Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.
This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.
"Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois state police detective...mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.
Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive. So when her beloved mother - abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family - suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother's suffering: Caroline's grandfather.
Still reeling from her husband’s untimely death, Deborah Robinson needs a fresh start. So she decides to pack up her family and return to her grandmother’s ancestral home on Cavanaugh Island. The charming town of Sanctuary Cove holds happy memories for Deborah, and, after she spies a gorgeous stranger in the local bakery, it promises the possibility for a bright future. Dr. Asa Monroe is at a crossroads. Ever since the loss of his family, he has been traveling from one town to another. When he meets Deborah, the beautiful bookstore owner with the sunny smile, Asa believes he has finally found a reason to stay in one place.
"Slow Slow Slow"
Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a brand-new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children - especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine's other friends - Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson - know just how serious her heart condition is.
"Great Ending to the series"
Amanda Beiler could never have imagined the course her life would take when she happened to meet Alejandro Diaz. After catching the eye of the Cuban superstar, she hesitantly decides to leave her small Amish community in order to save it from the relentless attention of the paparazzi. Away from her close-knit family and the familiar rituals of her faith for the first time, Amanda goes on tour with the famous singer.
When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.
"A Great Start To A New Series..."
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up - only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed-and-breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos - and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.
While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo's passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
"Very well written"
Amanda's husband, Cuban pop star Alejandro, believed he was doing right by his wife when he left her on her parents' farm in the familiar shelter of Lancaster's Amish community. Amanda, however, has other ideas. Unwilling to sit idly by and hide from the paparazzi, she follows her husband to Europe for the start of his world tour to find out if their marriage can be saved once and for all.
Young Amish woman Amanda and international Cuban superstar Alejandro surprised the world by tying the knot. But for the celebrated singer, time doesn’t stand still after the big “I do.” Alejandro must return to his life on the road and into the fray of a demanding tour and his adoring fans. After their brief period of marital bliss, the new couple struggles under the media’s constant intrusion into their romance.
"Heart warming love story"
Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight - and she knows just the one.
"No Other Will Do: Ladies of Harper's Station #1"
Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans - for the gemstones and his daughter - are not what they seem. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie - a lie she has no knowledge of.
Luke Beiler has loved Elisabeth Schrock for as long as he can remember and is looking forward to the day they both join the church so they can marry. Elisabeth, however, chafes under the church rules and flees to the Englisch world leaving Luke heartbroken. When an accident leaves Brianna Mitchell with amnesia, she feels helplessly lost. What will happen when she is mistaken for Elisabeth Schrock and taken home to Paradise, Pennsylvania?
Amanda Beiler, a young woman raised Amish, is determined to make her marriage to internationally beloved Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz work. Since they spend more time apart than together, she decides to join her superstar husband in the spotlight and accompany him on his South American tour.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common; they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.
"Another winner for Lynette Eason!"
Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins. When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out - and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children.
Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride. Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect. Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.
"Kind of bummed out"
Mary Catherine grew up in a comfortable life despite an array of health issues, including a congenital heart condition (which she quietly obsesses over). She loves her parents, who are quite wealthy, but the lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead she pursues meaning through an abundance of charity work, always giving away a part of herself in service of others.
"Storyline good, but not enough substance"
Grace Harper is in hiding. When her father died six months before, she never imagined her unexpected inheritance would threaten her life. What better place to disappear than on a cattle ranch, doing the work she spent the last nine years helping her father with? And surely she'll be safe hidden in Texas, thousands of miles from her trouble.
Police Officer Tuck Chandler is good at his job. He's also good at holding women at arm's length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he's not about to open himself up to hurt like that again. Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she's determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.
Always quick on the draw and first to a fight, Gerard's world was turned upside down the day a slip of a girl sheriff shot his gun hand and then showed him forgiveness in Christ. But time doesn't always heal all wounds. This Christmas, outlaws seeking revenge against the sheriff sisters offer him a deal: the ranch of his dreams and revenge for the life of his sweetheart. Gerard has a choice to make.
When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn't the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner's niece and nephew, who've been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.
It's 1890. Called by God, 19-year-old Soonie Eckhart travels to an illegal Comanche and Kiowa settlement in North Texas to become a teacher for the children in hiding. Despite her Comanche roots, she finds many in the group, including a volatile young man named Lone Warrior, refuse to accept her. After a chance encounter in the hills with a band of dangerous men, Soonie must draw on the deepest parts of her faith and courage to survive.
