Shooting a bandit was reporter Hallie Wainwright's introduction to the Wild West, where she'd traveled with a bevy of mail-order brides. But it was the more intimate "hello" in the arms of Cooper DeWitt that sent her heart racing--and made it all the more difficult for her to tell the brawny plainsman that she wasn't the woman he'd sent for.... When she jumped from the stage, shining with true grit and spewing tall tales, Cooper DeWitt thought he just might have struck gold. Raised with the Sioux, Cooper needed a wife who could brave the frontier and corral his restless heart. The problem was, his would-be bride had no intention of marrying him!
Meet the women who civilized the American West in this bundle hand-picked by Wendy the Super Librarian! Though their pasts may be filled with trials and tribulations, these Harvey Girls still have big dreams of a better life. Falling in love wasn't on the menu, until happily ever after came walking through the door. Bundle includes the Doctor's Wife, The Lawman's Bride, and the Preacher's Daughter by Cheryl St. John.
Nick Harding had seen enough of life's darker side. . . and bore the scars-inside and out-to prove it. Plus, years of tracking reprobates had hardly improved his opinion of his fellow man. Yet some spark of hope remained in him, he suspected. Why else would he have agreed to settle down in Thunder Canyon as a sheriff whose man job was seeing that the saloons remained respectable?But the quiet life proved elusive whenever he and Lily Divine crossed paths, For the feisty owner of the Shady Lady seemed hell-bent on stepping out a woman's "proper" place. . . and into his wounded heart!
Charlie McGraw never should have bought the angel book for his precocious daughter. Because then Meredith wouldn't be convinced that getting a new mommy was as simple as having an "angel" sprinkle him with her "miracle dust. " and she never would have believed the beautiful blond-haired woman who drove a truck called the "Silver Angel" was some treetop angel come to life. Starla Richards was no angel. But try telling that to a five-year-old who was so starved for a mother's love that she'd stowed away on Starla's rig. Or convincing herself that miracles just didn't happen to ordinary people when Starla found herself snowbound with the handsome, caring widower and his adorable daughter. . . .
Colorado Wife by Cheryl St. JohnFinding two orphans on her doorstep, Rosalyne Emery is determined to make local tycoon Sam Calhoun responsible for them. But the mismatched pair soon find themselves trapped in a pretend engagement that might just become a reality. . . . Jubal's Gift by Elizabeth LaneJubal Trask is out to kill Thomas Curry, The man who deserted him during the war. But finding Thomas's two children and their aunt Tess, The girl who has always loved Jubal, The scarred soldier struggles to learn the power of love and forgiveness before it's too late. Until Christmas by Mary BurtonLaura Butler wants to sell her grandfather's silver mine, move back east and forget all about mining! Mine manager Roman Maddox has other plans, but he has only until Christmas to win Laura's hand in marriage.
Winter of Dreams by Cheryl St. JohnIf Violet Kristofferson had known that her new employer was the town undertaker, she might never have come to Carson Springs as his cook. Yet she needs a fresh start away from scandal. And Ben Charles's unflinching faith could be her path to something truly precious-a new family.The Rancher's Sweetheart by Debra UllrickThe cowboys on her uncle's ranch show Sunny Weston no respect-except for foreman Jed Cooper. A riding and roping contest is Sunny's chance to prove herself. But now that she's falling for Jed, will she find courage to take the biggest risk of all, and trust her heart?
Two novels for the price of one! In "This Week I Thee Wed, " Francie Karr-Taylor marries Ryan MacNair to convince her grandmother and 10th reunion class that she's happily married. He brings along the kids. Will this fake family become real? In "50 Clues He's Mr. Right, " reporter Tara Butler finds love when she is assigned to update a magazine article from 1949 called "Forty-nine Things You Need to Know About a Real Man. "
Eight years ago, Brock Kincaid had tried to put Abby-and her brother's senseless death-out of his mind. After all, a man whose livelihood was tied to the six-shooters at his hips couldn't allow emotional memories to dull his senses. But seeing her again brought it all back: the passion, the hunger, the confusion. Nothing had changed, and yet, when he looked at her child-everything had changed. Abby needed a man to match her fire, and he would be that man. He would know his son. Now if he could just convince Abby to believe in him again...and in the future that was meant to be!
When eighteen-year-old Mariah found herself pregnant and unmarried in her small Colorado town, she disappeared. One year later, she returned with a baby--though minus the "husband" who had conveniently ventured off to Alaska's gold fields to seek his fortune....But now, with handsome adventurer Wes Burrows turning up and claiming to be the husband she had invented, Mariah's lies become flesh and blood--and her wildest dreams a reality!
