Welcome to Christmas at The Captivating Quill!
Cozy up and get ready for some fun and fabulous holiday stories, and learn what Christmas means to the authors. Have a Christmas book to recommend? Let us know in the comments!
"What I love about Christmas: the songs, the sights, the sounds, the smells... Christmas brings renewed hope and makes love tangible."
On the 12th day of Christmas, will love overcome a lifetime of bad luck?
Behind her back, they call her Bad Luck Penny. After being twice widowed before the age of thirty, misfortune follows her all the way to Colorado, culminating in humiliation when the third groom skips town on the day they’re to be wed.
Mayor Charles Hardt will do anything to save Noelle, the town he founded, as long as it doesn’t involve taking a wife. But then a jilted bride shows up at his door, begging for a ride out of town on the day before the town must deliver twelve married couples as part of a deal to secure Noelle's survival.
Under no circumstances will Charlie allow the last bride to escape, even if Penny is certain Noelle can’t take any more of her bad luck. For that matter, neither can Charlie...
Romance and adventure spark the spirit of Christmas for two mail-order brides.
Victoria, Bride of Kansas (#1 Amazon Bestseller)
Jilted society miss Victoria Lowell travels a thousand miles to marry a suitor whose romantic letters won her heart. But the man she believes she loves isn't the one she meets. In fact, he isn't even expecting her. When the truth finally comes out, it will take a miracle to deliver a happily ever after.
Santa's Mail-Order Bride
On a mission to bring toys to orphans for Christmas, schoolteacher Maggie O'Brien is forced to go to her brother's fiercest competitor for help. Though he agrees, his benevolent gesture has one catch--she must find him a bride. Will the love of a determined suitor and the spirit of the holiday capture the matchmaker's heart?
The Christmas Wish
In this short story, a young orphan who has never known love gets his Christmas wish.
"This time of the year is always special to me. I love the smells of Christmas goodies baking in the oven, eggnog spiced with cinnamon and the music. I love celebrating the Savior's birth and remembering God's great gift to the world. It's an occasion for smiling even if all is not going well."
Spies and Scots and Shipmasters, oh my!
Scotland 1819 ~ Twin brothers Nash and Robbie Powell of Powell & Sons Shipping, London, sail with their fellow Agents of the Crown to Scotland for a secret celebration of Christmastide, a holiday long frowned upon by the Scottish Kirk. But more than Christmas is being kept secret. The two brothers have accepted an assignment from the Home Secretary Lord Sidmouth to ferret out a fugitive fomenting rebellion among the Scots.
Aileen Stephen, the only daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder, had to be clever, devious and determined to gain her place in the family business. She succeeded to become a designer of highly coveted ships. One night, a man’s handsome face appears to her in a dream. When two men having that same face arrive on a ship full of Londoners, Ailie wonders what her second sight is telling her. Is the face she saw a portender of the future, a harbinger of danger, or both? And which of the two Englishmen is the one in her dream?
Older than Nash by a mere five minutes, Robbie has always been protective of his twin. When he realizes Nash is attracted to the sister of their Scottish host, he thinks to help matters along. But Nash wants no help from his brother, not where Ailie Stephen is concerned because Robbie is attracted to the girl himself!
Two brothers vie for the affection of the Scottish lass but only one stirs her passion. Which one will it be? And what will she do when she learns they are spies?
THE REDHEADED RAKE It was a dull day at White’s the day he agreed to the wager: seduce, bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. But this holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.
THE VIRTUOUS WIDOW She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had found her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. Rogues, indeed. The night would preface the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.
A war of wills ensues in this enjoyable romantic tale that is highly recommend for anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit.
A chance meeting at Berry's wine shop, a misunderstanding and Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift ever: a marriage not of convenience, but of love.
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