Newly arrived audio books available at the library.
“The Last Chance Christmas Ball” by Mary Jo Putney
Christmas 1815, and Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive and romantic holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year and for some it just might be their last chance.
“Christmas in Icicle Falls” by Sheila Roberts
When Muriel Sterling released her new book, “A Guide to Happy Holidays,” she felt like the queen of Christmas. She’s thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off, until she gets it out of the box and realizes it’s a mangy dud. Rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there’s a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential, especially during the holiday season.
“Christmas Caramel Murder” by Joanne Fluke
The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her partner Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Before anyone can say “Bah! Humbug!” trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa’s husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Mrs. Claus. Now before the curtains even go up Mrs. Claus is found dead in the snow, wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after, the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, while a merry murderer remains on the loose. With clues even harder to find, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays
“The Angel of Forest Hill” by Cindy Woodsmall
When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Virginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection. As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?
“A Baxter Family Christmas” by Karen Kingsbury
Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner, Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart. In light of their father’s idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don’t think it’s right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy, the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want.
At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch even she can’t imagine. “A Baxter Family Christmas” brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.
“A Lowcountry Christmas” by Mary Alice Monroe
As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, the stress and strain darken the family.
Then Taylor’s service dog arrives, a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog. When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can’t afford, he takes the dog for company, and accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. In the midst of this emergency, the splintered family must come together and rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.
“Twelve Deaths of Christmas” by Marian Babson
As the Christmas holidays begin at Maude Daneson’s rooming house, the unsuspecting lodgers receive a most unwelcome present from the person responsible for a series of senseless and bizarre murders. Who will be next on this killer’s Christmas list?
“An Amish Family Christmas” by Shelley Shepard Gray
Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it. When Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true. Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships, but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. Now meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually even sharing her life with him.
“How the Finch Stole Christmas” by Donna Andrews
Meg’s husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager. The show must go on, even if the slightly over-the-hill, actor who’s come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. To add to the mystery why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful caged finches?
“The Beloved Christmas Quilt” by Wanda Brunstetter
Three stories in one:
Luella’s Promise: Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook.
Karen’s Gift: Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life’s pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears?
Roseanna’s Groom: When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can’t help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him, afraid of being hurt again.