Nothing in her past had prepared her for a Colorado cattle drive–or Luke Weber.
Longing for a new start, Crystal Clark arrives amid the splendor of the high country in June 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt’s cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land–even if a certain handsome foreman named Luke doubts her abilities.
Just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes. And saving the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner means taking charge of a cattle drive, ready or not. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated?
“Grab your hat and hold on to the reins for an exciting ride! An exciting historical novel by a rising new author.”–DiAnn Mills, author of When the Nile Runs Red, Beyond the Memories, Awaken My Heart, and Lightning and Lace
“This gentle romance set amongst the rugged beauty of the Colorado foothills will warm a reader’s heart.”–Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers and the Sommerfeld Trilogy
Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. She was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family.
She begged God to rescue her. He said, “Go.” So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn’t exactly hers, with a dog who wasn’t exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. Mattawoopwhat? What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.
About the Author
Robin Merrill is an award-winning writer and performance poet from rural central Maine where she lives with her husband, their two children, and many, many animals. She is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling Shelter and the popular Jesus Diet devotionals. Her individual poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, and three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She has featured in venues all over the country and has won the opportunity to represent Maine at three national poetry slams.
Newly widowed Amish woman, Emma Kurtzler, has little time to grieve before she discovers that someone is trying to force her from her farm. The man who had the lease on her farm is found murdered shortly after informing Emma of his intention to break the lease. In an effort to both save her farm and avoid becoming a suspect in the man’s murder, Emma sets out to get to the bottom of things.
Emma befriends a group of Amish Widows and quickly discovers that there is more to these sweet Amish ladies than meets the eye when they willingly help her with her investigations. In the midst of Emma’s troubles she is drawn to Wil Jacobson, a friendly neighbour, but can she trust this man who is trying his best to win her heart?
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All Samantha Price Amish Mystery books are clean reads.
Jeffery O’Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1.
Tracie Peterson is a full-time author who has written over fifteen books, both historical and contemporary, including Entangled, Framed, Controlling Interests, and A Shelter of Hope. She and her family live in Kansas.
After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle’s barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.
Likened to the well-loved tales of Ann Rinaldi, The Candle Star contains an abundance of accurate pre-American Civil War-era context, including:
- the Underground Railroad
- Detroit history
- Northern and Southern economies
- the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
- each side’s contributions to the start of war
This powerful story abounding in rich imagery, pathos, and beautifully turned phrases is an ideal accompaniment to an American history course or simply a stirring read for those interested in bygone days. The price is kept deliberately low so you can feel good about downloading your copy today.
The Divided Decade Collection includes three stand alone stories that view the American Civil War through three different lenses. All are set within Michigan. The Candle Star features the Underground Railroad. Blood of Pioneers illustrates the trials faced on the rural homefront after the menfolk leave for war. And Beneath the Slashings is set within a Northern lumber camp filled with returning soldiers. The books can be read out of order or read alone, depending on the theme that most interests the reader or most closely relates to a classroom curriculum. All three have been highly acclaimed by teachers and home schoolers. Each has lesson plans and additional resources available.
From the Author
As a reader, I love nothing better than losing myself in a good book. As a history buff, I imagine the stories of our past in living, breathing detail. As a teacher and homeschooler, I see the possibilities of immersing history lessons within an entertaining reading experience. As an author, I put together the entire package.
Kim Bishop’s quirky group of friends are trying to convince the young widow to start dating again. But after several duds, she might find that the right guy has been under her nose all along in Home Improvement.
From the Author
Home Improvement was so fun to write! I have wanted to tell the story of Kim Bishop and the little Bluebird Cottage for so long, and finally decided it worked best as a “Pajaro Bay Mini,” a short story meant to stand on its own but still include a few of the familiar people of Pajaro Bay. I hope you enjoy this little visit to the tiny village of Pajaro Bay, with its quirky cottages and even quirkier people! ~Barb