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Small Town Christmas: Return to Promise/Mail-Order Bride [Mass Market Paperback]

Debbie Macomber
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Reprint edition (1 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778325954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778325956
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.

She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world's most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.

When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book--except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.

She wrote--for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped "rejected." As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books--and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.

In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to "exercise the success muscle." She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.

Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie's inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women's shelters, literacy and medical research.

She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more Macomber feel-good 7 Jun 2012
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Return to Promise is the eighth and last Heart of Texas novel by Debbie Macomber and is set a few years after Promise, Texas. Nicole Nelson returns to Promise after leaving town with her friend Jennifer Healy (who had just left Cal Patterson standing at the altar), some ten years previous. As soon as ex-Sheriff Frank Hennessey spots her, he tells his wife Dovie that Nicole is trouble. And he's right! Even though Nicole seems sweet and friendly, she has her sights set on Cal Patterson, despite his wife and two children. Her father's nasty accident has Jane Patterson and her children travelling to California to be with her mother, leaving the way clear for Nicole to set tongues wagging. Readers will be pleased to revisit Promise after an interval of a few years, to reconnect with characters from the previous seven books, and to see how Cal and Jane manage to mess things up in their seemingly perfect marriage. This instalment has humour and heartache, casseroles and cattle-riding, romance and rejection, a funeral and ultimately, a happy Christmas. The only thing Macomber didn't resolve was whether Cal will be allowed to keep riding in the rodeo......
Mail-Order Bride is the 30th stand-alone romance novel by Debbie Macomber and is set in the small and very remote town of Gold River, Alaska. After she was recently jilted, Caroline Myers's scheming great aunts decided, under the influence of Father's "tea", that they would answer an ad for a mail-order bride on her behalf. Believing they had bought her a holiday in Alaska, she travelled to Gold River, imbibing in a lot of Father's brew on the way when the flight got a little hairy, and took part in a ceremonial welcome that involved her agreeing to something..... When she woke the next morning, she found she'd agreed to be Paul Trevor's wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yet another good read 20 Sep 2013
By sian
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they get better and better debbies books. this is a good book to read around christmas time. very good author
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 10 Jan 2013
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I love Christmas and so does Debbie Macomber, her Christmas books cheer you up and make you laugh and cry, they are allways worth reading.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 20 Oct 2011
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I love all Debbie Macomber books. There are great relaxing reading and always enjoyabe. Some books are series and others are just lovely story
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 3 Nov 2008
By Pepper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I am so happy Debbie took us back to Promise, TX. Even better she took us back into the lives of Cal and Jane Patterson. This couple is taken through the ringers and back again, but there love for one another shines through. The book had both love and drama in it. The second story was great as well, but if you are a fan of the Promise series then you will love this story. Please Debbie, write more about Promise TX and the characters from the stories, because they are amazing to read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Small Town Christmas 16 Dec 2010
By MoodyBlue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not your love story kind of girl. I have been reading true crime for years so when I decided I needed a break from TC I picked up "Small Town", and I'm glad I did. The first story is about the Pattersons. Clay is your handsome, rugged cowboy (what's a love story if it doesn't have a handsome, rugged man?). Cal and Jane have a nice marriage but when a woman comes to town with her sights set on Cal things get rocky. In the second story Caroline gets jilted at the alter and her loving aunts decide to send her on a vacation in Alaska but is it really a vacation? The story of Paul and Caroline is just as sweet as Cal and Jane's. If you are looking for a sweet romance with just enough sugar then "Small Town Christmas is for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Sweet Love Stories 13 Jan 2009
By Tiffany - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first book by the author, and I didn't know what to expect. I ended up thoroughly enjoyed by both stories. Neither of the stories contained graphic details (in my opinion), making them each exceptionally sweet.

"Return to Promise" was about two people who are married that happen to be going through a rough patch, while "Mail-Order Bride" is about two people falling in love. I liked both of them. "Mail-Order Bride" is a bit longer than the other story, but not by much. Because of the smaller length, neither of the two stories were too heavy. Each said what needed to be said, and left the rest to imagination, while still allowing for character development.

One thing I really enjoyed about the books was how both of the male protagonists were not the chauvinistic, unchanging types often found in this genre. It was refreshing.

One thing though, I would not say that either of these stories is a Christmas story (as in a story revolving around Christmas and/or Christmas time). I had read the synopsis, so I wasn't disappointed, but do not judge the book by the cover.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a light, happy read in the romance genre. You can snuggle up and enjoy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Time 5 Nov 2008
By Country Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber's Promise Texas series. I was excited when I picked up the book Small Town Christmas and seen that Return to Promise was in it. I was a nice book to catch up with Jane and Cal. I especially liked the second story Mail Order Bride. It was a little far fetched but it was funny and had a sweet ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more Macomber feel-good 7 Jun 2012
By Cloggie Downunder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Return to Promise is the eighth and last Heart of Texas novel by Debbie Macomber and is set a few years after Promise, Texas. Nicole Nelson returns to Promise after leaving town with her friend Jennifer Healy (who had just left Cal Patterson standing at the altar), some ten years previous. As soon as ex-Sheriff Frank Hennessey spots her, he tells his wife Dovie that Nicole is trouble. And he's right! Even though Nicole seems sweet and friendly, she has her sights set on Cal Patterson, despite his wife and two children. Her father's nasty accident has Jane Patterson and her children travelling to California to be with her mother, leaving the way clear for Nicole to set tongues wagging. Readers will be pleased to revisit Promise after an interval of a few years, to reconnect with characters from the previous seven books, and to see how Cal and Jane manage to mess things up in their seemingly perfect marriage. This instalment has humour and heartache, casseroles and cattle-riding, romance and rejection, a funeral and ultimately, a happy Christmas. The only thing Macomber didn't resolve was whether Cal will be allowed to keep riding in the rodeo......
Mail-Order Bride is the 30th stand-alone romance novel by Debbie Macomber and is set in the small and very remote town of Gold River, Alaska. After she was recently jilted, Caroline Myers's scheming great aunts decided, under the influence of Father's "tea", that they would answer an ad for a mail-order bride on her behalf. Believing they had bought her a holiday in Alaska, she travelled to Gold River, imbibing in a lot of Father's brew on the way when the flight got a little hairy, and took part in a ceremonial welcome that involved her agreeing to something..... When she woke the next morning, she found she'd agreed to be Paul Trevor's wife. This delightful romance has a rather ditzy heroine, a very patient hero and while occasionally bringing a lump to the throat, also, at times borders on slapstick comedy. This sweet Debbie Macomber offering is a fun read.
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