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  • Victoria James

    An affecting memoir from the country’s youngest sommelier, tracing her path through the glamorous but famously toxic restaurant world At just twenty-one, the age when most people are starting to drink (well, legally at least), Victoria James became the country’s youngest sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Even as Victoria was selling bottles worth hundreds and thousands of dollars during the day, passing sommelier certification exams with flying colors, and receiving distinction from all kinds of press, there were still groping patrons, bosses who abused their role and status, and a trip to the hospital emergency room. It would take hitting bottom at a new restaurant...read more

  • Victoria James

    It's Christmas in the small town of Silver Springs, which is bursting with holiday spirit. The downtown shops boast twinkling lights, and the town square features an enormous Christmas tree. Every Christmas Eve for the past fifty years, Ruby Harris, the owner of the historic B&B, The Christmas House, has opened her doors to strangers in need, showing them the compassion once denied to her. When Ruby invites her family home for the holidays, including her two adult grandchildren, Charlotte and Olivia, she hopes they will be able to put the past behind them. However, her plans for reconciliation implode as the women unravel secrets from the past that force them to confront the impact they've...read more

  • Victoria James

    Connor O'Leary knows nothing about babies, families, or good women, yet he's up to his ears in all three. Coming to Shadow Creek, Montana was meant to be a new start for this former oil rigger, but he had no idea that fresh beginning would include a baby on his doorstep and a hot nanny he can't stop thinking about. Diapers, feedings, and late nights soothing his little bundle of surprise were definitely not on his itinerary. The last thing Haley Thomson expected to see is the reclusive Connor with a baby in his arms. Before she knows it, she's volunteered as nanny—temporarily. Helping out with baby Rosie is a dream come true and fills a space in her heart she believed will never be...read more

  • Victoria James

    Eight years ago, Tyler Donnelly left Wishing River, Montana, after a terrible fight with his father and swore he'd never return. But when his father has a stroke, guilt and duty drive him home, and nothing is as he remembers--from the run-down ranch to Lainey Sullivan, who is all grown up now. And darn if he can't seem to stay away. Lainey's late grandma left her two things: the family diner and a deep-seated mistrust of cowboys. So when Tyler quietly rides back into town looking better than hot apple pie, she knows she's in trouble. But she owes his dad everything, and she's determined to show Ty what it means to be part of a small town...and part of a family. Lainey's courage pushes Ty to...read more

  • Victoria James

    After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn't in Big Sky Country any longer...but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life. Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend's wife for years. But after her traumatic loss, he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he...read more

  • Victoria James

    Lily Cookson has a few rules for the New Year, the most important being don't fall for Jack Bailey. The gorgeous rugged man returned with a new look and a determination to win her back, catching her off guard. After a forbidden night in his arms, she vows never to let it happen again. But when morning sickness kicks in a few weeks later, Lily realizes staying away from Jack just got a whole lot harder. Jack Bailey left Shadow Creek behind five years ago when his world imploded around him, knowing it would be best for everyone if he was gone...including Lily. It took him a long time to get his life back on track and grow into the kind of man she needs him to be. Now he's determined to prove...read more

  • Victoria James

    Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever-after... Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek; however, he doesn't count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she's too sweet to resist. It's only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there's no way Gwen...read more

  • Victoria James

    Sarah Turner has led a very sheltered life. So when her parents pass away tragically, suddenly she's left in charge of the family ranch with little know-how but plenty of will to keep it afloat. Determined not to lose her parents' legacy or her newfound independence, she needs a hero fast-not to save her, but to show her how to save herself. But she's unprepared for the ruggedly handsome cowboy who answers her ad."Cowboy for Hire," the ad said, and Cade Walker is quick to respond. Betrayed as ranch manager by his former boss, he's looking for a new place to put down roots-without the pressure to prove himself again. Except when he meets his new boss, it's clear he's not only there to run a...read more