Maggie Smith left her home and family behind her to forge a successful career. But she is beginning to wonder if it truly was worth all the sacrifices she has made. But her desire for a family and loving partner may be a challenge too far. Has she already had everything she dreamed of, and foolishly pushed it away? Ethan Cahill has spent most of his adult years alone, wandering wherever he could find work. His family's newly found luck has given him the stability he once craved. But is it enough? Find out.
Lyndsey is enjoying her work cataloguing the treasures in Greystones stately home, until the son of the owner unexpectedly returns after serving two years in prison. James instantly takes over the reins from his mother, asserting his authority over all the staff working there, an unpopular move considering his record. But when Lyndsey learns the big house is in financial trouble, she decides to help him despite being repelled by the heinous crime he was convicted of doing.
Christmas Kisses is a collection from five best-selling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.
Antonio and Megan are running. Running away. Megan's father told them to. Antonio and Megan fly to South Bend, Indiana. They are hiding out at Notre Dame until it's safe to come home. But will it ever be safe with the line of work Antonio and Megan's father do? There is no escaping the mob. It's part of your existence!
Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen's cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits - and starting to fear that she doesn't have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen...
Robert Truax, former second lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade, Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything. After the war Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast.
In this post-Civil War historical Christian romance, widow Lenora has run out of money, so she turns to her father for help. He struggles to make ends meet, but he can't turn his back on his daughter. After Jesse Grant loses his wife and two children in a fire, he has tried to make his way through life for the past couple of years. But it's hard to pastor such a large church without the support of a wife. The members of his church urge him to find a woman to marry, so he responds to the letter from John Hollister.
Being one of four sister sheriffs in the small town of Waterhole, Texas is satisfying until Pastor Joshua Plain, the traveling preacher, comes to town, Bible in hand, and God on his mind. Not looking for a husband, Dan is surprised to find herself drawn to the sandy-haired, blue eyed man of God. Joshua works his way into her heart and Dan finds herself thinking about him, night and day. Her beliefs and a sudden, unexpected choice may put an end to the budding romance, but God has other plans.
When Bonnie Wurthington's step brother gambles her away to Lord Blackstorm and she is sent to his estate to work the fields, Bonnie is confused and worried. But she believes that this is part of God's plan for her life, so she agrees to go. When Lord Rutherford discovers that the Bonnie he won in a late night card game is a lovely and Godly woman and not the "mule" he thought he had won, he realizes that to salvage her reputation he must marry her, but he knows that he isn't the man of God that Bonnie needs.
Chelsea wants to escape her horrific past, and she has little choice before her but to head West in search of a better life. With painful memories of her past and bleak hopes for the future, she embarks on a journey toward Montana to meet her future husband. David is looking for a wife to manage his home and help him with the ranch work. When he sees Chelsea, he wonders if she would be able to face the harsh life of the West.
Charity O'Connell receives a minimum of five marriage proposals a day from dirty miners and old men. When her pa drowned after being pinned in the creek by a fallen tree, Charity took up laundering to make ends meet. Especially after her gambling father lost every cent he ever made. Then, she receives a marriage proposal from handsome Gabriel Williams after Charity saves his daughter from being trampled, and Charity believes he's the answer to her prayer.
"Charity's Gold Rush: Woman of Courage, Book 3"
Friends since five years old. I got to marry my best friend. We were going to be a family. Or maybe not. "Time of death...." the doctor said. I won't forget that moment I looked over at Ellie-the paleness of her once rosy cheeks, the blue hue coating her perfect lips. You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her. She gave me her forever, I told myself. Her forever just ended at 25. "You need to say your goodbyes...." the doctor said.
Mary Hollister never thought she would marry, but after she loses her job as governess for a wealthy family, she winds up being a mail order bride for Lester Packard, a man who moved to Colorado during the Gold Rush. The problem is, Mary isn't drawn to the angry, crusty man she'd married. Is it possible for Lester's heart to soften and Mary to warm up to the rancher who doesn't know how to treat a wife?
John and Kari have spent the last few weeks of their lives falling madly in love for each other, faster than either of them ever dreamed could be possible. A romantic courtship led John to run to Kari's bedside at the hospital when pregnancy complications occurred, and the checkup resulted in a wedding that happened at the hospital! Their untraditional marriage sparked some concern within John's family; his conservative minded mother begged that the couple be wed publically, so that friends and family would be able to join in the celebrations of the couple's joyous union.
