It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . .Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn't come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. The trouble is, there's no money to send them back . . .
Alicia Harris says she's happily married and expecting a baby--but only the last part is true. She can't bear to disappoint her grandfather by telling him she's two months away from single motherhood. Then Grandpa Roger drops in unexpectedly to spend the holidays with Alicia and her husband, and Alicia needs to find a fill-in--fast. Childhood friend Joe Palmero fits the bill, and is willing to play along. Still, the longer they spend playing their parts, the closer Alicia and Joe come to discovering what love, faith and marriage truly mean.
What would you give up for love? For Carol, it was her passion to sing. But was her sacrifice worth it now that her marriage is crumbling? In this heartwarming novella, two people discover the true essence of Christmas and its power to rekindle the flames of love.
(back of book) Katie Jones is committed to fighting for the cause of women's suffrage. She has no time for romance, especially not with her best friend Ben Rafferty. But when Katie's column in Ben's newspaper, The Homestead Herald, stirs things up, sparks begin to fly. Ben is set on winning Katie over, but Katie is just as determined to stay true to her 1916 feminist ideals. With such strong obstacles in the way, their relationship can't possibly progress. Unless somehow love finds a way . . .
THE CHRISTMAS CHARADEJoe: You could tell your grandfather the truth.Alicia: I can't. I only lied because he was so sick. He's from the old school-marriage is for a lifetime. If he finds out the truth, he'll worry and fuss and stew.Joe: What you need is a rent-a-husband.Alicia: You applying for the position?Joe: Six weeks pretending to be your husband? Tough work, but someone has to do it.Alicia: It's only while Grandpa is here for the holidays....Joe: You aren't serious?Alicia: It was your idea!
It's 1916, and Idaho rancher Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses but nothing about men. So when charged with transforming English aristocrat Sherwood Statham from playboy into cowboy, she's totally disconcerted. So is Statham, who's never encountered a woman succeeding in a man's world. Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming.
After years of bitterness and anger over her ex-husband's betrayal, Claire Conway's life finally seems to be on track. But when her son, Dakota, brings home his fiancee, Sara Jennings, everything falls apart. For Sara turns out to be the same woman Claire's husband had an affair with twelve years earlier. And though Claire has moved on with her life, there are some things it would take a miracle to forgive.
The truest treasure is found deep in the heart.Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. But in Grand Coeur, Idaho--the rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church--she's not sure where she fits in. Then a critically ill woman arrives, and Shannon knows her place at last: to care for this dear woman and ease her pain.Matthew Dubois is the fastest and most reliable stagecoach driver on Wells Fargo's payroll. But his widowed sister is dying and he's about to inherit his young nephew. So he takes a job at the Wells Fargo express office in Grand Coeur until he can find the one thing he needs to get back to driving: a wife to care for the boy.What neither of them knows is that God is at work behind the scenes--and is lovingly bringing them together to discover the true desires of their hearts.
A CLOUD MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS by Robin Lee HatcherTake one lonely divorcée at Christmastime. Send her on business to the romantic Cloud Mountain Lodge. Add a complication: handsome innkeeper Tony Anderson. And mix!A MATCH MADE FOR CHRISTMAS by Kathryn SpringerCynical reporter Connor Lawe discovers that getting youth leader Sarah Kendle to agree to a story about her merry band of carolers is easier said than done--but well worth the effort.
A CLOUD MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS by Robin Lee Hatcher Take one divorcée at Christmastime. Send her to the romantic Cloud Mountain Lodge. Add a complication: handsome innkeeper Tony Anderson. And mix! A MATCH MADE FOR CHRISTMAS by Kathryn Springer Cynical reporter Connor Lawe discovers getting youth leader Sarah Kendle to agree to a story about her merry band of carolers is easier said than done-but well worth the effort.
HOMETOWN SECRETS...A decade ago, Monica Fletcher had know that Daniel Rourke's dreams were bigger than marriage and fatherhood. So she never told him about the baby she carried, never realizing that one day, her daugter would need her daddy. Or that Daniel would come home....SURPRISE FATHERHOOD!Wealthy, successful Daniel had everything he'd ever wanted, and still it wasn't enough. He realized that the moment he saw Monica again. But she'd kept from him the one thing that might have healed his lonely heart. Was it too late to reclaim the life he should have had-and the woman he shouldn't have left?
Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother's death? When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain--but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town. Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend. Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.
