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A Christmas Wish
In this heartwarming holiday story, Steven Manchester,author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months and The Rockin’Chair, takes us into the world of three of his characters from his novel Goodnight, Brian. Steph is on a search for truth in her heart as she faces the prospect of real love for the first time. Brian is out to enjoy his favorite season in a way that doctors never thought he could. And at the center of it all is their grandmother, affectionately known as Mama, a woman of remarkable commitment and charity who knows something very important about making Christmas wishes come true.
This brief, beautiful tale captures the promise of the holidays and the longing we all have for the magic of the season.
The Thursday Night Club
Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.
As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.
As children, Rick Giles and Abby Gerwitz planted romantic seeds that would unexpectedly blossom later in their lives – a story told in the novel Pressed Pennies. In this novelette featuring the characters from Pressed Pennies, after a magical summer Abby and the neighborhood gang receive some very bad news. Richard’s dad has accepted a new job and the Giles family is moving away. Abby is devastated because she’s losing the person who might be more important to her at this stage in her life than anyone else. As a final gift to Richard’s friends, Jim Giles takes the kids to LincolnPark, an amusement park that hosts a day of unforgettable memories. The experiences they share there will resonate deep into their lives.
Just in Time
Eunice Giles and Bill Stryker find love in the winter of their lives. According to Eunice, “Love can happen at any time in life—young or old—and the trick is to cherish it by living each of its moments to the fullest. One brief moment in love is worth more than a decade wandering aimlessly in solitude.” Set in the world of Steven Manchester’s novel Pressed Pennies, this is the story of a moment of love that is worth so much more than either Eunice or Bill can imagine.