  • Victoria James

    Janie Adams needs a lifeline. She's used to taking care of herself and her nephew, Andrew, but between her veterinary school bills and the cost of raising a kid, she's out of luck and money. When she texts her sister for help, her sister tells her to ask Aiden Rivers for money?since guess what? He's the baby's father. Janie has no choice but to hope that Aiden Rivers is more responsible than her sister.Aiden never expected to be a dad, but he opens his home and ranch to both of them. As he and Janie care for Andrew along with the ranch, for the first time in a long time, he wonders if he could lose his heart over a woman again. But when the little family they're building is tested, Aiden...read more

  • Victoria James

    Emily Birmingham has had it up to here with men. Growing up with an overbearing father and then her brother inherits everything she's worked her whole life to build. Now she's living in her grandmother's dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere Canada, jobless, and dealing with the most annoyingly sexy contractor on the planet. Exactly when did her life become an anti-Hallmark movie? Cooper Merrick learned the hard way that love is definitely not worth the risk. He's happy running the family contracting business alongside his well-meaning but overly-opinionated brothers . . . happy enough until polished and perfect Emily enters his world. Nothing prepared him for the ways she turns his...read more

  • Victoria James

    Natalia Puccini has spent her entire life playing by her overbearing but well-intentioned Italian family's rules . . . except the one time she took a chance on a bad boy and fell hard. She's worked to get her life back on track so when Aiden McCann comes sauntering back into town with his heart-stopping smile, Natalia vows not to fall for him again. There's no way she'll let him mess with her perfectly planned life . . . and there's no way she'll let him near her heart again. Now reformed and a self-made success, Aiden is tormented by regrets and secrets. He left Red River years ago filled with anger and resentment and a promise to never come back. But when his ill father needs help, Aiden...read more

  • Victoria James

    Their marriage bargain is just what the doctor ordered . . . Former surgeon and self-professed life-long bachelor Evan Manning has one thing on his mind-to reclaim the career that a car accident stole from him. But when he's forced to return to his hometown of Red River, Evan comes face-to-face with the gorgeous woman who's haunted his dreams for the last year-the woman he rescued from the burning car that injured his hand. Now Evan needs her help. In a month, he'll have the job opportunity of a lifetime . . . he just needs a wife to get it. Artist Grace Matheson is down on her luck again . . . until she walks into Evan Manning's office. When her sexy former hero hears that she needs...read more

  • Victoria James

    Starting over and starting a whole lotta trouble . . . Meredith Anderson left her difficult past behind to create a new life for herself in Tall Pines-where she can be the independent, confident woman she always dreamed of being. Now she's a partner in her sister's wedding planning business, helping brides realize their happily-ever-afters . . . even as she promises herself to never fall in love. Meredith's sweetness and vulnerability brings out the protective side of rancher Gage Mackenzie-even though their worlds are miles apart. All it takes is one night for desire to take hold of them both, a sizzling encounter that can only lead to the promise of more. But Meredith isn't looking for...read more

  • Victoria James

    Widowed rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family's ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he's looking for is love, but when his little sister can't make it home to handle some of her wedding details, he's forced to entertain the event planner, Melanie Simms. Melanie is everything he's not even remotely interested in: she's high-society, complicated, and high maintenance. But when he's stranded with her at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, he realizes he's seriously underestimated her. She's hiding something about her past from him, but despite everything, he finds himself falling for the last woman he ever expected, and the first woman to make him want to...read more

  • Victoria James

    Teacher Kate Abbott's fresh start in Still Harbor was the beginning of the life she and her two best friends had always imagined for themselves. Still, being a working single parent hasn't exactly improved Kate's love life. But Kate's preference for nachos over men quickly disappears when she meets the oh-so-sexy Matt Lane. Until she finds out he's a cop. Matt is a former cop-turned-private investigator, and he knows fear when he sees it. A cop clearly spooked Kate . . . or hurt her. Still, something about the gorgeous professor catches his attention, and despite his 'no settling down' policy, he can't resist her. But all of the attraction in the world won't be enough to overcome Kate's...read more

  • Victoria James

    She's falling for the one man who could destroy everything . . . Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she's settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he's the biological father of her adopted daughter. Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family's real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention...read more