It occurred to Caroline that everyone in her small North Carolina community accepted the obvious reason for her agreeing to marry Frederich Graeber. She was pregnant, and the real father of her baby was unwilling. She was due in a few short months. Her unborn child would have everything to gain by Caroline making the strong, silent farmer her husband….
The Marriage Pledge
"If you marry me, then the child will be mine…." With Frederich's words ringing in her ears, Caroline made her decision. She'd become his bartered bride…and risk giving this enigmatic stranger her heart free.
Her Deepest Secret
Giving up her out-of-wedlock son was the only right choice. Still, Kate Woodward aches that she isn't part of his life. She can't heal herself, but she can help former Confederate soldier Robert Markham rebuild his war-shattered life. But helping Robert is drawing them irresistibly close—even as Kate fears she can never be the one he deserves.…
Battlefield loss and guilt rekindled Robert's faith and brought him home to Atlanta. And Kate's past only makes him more determined to show this steadfast, caring woman that she deserves happiness. Now, with her secrets revealed and her child in danger, Robert has only one chance to win her trust—and embark on the sweetest of new beginnings.…
Though a former prisoner of war, Colonel Max Woodard vowed to deal fairly with the Southerners under his governance. He yearned to understand them, most particularly Maria Markham, a womanly mix of true grit and glory. But could she ever love a man who wore the face of an enemy?
Abiah Calder had always loved Thomas Harrigan. Always. But the war had contrived to make them enemies. Now that same war had bound them as man and wife. Yet did Thomas' heart's desire truly match her own?
When Thomas Harrigan found Abby dying in an abandoned house, he risked everything to see her safe. No matter that he was a Yankee captain and she a loyal Rebel. She was all that had been good and true in his life—and he would claim her as his own; and damn the consequences.
"Promise Me You'll Help Her."
Former Union soldier Jeremiah "Jack" Murphy should never have given his word to a dying man, especially a Rebel. But now he feels honor-bound to carry the message to the man's young bride. Besides, with false charges following him, Jack needs somewhere to turn. After he fulfills his promise, perhaps the North Carolina mountains can give this weary soldier some shelter. Yet when he meets beautiful widow Sayer Garth, leaving is the last thing on Jack's mind. Sayer, and her young sisters-in-law, need help that Jack is more than willing to provide. If only he could be certain that his presence—and his secrets—won't put them all at risk….
Or so paratrooper Captain Cal Doyle believed. But seduce tough-talking Nurse Katherine Meehan, who'd tended to him after his copter crash? Impossible! True, they were now next-door neighbors—yet they were years apart. And while Kate had survived breast cancer, Cal had barely survived hell….
So just because Cal caught Kate crying in the rain…and her fussy feline cozied up to him…and the church ladies started matchmaking…and Kate suddenly looked so damn desirable—were those any reasons for a wounded warrior to woo a reluctant older woman? Besides, between Kate's stubborn defenses and Cal's mule-headed machismo, could these two survivors…survive each other?
Two lonely people, scarred by betrayal and tragedy, believe that love is lost to them forever...
Deserted by her husband because she couldn't have children, Catherine Holben has thrown herself into her job counseling pregnant teens. Catherine is still recovering from the pain of her divorce, but her life is changed forever when she makes a purchase in a quaint curio shop. She meets handsome, hardworking Joe D'Amaro, a widower and father of three, and his daughter, Fritz. But Joe needs help with Fritz, a seven-year-old dynamo. She's a precocious but headstrong little girl who's impossible to resist., and he is too proud to admit it.
Joe and Catherine are cautious about making a commitment to each other. They both know the joy and heartache of falling in love, but are they willing to risk being together despite their misgivings? Neither can ignore the love that quickly blossoms between them. Maybe they can have a wonderful life together . . . if only Joe's still-grieving older daughter, Della, will accept a new woman in her father's life.
True love versus reality. Can Catherine handle his ready-made family? Or is there more in store for her than she thinks?
A four-time RITA winner and a three-time RITA finalist, Cheryl Reavis is the author of acclaimed romance novels including A Crime of the Heart, which was condensed in Good Housekeeping magazine. Visit her on Facebook, read her blog, Writing Life, www.cherylreavis.blogspot.com, and follow her on Twitter @sCRibblercheryl.
I was worried; I was scared. I followed her. And my mother's journey became my journey, too. I discovered that I have a father—and my parents are still in love. Their life together just took a detour that lasted over forty years.
Their relationship was like a blackberry winter…the colder the weather, the sweeter the berries in spring. And now that I've found the truth, will I have the strength to make it through my own blackberry winter?
He was about to go to a war zone. He couldn't get involved with a woman now.
She was in a battle for custody of her son. She couldn't risk a new romance.
He was half Navajo; he embraced the spiritual wisdom of his ancestors.
She knew nothing about his traditions.
And both Will Baron's and Arley Meehan's big, protective, opinionated families opposed the two of them being together.
If they were smart, they'd walk away from each other fast. If they followed their hearts, who knew what might happen….
COYOTE, EARTH'S MISCHIEF-MAKER, WAS MEDDLING IN JACK BEGAYE'S MARRIAGE, DAMN HIS HIDE….
Once, rabble-rousing Jack left gentle, blue-eyed Meggie Baron. But it was for her own good! For Jack was Navajo—and trouble, to boot. Yet Meggie's stubbornly returned to the reservation. Bearing a fatherless child. And Jack could fight their love no longer. He made Meggie his bride and Coyote howled with evil glee. For soon Meggie would have to choose: between fulfillment and heartbreak, her beloved husband…and her unborn baby.
THAT SPECIAL WOMAN! Between Father Sky and Mother Earth, there was no other female like Meggie.