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It's a one-man war against corrupt lawmen, wild outlaws, and bitter winter weather, as Brazos Fortune wrestles with his newfound hunger for gold and the aching need to be with his family in this heroic western adventure.
Hot days of a western Nebraska summer have caused the water to recede and the corn to grow on the Bowers homestead. Jolie Bowers throws herself into the role of a teacher at a one-room schoolhouse, spending every spare moment with Tanner Wells as they look forward to their wedding. A torrential September rain brings the sod roof down on top of the Bowers one night, the train tracks are washed out, and there is trouble with the railroad over shipping rates. Both sides in the conflict round up gunmen to enforce their position. Mr. Bowers gets arrested in Lincoln for starting a riot. A handsome widower, Strath Yarrow, suddenly appears, and Jolie hardly has time to sort out her true feelings. Throughout the book, Jolie relies on God's wisdom and guidance as she struggles to understand homestead politics and her own feelings for Tanner.
The Joyton family runs a station for the famed Butterfield Stage Line on a mountain pass in southern Arizona. It is a pleasant, solitary life until a stagecoach arrives with a dead man inside. They are told that the mysterious man accidentally shot himself, but fourteen-year-old Drew suspects foul play. A new family arrives and begins to build a store, even though there is no town nearby, and a dangerous stranger appears. Then hostile Apaches pin down two wagon drivers headed for the pass. As Drew and his sister Blaze risk their lives to help the wounded men to safety, their family comes together to conquer some of the dangers of the untamed Western frontier.<P>Through all these adventures, the Joytons' unreserved commitment to one another and their unflagging trust in God inspire those who meet them and create opportunities to share the love of Christ.<P>Don't miss this first book in the brand-new Adventures on the American Frontier series.
A career soldier who no longer has a career, Robert Fortune moves his family to Deadwood and finds not only his place as a railroad detective but also a fistful of enemies, all seeking vengeance against him and his family.
Written in the tradition of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing recreates the tumultuous Old West where good battles evil. The conflicts that Bly's hero, Stuart Brannon, faces are surprisingly modern: Why do bad things happen to good people? How involved should a person get in another's conflicts?
Acres of rolling Montana land await Tap and Pepper in their last Code of the West adventure. And so do a whole peck of surprises that will test Tap's faith -- and his patience!
The second son of Brazos Fortune, Samuel, is somewhat the lost sheep of the family. After he is run out of Texas, he ends up hiding out with his father and brother. Although he struggles to escape the consequences of his previous lifestyle, he refuses to talk about the past. Through it all, Samuel never gives up his Christian heritage.
An unemployed actress comes West with nothing and no one to call her own, but ends up with far more than she ever dreamed, in this latest book in the "Heroines of the Golden West" series.
A fifth-grade school teacher in southern Illinois, Develyn Worrell's nightmare begins one summer when she discovers her husband's infidelity. She divorces him without ever telling her twenty-one-year-old daughter why. Although Devvy has a heart change and desires a reconciliation, he dies before she can tell him of her desire. The daughter blames her mother for her father's death. Memories of a Dirt Road Town begins the story the following summer. Brokenhearted about her husband's death and her daughter's decision not to come home for the summer, Devvy decides to find a little dirt road town in Wyoming where she had vacationed as a child. She remembers fondly the sunset and a beautiful roan horse. Upon arrival, Devvy purchases a roan mare and a burro, rents a little cabin, and watches as God brings three very important men into her life.
After her husband is killed in 1869, Daisy Hopewell opens a bakery at Promontory Point, Utah. She hopes that when the railroads join, history and fortunes will be made. Alex, her oldest son, takes on a lot of the responsibility. But it is not easy. Menacing gunmen hide a mysterious package at the bakery, yet Alex finds that the Lord has a plan even more exciting than the historic events he witnesses.
