These three novellas, by a trio of western authors, are as warm and heartfelt as the holiday season, and will delight readers.

Davidson touches on the true meaning of Christmas in "Stormwalker's Woman." A newborn litter of pups brings together a young, broken-spirited white woman and a half-breed who offers compassion and love.

You'll come "Home for Christmas" with Finch's ex-bounty hunter Seth, who brings his best friend's estranged daughter back for the holiday, only to discover that the friend was playing matchmaker all along.

In "Hark the Harried Angels" by Banning, Adam is charmed out of his hermetic life by his Russian immigrant neighbor Irina, who dreams of having a Christmas tree. SWEET (Oct., 350 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin