A young woman born into Texas wealth and privilege seeks to resolve a "Matter of Heart" in the third and concluding book in author Tracie Peterson's "A young woman born into Texas wealth and privilege seeks to resolve a "Matter of Heart" in the third and concluding book in author Tracie Peterson's "Lone Star Brides" series. Jessica Atherton had anticipated marriage with the man who had won her heart, but when he chose another, she was left feeling adrift and unsure of herself. Her enjoyment of the finer things of life is in conflict with nagging insights that there may be more to life than creature comforts and leisure. Two very different young gentlemen soon come into her life, but only one can find the key to unlock her heart. Will it be Harrison Gable, a lawyer whose success leads to greater ambitions? Or will it be Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent now working with the Texas Rangers? As Jess learns more about both Harrison and Gable, she learns much about herself, and more and more, she seeks true faith. Both men have claimed her attention, but only one man will claim her love and share her future. "A Matter of Heart" is a lovely conclusion to a very worthwhile inspirational historical romance series from author Tracie Peterson.
Told in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertTold in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertaining historical western from author Robert Bausch. As Bobby Hale leaves behind the remains of the Civil War, his intended journey to California will take many an unexpected side route. An encounter with a young woman of mixed White and Indian ancestry will change his life in ways he never imagined. Known as "Ink", the woman first crossed his path on the trail, and thinking she was a man about to attack him, he shot her. While nursing her back to health, he discovers that she speaks English, and they become traveling companions on an eventful, fateful journey. Set in an era of inescapable violence, a time in American History when the land was stained with blood and tears from coast to coast, the story line is enhanced by the simple, evocative, descriptive narrative by Bobby Hale. Recommended for lovers of American History and the Old West.
The more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challengThe more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challenges facing the characters. While the book features a strong, intelligent heroine, it was the troubled and tormented hero who really drew me into the story line. Erin Dawson, a graduate student working on her doctoral dissertations, has come to Cedar Canyon, Arizona to research her heart's quest. Long fascinated with the partial history of Olivia Thornton, a teacher at the Cedar Canyon Mission School in the early 1900's, Erin is determined to unearth the complete truth about the woman who haunts her thoughts. As the legend was told, Olivia was captured by a Navajo warrior, Silver Eagle, on the day the Navajos came to release their children who were forced to attend the Christian mission school. Lives were lost and the school never reopened, and Olivia lived among the Navajo for a time before being reunited with her own people. However, a great love had grown between Olivia and Silver Eagle, and eventually, she returned to the West to look for him. Erin could not rest until she found out if the unlikely sweethearts had found a happy-ever-after. Adam Silverhorn is a Navajo tribal policeman, a native son torn between the strong pull of the past, and the modern-day threat of the criminal element thriving in the Navajo Nation. Adam is handsome, charismatic, and the grandson of Hershal Begay, a tribal leader who operates on his own side of the law, fueled by his hatred of the white people and their government. Hershal's greatest desire is to turn Adam to his twisted way of thinking, and to have Adam leave law enforcement behind and take over the Begay empire. Meeting Erin, a woman of faith and compassion, has Adam longing for a different kind of life--and his feelings are shared by Erin. More than cultural differences are keeping them apart--Adam is secretly working undercover to bring down a meth lab being run on tribal land, and must act his role of playboy and bad boy until his assignment is complete. Adam tries to stay away from Erin, but her sweet strength and spirituality call out to his needy soul. Their connection proves to a dangerous one, and enemies are all around them--enemies who are all too ready to keep them apart at any cost. Will an abiding faith and a lasting love bloom in the midst of great turmoil and tribulation? Will Adam and Erin, and those they hold dear, survive and find a future of peace and fulfillment? "Beneath a Navajo Moon" is a compelling and suspenseful inspirational romance which touches on many thought-provoking issues.
Bringing forward characters and story line from his debut work, "The Terror of Living", author Urban Waite creates a suspenseful sequel in "SometimesBringing forward characters and story line from his debut work, "The Terror of Living", author Urban Waite creates a suspenseful sequel in "Sometimes the Wolf". Silver Lake, a small mountain town in the Pacific Northwest, has been the home of generations of the Drake family, a family that knows both sides of the law all too well. Bobby Drake, sometimes just called "Drake" is a deputy sheriff. His father Patrick, once the sheriff of Silver Lake, was convicted of drug smuggling while still in office. Having served twelve years in prison, Patrick is released on probation under the watchful eye of his own son. Drake and his wife Sheri have agreed to let live with them, and he moves back into his own former home, now remodeled and redecorated in an effort to blot out the past. Has Patrick truly reformed? He says he has changed, and he means no harm--but can he be trusted? How the future of life with Patrick will unfold is just one of the heavy questions weighing on Drake's mind as he also ponders whether his marriage will survive. Sheri has recently had a miscarriage, a loss she took very hard, and their marriage has not been the same. All of the shame Drake has tried to overcome due to his father's actions is once again at the forefront, as Patrick is once again under the same roof. Many people are curious about Patrick's whereabouts and movements. Issues from the past, like a missing fortune in drug money, make Patrick a person of extreme interest. Along with Patrick's return, poachers are canvassing the area, and for the first time in decades, a wolf is stalking the area. Caught in the middle of it all, Drake must question his own identity and what he most desires for his own future--if he survives. Recommendation: First read "The Terror of Living", and then follow it up with "Sometimes the Wolf".
