Comfort and Joy

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Christmas is right around the corner in Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina. The co-owners of the Magnolia Harbor Inn—sisters Grace Porter and Charlotte Wylde—prepare for the holidays as they greet their new guests.

Marcie O’Connor arrives at the inn, hoping to escape her problems at home and figure out her next steps. During her stay, she discovers an unexpected sense of purpose. Will Marcie find the strength to face her challenges and start again?

Widower Charles Johnston visits the bed-and-breakfast with his young daughter, Savannah. Their quality time together is disrupted when he receives alarming news. With the help of a new friend, Charles vows to fight for his daughter no matter what the cost.

Sam Matthews travels to the inn to attend a medical conference with his friend Alyssa Larson. He has been in love with her since high school, but he’s never had the courage to tell her. Now Sam must decide whether to remain silent or take a chance on romance.

The holidays bring exciting changes as well as a few surprises to the guests and innkeepers at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. Will they be able to overcome their obstacles so they can embrace the comfort and joy of the season?

The Characters

A Southern woman through and through, hospitality runs deep in Grace's veins. When the grand antebellum mansion in her hometown of Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, was up for auction seven and a half years ago, Grace (now age 47) knew purchasing the estate with her sister, Charlotte, and remodeling it to become the Magnolia Harbor Inn was her new calling.

While she'd enjoyed many years of success working in the corporate world, the long hours and constant hustle of life in Charleston had taken its toll. Plus, it had been no small feat raising her son, Jake, on her own after a tragic accident took the life of her beloved husband when Grace was just 26 years old.

Now that Jake was grown and making a life of his own, Grace was happy to trade in the traffic jams for relaxing strolls along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Haven. Maybe she'd even wander down the lane to visit her handsome new neighbor, Spencer Lewis, who recently bought Blossom Hill Farm. A friendly gesture that Grace knew her aunt Winnie would surely approve of, but not before checking to make sure each guest at the inn has everything they need.

With an incredible knack for knowing what others need, often before they do, Winnie's intuitive nature, gentle spirit and worlds of wisdom are appreciated not only by her nieces, Grace and Charlotte, but by the guests who come to stay at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. At 69 years old, Winnie lives a fun, fulfilling and active life. She enjoys taking daily walks over to the inn, which is less than a mile away from the home she shares with her husband, Gus, and meeting up with The Busy Bees Quilting group to handcraft beautiful blankets, table runners, wall hangings and more.

Thirteen years younger than Grace, Charlotte is a smart, savvy and sensational chef who loves mixing up homemade dishes for the guests at the Magnolia Harbor Inn. In fact, purchasing the inn with her sister was just the step Charlotte needed to get out of Charleston's cutthroat restaurant business and into running the inn's kitchen as she sees fit. When she's not piping ganache onto her freshly baked pastries, Charlotte is penning recipes for her next cookbook--she already has three that made the best-seller list!