It's 1885 and five preachers sit around a campfire out West, trading stories of unlikely couples they've seen God bring together. This is one of those stories . . .She's the best writer the paper has ever had. He's her new editor. And she doesn't like it one bit.Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town's newspaper publisher. She had the best education her father's money could buy and she's a better writer than he is. So when her father passes her over for the position of editor and gives the job to an outsider from back East, she's furious. But a smart girl like Molly knows she can drive the new guy out of town with little trouble if she plays her cards right . . .Jack Ludlow came out West for adventure and wide open spaces, not romance. And he's not intimidated by the beautiful daughter of his new employer. At first he's just trying to prove to her he is the right man for the job--but before long he's set on stealing her heart."Robin's stories are always an adventure of the heart!She is one of the premier storytellers of our day." --Karen Kingsbury, best-selling author
For two single parents with bruised hearts, itÆll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love. Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a heart attack in the blink of an eye. But sheÆs losing her daughter slowly, in the day-to-day tension. In three difficult years, Kimberly has gone from Seattle socialite to Kings Meadow charity case, and her daughter is not responding well to the changes. SheÆs becoming a sullen, cantankerous teen. Chet Leonard lost his teenage son in a car accident. Then his wife abandoned him and their two remaining boys. He tries to keep his mind on the family ranch, but if the last two years have taught him anything, itÆs that sometimes you just have to let the memories hurt. Let the memories hurt, and leave well enough alone. But when Chet volunteers to help tame KimberlyÆs daughterÆs horse, everyone gets more than they bargained for . . . especially when eighty-four-year-old Anna McKenna shows up. Nana Anna has reappeared in Kings Meadow after decades away, bringing with her the magnetism and transformative joy that come from a life well lived . . . just the kind of magic that a couple of unlucky-in-love single parents need to conjure up a little courage and raise a new family from the ashes of tragedy."Hatcher crafts a lovely installment of the Kings Meadow Romance and readers will want more of the Idaho ranchers. It takes us into the healing power of horses and God's ability to create community where it is most needed." ùRomantic Times, 4-1/2 star review
For two single parents with bruised hearts, it'll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a heart attack in the blink of an eye. But she's losing her daughter slowly, in the day-to-day tension. In three difficult years, Kimberly has gone from Seattle socialite to Kings Meadow charity case, and her daughter is not responding well to the changes. She's becoming a sullen, cantankerous teen.Chet Leonard lost his teenage son in a car accident. Then his wife abandoned him and their two remaining boys. He tries to keep his mind on the family ranch, but if the last two years have taught him anything, it's that sometimes you just have to let the memories hurt. Let the memories hurt, and leave well enough alone.But when Chet volunteers to help tame Kimberly's daughter's horse, everyone gets more than they bargained for . . . especially when eighty-four-year-old Anna McKenna shows up.Nana Anna has reappeared in Kings Meadow after decades away, bringing with her the magnetism and transformative joy that come from a life well lived . . . just the kind of magic that a couple of unlucky-in-love single parents need to conjure up a little courage and raise a new family from the ashes of tragedy."Hatcher crafts a lovelyinstallment of the Kings Meadow Romance and readers will want more of the Idahoranchers. It takes us into the healing power of horses and God's ability tocreate community where it is most needed." --Romantic Times, 4-1/2 star review
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Yes, well, Remington Walker was no angel. . . He posed a more serious danger to Libby than she'd ever faced. Libby Blue had found a refuge from her past in the Idaho wilderness. Leaving her ruthless father and a privileged Eastern girlhood behind, she finally found freedom in the wild West. Libby could run a ranch, make her own choices, and never have to answer to any man. But then Remington Walker rode into her life. Despite herself, Libby found Remington breaking through all her defenses. Threatening the fragile safety of her western refuge. But what she doesn't know is that Remington has a reason for being there. A reason that could well destroy them both.
The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series delivers exactly what readers have been waiting for: smart, confident women who are not afraid to defy convention, live their own dreams, and share their lives if the right man comes along. In "A Matter of Character," book three in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, it's 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town of Bethlehem Springs. But Daphne has a secret. A series of dime novels loosely based on local lore and featuring a nefarious villain known as Rawhide Rick has enjoyed modest popularity among readers. Nobody in Bethlehem Springs knows the man behind the stories except Daphne. When newspaperman Joshua Crawford comes to town searching for the man who sullied the good name of his grandfather, Daphne finds herself at a crossroads, reassessing the power of her words, re-thinking how best to honor her gifts, and reconsidering what she wants out of life.
Looks can be deceiving.Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?"Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors." -- Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love
God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.What had become of His promise?Tony Kavanagh had been Allison's dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she'd misunderstood.Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma's attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma's life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord? Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher's emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers--in His own time and His own ways."Hatcher's latest is an uplifting and heartwarming story about the power of faith to set people free from the pain of their pasts. Recommended where Tracie Peterson's books (All Things Hidden; The Miner's Lady) are popular." --Library Journal, STARRED Review
Historical romance: Rachel Harris answers an ad for a woman to take care of two children and their dying mother on an Idaho ranch in the 1880's, finds love and happiness.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Harris, fleeing her unpleasant past, is taken in by the Branigan family, traveling west to Idaho on a wagon train in 1867. Maggie and Tucker Branigan fall in love, but Maggie must deal with the scars from her past before they can find happiness.
Roxy Burke left her family vowing to become a country-western star. Now shes home--dreams shattered, her life a mess. What no one could have predicted is the effect the return of this prodigal has on her family. Its not just Roxy who needs the healing power of grace.
Beautiful and single, Guinevere Arlington knows her "place" in the early twentieth century. She just refuses to stay there. Gwen loves her life in Idaho--the mountains, the town, her independence. But when she runs for mayor--and falls in love with her opponent--Gwen realizes winning may come at too high a price.
Bethany Silverton can't resist the challenge of charming a rough cowboy. But when she makes an innocent wager, unexpected results could turn a little flirtation into a lifetime of love. A sheltered preacher's daughter stakes her heart on love in this action-filled romance in the wild west of 1880s Montana.
When Emily Harris takes a job in the rugged high country of Idaho, she's about to discover that changing the heart of one man may be the destiny she's been in search of all her life. A heartwarming historical romance by bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher.