Clara Sinclair has learned to live one lonely day at a time. It was the only way she managed to survive her husband's death in World War II and raise their young son alone. But now she's at a loss as to how to handle the defiant teenager he has become, even as she struggles to keep her family financially afloat. She's fresh out of ways to turn her luck around - until a daring stranger's unexpected kindness sparks hope she hasn't felt in a long time....
"Dorothy Garlock Never Disappoints!"
Louise Watkins has her hands full. Her mother had been the town midwife, but after her daughter Alice died under her care, she refused to assist in another childbirth. So Louise has assumed the work. She also takes care of Alice's six-year old, Charlotte, because the child's father was lost in World War I. But Louise's principal job is running the boardinghouse that is the family's main source of income. One day, Charlotte befriends a stranger, a man who has taken refuge in an old cabin in the woods nearby....
"Enjoyable but don't expect great writing"
Growing up poor and largely abandoned on the streets of 1920s Chicago, Anna Finnegan has struggled her entire life. Until a talent manager discovers her and brings her into the world of theater. Now years later she's about to start shooting her first movie. Arriving on location in Redstone, Texas, in 1932, Anna steps off the train and collides into Dalton Barnes. He's lived in Redstone all his life and hates how the big city out-of-towners are gawking at the small-town locals like him.
Adrianna Moore has just had a double shock: the death of her father and the discovery that he has left his entire estate to his lawyer. The lawyer, a repulsive social climber, tells her that to regain her inheritance, she must marry him "a week from Sunday". Adrianna takes off, driving desperately to a new life.
Sophie Heller and her family emigrated from Germany to the small town of Victory, Illinois, well before WWII began. But now that the war has deeply affected the town, local residents are beginning to turn a cold shoulder toward them. Then tragedy strikes when a train is derailed, and the Heller family is unfairly blamed. With paranoia and discrimination threatening to destroy the once peaceful town, the handsome teacher from the high school gallantly comes to Sophie's defense.
Gwendolyn Foster's life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether - to be a writer - and she won't rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her...that's what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.
Colton, Montana, 1931: Struggling through the Great Depression, Maddy Aldridge agrees to run an illegal speakeasy in order to save her family's mercantile store. Keeping her dangerous new business partner at arm's length is no easy task, but her bravery faces its biggest test when Jack Rucker unexpectedly comes home. He left town seven years ago, breaking his promise - and her heart. Now Jack is willing to do anything to earn her forgiveness... anything except reveal one important truth: that he's a Prohibition agent on an undercover assignment.
Charlotte Tucker was raised in small-town Minnesota, where the only real company was the people who came to her Aunt Louise's boarding house. Several years later, Charlotte is a young woman and thirsty to get out of her hometown and see the world. She jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer, Oklahoma, to begin a new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother.
Olivia Marsten never imagined she'd be a war bride. But when her childhood best friend surprises her with a marriage proposal, she reluctantly accepts. She can't bear to send him off to serve in the Navy with a broken heart - even though her heart belongs to someone else. Sparks fly the moment mysterious stranger Peter Becker lays eyes on Olivia. He never hesitated to pull her out of harm's way - risking his own life to save hers. Yet as kind as he is handsome, Peter harbors a dark secret.
World War II has ended, and everyone is pursuing peacetime's bright promise with fresh energy and hope. Newly-arrived in a small Wisconsin town, Christina Tucker now dares to chase her long-cherished dreams: put her wartime nursing skills to use and reconnect with country life. But helping a shell-shocked veteran recover soon tests her determination and disturbs town memories best left buried. She has no choice but to turn to her patient's seemingly-irresponsible brother, Tyler Sutter. A restless ex-soldier, Tyler can't believe this pretty ladylike nurse can heal his family.
"Always love a Garlock story!"
In 1890, the rough Western town of Whiskey Bend, Colorado, is no place for single women. The final straw for widow Pearl Parsons and young schoolteacher Hallie Wolcott is the assault on their friend Mary - she's beaten up and no one steps forward to help her. Desperately fleeing from the attacker, the three women drive away in an open wagon, seeking new lives and safety.