Tired of his fame, the paparazzi and his philandering ex-fiance, Chris Valentino, AKA Vince de Carlo, best selling crime novelist, has left Hollywood and is heading home to Christmas Cove for the Holidays. It will be the first time he's been home for the Holidays in several years. Chrissy and Norma are rival cupcake store owners in Christmas Cove. Norma despises Chrissy for trying to ruin her business, established over twenty years. Determined to get the jump on Chrissy this festive season and bring in more customers, Norma recruits her reluctant son Chris to spy on Chrissy and report back his findings about her Holiday plans for the store. There's just one problem - Chris and Chrissy are about to fall in love with each other over the course of one magical Christmas Cove Festive Season, and Norma's not very happy about it! This is a novel of approximately 54,000 words. This is BOOK ONE of the CHRISTMAS COVE CHRONICLES. CONTENT: Lots of romance. No sex. No cussing. No sexual vulgarity."
James Matthew Barrie was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on May 9, 1860. Kirriemuir, as soberly stated by the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is "a borough of barony and a market town of Forfarshire, Scotland, beautifully situated on an eminence above the glen through which the Gairie flows. It lies about five miles northwest of Forfar, and about sixty-two miles north of Edinburgh. The special industry of the town is linen weaving, for which large power-loom factories have recently been built." Mr. Barrie has made his birthplace famous as Thrums, after hesitating for a little between that name and Whins, which is the word used in the earliest Auld Licht sketches. Only a part of Mr. Barrie's boyhood was spent in Kirriemuir. At an early age he went to Dumfries, where his brother was inspector of schools. He was a pupil in the Dumfries Academy. At that time Thomas Carlyle was a not unfrequent visitor to the town, where his sister, Mrs. Aitken, and his friend, the venerable poet editor Thomas Aird, were then living."
"Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations: A Country-by-Country Guide" explores major holidays and festivals in 206 countries. The first two volumes are organized alphabetically by country. The third volume features overview articles that provide detailed information about major holidays celebrated around the world, as well as articles on major world religions. Country entries include: general information, including location, population, government, languages, religions, and national holidays; a brief introduction to the country's origins, geography, economy, current lifestyle and culture, and cuisine; subsections on national holidays, religious holidays, regional holidays, and rites of passage; subentries on holidays, including the date it is celebrated; who celebrates it; and a description of the origins, symbols, and rituals associated with the celebration/commemoration; and further reading. Entries on internationally observed holidays include: holidays in an international context; at-a-glance information on the origin, alternate names, dates of observance, and who observes the holiday; an introduction; a detailed description of the origins and history of the holiday; and how it is observed; and further reading. Entries on religious communities include: at-a-glance information about the size of the community and its place of origin; an introduction to the religion; the origins and history of the community; the way in which the community celebrates/commemorates the holiday; and further reading. Two hundred black-and-white photographs complement the text, along with numerous sidebars and callouts focusing on fun facts relating to specific holidays. Additional features include calendar systems around the world, regional maps, indexes by holidays and countries, and a comprehensive index.
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