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Nancy's Notes - December 24, 2009

“The Christmas Lamp” by Lori Copeland, “Lakeshore Christmas” by Susan Wiggs, “Creed Country Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller, “Ice” by Linda Howard, Holiday Hours.

            Lover’s of inspirational fiction will enjoy, “The Christmas Lamp” by Lori Copeland. The story takes place in Nativity, Missouri, where Kami Elliot loves all community’s Christmas traditions. Those traditions, and the tourists they attract, pull in half the city’s annual revenue. When the new highway bypasses Nativity, diverting traffic, it sends the townspeople into a panic. Will the spirit of Christmas survive the realities of small-town finance?

            Christmas comes to Willow Lake in Susan Wiggs’ “Lakeshore Christmas”. Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas and the librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon’s annual holiday pageant. She’s determined to make it spectacular, however that may require a Christmas miracle. Her co-director is a former childstar who can’t stand Christmas, but the judge has a court order landing him in the middle of the production. The two directors spar over every detail from casting to the music, so how is it possible that they’re falling in love.

            The Creed Series, by Linda Lael Miller, has been quite popular with western and historical romance readers. Her “Creed Country Christmas” is the newest installment. It takes place in the wilderness of Montana in 1910. Widowed rancher Lincoln Creed needs to find a governess to teach and cook for his young daughter, Gracie. Lincoln is looking for someone who won’t set their sights on him. Disowned for her refusal to marry, twenty-five-year-old Juliana Mitchell teaches at an under-funded Indian school. When she meets Lincoln and Gracie she realizes she may not be against marriage after all.

            If all these are too sentimental you may want to read a Christmas story filled with suspense. Linda Howard’s “Ice” should fit the bill. Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again. There is an ice storm brewing and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact , has the lawman concerned. He enlists Gabriel to make the trip out to the middle of nowhere to make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. When he arrives he discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful.

            Come in and check out our facility.  Our usual house are Mon.-Wed from Noon-8pm and Thurs.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  During the Holiday our hours will be different on Dec. 24 - we'll be closing at 2 p.m.  We'll be closed on Dec. 25 -27, and January 1st -3rd.

Have a Happy Holiday!