In the Family, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

Book 10
Lorhainne Eckhart
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Those we love always come home. Christmas has always been a happy affair for the Friessens, but this year, as the family returns home, they are faced with more than a few challenges—from the crazy whirlwind of an on-again, off-again romance to a fairytale marriage now on the rocks, with more secrets than the family knows what to do with.

Can the Friessens pull together this holiday season, and will the gift of love be all they need?

“Best family series ever! I love the dynamic of this powerful close family. Three brothers, a cousin, and all the spouses and children make for an interesting, spellbinding story you won’t want to put down.” A. Customer


“This is a series that you will go back to time and again to reread. Lorhainne Eckhart is that type of writer. Love her stories about family and their journey. This is a great read, full of love for family that sticks together.” Joann Moore

“I have read all of Lorhainne Eckhart’s Outsiders and Friessens books. In fact, I rarely read the same book more than once, but I have read the entire Outsiders series twice and some of the individual books more than that. Ms. Eckhart’s books are so filled with raw emotion and family relationships and all of those dynamics.” Aherman


“This is a tight-knit family, along with their cousin Andy, his wife, and their children. The kind of family we all wish we had.” Susan H.
 

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With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over sixty titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives in the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest suffers from autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams. 
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Publisher
Lorhainne Eckhart
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Published on
Dec 22, 2017
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Pages
183
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ISBN
9781928085652
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Western
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Westerns
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When a young woman searches her dark past for answers, she realizes that some secrets are best left unrevealed.

In this touching Friessen family novel, as Cat searches for answers from a past that still haunts her, she unexpectedly meets a man hired to keep her safe, a man who reaches her in a way no one else has. When a dangerous flirtation ensues, and secrets are revealed, the ultimate cost could be her first love.

Growing up, Cat Friessen didn’t always know who she was. In fact, her earliest memory is of being alone in a silent world, terrified and misunderstood, left like garbage in a Mexican orphanage. The memory haunts her, and it’s one she’s never shared with her parents, Neil and Candy Friessen, who have given her their name, their love, and a surgery that changed her life for the better. Now nineteen, Cat struggles with her sheltered existence and the fact that she doesn’t really fit in. Her identity lies somewhere between deaf and hearing, and even though she now has a life she’s grateful for, she can’t help feeling as if this world belongs to everyone else, as her past continues to follow her like a dark cloud of secrets.

Desperate to find answers, Cat can’t share with anyone what she’s thinking or feeling, but all that changes when she meets Xander Jennings, a man who takes tall, dark, and dangerous to another level. When the house almost burns down one night and Cat sleeps through the alarms, Neil hires Xander to make sure it can never happen again. Only Xander has secrets of his own, ones he doesn’t share with anyone. He sets one strict rule for his jobs: No getting involved with the client. That is until he meets Cat, who leads him into a dangerous flirtation and forces him to choose between doing the job he’s been hired to do or coming clean with her about everything he’s hiding, which could cost him this opportunity for love.

She never realized until she lost him that he was the only man she’d ever love.

Katy and Steven were the loves of each other’s lives until a tragedy and the fallout of Steven’s injuries drove the couple apart.

They share a son, but Katy and Steven have moved on with their lives, dating other people, and neither has seen the other in five long years. But when Steven comes knocking on Katy’s parents’ door after learning she’s back in town, Katy is forced to face her estranged husband and the love that broke her heart, and his intentions regarding their all-but-over marriage are soon made very clear.

The only problem is that as simple as it would be for them to walk away, seeing just what it means to move on and start a new life may not be as easy as they once thought. 

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.

Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)

The Forgotten ChildA Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)Fallen HeroThe Search (Short Story FREE)The AwakeningSecretsRunawayOverdue (Short Story FREE)The Unexpected StormThe Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything

Diana and Jed are having a baby... a week ago!

From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart comes OVERDUE, a Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series bridge short story. The events of this 10,000+ short story take place between the events of the sizzling western romance RUNWAY and THE UNEXPECTED STORM.