Eager to meet her groom and begin her new life, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell leaves her home in Pennsylvania to travel to the small western town ofEager to meet her groom and begin her new life, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell leaves her home in Pennsylvania to travel to the small western town of Salt Flats, Kansas a week earlier than expected. An unfortunate and untimely choice, as her train is robbed, and she is roughed-up and relieved of her dowry. Needing medical attention when arrives in Salt Flats, her injuries are tended by Will Stanton, a store owner who hopes to become a doctor. When it becomes clear that Eliza is the mail-order bride of Will's business partner in the Men's Emporium, Axel Langston, Will feels compelled to offer assistance to Eliza while Axel is out of town. Her business sense proves to be acute, and she becomes "A Bride in Store", waiting for the return of her fiancé in author Melissa Jagears engaging and entertaining inspirational historical romance. As they work together and wait for Axel's return, a friendship with a longing for something more begins to grown between Eliza and Will. When Axel finally reappears, his first meeting with Eliza is awkward and not what she had imagined. Seeing that Eliza is a boon to his business, Axel quickly pushes forward their nuptials. However, Axel is a far more complex and cunning man than anyone suspected. The depth of his deceptions will have far-reaching consequences, and it will take a leap of faith and great personal growth for Eliza and Will to overcome their tribulations. Out of all they must endure and overcome, can true love find its way? Is a happy future to be theirs to keep? A well-written inspirational historical romance featuring compelling characters and an involving story line.
Told in a straight-forward, no-frills style, "Larabee's Luck" is an enjoyable, involving, historical western romance from author Jane McBride Choate.Told in a straight-forward, no-frills style, "Larabee's Luck" is an enjoyable, involving, historical western romance from author Jane McBride Choate. Without extensive detail, and with the focus on the story line and characterizations, the author draws the reader in and keeps them turning the pages. In Post-Civil War Colorado, Johanna Kellerman is struggling to make a success of the ranch and horse-training business she inherited from her adoptive parents. Johanna works hard beside the hands on her ranch, favoring the practicality of sturdy britches and boots over dresses and bows. She can't believe her luck when Cade Larabee comes to work as a horse trainer and hand for the ranch. Soft-spoken, competent, and highly skilled with horses, Cade seems far too accomplished to be working for a small outfit like the Kellerman ranch. His sincerity and respect do much to win Johanna over, and she finds herself falling for the handsome cowboy. Cade is immediately smitten with Johanna, who is inexperienced and vulnerable. She has no pretensions, and she is unaware of her own loveliness. Cade came to the ranch on a mission for his true employer, Vincent Wingate, who had been Cade's commanding officer during the war. Cade had continued to work for Wingate in other capacities after the war ended. This time however, Wingate coerced him to follow his orders, seeking information on Johanna, the daughter Wingate had forced his unwed sister to give up so long ago. Wingate blackmailed Cade by threatening to reveal that Cade's war-hero brother, who lost his legs in the conflict, is not the man the world thinks him to be. To protect Noah, Cade must spy on Johanna, the woman who has stolen his heart and made him reach for his own long-lost dreams. Wingate will do anything to keep his sister from being reunited with Johanna, and Cade is caught between the devil on his left and the devil on his right. Whom should he protect, and whose heart should he break? Is there some way to defend his brother and also allow Johanna to find her heart's desire--the mother who let her go? While I relish involved, detailed historical fiction, I also appreciate good storytelling. I enjoyed this book much as I would an entertaining movie on TV, one that I would watch again. I plan to read more books by Jane McBride Choate.
Author Carrie La Seur's debut work, "The Home Place", is an atmospheric, involving tale of a woman's involuntary return to her past. Attorney Alma TerAuthor Carrie La Seur's debut work, "The Home Place", is an atmospheric, involving tale of a woman's involuntary return to her past. Attorney Alma Terrebonne has created a tightly-scheduled, neatly-ordered life for herself with a successful career in Seattle. With everything in its proper place, she can immerse herself in her work, pushing herself hard enough to keep haunting memories of her Montana youth at bay. A phone call changes all that when she is informed that her troubled younger sister, Vicky, has been found dead from exposure after a fall and a serious head wound. Flooded by regrets and guilt over her broken relationship with her sister, Alma heads back home to bring order to the chaos Vicky has left behind, and that includes finding a suitable place for Vicky's daughter, Brittany. As Alma reconnects with family and friends, and the home place itself, she begins to sense that her sister's death may not have been an accident. Caught between two worlds, Alma's heart is further confused by her feelings for Chance Murphy--the first love who never really let go. Drawn by the inescapable lure of the land and the legacy of her family's history, Alma must choose where her future lies. Can she let go of her life in Seattle and make a life in Montana, the very place from which she has run for so many years? Can she embrace her heritage as a Terrebonne and truly find peace at the home place?