When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized, and Kate is kidnapped. Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.
Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is with his parents in West Texas when an unexpected attack injures the brother of Rebecca Morgan, Brody's high school sweetheart. The local sheriff, a good friend, asks for Brody’s help. At first it seems like an open-and-shut case. As Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime trial Rebecca will be overseeing.
"2 thumbs up"
The last time Detective Genie Green let a man humiliate her was her college sweetheart - never again. Yet, when former high school lothario Rafael Santiago returns to town as the consulting detective on her case, Genie's rule of never allowing another man to best her is challenged. Can she trust him long enough to solve this case and get the glory? Rafael can't seem to outrun his delinquent past. When The Snakes, a criminal organization he used to belong too, begin murdering people from his hometown, he has a chance to right some of his past wrongs.
War correspondent Jennie King thinks she's just a temporary guest in her grandmother's Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car-bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new plan for her.
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in Southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer Liliana Rodriguez to investigate the murders. While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?
"Prejudice and violence"
The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone - a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school.
The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beiler's barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past the house with its lights off. Sarah, David and Malinda's daughter, observes her parents' agony. Not only is she afraid and wishing she could protect her parents, she's entranced by the flirtatious Matthew Stoltzfus.
Chris Matlock, a wounded and weary ex-soldier, just wants peace in his life, and he believes he's found it when he visits Matthew and Jenny Bontrager. He envies their happiness and simple life but doesn't believe that life is meant for him. When he meets Matthew's sister, Hannah, a small spark of hope flares within him. Despite the clash of cultures between the former military man and the pacifist Amish woman, Chris and Hannah fall in love.
Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.
Quiet, cautious Ella Lantz has spent her entire life in the close-knit Amish community of the Home Valley. Tending her lavender fields, she finds calm and serenity in purple blooms, heavenly scents and a simple life. But the sudden arrival of a strange visitor to her parents' home heralds a host of new complications. Alex Caldwell is unlike any man Ella has ever met - clearly, he's no "Pennsylvania cousin", whatever the elders may say. In fact, Alex is a Wall Street whistle-blower under witness protection…and he's brought a world of trouble to the Lantz doorstep.
Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass who captures Gavin's heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal.
Elizabeth is at a crossroads. Will rumschpringe lead her away? Or bring her home? She's been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can't decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds...well, like paradise. And it's also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
Jenny Bontrager is finally at a place of love and belonging with her husband, Matthew, and his children. Life seems golden with both her family and career as a writer. But everything Jenny now believes in is thrown into question with the discovery of a long-lost letter from her father. Her sense of peace and contentment destroyed by betrayal, Jenny struggles with her renewed faith - and the love of everyone around her.
Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since it's nearing the time of Annie's rumschpringe - the time when Amish youth experience Englisch life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faith - the family decides a visit is a good idea.
Emma decided long ago that she was going to marry Isaac Stoltzfus. Since she was 10, she'd dreamt of being Isaac's wife, of fixing up a small farmhouse, of raising boppli together. But now Isaac's Rumschpringe has introduced him to new ways - and, much to Emma's dismay, Isaac seems to be enjoying them. Is the man Emma now sees in Isaac the same man she fell in love with all those years ago? He seems more like a stranger who wears jeans and a short haircut and listens to rock music.
Texas, 1874. Long ago Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his Civil War hero brother, Clayton. But when Scout steps foot on the rundown remnants of the Circle C ranch, he wonders if maybe - just maybe - the Lord has something different intended for him. Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth and shouldering the blame for her brother's death. But when a stranger rides onto her ranch claiming he owns it, she suddenly is given a choice.
Past promises will be tested as new ones are given.... When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather's advances, Clayton knows he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch - and from the man she fears. As they make their way west, an unexpected, deep bond develops between Vanessa and Clayton - far more powerful than a mere friendship or his sense of duty to her.
Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life. When Daniel, an Amish man living in Florida, arrives and shares her restlessness, Mary Katherine feels drawn to him and curious about the life he leads away from Lancaster County. But her longtime friend, Jacob, has been in love with her for years. He’s discouraged that she’s never viewed him as anything but a friend and despairs that he is about to lose Mary Katherine to this outsider.
Since booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life.
Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother's offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn't help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.