“Lorhainne Eckhart is a masterful storyteller, who captivates the reader's imagination with just a few sentences!”- LVGAL, Reviewer

In OVERDUE, Diana and Jed are expecting a baby, a week ago. And when this overtired couple finally reach their breaking point it’s Jed’s mother, Becky, who steps in with a creative solution.

THE OUTSIDER Series:
The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding, An Outsider Series Short
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)
The Search, An Outsider Series Short
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway (Andy & Laura)
Overdue, An Outsider Series Short
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Wedding (Neil & Candy)

Or grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this big family romance series.

THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING:
The Deadline (Andy & Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Emily & Brad
A Vow of Love, A Friessen Christmas *Available December 2014

THE WILDE BROTHERS:
The One (Joe & Margaret)
The Honeymoon, A Wilde Brothers Short
Friendly Fire (Logan & Julia)
Not Quite Married, A Wilde Brothers Short
A Matter of Trust (Ben & Carrie)
The Reckoning, A Wilde Brothers Christmas *Available December 2014

WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES:
The Choice
Lost And Found
Merkaba
Bounty
Blown Away, The Final Chapter
Or grab Walk the Right Road: The Complete Collection, which includes all the books in this sizzling suspense series.

THE SAVED SERIES
Saved
Vanished
Captured 
Three cowboys you can't resist...all in one place!

Meet Dane, Noah, and Finn Baylor, the hardworking Baylor brothers, and the women they love in a series reviewers call 'classically romantic'.

RUNAWAY HEART

Never lay down roots. It's the one hard and fast rule Ren Maddock has stuck to while trying to get by and stay one step ahead of a past she'd rather forget. When she responds to a job ad in Three Rivers, Colorado, she comes face to face with Dane Baylor, a sexy cowboy who makes her want to throw all her rules out the window, regardless of the consequences.

HOMECOMING HEART

Two years and a few dirty secrets stand between them. Emma Pierce left Three Rivers and never looked back, hoping to forget about the one cowboy she can't resist. Blessed with this second chance, Noah Baylor will do whatever it takes to prove that the only future he wants is the one with Emma in it.

SECONDHAND HEART

Finn Baylor fixes horses, not people. So when Lily Jacobs shows up with her damaged horse in tow, his first instinct is to tell her to get gone. Reeling from the accident that nearly claimed her life and her horse's, Lily's last hope for her horse is the brooding Finn. And though he's done his best to close himself off, Lily's determined spirit means she might be the last hope for Finn's heart.

This book contains the Hearts of Three Rivers: The Baylors series. Each book stands alone as a complete read, but features appearances from other family members who may have their own story to tell in a different book. Amity's stories can best be described as 'sweet western heat', and contain open door bedroom scenes, but no frank language.

Hearts of Three Rivers

The Baylors

Runaway Heart (Dane & Ren Maddock)
Homecoming Heart (Noah & Emma Pierce)
Secondhand Heart (Finn & Lily Jacobs)

The Montgomerys

Secret Heart (Nate & Layla Sullivan)
Lawful Heart (Banks & Norah Clarke) COMING SOON

Hearts of Heroes
(Military and serviceman related novellas that occur in the Three Rivers world)

The Cowboy SEAL's Bride (Lane Sutton & Miranda Davenport)

When a young woman searches her dark past for answers, she realizes that some secrets are best left unrevealed.

In this touching Friessen family novel, as Cat searches for answers from a past that still haunts her, she unexpectedly meets a man hired to keep her safe, a man who reaches her in a way no one else has. When a dangerous flirtation ensues, and secrets are revealed, the ultimate cost could be her first love.

