Thursday, January 30, 2020

Book Day!

Grab a hot chocolate and a blanket and curl up in front of the fire with a good book from our bloggers.

The Mail-Order Standoff
Vickie McDonough, Margaret Brownley, et al

Mail-order brides get cold feet.

Twice the Trouble by Vickie McDonough
Cactus Creek, Texas, 1888
When Connor McLoughlin and his cousin Brian order a pair of mail-order brides, they think they’re getting two sweet Irish lasses. But what they get is a stage load of shenanigans.

Pistol-Packin’ Bride by Margaret Brownley
Prickly Pear, Texas, 1885
Attorney Ben Heywood didn’t expect to get shot on his wedding day—and certainly not by his mail-order bride.

Shattered Memories
Debbie Lynne Costello

Show a profit, marry, or the plantation goes to an estranged uncle, that’s Kirsten’s choices. Despite thefts on the farm, tenant families leaving, the return of her uncle, and would-be-suitors constantly showing up at her door looking for a rich wife, Kirsten is determined she’ll make Macleod Plantation a success on her own. That is until Silas Westcott works his way into her heart. But when he mistakes her for a poor relative instead of the heiress that she is, her choice to not be forthright comes back to haunt her.

Returning to Sunset, Texas to care for his orphaned young sisters, Silas finds the bank calling in the loan on the family horse farm and home. Krissy, is the bright spot in his life. That is until he discovers she isn’t the woman she has led him to believe she is. Tormented most of his life by a deceitful woman who caused his brother’s death, Silas turns his back on Kirsten. When horses are stolen, fences are torn down, farmers leave, and hurts prevail, it will take a God bigger than Silas Westcott’s mountain of trouble to see them through and show them that love can forgive all.

The Ranchero's Love
Nancy J. Farrier

Rosalinda knows she will never escape her past--the choices forced on her and mistakes she’s made. She longs to live in peace with her children where Lucio Armenta won’t be a constant reminder of the love she can’t have. Lucio wants to marry. However, Rosalinda, the only woman he’s ever been attracted to, doesn’t meet his ideals for his future wife. When he discovers she, and her adorable brood, are accompanying him to his sister’s, he objects. An objection that is overruled. But secrets from Lucio’s past are exposed, and Rosalinda faces choices no woman should have to make.

The American Heiress Brides
Mary Davis, et al

Blessed by fortunes, when it comes to love, These nine women struggle to find true love within a society where “first comes money, second comes marriage.” What kind of man can they trust with their greatest treasure—their hearts?

In The Reluctant Heiress by Mary Davis set in 1905 Boston, MA, Victoria must decide whether to accept her inheritance with its proviso of a forced marriage or walk away from a fortune. Her attorney, Graham, finds it difficult not to cross the line from business to love with the enchanting heiress.

An Unexpected Redemption
Davalynn Spencer

An Unexpected Redemption

He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance. “…a stirring story filled with faith, humor, romance, and mystery.”

Thimbles and Threads
Susanne Norquist, Mary Davis, et al

Mending Sarah’s Heart By Suzanne Norquist
Rockledge, Colorado, 1884

Sarah doesn’t need anyone, especially her dead husband’s partner. With four brothers to mentor her boys and income as a seamstress, she seeks a quiet life. If only the Emporium of Fashion would stop stealing her customers and the local hoodlums would leave her sons alone. When she rejects her husband’s share of the mine, his partner Jack seeks to serve her through other means. But will his efforts only push her further away?

Bygones by Mary Davis
Texas, 1884

Drawn to the new orphan boy in town, Tilly Rockford soon became the unfortunate victim of a lot of Orion Dunbar’s mischievous deeds in school. Can Tilly figure out how to truly forgive the one who made her childhood unbearable? Now she doesn’t even know she holds his heart. Can this deviant orphan-train boy turned man make up for the misdeeds of his youth and win Tilly’s heart before another man steals her away?

The Witness Tree
Denise Weimer

Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.

Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.

Double Jeopardy
Donna Schlachter

New York City socialite Becky Campbell inherited more than a speck of her father’s wanderlust. Now his murder bequeaths her a mystery, a ramshackle homestead, and a silver mine.

Zeke Graumann signs on as Becky’s foreman to keep his portion of his family’s ranch. He shares the workers’ reservations about a woman boss, especially one who burns water and prances around in dungarees. Even though she did look awful good in the dungarees.

Then a series of accidents add threat to tension. Can Becky trust Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture? Will Zeke be forced to give up his ranching dream to win Becky’s heart?

Pine Grove Homecoming
Martha Rogers

Widowed, Shelley Iverson returns to her home town with her two children. Her husband’s best friend, Reid Sellers finds his old feelings for her return as he helps Shelley adjust to being a widow. Will Shelley be able to open her heart to a new love and a future with Reid?

The Planter's Daughter
Michelle Shocklee

Adella Rose Ellis knows her father has plans for her future, but she longs for the freedom to forge her own destiny. When the son of Luther Ellis's longtime friend arrives on the plantation to work as the new overseer, Adella can't help but fall for his charm and captivating hazel eyes. But a surprise betrothal to an older man, followed by a devastating revelation, forces Adella to choose the path that will either save her family's future or endanger the lives of the people most dear to her heart.

Secrets and Wishes
Kathleen Rouser

Stone Creek, Michigan, April, 1901 — Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. Both widowed, they’re each doing their best as single-parents. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God’s path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children, while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife.

When a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren’t so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives.

Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without—the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man—Thomas or Giles, a former beau—deserves to win her heart.

Leaving Texas
Caryl McAdoo

I know the plans I have for you, plans for good, not evil.
Cruel is the illusion of love. Robbed of her true love by his mean-spirited mother, Charity is given no choice but to leave Texas and follow her Prince Charming to the Golden State. Instantly attracted to her, Morgan agrees to help the young beauty on her journey, but where all other ladies paled after first blush, his initial fascination only deepens with every turn of the wagon’s wheels. Though obvious to all those around the two—how perfect Morgan and Charity were for each other—will the hard-headed, strong-willed daughter of Liberty O’Neal Harrell ever realize it?

1 comment:

  1. As always, there are some goodies here. All of the book babies look great.