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<p>Dominic Corde and his wife Clarice are thrilled when he is invited to replace the Rev. Wynter, the beloved vicar in the village of Cottisham, while he takes his holiday. They welcome the opportunity to become acquainted with all of the parishioners. But when they realize Rev. Wynter may not be on holiday after all, they must uncover the mystery of his disappearance. This suspenseful tale, set in the late 19th century, will leave readers guessing until the very end.</p>







A Christmas Secret

Author: Anne Perry

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Price: $22.95, HC





Dominic Corde and his wife Clarice are thrilled when he is invited to replace the Rev. Wynter, the beloved vicar in the village of Cottisham, while he takes his holiday. They welcome the opportunity to become acquainted with all of the parishioners. But when they realize Rev. Wynter may not be on holiday after all, they must uncover the mystery of his disappearance. This suspenseful tale, set in the late 19th century, will leave readers guessing until the very end.








Gifts From The Heart

Author: Virginia Brucker

Publisher: Insomniac Press

Price: $19.95, TP





Virginia Brucker shares simple ways to make your family’s Christmas more meaningful in this helpful book. Including chapters on how to have a happy holiday when dealing with divorce or illness, the book also offers many easy recipes and crafts ideas. This truly unique book will not only make an excellent gift for any friend, it will also help others as a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.








The Christmas Tree: Two Tales For The Holidays

Author: David Adams Richards

Publisher: Viking Canada

Price: $16, HC





Canadian author David Adams Richards uses the New Brunswick he remembers as a child as the backdrop for his newest holiday stories. In The Christmas Tree, a group of children make the trek to Christmas Mountain in their quest to find the perfect tree. In Carmichael’s Dog, boys find an abandoned puppy while tobogganing on Christmas Eve. The two stories, illustrated with black and white sketches, will become holiday favourites for both adults and children alike.








The Handmaid And The Carpenter

Author: Elizabeth Berg

Publisher: Random House

Price: $23.95, HC





Author Elizabeth Berg shares a new interpretation of the birth of Christ in her newest novel, The Handmaid And The Carpenter. The story begins with Mary and Joseph’s chance meeting at a wedding party and their eventual engagement. When 13-year-old Mary is visited by an angel who tells her she is with child, Joseph struggles with doubt and disbelief before agreeing to marry her. This compelling read successfully captures the heightened emotions felt by both Mary and Joseph in this classic story.


 
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