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The Man from Shadow Ridge

Brock Thoene - 1990
    In the East, the Civil War rages on. The mountains of California seem remote and untouched by the struggle of the young nation. Tom Dawson has found a refuge from the political and social conflicts running a small ranch with his brother beneath Shadow Ridge.This man with a restless past, his "rugged, sun-browned face creviced from the weather like a landscape," discovers some measure of peace and happiness at Shadow Ridge with his brother's little family. Then comes the news that the stagecoach has been robbed and six people murdered by a gang of rebel sympathizers stealing Union gold for the South. Without warning, the turmoil of Dawson's past returns.As he moves toward a final confrontation, the Dawson home is shattered by a second tragedy. Where will he find the courage and faith to continue?

Under the Country Sky

Grace S. Richmond - 1916
    Smart, spunky, and energetic, she bears her situation with a good will and exercises her considerable talents for the good of those she loves. Before long, a Mr. Jefferson comes to board and Georgiana invites her cousin—rich, town-bred cousin Jeannette—to visit. Companioned by her childhood friend Jimps and fast-moving suitor Miles Channing, Georgiana won't be bored for long! Written in 1916.

Trouble at the Redstone (Leisure Western)

John D. Nesbitt - 2008
    Will Dryden followed the trail of a missing man to the Redstone Ranch, where he will have to find the truth about three other murdered men.


Al Lacy - 1994
    On his right hip hangs a Colt .45 Peacemaker. In his pack -- and often in his hand -- he carries a large, black Bible. He is the legend known only as the Stranger.John Stranger finds the citizens of Riverton, Wyoming held in a grip of fear. Assuming the identity of their new pastor, the Stranger takes a stand against the evil that has infiltrated the town -- with both gently spoken biblical wisdom and unequaled fighting skill.

Left at the Altar

Margaret Brownley - 2016
    Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiance, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed. No wedding bells? No one-time town. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart. Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?A Match Made in Texas Left at the Altar (Book 1)A Match Made in Texas (Book 2)How the West was Wed (Book 3)"

The Re-Creation of Brian Kent

Harold Bell Wright - 1919
    Twenty years it was, at least, before the time of this story. She was standing in the door of her little schoolhouse, the ruins of which you may still see, halfway up the long hill from the log house by the river, where the most of this story was lived.It was that season of the year when the gold and brown of our Ozark Hills is overlaid with a filmy veil of delicate blue haze and the world is hushed with the solemn sweetness of the passing of the summer. And as the old gentlewoman stood there in the open door of that rustic temple of learning, with the deep-shadowed, wooded hillside in the background, and, in front, the rude clearing with its crooked rail fence along which the scarlet sumac flamed, I thought, -- as I still think, after all these years, -- that I had never before seen such a woman.

Braced for Love

Mary Connealy - 2021
    The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin's supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving at the ranch, everyone is at each other's throats and the only one willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, a nearby schoolmarm.Despite being a long-time friend to Wyatt, Winona can't help but be drawn to the earnest, kind Kevin--and that puts her in the cross hairs of somebody's dangerous plot. Will they all be able to put aside their differences long enough to keep anyone from getting truly hurt?

Implacable Resentment

Jann Rowland - 2015
    The suspense was almost unbearable at times. My heart was literally in my throat.”“This is probably the best, can't put it down, nail biting rendition of one of the best pieces of literature of this era of English literature.”“This story is so moving and completely different from other P&P variations. The characters are very well written and executed. The emotions put into every chapter make you feel for Elizabeth's character so much. I would recommend this book to anyone that would enjoy a P&P variation that not only stems from just one what if, but adds countless others through the story.”*****The cruelty of an all-consuming grudge is enough to drive a nine-year-old Elizabeth Bennet from her family home to spend the rest of her childhood with the Gardiners.When she is nineteen, her family calls her home, and she heeds the summons with her head held high, only to discover that the prejudice against her has not abated with time . . . .*****“I will not. If you have brought me here for such silliness, then I wonder why I was summoned home at all. The Gardiners will be passing through shortly on their way to Ireland. Perhaps it is best that I accompany them, as I am obviously not welcome here.”“There is another thing you may wish to consider, Mrs. Bennet. I am more than a decade your senior. The time of your removal to the hedgerows may be upon you sooner than you would have thought possible. Think on that when you consider how you will receive my heir on the morrow.”“. . . my mother and father have taught you all to hate me, yet they have never given any reason for it. I have been made the pariah, the faceless, hated sister, despite no reason ever being given for my being shunned. There is no direction for this hatred. It is all so senseless. I wish I had never returned.”Scroll up to enter a new world based on Jane Austen’s classic!

