Village Christmas

Author: Miss Read

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140914867X

Category: Fiction

Page: 64

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Taken from A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, this is the perfect short tale for the festive season. When the Emery family first moved into the village of Fairacre, the locals were not entirely sure what to make of them. With three children, and another on the way, Mrs Emery didn't exactly fit the villagers' idea of a perfect mother. On Christmas morning, with the sunshine catching the frost on the thatched roofs, there is an unexpected knock at the door of the cottage where Miss Margaret Waters and her sister Mary live. And the events which unfold that day ensure a very different Christmas to any either have seen in all their lives...

Christmas with Miss Read

Author: Miss Read

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409123979

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

View: 8243


Two Christmas novels from Miss Read - the perfect festive treat! CHRISTMAS AT FAIRACRE From an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve in 'The Christmas Mouse' to an unwelcome change of plan in 'No Holly for Miss Quinn', Miss Read recounts some of the traditional Christmas events where often, despite the most careful planning, things do not always go as expected. In his charming collection of Christmas stories Miss Read describes the season's events with great tenderness and nostalgia. A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS From the poignant story of 'The White Robin' and the intriguing tale of 'The Fairacre Ghost' to the rural festivities recounted in 'Tales from a Village School', Miss Read's wry wit and light touch is the perfect antidote to long winter evenings.

Christmas at Fairacre

Author: Miss Read

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618918102

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 2143


From an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve, to an unwanted change of plan, to a dramatic birth, the Cotswolds town of Fairacre celebrates the Christmas holidays in surprising, unforeseen ways in this trio of tales.

Merry Christmas! Celebrating America’s Greatest Holiday

Author: Karal Ann Marling

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674040625

Category: History

Page: 460

View: 5726


It wouldn't be Christmas without the "things." How they came to mean so much, and to play such a prominent role in America's central holiday, is the tale told in this delightful and edifying book. In a style characteristically engaging and erudite, Karal Ann Marling, one of our most trenchant observers of American culture, describes the outsize spectacle that Christmas has become.

The Great British Christmas

Author: N.A

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752471066

Category: History

Page: 176

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A delightful history of how Christmas has been celebrated in Britain over the past 2,000 years. From the legend of Arthur pulling the sword from the stone one Christmas day, to when the Puritan Parliament tried to 'ban' Christmas, through to Charles Dickens's vivid recollections of his boyhood celebrations, and his delight in the present of a jumping frog. Amongst the wealth of stories and personal reminiscences this book also teaches us how the traditions we now hold so dear came into being, including Mrs Beeton's recipe for the original Christmas cake (made with a horn of mead), the birth of Christmas carolling, the first ever Christmas tree to be brought to England from Germany by Prince Albert and the origins of the Christmas cracker. This is simply the perfect book with which to celebrate Christmas and all the traditions that surround it.

How the Movies Saved Christmas

Author: William D. Crump

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476664889

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 346

View: 947


[What could there possibly be about Christmas that needs to be "saved"? Christmas isn't dead, not by a long shot. But when in the movies Santa Claus is in trouble, Christmas is in trouble and must be "saved." If bogeys or other circumstances prevent Santa from delivering the presents on Christmas Eve, there will be no Christmas because, as far as the movies are concerned, generally speaking, Santa IS Christmas. Explore 53 reasons for saving Christmas in this lighthearted collection of 228 films (over half of which are animated) from theatrical releases to television movies and specials to episodes of television series. The reasons for saving Christmas just may surprise you.]

The Obsessions of Lord Godfrey Cavanaugh

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Savdek Management Proprietary Limited

ISBN: 1925559246

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

View: 9429


#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens concludes the tales of the Cavanaugh siblings with the riveting story of the youngest brother and his search for a family of his own. The scion of a noble house brought low by a storm and the lady who nurses him back to health strive to unravel a web of deception that threatens her family and forces them to fight for what they hold most dear—family, each other, and love. Lord Godfrey Cavanaugh has no thoughts of marrying as he drives into North Yorkshire on a plum commission for the National Gallery to authenticate a Renaissance painting the gallery wishes to purchase. Then a snow storm sweeps in, and Godfrey barely manages to haul himself, his groom, and his horses to their destination. Elinor Hinckley, eldest daughter of Hinckley Hall, stalwart defender of the family, right arm to her invalid father, and established spinster knows full well how much her family has riding on the sale of the painting and throws herself into nursing the initially delirious gentleman who holds her family’s future in his hands. But Godfrey proves to be a far from easy patient. Through Ellie’s and her siblings’ efforts to keep him entertained and abed, Godfrey grows to know the family, appreciating and, ultimately, being drawn into family life of a sort he’s never known. Eventually, to everyone’s relief, he recovers sufficiently to assess the painting—only to discover that nothing, but nothing, is as it seems. Someone has plans, someone other than the Hinckleys, but who is pulling the strings is a mystery that Godfrey and Ellie find near-impossible to solve. Every suspect proves to have perfectly understandable, albeit hidden reasons for their behavior, and Godfrey and Ellie remain baffled. Until the villain, panicked by their inquiries, strikes—directly at them—and forces them both to acknowledge what has grown to be the most important thing in their lives. Both are natural defenders of the weak and neither will give up. Together they battle to save not just themselves, not just her family, but their futures. Hers, his, and theirs. A classical historical romance set in North Yorkshire. Fourth and final novel in The Cavanaughs—a full-length historical romance of 90,000 words.

Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2019)

Author: R. Rozakis,Barbara Buckley Ristine,,Greg Hill,Laura DeHaan,Patrick Doerksen,Brian James Lewis,Dorothy A. Winsor

Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 2817


For over ten years, The Bards and Sages Quarterly has provided fans of speculative fiction with a unique mix of tales from both new and established authors. With each issue, we strive to introduce readers to exciting and entertaining voices in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. In our January 2019 issue: Laura DeHaan, Patrick Doerksen, Greg Hill, Brian James Lewis, Malcolm Laughton, Michael W. Lucht, Jennifer R. Povey, Barbara Buckley Ristine, R. Rozakis, Nilles Sonnemans, Sophie van Llewyn, and Dorothy A. Winsor. In “Close Calls,” a woman contacts her dead mother using new video conferencing technology and discovers that conversations with the dead may not be as ideal as she imagined. In “The Ugly Wee Man o’ The Loch,” to escape the consequences of a terrible bargain, a man must venture to a distant castle in search of the laughter tree. In “Toxicity,” the survivor of a workplace shooting finds herself haunted by her former colleagues. These and other fine tales await our readers.

Performing Russia

Author: Laura Olson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134341083

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 983


This book examines folk music and dance revival movements in Russia, exploring why this folk culture has come to represent Russia, how it has been approached and produced, and why memory and tradition, in these particular forms, have taken on particular significance in different periods. Above all it shows how folk "tradition" in Russia is an artificial cultural construct, which is periodically reinvented, and it demonstrates in particular how the "folk revival" has played a key role in strengthening Russian national consciousness in the post-Soviet period.

Changes at Fairacre

Author: Miss Read

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409130428

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5180


Changes are afoot in the village of Fairacre... Over the years, Fairacre has seen many changes, some for the better, some less so. But the declining number of children at the village school has again threatened it with closure, and for Miss Read this means maybe losing her livelihood and her home. And as she loses a dear friend, it is with a heavy heart that Miss Read inherits the cottage of Miss Clare. Some things, however, never change: Miss Read's stout housekeeper, Mrs Pringle, continues her tirades; the harvest fair and fête remain cherished events; Amy has a problem with a most unwelcome guest; and a snowstorm and hurricane hit the village.