Sophie Davenport fears life is passing her by. Her strict, overprotective parents have kept her close to home because of the severe asthma attacks she sometimes endures. She longs to live a normal life and hopes to marry, but that dream seems impossible. When her aunt has a tragic accident and requests someone come to Kansas to help her, no one is available except Sophie. Her father, tied up with business, reluctantly agrees to let her go. Sophie is ecstatic and sees this trip as her one chance to prove to her parents—and herself—that she’s capable of living on her own. But things in the small town of Windmill are not as her aunt portrayed…
Mattie’s father is missing, and she now has
the responsibility of protecting and feeding her two sisters. She
prefers buckskin to calico and a rifle to a soup spoon but she never wanted to be head of the family. They live in a tipi, always traveling, and her father
kept them away from other people. He always warned her not to trust men. But when her youngest sister is injured, can she set aside her reservations, and seek help from the handsome Irish man on whose land they
are illegally living?…
A Pioneer Christmas–an anthology
A Pioneer Christmas is an anthology of stories. Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout.
Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us
from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors.
Faced with finding the right fit in life and love, nine young women seek the
courage to stitch together romance. But when unexpected obstacles
abound, will love unravel before their eyes?
Love Finds You In Golden New Mexico, by Lena Nelson Dooley
Lena Nelson Dooley's historical romance, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico is ALL about love. Anyone who has studied the five different types of love–attraction (epithumia), romance (eros), affection (storge), friendship (phile), and selfless giving (agape)–will recognize examples of every facet of love in the characters Dooley created for her story. Surrounded by a vivid setting in the 1890s mining town, Madeline Mercer and Jeremiah Dennison interact with kind, lovable God-fearing friends, as well as selfish, conniving criminals, before finding one another. You'll find yourself turning pages far more swiftly than you might expect while reading a book set in this time and place. If you enjoy inspirational, historical, romantic fiction, you'll want to pick this one up.
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A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married. Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children and tries to make peace with God and himself. When a pretty, blind woman who cares for the children reaches through his scarred walls and touches his heart, he begins to find renewed faith and hope for the future. But when he discovers Annie feigned her blindness just to have a home, will his anger and hurt drive him away and ruin all chances for a future filled with love, faith, and family?
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of 24 books and novellas. Her books have won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She was voted Third Favorite Author in the Heartsong Presents Annual Readers Contest in 2009. Vickie is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing. Watch for her new books from Moody Publishers, Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write a 6-book series that spans 50 years of the Morgan family. The first three books release this fall. Also, next year brings the release of another new series from Guidepost/Summerside, Pioneer Promises, set in 1870s Kansas.
Hold on to your heart—Vickie McDonough is about to steal it away with an irresistible love story so unique and fresh, it will leave you breathless. It may be a “long trail home,” but the pages have never flown so fast! This is prairie romance at its very best—I loved it!
Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series
McDonough fans rejoice! Vickie’s given you another winner, this timing bringing post-Civil War Texas to life in a memorable story of loss and love, of regret and redemption. You won’t want to miss this poignant tale of two wounded souls searching for the true meaning of home.
Amanda Cabot, author of Tomorrow’s Garden
Finally it’s here! Jack’s story is a hoot. McDonough let her grow up but she kept her rascally personality intact.
Even jailbird Carly is back—her story though small was important to me from the other books and I’m glad to know what happens with her.
Butch, Jack’s nemesis turns up in an unexpected way as well.
This is the last book in the Boarding House Brides series (you don’t need the others first but you’ll be missing some good reading if you don’t get them!) and it’s sad to let the characters go.
McDonough pulls the personas of her characters through every book and page, you never wonder why did that character do that? It’s not like her or him.
The writing is fun, creative and entertaining.
Review by Carla Stewart
Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2010)
Veteran writer Vickie
first trade length novel, THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE, delights and entertains with
fresh characters and puts a fun, new spin on the mail order bride story. Set in
late nineteenth century Texas in the fictional town of Lookout, the characters
dance off the page from the very first scene. When Luke Davis returns to the
hometown he left several years, he is excited about being the new town marshal,
but dreads facing Rachel, the woman who betrayed him and married his best
friend years ago. Before he’s hardly unpacked, three mail order brides arrive –
each under the impression that she will be the marshal’s bride. The scenario
makes for many humorous moments as the town becomes involved in the drama of
the prospective brides competing to be the marshal’s wife. When an anonymous
bride enters the competition, the stakes are raised as well as a few eyebrows.
Vickie has assembled a fun cast of characters. Particularly
engaging were Rachel’s daughter, Jack (Jacqueline) and a rowdy ex-outlaw named
Carly, who is not who she seems. The Anonymous Bride has enough twists and turns, laugh-out-loud moments,
and tender romance to keep the any lover of historical romance happy. I loved
this book and applaud Vickie for this stellar first course in the Boardinghouse
Book 1 in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
by Vickie McDonough
from Barbour Publishing released April 1, 2010
Three mail-order brides arrive in Lookout, Texas, each expecting to marry the local marshal. But—he didn’t order a bride. When a contest ensues to discover which bride will make him the best wife, there is a surprise fourth entry –an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures the marshal to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or will he lose his heart and his bachelorhood?