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The Cowgirl Takes a Husband!To keep the Texas ranch she loves, Hannah Parrish will wed a man she doesn't. Cowpokes won't take orders from a young, single female. But while her exasperating neighbor Matt Walker jokes about her being a mere debutante, Hannah is a rancher to the core. Just like Matt."Will you marry me?" It's a question widowed Matt never intended to ask again. Now spirited Hannah is asking him for a marriage of convenience! Yet whether she's birthing a calf or caring for a young orphan, the tomboy next door is becoming the partner Matt always hoped for. Now he must convince her the greatest strength comes in trusting your heart to another-and your future to God....
Josie's Wedding Dress by Victoria BylinDesperate for someone to help her save her ranch, Josie Bright makes a deal with Ty Dormer. Now the man who'd left her waiting at the altar is making her hope for things she had long stopped wishing for.Last Minute Bride by Janet DeanElise Langley was stung to the quick when her would-be suitor suddenly left town. But when David Wellman returns and they are thrown together organizing their friends' wedding, can she open her heart again?Her Ideal Husband by Pamela NissenAs a girl, Lydia Townsend hoped to marry Jebediah Gentry-until his rejection spoiled her dreams. When family duty brings her home, it's Jeb's chance to show Lydia that now is the time for her wedding dreams to come true.
The "orphan train" seemed like small-town spinster Adelaide Crum's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. So many lost children, every one of them dreaming only of a caring home--the home she longed to offer. And yet the narrow-minded town elders refused to entrust even the most desperate child to a woman alone. . . . Newspaperman Charles Graves believed his heart was closed forever, but he swore to stand by this lovely, lonely woman who was fighting for the right to take some motherless child into her heart. And her gentle soul and unwavering faith made him wonder if even he could overcome the bitter lessons of the past, and somehow find the courage to love. . . .
Dedicated healer and widow Mary Graves is suspicious when a handsome stranger arrives in town and asks questions about her newly adopted son. Dr. Luke Jacobs is searching for his long-lost son, and after meeting Mary, he realizes he's found what he's looking for. Original.
His family destroyed hers. But Wade Cummings's job offer-to care for his recuperating father-is impossible to decline. Schoolteacher Abigail Wilson can swallow her pride for the sake of a summer paycheck that will help her sister. And when Abigail's employment ends, old loyalties will separate the feuding families once more.If there's anyone in town stubborn enough to deal with Wade's cantankerous father, it's Abigail. It's just a business arrangement-and a temporary one, at that. Her good opinion shouldn't matter a lick to Wade. Yet their different backgrounds belie a surprising kinship. Perhaps unexpected love will be their reward for the summer's inconvenient match.
Margriet Ballegeer, a young Belgian woman, joined the resistance in 1914, playing a key role in sabotaging German occupation of Belgium throughout World War I. At the outbreak of war, Margriet, then 24, joined a local resistance group but later became part of a wider network of spies run by the British Intelligence Service from Rotterdam, but following the Armistice her role was overlooked. As part of her initial activities, she helped Father Felix Moons, a resistance worker, by stealing identity papers and passports from the town hall where her father was Chief of Police. Using these, she and Moons were able to help young men escape Belgium and join the Allies. When Moons became known to German Intelligence, he hid for a year in the Ballegeer household, pretending to be part of the family. While he stayed, Margariet acted as a courier for him, using the cover of her shop to keep resistance activities alive.In September 1915, Margriet was betrayed, arrested, and put on trial along with her father. They admitted to forging papers but denied the charges of spying: she was sentenced to 6 months, her father a year, both to be served in St Gilles prison. Even when released, Margriet remained committed to the cause, again joining a larger resistance group and using her shop as a "letterbox" for couriers, such as those collecting information on troop activities. Margriet was recruited by Henri Van Bergen as his secretary and courier, and between them they relayed vital information to Captain Landau who in turn informed his London HQ, enabling the Allies to prepare and anticipate German attacks.In 1917, Van Bergen, Margriet, and Moons were arrested and interrogated by the Germans after being betrayed by one of their recruits. More than 20 spies, including Margriet, were tried and sentenced to death. Margriet, however, was lucky and was granted a reprieve and remained in prison until the Armistice. Moons and Van Bergen were executed. After the war, Margrit moved to England, married and had two children, settling in Eastborne. This is her story.
Fleeing an arranged marriage, debutante Elizabeth Manning exchanges places with a mail-order bride bound for New Harmony, Iowa. Life on the frontier can't be worse than forced wedlock to pay her father's gambling debts. But Ted Logan's rustic lifestyle and rambunctious children prove to be more of a challenge than Elizabeth expects. She doesn't know how to be a mother or a wife. She doesn't even know how to tell Ted the truth about her past--especially as her feelings for him grow. Little does she know, Ted's hiding secrets of his own, and when their pasts collide, there's more than one heart at stake.
The ramshackle Victorian house is all that widowed mother-to-be Callie Mitchell has left. But she's going to make that house into a true home-a home where she and her baby will be safe and happy. . . ;and where women in need can find refuge. And if that means trusting stranger Jacob Smith to help with the repairs, then so be it. Jacob came to town with a handful of old postcards and one goal in mind-to find the mother who'd abandoned him years before. He never planned to stay. . . ;and he certainly never planned to care for Callie. Yet as they rebuild the house together, Jacob and Callie also build the family they've always wanted.
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