Havana Girl

Colin Falconer - 2013
    But it’s love that’s dangerous Havana, 1958. Magdalena Fuentes knows that Angel Macheda is the only man for her, even after he takes her virginity and then tells her he is engaged to someone else. She knows they are meant to be. So why can she not stop thinking about Reyes Garcia? From the moment I saw you, he says, I knew there would be no one else. From the moment I saw you, she tells him, I knew you were arrogant, conceited and rude. Magdalena is a girl who will not let sentiment stand between her and love. But as Fidel Castro’s rebels tighten their grip around the city and she watches her family and her whole life come apart, she learns hard lessons about love and about life. Against the backdrop of the boleristas and the gangsters, the music and the guns, Magdalena discovers just how dangerous love can be.


Michael Cogdill - 2010
    Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth.  When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life.  Far ahead of her time.  Secreted from the world.  As she awakens Frank’s mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime. This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming.  From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected. In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rain speaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction.  Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings.  They show us all how to heal -- and thrive -- to the very end.

Mail Order Bride: A Bride for the Widower with Troublesome Twins (Two is Better Than One Book 2)

Emily Woods - 2016
    Harvey is a widowed rancher trying to raise mischievous twins all by himself in Arizona. Suzy and Alex, the twins, aren’t content to let their pa stay single and unhappy so they take actions into their own hands. When the twins mix their unsuspecting father with a bride expecting something completely different, nothing is certain except that a lot needs to happen to form a happy family. This book is a sweet, clean, western, historical, romance short story. It is a complete story, but it is also part of the Two is Better Than One series. Be sure to read them all - in any order! Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited


Catherine Hart - 1992
    TempestuousRavishing but tough riverboat gambler Amanda Sites wants to be a proper lady and her newly won half of a Kentucky horse farm seems the answer to her prayers with a magnificently handsome partner thrown in to sweeten the pot!TemperamentalFirst his fool brother loses half of the family estate in a poker game and now Grant Gardner has to put up with a brazen hussy who thinks she has the right to run things turning his house upside-down, his servants against him and worst yet, driving him crazy with desire!TemptationCome hell or high water, Grant is determined to get the lovely, willful wildcat off his back and out of his life if only he can resist her scandalously lush body and the soul-searing fire that blazes in her eyes!

The Rose Trilogy Boxed Set

Beverly Lewis - 2011
    A stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringe of the church, and their journeys toward reconciliation with the modern men they love.

The Lost Wagon

Jim Kjelgaard - 1955
    Every member of the family will enjoy this tale of wagon trains, cowboys, settlers, love, romance, and did I mention wagons?

Mail Order Bride: A Discarded Bride for the Bachelor Brothers

Emma Morgan - 2018
    So when Melrose Stephens sweeps her off her feet with a whirlwind marriage proposal, she feels like she has finally found happiness. But life has more pain in store for Sarah, and again she is left alone. With no hope in her heart, she accepts an offer to travel west as a mail order bride. But when she arrives at the home of her intended, she finds herself rejected again. Jed Jackson lives on a sprawling farm with his five brothers and elderly aunt. He needs a wife to help tend to house and its needs, but he did not expect Sarah—or rather, he did not expect her to be scarred. Jed is unwilling to accept Sarah’s disfigurement, but Sarah is ready for a new life. She has given up on love, and she convinces the family to let her stay on and assist the aunt in running the house. Soon, Sarah finds herself growing closer to her new family. And as one door closes, she discovers that another one has opened.