The Innovative Women of Carrie Town Texas

One of my goals, when I write, is to combine my love of history with an inspirational theme, a bit of romance and believable characters. In my debut novel, Rebecca’s Hope, I introduced innovative young women Garnet’s Gift is a continuation of the tale and includes characters initially introduced in subsequent stories, such as Emma’s Dream, Lois’s Risk and Maggie’s Strength and Carol’s Choice.    

Combining history, humor, and romance with an emphasis on faith, friends, and good clean fun, fans of historical romance set in late 19th-century will enjoy delightful tales of courage and reminds us how God uses adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.

Twenty-two-year-old Garnet Adams longs to marry and have a houseful of children. Forced to support her widowed mother, she embraces her role as a teacher, although the Carrie Town board of education’s rules for female teachers leave no opportunity for a social life. She contents herself playing the violin at church.

Tall, bearded, and rough around the edges, Deputy Noah Scott would rather hunt than socialize. Garnet thinks he’s a rude, insensitive drifter, and Noah’s sure the last person he’d want to court is a schoolmarm–especially with her unladylike sneeze. As the needs of her students bring them together, opposites seem to attract until a certain Christmas present derails their future.

After the deaths of her mother and stepfather, twenty-year-old Carol Stone finds herself in reduced circumstances with two younger siblings to care for. The suggested marriage of convenience is out of the question, so she stalls for time. When Carol learns she is the sole heir of a small home in Carrie Town, a newly expanded railroad village, she throws caution to the Texas wind and packs her bags. 
Leaving her lifestyle of shopping, lavish parties and holiday endeavors for a simpler life is a temporary solution until she can make a better match of her own making. What Carol doesn’t expect is to be smitten by a tall handsome livery stable owner, who understands the true meaning of family and Christmas. Will she be able to give up a more glamorous lifestyle for love?

Raised by her guardian and influenced by the mostly male population of Carrie Town Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward-thinking, unorthodox education not typical for a young woman in the late Nineteenth century. 

As an adult, she is armed with skills that most would covet, yet she lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress and struggles financially. Most single women in the area didn’t stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. The townspeople all agree she is in need of a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class have taken action and writing an ad for the paper.

Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town School.

Will her circumstances change and allow her to hold out for true love?

Eighteen-year-old, Emma Brady, loves nothing better than working in the garden, but her cooking skills leave a lot to be desired. While other young women in the late nineteenth century are reading about proper housekeeping, she studies herd improvement. Emma’s dream is to implement plans for the ranch’s profitability. Unfortunately, things are not running in her favor.

Emma has been in love with Brian Scott, or Scotty as she’s always known him, since she saw him take up for a small boy at school. The youth who demonstrated so much character taking on the injustice of the schoolroom is now a deputy sheriff. But Scotty’s love for law enforcement seems to be waning as is his feelings for her.

Her friends and family tell her he’s busy with work, trying to stop a notorious band of outlaws from terrorizing the area, but he could have dropped her more than a simple postcard. Will the boy she’s been in love with her whole life return or is she just holding onto a childhood dream?

Lois Weaver has been schooled to be polite lady-like, honest, to clean, cook and sew, so at the proper age she would marry. 
As an adult, she surpassed her father’s expectations with her skills and beauty only to shatter them when she opens a dress shop. She risked everything to open a dress shop . Now the handsome bank owner has come calling. So why isn’t she happy? And why can’t she forget about a certain farmer with big brown eyes?

Daniel Lawrence former Texas Ranger gained immense satisfaction when he purchased his farm and livestock. His new way of life is not only a means to make a living butt adds a sense of fulfillment. The only thing lacking is a wife and family. He is just shy of proposing when a family tragedy forces him to open his home to his grieving sister and her niece. How could he bring a new wife home to this?

Lois is heartbroken because Daniel is ignoring her. Can she go against the 19th century rules of how a woman should behave and have the courage to tell Daniel how she feels?

Twenty-year-old Maggie Montgomery, a petite young woman, ahead of her time. She’s had a wonderful childhood and enjoyed spending time with her father and five brothers and is happiest working in the smithy with them. A competent cook and housekeeper, as a favor to the local doctor she moves in to assist his wife who is struggling to recuperate from a bout of pneumonia.

A tomboy at heart, she ignores her mother’s pleas to dress more appropriately. Until the son returns. A recent graduate of medical school, although handsome the young doctor is stoic and obviously put out that his father has hired her to help his mother recuperate. Sparks fly and suddenly for the first time Maggie is concerned more about how she is perceived by others. especially the young doctor. The question is why?

Maggie draws on unrelenting strength where iron sharpens iron—a lesson straight from the blacksmith’s shop—forging an unexpected result of the romantic kind

Can they get past their first impressions?