A Christmas Carol meets It's A Wonderful Life A letter for Sonja's deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis's railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he'd hoped to never return-where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of "A Christmas Carol" as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so-will God bring healing and love to him this year?
What a great gift for the bride drowning in pre-wedding madness! She’ll totally relate to her comic counterpart on the page, who’s coping with everything from a stubborn hairdresser to embarrassing family members. Divided into two parts— “Planning the Wedding” and “Wedding Day”—this little gem is sure to give stressed-out brides-to-be a very welcome laugh. Witty cartoons capture the agony of a fiancé with no opinions and a future mother-in-law with lots of opinions; of selecting bridesmaids and choosing a dress that suits everyone; and dealing with a pimple that arrives bright and early on the big day! All these little miseries add up to, of course, a happy, fairytale ending as the bride marries the one she loves.
Jennifer Rapp’s cartoons have appeared in Wunderkind, an all-cartoon newspaper. She is the creator of a nationally distributed greeting card line; owner of Teetersaw, Inc.; and illustrator of two earlier books: Misery Is a Smell in Your Backpack and Misery Is a Spider in the Bathtub. Jennifer lives in Chicago.
There was consternation in the domestic camp of Mr Justice Bligh on the banks of the Thames. It was a Sunday morning in early summer. Three-fourths of the family sat in ominous silence before the mockery of a well-spread breakfast-table: Sir James and Lady Bligh and their second son, Granville. The eldest son-the missing complement of this family of four-was abroad. For many months back, and, in fact, down to this very minute, it had been pretty confidently believed that the young man was somewhere in the wilds of Australia; no one had quite known where, for the young man, like most vagabond young men, was a terribly meagre corespondent; nor had it ever been clear why any one with leisure and money, and of no very romantic turn, should have left the beaten track of globe-trotters, penetrated to the wilderness, and stayed there-as Alfred Bligh had done. Now, however, all was plain. A letter from Brindisi, just received, explained everything; Alfred's movements, so long obscure, were at last revealed, and in a lurid light-that, as it were, of the bombshell that had fallen and burst upon the Judge's breakfast-table. For Alfred was on his way to England with an Australian wife; and this letter from Brindisi, was the first that his people had heard of it, or of her.
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