Sold to settle her husband's gambling debts, kidnapped... betrayed... and promised to the Mayan gods as their sacrificial bride. Texas-born beauty Mercy Cameron pursued one recklessly romantic dream - to be desired in all ways by the man who bought her as a bondswoman - to discover in his arms the depth of ecstasy and the consummate crest of love.
Rich with vivid settings - from the picturesque crofters' villages to the windswept moors and harsh seas - and filled with stunning characters you will never forget, it is the story of a remarkable people struggling to survive in a harsh and beautiful land. It is also the moving tale of two star-crossed lovers: Captain Iain MacDonald, a man torn between passion and honor, and Mairi of the Isles, the fiercely proud peasant girl who has sworn to save the land and the Gaelic traditions that are in her blood. Together, they'll embark on an adventure of the spirit and of the heart, in this powerful novel that will leave your memory long after the last chapter is heard.
Julie McCloud was saved as an infant from a disease-doomed wagon train. Windmillers Cap and Mike Shanahan raised Julie, teaching her their trade. Since then, she has criss-crossed the plains using her skills to bring water and life to the dry land.
She and her mentors wander into a no-man's land where they are met by three scraggly boys. The orphaned boys need a windmill to help them hold onto their land. Cap, Mike and Julie agree to build one, but there are those determined to see them fail.
It's 1924, and times are tough throughout the Midwest. Tougher even for 19-year-old Hallie Meredith. On her own and with a younger brother to care for, she is desperately in need of a job. She left her last job with rich Quentin Raford when his unwelcome romantic overtures became unbearable. When Garth Macleod offers her a job as cook, she jumps at it and finds a home with his nomadic outfit. But her security is short-lived when Raford decides he wants to put Macleod's outfit out of business.
Proud, orphaned, Katie MacLeod, along with her younger brother and sisters, left the bitter heartbreak of Texas behind and dared to take up their father's dream of building a ranch in the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains in Southeast Arizona. The MacLeods braved the perils of a harsh, unyielding wilderness, faced Geronimo and his Apaches, and fought Ed Larrimore, the most powerful rancher in the San Simon Valley, for territory.
For Laurie Field, life is a series of hellos and good-byes, of attachments cut short by the struggle for survival in America's Dust Bowl. When a violent dust storm leaves their mother dead and the family farm in ruins, Laurie and her brother help their father load up the flivver and leave Kansas, aiming for a better life.
When Mairi MacDonald loses her only daughter at birth, Mairi takes Christy into the warmth and fellowship of the close-knit island community to raise as her own, but finds it hard to welcome the waif into her heart, blaming Christy for taking the place of her true daughter. Longing for a mother's love, Christy finds companionship with her cherished foster brother David. When David is crippled in a near fatal accident, Christy realizes the true depth of her feelings. But will he ever feel the same for her?
Leaving Sweden for the American Frontier, 17-year-old Kirsten Mordal is determined to pursue her dream of claiming and cultivating her own homestead. She devises a plan that will enable her to explore the wild western plains, to choose a site for her future stake, and to save enough money to build a home. She befriends two men: Patrick O'Brien is a brawny Irish farmer and cattleman with a big heart. Ash Bowden, is a shrewd businessman who dreams of building orderly cities on the Plains. Which one to finally marry becomes a dilemma for Kirsten....
From the pleasures of her sheltered world in the bayous to the treacherous vastness of the great Southwest and beyond - forever quenching her thirst for all the passion and adventure life had to offer - wildly beautiful Rachel Delys fled the memories of her battle-slain lover and the fury of the Civil War. Across a tempestuous landscape, three men tried to tame her - one who seduced her, one who ravaged her, and one who would bring her at last to the peak of sublime rapture and depths of soul-searing love!
Tragedy leaves Lesley Morland to fill her father's shoes as the train-station master in Bountiful, Kansas. She is overwhelmed by unexpected circumstances and responsibilities, with the future of Bountiful itself hanging in the balance.
Brazil...lush with jungles, rich with gold...a wild and mysterious land that lured generations of men and women with visions of glory - to be caught in a crossfire of passion, danger, and betrayal as they struggled to hold on to their dreams in the turbulent land that was their heritage. One family, would pass down a mighty legacy. Rachel, a brave and beautiful orphan survived the cruel lust of a ruthless Brazilian slave owner, until a renegade sea captain set her free and claimed her passionate heart forever.
The faced the scalpers....the desert...and the love they all had for the same man! Patrick O'Shea – with gold flame hair and eyes the color of a storm, a man as bold, as brave as any who tamed the wild land, but as gentle as the breeze that stirred the heather of his native Ireland.
Jonathan and Ellen Ware have immigrated to the area from their farm in Illinois with 13-year-old Christy Ware and her two older brothers. The Wares are only one of the families that will soon be caught up in the burning issue of slavery with raids from the Border Ruffians out of Missouri and John Brown's small army devoted to ending slavery and helping runaways to escape to the north.
A Texas boy spends a year in captivity on a Mexican hacienda, where he learns respect and affection for the Mexican culture and gains an understanding of what freedom really means.
Kansas is deeply split by the national conflict. Jonathan Ware and his wife are deeply troubled that their sons have enlisted on opposing sides of the conflict. The Wares and the other homestead families are subject to raids by renegades from both sides. When Jonathan Ware and Bishop Jardine are killed, the women are left without protection. Earlier Christy Ware and her father had discovered a hidden valley, opening out from an underground river.