A semi-retired bootlegger and a beleaguered sheriff- because no good story ever started with cookies and milk.
She’s shaking off the dust of her well-worn boots, not looking back and hoping for a transformation. All she needs is a new dress, a new town, a husband, and a fresh start. Daughter of a traveling merchant, Bethel is tired of peddling her Daddy’s “Special Sauce” and being run out of town by every sheriff east of the Mississippi. So it’s time to head west. She just needs to sell a few more bottles to help fund her trip. After all, who wants to meet their new husband looking like a gypsy? If only she could shake off that irritating detective waiting at the stage stop.
Sheriff Bart Bailey can’t believe the chaos awaiting him at the jailhouse. He has enough on his plate with his two nieces dumped in his lap by his irresponsible sister. Now his zealous replacement has already arrested the flaming-haired beauty sitting in the cell who resembles the gal on the wanted poster. . If only the first mail-order bride he sent for had shown up; the girls definitely need a mother. Hopefully, the woman he’s been corresponding with recently will fit the bill. He plans on sending for her as soon as he has the money.
A woman running from her past, a confirmed bachelor determined to protect his heart, and a town committed to sharing the Christmas spirit. Can a Christmas quilt be the spark that ignites their love, melts their stubborn resolve, and uncovers their hidden desire?
Twenty-one-year-old Olive is sick of living her father’s lifestyle as an itinerant preacher turned peddler. The latest tar-and-feather incident has made her desperate enough to enlist in a matchmaking venture, of all things—anything to escape further humiliation. Olive accepts a job as a seamstress in Carrie Town, Texas, where single men outnumber women thirty to one. But the last thing on her mind is matrimony. No man is going to tell her how to live her life. Olive would rather spend the rest of her life chained to a sewing machine.
She’s making a run toward hope, love, and family and she’s not letting go.
Orphaned as a young girl, Ella longs for a life she’s only read about in books. To escape a desperate situation, she heads west as a mail-order bride, narrowing her choice of spouse to three brothers, a millwright, a businessman, and a horse trainer, all searching for a marriage of convenience which will provide the inheritance that will finance the family’s business venture in Oklahoma. Newspapers claim the unchartered territory is a land where streams flow with milk and the heavens rain down a supply of honey. Will her road lead to the Promised Land?
When disappointed hopes collide – Will a wilting mail-order bride muster enough resolve to soften a hardened rancher’s heart? Can this mismatched couple blaze a trail to form a partnership of the romantic kind?
The new raven-haired cook’s beauty has caused quite a stir in town, especially between the handsome teacher and the woodcutter raising his niece. Bets are on.
Alice Connelly agrees to participate in a new matchmaking project organized by her pastor and the orphanage’s matron. She can find no peace accepting a role as a mail-order bride and instead becomes the first volunteer to accept a job in a local restaurant and relocate to Carrie Town, Texas. She hopes the experience will help her to discover what she wants in life. But in a town where single men outnumber women thirty to one, she’s more confused than ever. Thrilled to put her skills to use, she enters her crowd-pleasing deep-dished spiced apple dessert in a baking contest. Sparks fly as more than one suitor competes to win the opportunity to join her for dinner and dancing at the town’s first annual Thanksgiving in Action Celebration. But is the winner the man of her dreams? Bets are on.
Can a spirited pastor’s daughter up the ante, causing a card-playing, cigar-smoking workaholic to wager his heart?
Mercy Fairchild, a pastor’s daughter, is ready for adventure. She’ll comply with her late father’s last wish—to obtain the help of a matchmaking service and find her a young pastor out west to marry. Yes, she wants God’s perfect plan for her future, but she hopes it will be an exciting plan. Perhaps a missionary in a new territory?
Widower Ace Caldwell’s unruly children make keeping a housekeeper impossible. The last one left in less than a week! If he could only be as good a father as he is a card player! But with his job as a railroad detective, he can’t be home more than a day or two each week. At least a wife would be legally and morally vested to remain. Wouldn’t she?
One of my favorite characters now has her own story:
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.