Growing up, Cat Friessen didn’t always know who she was. In fact, her earliest memory is of being alone in a silent world, terrified and misunderstood, left like garbage in a Mexican orphanage. The memory haunts her, and it’s one she’s never shared with her parents, Neil and Candy Friessen, who have given her their name, their love, and a surgery that changed her life for the better. Now nineteen, Cat struggles with her sheltered existence and the fact that she doesn’t really fit in. Her identity lies somewhere between deaf and hearing, and even though she now has a life she’s grateful for, she can’t help feeling as if this world belongs to everyone else, as her past continues to follow her like a dark cloud of secrets.

Desperate to find answers, Cat can’t share with anyone what she’s thinking or feeling, but all that changes when she meets Xander Jennings, a man who takes tall, dark, and dangerous to another level. When the house almost burns down one night and Cat sleeps through the alarms, Neil hires Xander to make sure it can never happen again. Only Xander has secrets of his own, ones he doesn’t share with anyone. He sets one strict rule for his jobs: No getting involved with the client. That is until he meets Cat, who leads him into a dangerous flirtation and forces him to choose between doing the job he’s been hired to do or coming clean with her about everything he’s hiding, which could cost him this opportunity for love.

One moment in time could change her future forever.

From a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author comes a riveting and edgy romance about a young love driven to the breaking point.

Even though Claudia is part of the McCabe family, with four older brothers she barely knows, she has a dark side no one in their right mind would mess with, and she still sees herself as alone. That is until one night, when she witnesses an unspeakable crime that blurs the lines of morality. Her first instinct is to run, but when a mysterious handsome man enters her life, promising to keep her safe, she’s caught up in a web of secrets, not knowing who to trust. When her brothers unite, will they expose the truth or destroy any hope Claudia has of finding love?

The McCabe Brothers, a spinoff of the big family romance series The Friessens from a Readers’ Favorite award—winning author and “queen of the family saga” (Aherman)

Didn’t get a chance to read the other books in the McCabe Brothers?

THE MCCABE BROTHERS

Don’t Stop Me (Vic):Fifteen years ago, Vic McCabe was headed down a one-way road to destruction with the love of his life. But then the unthinkable happened, a mistake that changed their lives forever.

Don't Catch Me (Chase): He stopped a robbery. Now he has to do the right thing. 

Don't Run From Me (Aaron): A compelling emotional tale about the undeniable power of second chances.

Don't Hide From Me (Luc): Sometimes what we can’t see is standing right in front of us all along.

Don't Leave Me  (Claudia):  One moment in time could change her future forever.

Come and meet The Parker Sisters of Wyoming a spinoff of the romance series Married in Montana from a Readers’ Favorite award—winning author and “queen of the family saga” (Aherman)

The Parker Sisters: The Complete Collection includes all the books and bonus novella’s in this heartwarming big family romance series.

Thrill of the Chase: He stopped for an accident and stumbled upon the one woman he’d been looking for all his life.
The Dating Game: Twenty Six year old Ivy Parker is a Nurse by day, but an unlikely attraction with a mysterious man will turn her world upside down as she finds herself in, The Dating Game.

The Dating Game: Twenty Six year old Ivy Parker is a Nurse by day, but an unlikely attraction with a mysterious man will turn her world upside down as she finds herself in, The Dating Game.

Playing Hard to Get: Twenty-four-year-old Naomi Parker is interning as a journalist when she stumbles onto a big story about a ruthless man, a destroyer of women. With two objectives in mind, to be the best she can be and to not let him find out who she really is, Naomi sets out to uncover everything Cameron Donnelly has been trying to hide. The only problem is that he might not be everything she believes him to be.

What We Can’t Have: Seventeen year old Mason Parker has been keeping a secret from her family about the boy next door. And after a chance encounter, the timing all wrong, Mason and Justin are faced with a dilemma as considering being together, could end up dividing two families.

Go Your Own Way: Scarlett Parker has big plans for her life which don’t include living the same life as her sisters or having anything to do with her father’s ranch. Until one day she meets a man who is everything she is not. A man who belongs to no one and turns the tables on Scarlett, when she is suddenly the one who is being tamed. 

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