Protecting people runs through Jonas Black's blood, and Eliza Jane Sutherland is one woman who needs his strong arms around her. A rugged Montana man, Jonas will guard Eliza from her vile brother-in-law as fiercely as he guards his own heart. But though he can fight her enemies, he can't fight the attraction between them. Soon Jonas is sure they have a future together--only Eliza hides secrets that could change everything. . . .
Courtesan Ella Reed escapes dangerous city life to rural Wyoming and says "I do" to a marriage of convenience! But she may not live the life of a respectable woman for long if she can't keep her past-and her heart-under lock and key.For a self-made man with political aspirations, love is trivial in a paper marriage. Nathan Lantry needs a wife to secure his election and manage his rowdy little boys. Yet he can't stop wanting more from his irresistible new bride. Then her secrets start to unravel....
NOAH CUTTER WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD. . . Scarred in body and soul, rancher Noah didn't consider himself fit company for anyone. But when his brother's philandering finally caught up with him, honor dictated that Noah claim his brother's widow as his own. . . . Standing on her doorstep, with his collar turned up and a rifle by his side, Noah was about the most intimidating man Katherine had ever seen. And though one man's false promises had already dashed her dreams, she instinctively trusted this stranger. Even more, Kate suspected she'd only be a fool this time if she didn't take a chance on Noah For The sake of herself. . . and her unborn child!
An Unexpected Homecoming Ryanne Whitaker isn't proud of having to return to her hometown of Elmwood, Iowa. But with a failed marriage and a financial mess waiting for her back in the city, she needs a place to regroup. She also wouldn't mind a friend...like her childhood confidant, Nick Sinclair.Nick's now the town sheriff and a single father. He wants nothing more than to let Ryanne lean on him, to be able to care for her and love her as he's always wanted to do. And yet he knows that she won't need him forever. Can he risk giving his heart to her if she's only going to walk away?
MEMORIES...Tye Hatcher returned to Aspen Grove to find that life in the sleepy Western town hadn't changed much. The townspeople stubbornly refused to see the man he had become. That is, everybody but Meg Telford. Meg definitely took notice of the reticent rancher and gave him a chance in life when no one else would. Still, Meg clung to the memories of her late husband, afraid of the feelings Tye aroused in her heart. And though Tye vowed to prove his worth to the town, could he ever prove to Meg that he was worthy of her love?
Sophie Hollis could charm any man. . . Kidnapped as a child, sold to a con man, she'd fast learned how to sweet-talk her way out of trouble. Now all Sophie wanted was to be left alone to build a new life-one that was honest and decent, based on truth, not trickery. But the one man she wanted!Clay Connor was the last man she should care about. Upright and honorable, The town's marshal deserved better than a woman with a tainted past. But if only Sophie could learn to trust again, she might find this lawman would make her new life complete. . . .
A Christmas Child by Carolyn DavidsonMarianne Winters has no one in the world but her baby brother and, with Christmas approaching, she needs somewhere warm to stay. Will she find her home, and a loving heart, with the lonely pastor, David McDermott?The Christmas Dove by Victoria BylinMaddie Cutler once snubbed bad boy Dylan McCall, but with nowhere else to turn she has come back to town--with a babe in arms. Dylan is a reformed man, and on seeing Maddie again he longs to heal her hurt--and claim her once and for all!A Baby Blue Christmas by Cheryl St. JohnTurner Price hasn't been the same since he lost his wife and child. But when he finds a young woman and newborn twin babies in his stable, he realizes this may be his second chance to be a loving husband and father, just in time for Christmas!
Bounty hunting was just a job for Gabe Taggart-one he needed to fund his sister's education. But now Irene has finished school, and Gabe is ready to settle down, find a husband for Irene and-best of all-set aside his past. His adventuring days are over...until his intervention in a train robbery leaves him injured, under Elizabeth Hart's care. Despite his plans for a quiet life, antagonizing his feisty caretaker is the most fun Gabe's ever had. Elizabeth provokes him, too, with her strong mind, kind heart and high principles. Gabe hopes to win her love, but will his dark history bar him from marriage to the preacher's daughter?
