Kids can start getting ready for the holiday on December 1, when they´ll begin filling in the landscape of a lovely Victorian-era village with quaint shops, cottages, and other buildings. Each day they´ll add another numbered sticker illustration until the final touch on December 25--a Christmas tree in the town square.
When Bertram Wiggly leaves his job as an appliance actuary - calculating the life expectancy of major appliances so their warranties expire precisely one day before they implode - he thinks he´s found the perfect place to retire in Medville, with its town square, circled by brick-cobbled streets and quaint shops with bright red and white awnings. But then the town rezones itself for musicals. At any moment an invisible orchestra is apt to strike up a melody and the otherwise sane townsfolk of Medville burst into song. And not just song, either. Dance. Against his will, Bertram finds himself in the midst of a musical comedy in which he has been cast as the comic curmudgeon. Can Bertram defy Sam, the mysterious orchestra leader, and thwart the destiny laid out for him? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035125/bk_acx0_035125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!´´ (New York Times best seller Lauren Blakely) Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence. In Embracing Her Heart.... Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at 4:30 in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again - ruggedly handsome Reed Cross. Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape. Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again - and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116064/bk_acx0_116064_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Unlike much of the rest of Maine, which is famous for its rock-bound coast, the South Coast is best characterized by its long, flat, sandy beaches. Great swimming and sunning begins in Kittery, just across the border from New Hampshire, and continues north up the coast through York, Ogunquit, Well, Kennebunk, Biddeford, and Old Orchard. But the South Coast is more than just beaches. There are scores of picturesque harbors, quaint shops, cozy inns, and bed and breakfasts. Portland, Maine´s largest city, reigns over the region. Its famous Old Port section, characterized by gas-lit cobblestone streets, now bustles with trendy shops and charming restaurants and bars. To the northwest is one of Maine´s premier freshwater playgrounds, Sebago Lake. The towns that surround it boast long, proud histories predating the Revolutionary War and are themselves the gateway to New Hampshire´s lofty White Mountains. At the northeastern end of this region lies Freeport, home to L.L. Bean and dozens of other outlet and factory stores. Still, the South Coast has plenty to offer those who seek to cast off the cloak of civilization. From nature centers, bird sanctuaries, and state parks in Scarborough, to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Kennebunk to Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, escape from the hustle and bustle is only minutes away. Here´s the most detailed guide to the region. Earl Brechlin is a registered Maine Guide and a resident of Bar Harbor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Georato. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044832/bk_acx0_044832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
All former Navy SEAL Mason Lawson craves is solitude. Unfortunately, his new neighbor won´t allow him the peace he so desperately needs. Between the traffic and the music, Mason is constantly on edge - not exactly what the doctor ordered for someone recovering from a bullet to the leg. However, when he finally has enough and confronts his neighbor, nothing can prepare him for how hot he´d get for the teacher next door. Piano teacher Skylar Jernigan loves everything about the town of Jessamine - from the quaint Main Street shops to the people who own them. Unfortunately, once she´s chewed up and spit out by her sexy neighbor, Skylar begins to question her decision to move to a new town. Until, that is, she learns he´s suffering from a war wound and refuses to have anything to do with his family. Now, Skylar is determined to help Mason recover - mentally, physically and socially - until he turns the tables and sets out to seduce Skylar right out of her meddling ways. Only seduction turns into something more and soon, Mason can´t stop looking for excuses to be with her. But when the Navy wants Mason to reenlist for a dangerous mission, will Skylar be too irresistible for him to leave? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Piper Goodeve. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048631/bk_acx0_048631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa´s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists. As the quilt´s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother´s life - and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa´s fractured heart - and bring healing to her entire family? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kristin Kalbli. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024995/bk_adbl_024995_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What are ghost eyes? They are eyes that can see beyond the veil of death. As children, Kara and Colin were inseparable but tragedy came between them. Now she needs Colin to help her discover the truth of her brother´s disappearance, but he might also be the one who helps mend her broken spirit. With its magnolia-lined streets and quaint little shops, Bayou Landing is the picture-perfect small town, but beneath its charming exterior there are dark secrets and haunting nightmares. Twenty years ago, two children disappeared without a trace, leaving Bayou Landing and Kara Savoy changed forever. One of the children that went missing is Kara´s twin brother. In an instant, her life was plunged into darkness. Her grandmother always told her that she´d inherited ghost eyes - eyes that can see the dead. Kara is determined to use her gift to find out what happened to her brother on that fateful day and bring a killer to justice. The second child to disappear that year was Special Agent Colin Reid´s sister. Colin is also determined to unravel the mystery, but he doesn´t want Kara´s help. When another child goes missing, Kara must convince her childhood friend to let her help, but that won´t be easy. Colin doesn´t believe in Kara´s gift. With another child´s life on the line and a killer on the loose, Colin might be the only one she can count on. But does she dare trust him with her heart a second time? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa McKenna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084726/bk_acx0_084726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Yes, there was a skeleton in the cupboard, and although I never saw it, I played a small part in the events that followed its discovery...This brilliant new collection of stories by one of India s best-loved storytellers richly evokes Dehradun of the 1940s, with its quaint cinema halls and crumbling villas, its modest chaat-shops and ubiquitous tongas. But, as young Ruskin the narrator in these interconnected tales soon discovers, not all is as it seems in this sleepy town. Behind the tranquil facade, Dehra is home to a cast of colourful characters: from plucky old women to possible murderers. ´´The Canal´´ is a joyful tribute to adolescent mischief and adult resolve, in which a group of roguish boys must face the consequences of antagonizing the much-feared Miss Gamla. ´´Over the Wall´´ celebrates the resilience and hard-won dignity of a man ravaged by leprosy as he struggles to come to terms with his malady. The dashing young army captain in ´´At Green´s Hotel´´ might be the perfect gentleman or a murderer. And in ´´The Skeleton in the Cupboard´´, an old scandal is revived following a chance discovery, leading to wholly unexpected results. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vineet Kumar Kamal Nain Panchhi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003768/bk_adbl_003768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.