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Tired of being a secondhand daughter to her aunt and uncle, Hope Castleberry sets her heart on going west to Oregon to find her father. She desperately wants to truly belong to someone. Unfortunately, the wagon train won’t take single women. When a handsome young man bound for Oregon stops at her uncle’s blacksmith shop, she believes her prayers have been answered. Darren Thorsten watched his family get on the boat to return to Norway. He’s going to Oregon to homestead a farm in the rich land, but before he arrives, he must have a wife to get enough acreage to make it work. He promised his mother he’d marry a Scandinavian girl with blond hair and blue eyes to keep his heritage pure. He has to stop to get his horse shod and meets Hope. She’s determined to get him to take her west. He only sees her as trouble. He finally agrees after she tells him she’ll help him find a wife. But then, well, the idea just doesn’t seem as pleasing as Hope.
God uses all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
Orphaned by the Civil War, three sisters struggle to keep the family farm solvent. The eldest, Lucinda must mother her deaf daughter, Harmony, and mediate between her dueling siblings, Servilia and Melody. The sisters’ fragile truce is shattered by the arrival of the handsome Ezekiel Sheffield, coming to establish a school for the deaf. Miracles, mayhem, and marriage ensue, but nothing ever comes easy.
In 1868, Otto Atwell has a 160 acre homestead near Abilene, Kansas and a limp as a result of a Cheyenne musket ball hitting his lower back while he marched with the 16th Kansas Cavalry on the Powder River Expedition in 1865. What he doesn’t have is a wife. Then again, what woman would want to marry a cripple? Libby Jones comes to Junction City as a mail order bride. Not only does the man who sent for her reject her, he tries to sell her to the local brothel to recoup his fee. Otto offers to marry her, but she rejects him in favor of a job with his relatives. Will Otto’s offer still stand when trouble from Libby’s past catches up with her?
Courage brought her freedom, but the cost was her heart. Melly is a woman with secrets. Thatcher is the man with enough patience to unlock them. For fifteen years, Carmella Harperson’s life has been confined to a couple of acres in the middle of a large forest. She’s alive but hopeless, each day a struggle. William Thatcher Rainer’s past haunts him as he hunts down the man who destroyed his life. His days are filled with memories of the carnage of war; his nights with nightmares of the death of his wife. On the road, to find the man responsible for the misery of so many, they must work together and learn to trust. Neither is prepared for what they find at the end of their journey.
Was her husband a sinner or a saint? A spy or a traitor? For years Juliet Watts has believed her husband died saving nothing more than a cheap trinket–but the locket he foolishly risked his life for turns out to hold a mysterious key. Together, Juliet and military intelligence officer Robert Hall go on a journey of riddles and revelations. But Juliet is convinced Robert is hiding something, too. Maybe it’s just his heart…
Traveling west to become a mail-order bride is the most adventurous act Bostonian Imogene Franklin ever did. Unfortunately, the groom chose another so now Imogene must make her way on her own. Dreading the idea of returning home to continue raising her siblings, she is reduced to waiting tables in the Dorado café. Guilt hangs heavy over Reggie Othmann—ever since he brought home a childhood illness that claimed both his parents’ lives. The ink is barely dry on Reggie’s degree when he arrives home in Dorado to establish a medical practice. All he’s wanted since he was ten years old is to help people, but the townspeople have been without a doctor for so long, they don’t flock through his doors as expected. An illness sweeps the town, and Reggie is overwhelmed, fearing he’s not qualified to heal them. Imogene steps in and together, they work hard to prevent anyone from dying, spending days together. Is their emotional tie born of the closeness of the ordeal or perhaps something more?
Does love give second chances? Edwin Markham hopes so. He has loved Mary Winters, now the widow Mary Gilpin, since they were young. He has heard from a friend that Mary is in a town overrun by outlaws. Edwin leaves his business and heads out to help Mary. He finds more than he ever expected.
“He wants to be free, she wants the future she planned.” Amy Wheeler has her life mapped out. She’ll marry her fiancé, move east and start her new life in Maine. The secret contained in the belly of a fish will halt those well thought out plans, and change the course of her life. Eugene Collart-Acus is an obedient son, and sole heir to a growing dynasty. The problem is, the things his father wants for him, are at odds with what he wants. If Eugene wants to live a life governed by his own rules, and go against his controlling father’s wishes, he must strike out and find his own way in life. Fate throws these two together. Their futures are aligned but sparks fly, antipathy grows, and emotions run high as they are thrust unwillingly into each other’s lives. Complications mount up. Eugene and Amy fight their attraction for each other amidst the animosity and burning passion raging between them.
Will Miller doesn’t know what to think when the lovely young woman faints in his jewelry and watch repair shop–except he wants to help her any way he can. Widow Pearl Ward, struggling to survive, needs to sell the watch-locket given to her on her eighteenth birthday. When she learns she’s expecting, he proposes. Will Pearl’s feelings for her late husband stand between them? Can they build a life together with his mother dead set against them?