Award-winning author Stephen Bly weaves the tale of a pair of contemporary cowboys on a quest across the West. As a boy in Wyoming, Hap Bowman fell in love with a girl named Juanita. Ever since, he's experienced nothing but failure and misfortune. Laramie Majors--quiet, reserved, and patient to a fault-- hasn't left Hap's side since they became rodeo partners right out of college. Now, after spending most of his adult life looking for Juanita, Hap wants to do one last big search that will take them all over the Southwest before he admits defeat. Together these two cowpokes find themselves reluctant heroes in a series of misadventures as they travel the West, all the while thinking that Hap's--or Laramie's--true love may be in the next town.
Her life was like a bad dream that kept getting worse. Until the Lord awakened her to a future of hope. Julianna Ortiz gave up her hopes for a perfect life long ago. She's 32, and alone, and she's accepted that. For how could she ask anyone to share in the absurdity that has become her life? Her twin brother is languishing in a Mexican prison. His fellow gang members are constantly harassing her. And her father, who was absent for so long, has finally returned. As if Julianna needs another aggravation, along comes a notorious gunslinger who goes only by the Spanish name Del Norte. Their first meeting is frustrating. So much so that she'd rather see him dead than talk with him again--a wish that almost comes true. Yet this enigmatic man just may hold the key to saving all that matters most to her.
When a boy is killed by a breakaway rail car, Jolie Bowers's compulsion to control is stretched to the limit. The homesteaders of western Nebraska threaten to retaliate against the railroad. And this is only the beginning. In the midst of teaching school, preparing for her wedding, and dealing with the violent reaction to the railroad accident, Jolie finds herself facing trouble from all sides. Mr. Avery shows up with legal papers demanding a return of the family homestead. Jolie's father, Matthew Bowers, is trying to pull together enough money to build the family the first house they've ever owned. Her mother, Lissa Bowers, is injured in a dynamite blast, and her sixteen-year-old brother decides to get married. Her little sister Essie's sweetheart, Leppy Verdue, is sentenced to be hanged, and fourteen-year-old Gibson is sidelined with the chicken pox in the hunt for an escaped criminal. Some would be depressed and crushed, but for Jolie it is a test of endurance and faith. And for the first time in her life, she doesn't know how things will end.
Todd Fortune lives at the bottom of the Deadwood gulch in the shadow of both the majestic Black Hills and his father's towering legacy. Todd must prove himself to be both a committed husband and a courageous frontiersman as he struggles to find his own identity.
The Bowers are not your typical, late-nineteenth-century homesteading family. They did not move west to farm Nebraska; they moved east. Matthew Bowers won't be working the land; his wife Lissa will--despite her diminutive size. And while Papa is dreaming of new ideas and Mama is farming, it will be 17-year-old Jolie who runs the household and mothers her three younger siblings. It's unusual, but the Bowers are determined to make this plan--unlike all of Matthew's others--work. That is, if Mama can get the team of horses to settle down and plow. If they can conquer the challenges of floods, grasshoppers and cash flow that keep them on the edge of survival. And if Jolie can keep every young man in the state from fighting over her. The Bowers are a family of faith in a land where everyone is a stranger and pilgrim... at least for a few days. People of warmth, love and hospitality who don't hesitate to defy convention. A family no one ever forgets or wants to lose as a friend. A family readers will want to get to know for themselves.
In this closing book of the Horse Dreams trilogy, soul-searching Indiana schoolteacher Develyn Worrell has finally found her groove. Ready to savor the end of summer in a small Wyoming town she once visited as a child, she settles in for a time of peace and contentment. That is, until her daughter pays a visit, an eclectic friend plans to marry, a suspicious stranger enters the picture, and a dear mentor suffers a heart attack. Such confusion would be overwhelming, except for the steady friendship of Cooper Tallon. He may lack the charm and flash of other cowboys, but always seems to have just what Develyn's heart needs. And with her trust in the Lord still growing, she looks forward to whatever follows.