Home, Hearth, and the Holidays

Home, Hearth, and the Holidays

by Melody Carlson


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'Tis the season...to start a family?

With the holidays fast approaching, the charming town of Appleton is ready to celebrate. But though Daphne Ballinger's deadline to "get hitched" is drawing ever nearer, she finds herself distracted.

Happily caring for young Mabel, Daphne knows her top priority has to be finding a way to stay in the town that has come to mean "home" to both of them. But is it enough to marry just to have a family and an inheritance...or is there a hope that love will find her before springtime?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939023711
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 615,132
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! In the past few years, she has published over 200 books for children, teens, and adults--with total sales of over six million copies. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards. Melody is the recipient of a Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in Sisters, Oregon with their lovely Labrador retriever, Audrey. They enjoy skiing, hiking and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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Home, Hearth, and the Holidays 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Daphne Ballinger is an attractive woman living in a beautiful Victorian style house and she has a nice car to drive and money to spend, all courtesy of her beloved aunt. She would seem to have the perfect life BUT her deceased aunt left a stipulation in her will. If Daphne isn't married within one year she will forfeit all of this. Now, it isn't that she hasn't had the opportunity but she just can't commit to the various men who have shown an interest. And soon she will turn 35, Spring will arrive and the year will be up! Her doubts and worries are equal to those that she reads in the letters that she receives as advice columnist Dear Daphne and even though she offers sage advice to others, she doesn't have an answer for herself! Home, Hearth, and the Holidays is the story of Daphne's efforts to remain in the town that she has come to love, take care of the young girl who has been left in her care, and somehow meet a man that she can love and marry. This is the third book in the Dear Daphne series but the first one that I've read and I appreciate that Melody Carlson has written this story so that I was able to understand the past history of the characters. And such great characters they are! Daphne is a nurturing "aunt" to sweet young Mable and she is supported by her fun-loving friend Sabrina, her trusted lawyer Jake McPheeters and the other colorful inhabitants of Appleton. I enjoyed this entertaining story filled with family values, humor and the many activities that a small town Christmas offers and I am anxious to read book four in the series to see if Daphne can find true love and marriage in time to save her inheritance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Daphne Ballinger might seem like she has it all together, but upon closer inspection and those secrets she only shares with her closest friends and her attorney. When Daphne's Aunt leaves her an inheritance, which comes with a wonderful old Victorian home nestled in the charming small town of Appleton, a classic old car and enough money to keep her comfy, it all sounds like a perfect dream come true. Yet is also comes with a clause that unless she finds herself married by the end of the year, she will lose it all. Sounds easy or chaotic? Not only that but she is also raising Mabel, a young girl that was left behind by her dying mother until her only living relative, Daniel, an active duty Marine returns home to collect her. But Daphne is more than attached to Mabel, but knows that she promised her mother that she would see that Mabel settles with her Uncle Daniel and hopefully that might be in Appleton. She finds herself at odds with spending time with the two of them and wonders if getting married might solved more than one dilemma. If she marries Daniel, she can become Mabel's mom and also keep her inheritance by meeting all her Aunt's requirements to retain everything she had left her. Daphne is also the writer behind the love advice column her Aunt left behind as well. Something she has enjoyed and it adds to the extra money she uses without touching any of her inheritance. She just isn't sure if she can marry just to satisfy her need to keep Mabel close and when Daniel informs her that he might not be done with his active duty, she isn't sure she is ready to walk away from all the friends and family she has made in Appleton, especially her southern fireball Sabrina who lives across the street and considers herself Daphne's closest friend in the world. Her attorney doesn't see any loopholes within the law that would allow Daphne to retain custody if Daniel decides to move to the east coast where he is currently stationed. Makes one wonder just how far you would go for love, and then there is the idea that Daniel is very handsome, but he hasn't exactly hinted at the perfect love match for the two of them either. This will be one unforgettable Christmas for sure. I received Home, Hearth and the Holidays by Melody Carlson compliments of WhiteFire Publishing. I have had the wonderful opportunity to read this entire series and absolutely LOVE it! From her neighbor Sabrina whom I adore, the the unforgettable men that she tries to set Daphne up with, things are about to get more than interesting. This is the third novel in the Dear Daphne series and there is definitely a fourth one coming. I am rooting for one of the characters in the book and hopefully Daphne and him will fan the flames that seem to almost be there if other people won't interrupt the process, but definitely a romantic comedy just in time for Christmas! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in this readers opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly and predictable ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago