Baby on Her Doorstep Schoolteacher Ellen Thurston never expected to find love in Pepin, Wisconsin. But the moment she discovers a baby boy outside her door, it's love at first sight. While the townsfolk don't approve of Ellen as a single mother, what worries her most are her feelings for the handsome farmer who defends her decision to keep the child. Ellen is far above the reach of a German immigrant like Kurt Lang. Especially one weighted with responsibility. Kurt knows how hard it is to raise a child alone, but he will do whatever it takes to help make Ellen's dream of a family come true.
The second in a series of books about four generations of women in the 20th century. Bette is set in the years before World War II.
In Whispers of Love, Civil War widow Jessie Wagstaff must fend for herself and her son. When a stranger, Lee Smith, befriends Jessie's son, even though she recognizes nine-year-old Linc's need for a father figure, she's reluctant to let a new man into their life. When the Great Chicago Fire blazes, every heart is pushed to its limits. In Lost In His Love, Jessie's son Linc, a social activist and reporter, charms his way through the upper class of San Francisco to build much-needed support for his fight against child labor. His main target is Cecilia Jackson, a beautiful heiress who doesn't recognize the crucial part she plays in this dangerous exploitation. As the secrets of her family's dark past are exposed, Cecilia must revive her own wounded spirit and find the strength to lean on the never-failing love of Christ. But when the 1906 earthquake hits, everyone's faith will be put to the test. In Echoes of Mercy, Meg Wagstaff challenges the racial barriers of 1920s New Orleans in order to prove that her childhood friend did not commit murder. The stubborn lawyer prosecuting the case, Gabriel St. Clair, is an authentic Southern gentleman who makes the mistake of underestimating Meg, both her tenacity and her charm. Despite their many differences, sparks begin to fly. But when Meg discovers the truth, will Gabe be able to protect her from those who can't afford to have justice prevail?
Three touching stories about faith, friends and the power of love. "Wed by a Prayer" by Lyn Cote: They met at a wedding and couldn't stand each other. But then a troubled teen put them on the same path--for life? "The Dream Man" by Lenora Worth: Could a businessman convince an ambitious beauty that faith and love could move mountains? "Small-Town Wedding" by Penny Richards: He was the last person she wanted to see...until he returned to tell her about the tragic past they shared. Would the truth set her free--to love him? Experience the wonder of falling in love, with three women who find happily-ever-after when they least expect it!
Lawyer Eleanor Washburn defends wayward teenagers and supervises volunteers for Habitat for Humanity without missing a beat. But she is unnerved by fascinating single dad Pete Beck-especially since his chaotic life includes a little girl wishing for a mother. Sweet Cassie has Eleanor yearning for what's been missing from her lonely existence. Soon, both dad and daughter are chipping away at Eleanor's defenses. Can she find the courage to risk losing her heart to this ready-made family?
Carly Lorraine Sinclair grows up in the home of her fiercely strong mother, Leigh. Naturally timid, Carly finds that constantly trying to please Leigh by hiding her own fears only increases her insecurities. In a bold attempt to face them head-on, she joins the Army. Through the military Carly confronts her self-doubt, realizing when sent to Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm that facing fears is crucial to survival. After she is wounded, she returns to Ivy Manor and the nursing care of three generations of women who have faced their own warspersonal or otherwise. Carly must determine whether she can cope with her new physical needs and find peace . . . and finally, love.
Award-winning author Lyn Cote delivers the first story in her moving Women of Ivy Manor series about four generations of women, set against the sprawling tapestry of the twentieth century. Chloe Lorraine Kimball is born at the estate of Ivy Manor in the wee hours of the twentieth century. She is the apple of her grandmother's eye, if not her mother and father's. For despite a home filled with everything a young girl could desire, she lacks the one thing she wants above all else-unconditional love from her parents. Thinking she can win that love through her actions, she creates a successful life for herself in Washington, DC, as the belle of her father's political career. Bright and beautiful, she revels in the attention she receives from the capitol's major players. But in the end, as her world comes crashing down amid the opening months of the Depression, Chloe must realize that whether or not she's capable of giving and receiving love is something entirely up to her. And perhaps she can finally find happiness on her own terms.
Dr. Jake McClure's basset hound has fallen in love. With a single mom, her adorable twins and the orphaned kittens they rescued. Man's best friend suddenly won't budge from Jeannie Broussard's home-and Jake can understand why. Jeannie's place is full of love, laughter and everything Jake has been missing in his life lately. As Jake spends time with Jeannie and her girls, a bond forges between them, and soon Jake is wondering if he's the perfect fit in this fatherless family. . . .
Seven years ago, Grey Lawson went to prison for a fatal hit-and-run. Now, with little else but his faith, he returned to the hometown that had turned against him--only to find Winfield plagued by a series of accidents that eerily mirrored events from the past. As Winfield's first female deputy, Trish Franklin had to tread carefully, professionally and personally, as she got involved with Grey. Yet with a killer determined to frame him for crimes past and present, Grey could only pray that Trish wouldn't suffer for his sins.
As sheriff of his Wisconsin hometown, Keir Harding hoped to finally put his troubled past behind him--until a vindictive arsonist threatened the seaside community's summer season. Determined to catch the criminal, Keir enlisted the aid of Audra Blair, a woman close to the two teen suspects. Starting her own business had taken a leap of faith, and Audra was proud of her bustling waterfront café. Keir's quiet Christian beliefs and strong presence tempted the single mother to believe in the healing power of love. With the arsonist's sights set on Audra, she might pay the ultimate price for getting involved with Keir.
That's what Sylvie Patterson wanted to know when she learned her cousin Ginger was dead. And so did Ridge Matthews, a state homicide detective working with Winfi eld's police department. Ginger's apartment was ransacked, followed by a string of suspicious break-ins at houses where Ginger had visited. What did Ginger own that was so valuable someone was willing to kill her for it? It would take all of Ridge's skills--and Sylvie's prayers--to keep Sylvie from becoming the next victim.
A New Orleans lady and a half-breed frontiersman become unlikely allies as they travel the wilds of texas. In 1821, when circumstances make it impossible for her to remain in New Orleans, Dorritt and her family head west to join Stephen Austin's settlement and recoup their fortune in Texas. Quinn is a man of the frontier who has made a name for himself as a peerless scout. But as he and Dorritt's party begin a grueling trek across untamed Texas, the success of their journey is in grave doubt. Mexico has broken with the Spanish Crown, and armies from both countries--plus marauding Comanches--roam the pine forests and prairies. And one of the party is plotting destruction. Now, with their lives joined in a virgin land fraught with peril, can Dorritt and Quinn put all their trust in God and receive the desires of their hearts?
New Orleans in the 1920's is full of corruption and darkness, and Del Dubois, a black jazz pianist, finds himself a victim to the corruption and prejudice of the city. Arrested and charged with murder, he turns to his San Francisco childhood friend Meg Wagstaff for help. She is confronted by Gabe St. Clair, a New Orleans native and member of a respected and prominent family, who is the city attorney and confident of Del's guilt.
This second book in Cote's two-book Bountiful Blessings miniseries begins as Spring Kirkland is reunited with old classmate Marco Da Palma. They realize that, even after ten years, they are truly meant to be together.
The first title in a brand-new miniseries duo called Bountiful Blessings. Hannah Kirkland uproots her life in order to find the spiritual healing that she so desperately needs. In the process, she unexpectedly becomes involved with local builder Guthrie Thomas -- and together they learn that the only "forever" is a love shared with family and friends.
Inspirational stories on friendship and family from Lyn CoteFINALLY HOMEAfter her wedding that wasn't, Hannah Kirkland hides in her parents' small Wisconsin town. But hiding is hard in a house under construction! As a friendship blossoms with carpenter Guthrie Thomas, Hannah learns how to build a home--and love--of her own. FINALLY FOUNDTen years ago, Marco Da Palma left Spring Kirkland behind. What did a poor scholarship student have to offer her, anyway? But when Marco, now a successful doctor, finds Spring again, the pair has a second chance. If only Marco can release his fears, and see the happiness that's been waiting all along. . . .
An Unexpected Partnership Quaker Rachel Woolsey dreams of having her own bakery and her own homestead. But the odds are stacked against her-until the handsome ex-soldier she nurses back to health offers to help her. Like Rachel, Brennan Merriday is an outsider. But he'll be the temporary ally she needs, and her foolish attraction will fade once he's gone. At first, the only thing Brennan wants to know about Pepin, Wisconsin, is how fast he can leave it. Perhaps in Canada he'll find peace after a bloody war. Yet repaying his debt to the pretty baker offers unexpected solace. She saved him once. Now he longs to rescue dreams of family-for both of them. Wilderness Brides: Finding love-and a fresh start-on the frontier
In 1846, young widow Mariel survived the grueling voyage from Germany to start a new life in the "promised" land of ?Texas. Forced by circumstances to become a servant, Mariel is now determined to leave her harsh master. But how can a single woman face the frontier on her own? Texas Ranger Carson Quinn is responsible for leading Mariel's party of German immigrants safely through dangerous Comanche-held territory. As he watches Mariel hold her head high in spite of everything, he knows he will do anything to protect her. But war is brewing: Mexico will not accept the U.S. annexation of the young Texas Republic without a fight. Honor bound to defend Texas, Carson's deepest longing is to lay down his rifle and forge a future with Mariel. As he struggles to determine God's path for him, Mariel watches the man she loves torn in two. Will the tide of history keep them from giving their love a chance?
Nothing is impossible--as far as idealistic schoolteacher Verity Hardy is concerned. The lovely widow is certain teaching freed slaves in a Virginia town torn apart by the Civil War will help heal bitterness and old wounds. But she's finding that the school's cynical builder, Matthew Ritter, has little reason to have faith in her--or anything else. An ex-Union captain, Matt has seen more than his share of destruction. And the threats he's getting about the school are almost enough to make him give up. But Verity's spirit and courage inspire him to fight once again for what he believes in--and to show her they can reach their dreams together. . . .
In 1836 Texas, Alandra Sandoval is the lady of Rancho Sandoval, determined to prove to a doubting world that a woman alone can run a ranch as well as any man. But when Comanches attack her ranch and kidnap her, Alandra must admit she needs protection. A top hand at a nearby ranch, Scully Falconer, is chosen for the task and though Alandra tries to pretend she doesn't need his help, he quietly stays by her side. Though they believe their paths to be worlds apart, the rugged American cowboy with a troubled past and the proud lady of Mexican descent are united when Alandra's greedy relatives burst into their lives. And when General Santa Anna's army crosses the Rio Grande--marching toward a rendezvous with destiny at the Alamo--Alandra and Scully are swept up together in the tide of history...and their world will never be the same.
Christmas is for families...And Felicity Gabriel intends to build a family right away! When she inherits a mansion, she decides to turn it into a home for orphans. But her first charges test her resolve. One child is a thief, suspicious of her kindness. The other is the local judge's traumatized daughter.Broken by war, Judge Tyrone Hawkins is devastated when his little girl runs from him to Felicity. But Felicity's courage despite the town's scorn for her orphanage and her caring way with his daughter restore his lost faith. Now he wonders if they all can find the family they seek...just in time for Christmas.
Long enamored with her boss, Jack Lassater, Gracie Petrov helps show him how to let go of his anger and open his heart to God. . . and to love.
LOVE IN BLOOMGage Farrell had answered Cat Simmons's prayers. She needed a loan to expand her nursery, and he had offered.Gage eagerly anticipated their new partnership. Eden was the perfect place to reevaluate his materialistic lifestyle and find spiritual healing. But theirs was obviously not a perfect partnership. Cat was set in her rigid traditions and small-town ways, and Gage liked to think big!Still, Gage found Cat's honesty and warmth refreshing, and it wasn't long before her mere presence started to play havoc with his concentration. And it looked as though there was more to this partnership than just business....
The third in s series, this book focuses on a young journalist in the 1960s who becomes involved in the civil right movement and antiwar protests.
It's 1906, and small children are working long hours at dangerous jobs in factories all across America - sometimes literally working themselves to death. The economic demand for cheap goods has made abusive child labor an accepted institution, and only one man has the courage and the social class to put an end to this corruption. In this dramatic sequel to Whispers of Love, social activist Lincoln Wagstaff charms his way through the upper class of San Francisco to build much-needed support for his fight against child labor. Along the way he meets Cecilia Jackson, a rich and beautiful heiress who doesn't recognize the crucial part she plays in this dangerous exploitation. As Lincoln struggles to win justice for child laborers in the new Industrial Age, Cecilia must revive her own wounded conscience and find the faith to lean on Lincoln's strength and the never-failing love of Christ.