A Christmas Carousel Proposal
This clean romance kicks off the 2018 anthology written by Harlequin Heartwarming romance authors.
Lisa Garland has big plans for her grandparents' wedding anniversary on December 24th - the grand opening of Carousel House, featuring a fully-restored carousel in downtown Christmas Town. She doesn't expect the company restoring the carousel to go bankrupt or the only man available to help her make the deadline for her grandparents' anniversary to be her ex-fiance.
A decade ago, John Richardson walked away from Lisa for her own good. He's tried hard not to look back. But now Lisa needs a miracle and John might just be the only man who can deliver it. If only he can keep his undying love for her a secret. He's scheduled to return to duty on December 25, so all he needs to do is organize volunteers to finish the carousel and keep his heart under lock and key. But love has a way of opening doors and hearts, and John's holiday season may not go as planned.
A Christmas Carousel Proposal introduces many of the characters in the 12 Days of Heartwarming Christmas series, which begin the week after John proposes to Lisa. Six romances feature Lisa’s bridesmaids and six feature heroes working on the carousel. All full-length novels end on Christmas Eve.
A Miracle for Christmas
Jaycee Garland was too tall, too fast, too strong, and too independent to fit in with the girls. So she does her own thing. Whether it is pushing her students to think outside the box in history class, her players on the basketball court, or herself as a volunteer with Search and Rescue, she encourages everyone to blaze their own path. Too bad she can’t convince her best friend to follow his dream instead to being bullied by his father.
When an injury ended Tyler Gibson’s hockey career, cooking was the only thing that kept him focused and gave him a new purpose. As both the culinary arts teacher and the high school hockey coach, he’s finally found a way to feed both of his passions. With two state titles under his coaching belt, Tyler is pressured to break into college coaching. If he can’t make it to the National Hockey League as a player, he’ll do it as a coach and finally prove to his father that he’s not worthless. But that would mean leaving Christmas Town behind…and his best friend, Jaycee.
When Jaycee is asked to be a bridesmaid in the Christmas Eve wedding, she has to pull off the biggest transformation in history. Will turning this tomboy into a lady be the push that Tyler needs to see her as more than a friend? Will catering the wedding help Tyler admit what he really wants? It’ll take more than luck for things to work out between these two, but Christmas Town always has a miracle or two in store for people with the courage to believe.
Pride and Presents
Beth Long is navigating the week before her best friend’s Christmas wedding with a strained smile and an unexpected houseguest. Instead of dreading the arrival of her ex-husband and his gold medal-winning fiancée, she’s defending Christmas Town’s over-the-top everything to disapproving Steven Dorsey. She should be busy planning the bridal party’s hair and makeup or collecting loose change from every couch in town to cover the final loan payment on her shop. Smoothing ruffled feathers, advising a clueless man, and reluctantly falling for him are distractions she doesn’t want.
Steven Dorsey has never been more aware of his social deficiencies than when he stumbles into Beth Long’s beauty salon. She’s too warm. Witty. Vibrant. Their elderly audience is too nosy. Accepting the Christmas Eve wedding invitation issued by an old friend, the groom-to-be, means spending the holiday inside a snow globe’s village. The carousel restoration project provides additional, interesting incentive. Staying with Beth for the week is his only option, but when his sister is added to the mix, he understands that Beth and Christmas Town, odd as it is, might be home.
Sleigh Bells in the Snow
Scarlett Ray owns a home décor shop full of Christmas cheer, but she isn’t feeling much holiday spirit. Her to-do list is overwhelming and it’s tough to navigate the first Christmas since her parents’ divorce. Then she learns that her landlord is planning to tear down the beautiful, historic building where she lives and works!
Chase Bailey hates to remove such a great looking building, but it’s falling apart and beyond repair. Plus, he needs to turn a profit so he can start a trust fund for his autistic brother. His decision seems simple until Chase meets his quirky, fiery tenant. Scarlett swears she’ll challenge him every step of the way to save the old building she loves.
Our Christmas Promise
Melissa Upton and Justin Caswell have been best friends since they were kids. Now, they’re all grown up and things have changed, for Melissa at least. She’s content running the family bridal shop, Candlelight and Lace. Excited about her cousin’s upcoming wedding. She doesn’t even mind attending weddings with Justin, until he dubs them wedding buddies. And now that he’s back in Christmas Town, Melissa realizes she wants more. If she goes after her heart will she lose her best friend?
Justin is back home to take care of business for his estranged father while he recovers from a heart attack. He’s launched his own successful career, is happy with his single status. Until he feels the distance Melissa has put between them. What’s up with his best friend? The more time they spent together, involved in Christmas Town holiday preparations, the more he realizes she’s hoping for more in their relationship. Can Justin see that being in love, and remaining best friends, is the best of both worlds?
Christmas Town is about to become embroiled in a lawsuit that could land the town in financial ruin. City attorney Lincoln Vasser knows the case is bogus, but he needs help proving it. He also needs it fast and he needs it to remain confidential. Private Investigator, Jax Marshall, comes highly recommended but when Lincoln hires her he can’t quite figure out why. Her laid-back attitude, questionable work ethic, and apparent unconcern for the urgency of his case rub him the wrong way. It doesn't make any sense for him to be attracted to her.
Jax knows that working for the arrogant, uptight, and self-important Lincoln Vasser is a mistake. But when he makes her an offer much more tempting than money, she takes the case. She soon wishes she hadn’t. Not only is Lincoln demanding and controlling, he also keeps trying to tell her how to do her job. He's almost completely unlikable. Almost.
The future of Christmas Town is at stake! Can these two polar opposites find a way to work together for the sake of their town? Can they put their differences aside long enough to admit that they’re falling in love?
The Hope Chest
As the maid of honor for a Christmas Eve wedding, Evelyn Marshall plans to give the bride and groom something special - a hope chest that they'll want to pass on down through the generations. The only problem is that the bride didn't give her much time to plan for such a gift. When Evelyn's rush order gets cancelled, a friend suggests the help of the new high school industrial arts teacher.
Felix Spencer came to Christmas Town to start over after the end of his marriage. He has no desire to let anyone get close again. Evelyn's request is easy to turn down until one of his wayward students shows some interest in helping out. Can a troubled teen and a hope chest bring these two opposites together? Maybe they aren't as different as they think. In Christmas Town, anything is possible!