Well, readers, The search For The owner of the Queen of Hearts Mine is finally over, And The lucky lady is none other than Thunder Canyon's own favorite dog-walker, Lisa Martin! the Douglas family is no longer the richest in town. . . . Apparently, handsome Riley Douglas (whose family was the richest in town) has taken it upon himself to handle Lisa's considerable finances. He's suddenly spending quite a bit of time with the heiress-just ask the paparazzi camped outside her house. Is he trading in his sophisticated ladies For The plain Jane, or does he have something else up his sleeve? This prospector is willing to bet her weight in gold that this gal will soon be rich in love and money!
10th ANNIVERSARYI'm Not Who You Think I Am!Sarah Thorton wanted to shout, but revealing her true identity could only bring disaster on herself and her infant son. Still, sorrowful circumstance had turned a mistake into a miracle. She suddenly had a home, a family-and Nicholas Halliday, a man as dangerous to her as he was desirable...!His newly widowed sister-in-law wore mystery as elegantly as an evening wrap, rousing more than suspicions in Nicholas Halliday-for this beautiful stranger had a claim not only to the family fortune, but also to his heart and soul...!
Boy-next-door Nick Sinclair had grown up into a hunk extraordinaire-that was Ryanne Whitaker's first shock on reencountering her sexy, single-dad neighbor. The second was that she was facing this broad-shouldered Mr. Gorgeous across the barrel of a gun!Turned out Nick was now sheriff of their Iowa hometown and had mistaken Ryanne for an intruder. . . but meeting him again like that had certainly unsettled her settling in. . . . Ryanne had planned her stay in town to be temporary. But that was before Nick kissed her! Was it time for Ryanne to trade in the bright lights of the big city For The warm glow of hearth and home?
No mother should have to bury her childAmy Shelby had learned this sorrow well. Her heart had gone into the ground a year ago along with her boy's tiny casket. And not even her husband, Jesse, wrestling the same pain, could resurrect any hope in her. Jesse Shelby mourned two losses-his baby son and his openhearted bride, For when their child died, Amy retreated behind a wall of grief as wide as the Nebraska prairie. But could a chance for a new family heal their wounded marriage-and guide them back To The comfort of each other's arms?
An untouched woman...Lorabeth Holdridge longed for life and experience! Cloistered by her strict father, her world was confined to chores and prayer. Her chance of escape came when she took a job as housekeeper to a boisterous family. Lorabeth reveled in her newfound freedom. And when Benjamin Chaney visited, she felt the stirrings of her first crush. A hard-bitten man...Jaded and cynical, Ben found it hard to trust, though Lorabeth's sweetness soothed his battered soul and taught him joy. But he would have to face the demons of his past to find a glorious future in Lorabeth's arms!
There was nothing remotely romantic about widowed father Samuel Hart's marriage proposal. Yet Josie Randolph said yes. The Lord had finally blessed the lonely widow with the family she'd always dreamed of. And she was deeply in love with the handsome preacher, whose high ideals inspired everyone. Surely during their long journey across the western plains to his new post her husband would grow to love her. Each mile brought them closer to home, yet drove them further apart. Samuel didn't seem ready to open his heart again. But Josie was determined to be not just the preacher's wife, but Samuel's wife.
The Cowboy's Christmas Miracle by Jillian Hart Wrongly imprisoned, Caleb McGraw is finally free-but the bitterness he holds still makes him feel trapped. Until he sees the beautiful Caroline holding a little boy with eyes just like his own. Discovering his long-lost son is just the start of Caleb's Christmas miracles! Christmas at Cahill Crossing by Carol Finch One Christmas night, outcast Lucas Burnett finds a silver-haired angel buried in the snow. But Rosalie Greer is no pale spirit-she's a fiery, independent woman, as wild as the mustangs Lucas breeds. Can she be the one to finally thaw Lucas's frozen heart? A Magical Gift at Christmas by Cheryl St. John Meredith has always dreamed of a grand life but, stranded on a train in heavy snowfall with two young stowaways, she unexpectedly finds she has everything she needs with just one strong man to protect her. . . .
Charlie McGraw never should have bought the angel book for his precocious daughter. Because then Meredith wouldn't be convinced that getting a new mommy was as simple as having an "angel" sprinkle him with her "miracle dust." And she never would have believed the beautiful blond-haired woman who drove a truck called the "Silver Angel" was some treetop angel come to life.Starla Richards was no angel. But try telling that to a five-year-old who was so starved for a mother's love that she'd stowed away on Starla's rig. Or convincing herself that miracles just didn't happen to ordinary people when Starla found herself snowbound with a handsome, caring widower and his adorable daughter....
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