The American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man,The American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man, the force of nature, and the timelessness of elemental truth. In the wild beauty of Montana, Catherine Lemay will discover, in a life-changing manner, that much of what she thought she knew of herself and the world around her was masked by pleasant illusions. Hired as an archaeologist by a power company to prove that their expansive dam project will not destroy irreplaceable historic treasures, Catherine will learn that she is expected to find nothing of significance--nothing that will impede "progress". However, what she discovers about the land, the wild horses that refuse to be vanquished, and the workings of her own heart will not be denied. John H, the man who will lead Catherine to see with new eyes and will touch her very soul, is much like the hunted horses himself. A veteran and horseman living outside of society in the refuge of the great canyon, his paintings of horses on cave walls tell an ancient, ongoing story. Rich with history, and offering an involving story line and compelling characters, "Painted Horses" is a memorable debut from author Malcolm Brooks.
At nearly thirty five years in age, childless and widowed, Marty Dandridge Olson was contemplating a major life change. Lonely, and still angry over tAt nearly thirty five years in age, childless and widowed, Marty Dandridge Olson was contemplating a major life change. Lonely, and still angry over the tragic death of her husband four years earlier, Marty was considering remarriage. Not for love, not to someone with whom she had a fond acquaintance, but to a stranger who had placed a newspaper ad for a "Lone Star Bride" willing to leave Texas and move to Colorado. Jacob Wythe is a career-minded Texan making a name for himself in the banking boom in Colorado. As a bank manager, the pressure was on for him to make a suitable marriage to prove himself stable and worthy of his position. Having failed at love before, a marriage in name only seemed like a most sensible arrangement to Jake, and the widowed Marty Olson appears to be the perfect candidate. However, the best-intended plans are often derailed by unexpected twists of fate, and Marty and Jake will find themselves caught up in a challenging situation. When problems at the bank threaten Jake's job security, he longs for a return to ranching. Complicating matters are the growing feelings between Marty and Jake--along with a very big secret that Marty is keeping. Will Marty's heart lead her to be completely honest with Jake? When the truth comes out, will Jake's love be strong enough to withstand Marty's misguided betrayal? Once again, gifted author Tracie Peterson reminds us that faith can move mountains--even if it moves one hill at a time.
Author B.J. Daniels continues her highly-entertaining romantic suspense, "Beartooth, Montana", series with Book 4, "Atonement". Sheriff Dillon LawsonAuthor B.J. Daniels continues her highly-entertaining romantic suspense, "Beartooth, Montana", series with Book 4, "Atonement". Sheriff Dillon Lawson and his twin brother Ethan chose quite different paths through life, and when Ethan is killed in a fiery car crash, Dillon's regret and grief runs deep. A year later, Dillon receives the surprise of his life when a very pregnant, very angry woman shows up at his ranch and mistakes him for Ethan. Tessa Winters never knew that the man who betrayed her and left her behind had a twin, but it's not hard to believe that he let his own brother believe he was dead. Dillon's joy at finding out Ethan is still alive is tempered by the knowledge that he must be in some very serious trouble--trouble which will follow Tessa and her unborn child. With all his protective instincts kicking in, Dillon moves Tessa into his ranch until he can find Ethan and secure a safe resolution for them all. Having the beautiful and intriguing mother-to-be so close and in his own home has Dillon longing for the family life he has always dreamed of having for himself. Tessa sees the physical resemblance between Ethan and Dillon, but Dillon is definitely a different kind of man--a man whom she can't help but find attractive and appealing. With unanswered questions of Ethan's whereabouts and threats surfacing to the safety of Tessa and her baby, can Dillon find the truth in time to keep them safe? Will the growing emotions and attraction between Dillon and Tessa lead to future happiness together with the new little life coming into this world? B.J. Daniels excels at creating compelling romantic suspense tales, and if you read one "Beartooth, Montana" book, you'll be hooked, and you'll greatly enjoy reading each contemporary western romantic adventure in the series.
"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Count"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country" is a marvelous mix of the familiar and the new, with a collection of contemporary tales given an added edge with a story set in the early 1800's. Four of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, and the known unknown of Nate Romanowski also makes its present felt. While some of the stories in this anthology have been previously published, three of them were written just for "Shots Fired". C.J. Box is a master of creating an atmospheric setting, letting the reader settle in somewhat, and then pulling out plot twists and turns that you never saw coming. Blending adventure, suspense, and imperfect humanity, and seasoning it with a dose of humor, C.J. Box keeps readers enthralled and reaching for more of his work. This entertaining assortment of vignettes is a perfect accompaniment to the author's full-length book series and stand-alone novels.