christmasand their future as a familycould be."
MAIL ORDER BRIDE: Me and My FamilyLena Baranowska had a harsh past and now her present was not looking any better. She has to save her brother and in doing so has to give up herself. With help from her auntie, she signs up to be a mail-order bride, not knowing what her future has in store for her.Calvin Jackson, a rich judge from America, doesn't have time for family and right now doesn't have time for love. After being harassed by his mother to finally settle down he takes the easiest route possible - he buys one. Little does he know that Lena would be showing up on his doorstep and with her all her current problems.Lena's troubles and Calvin's dedication to work soon come to clash. How can two people so different be suitable for one another? Can they find true love before the wedding? Will Lena show Calvin the importance of family and in return can he save hers?
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