The Forgotten Child

THE OUTSIDER SERIES

Book 1
Lorhainne Eckhart
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Over 500,000 copies sold worldwide. Now translated in German & French

How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?


    This is by far one of the best books I have read. Lorhainne Eckhart proved herself yet again by pulling you in with a heartfelt story and keeping your attention with the passion that fills the pages. -- ROMANCE JUNKIES

    I didn't expect I'd fall for the four main characters as hard as I did, but The Forgotten Child is an amazing book, not just for a romance fan like myself, but for single parents who may or may not have a child with autism.-- Reviewer -- Adria

    A Real Tear Jerker: Omg, I loved this book. I stayed up all night trying to finish it. I cried, My heart broke, I have an 18 year old with autism. This would make a fabulous movie... Tammy

    "Brilliant, there is no other word for it, heart grabbing, heart warming, gut wrenching, well written well researched, wanted to read it over & over again." - Maureen

In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder--to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable--a connection sparks between them. But just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier.

Crystal must've had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating.  Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what's his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice--Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever.

The Forgotten Child is the first book in The Outsider Series, the beginning of this romantic family saga of the Friessen men and the women they love, which now spans three series.  The Forgotten Child is a love story between the oldest of the Friessen brother's Brad and Emily, a woman he hires to take care of his autistic child.  

Read THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order now spanning three series:  

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)  

A Baby And A Wedding (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)  

The Search (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

The Awakening (Andy & Laura)  

Secrets (Jed & Diana)  

Runaway (Andy & Laura)

Overdue (FREE An Outsider Series Short)

The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)

The Wedding (Neil, Candy & The Friessen Family)

The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

Don't miss the new spinoff series coming January 2017 - The McCabe Brothers

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“There was not a human emotion I did not go through while reading this book. I will forewarn you, you will need a box of tissues and a punching bag while reading this dynamic tale.”-Romance Junkies

“I loved every single book on this collection. Each story could be read individually but reading each book in order gave great perspective to the next. As I started this series one at a time I will give each book a separate review. But I will say here that I loved Eckhart's writing style and her ability to develop a cohesive story line around strong characters is refreshing! I am looking forward to reading more of her books.” – Reviewer, Cheryl

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WALK THE RIGHT ROAD: The Complete Collection includes all the books in this sizzling suspense series.
THE CHOICE: One woman. Two men. And a choice that could kill here.
LOST AND FOUND: A hit and run. A deserted country road. A parents' worst nightmare.
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If you enjoyed Walk the Right Road Series here are some of my other series you may also enjoy: 

THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga. 
THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Amazon Bestseller, The Forgotten Child. 
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES. 
THE SAVED SERIES is a hot military suspense with a love story set in a military setting. "This was a hard book to put down! A tough captain of a war ship finds a pregnant young girl in a dinghy alone in the ocean!" - Audrey 
"The story that unfolds after Abby is rescued is a story of love and how it can change even the toughest man." From Crazy fast reader 

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— “Eckhart knocks one out of the park with this great story.” RT Book Reviews

—“Taken! Okay you had me at the first page”....Katy M.

—God Bless our Military Men! It takes a horrible, but real tragedy and shows how love can be a true healer. We need more men like the Captain!! Reviewer, Spring Hale

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“Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn't see me as damaged. He didn't see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe ... he saved me.”

Don't miss VANISHED, the next book in the Saved Series, 'A 2016 Readers' Favorite Award Winner' She thought her nightmare was over.

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If you enjoy THE SAVED SERIES, you may also enjoy, WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES.

WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen

Other Series you may enjoy:
THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Bestseller, The Forgotten Child.
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga.


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Lorhainne Eckhart
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Nov 6, 2011
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9781928085010
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—    'A Baby and A Wedding' is the sequel to the moving story 'The Forgotten Child'- Eddy Allen

From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart, comes A BABY AND A WEDDING, a Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series bridge short story. The events of this 10,000+ short story take place between the events of the #1 western romance THE FORGOTTEN CHILD and FALLEN HERO.

Praise for A Baby And A Wedding....

—    “Really nice conclusion to the first book.” Amazon Reviewer - Slinkydennis

—    “I was nervous that something was going to go wrong for Emily and could not put it down.”- Teacher

Overview:
“Are you okay, Emily?”

“Brad, did you change your mind? Don’t you want to marry me?” Her voice sounded strangely distant, like a lost little girl. Her throat ached as she fought to hold back the tears as she felt her fairy tale dream being wrenched away.

Getting married and having a baby ... for Emily and Brad everything was perfect, or so they thought until an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their happy day.

—    “The story was a perfect follow up to The Forgotten Child” – Amazon Reviewer-Kate Voss

—    “Full of suspense, hope to find many more of the same stories." —Newchick

—    ‘Well written set of stories. This book had me hooked from the beginning’—Karen

THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order:
The Forgotten Child: (Brad & Emily) #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER in Romance Series & Western Fiction ~ How do you tell a man there is something wrong this his child?
A Baby And A Wedding: (A bridge short story)
Fallen Hero: (Andy, Jed & Diana) A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn't expect was to find love.
The Search (A bridge short story) - When her husband goes missing she's forced to call the one man she shouldn't.
The Awakening: (Andy & Laura) A young woman who’s lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family’s power and his conscience to help her.
Secrets: (Jed & Diana – featuring all the Friessens) “Jed always told me he'd take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved him.”
Runaway:(Andy & Laura) Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her, he’s in for a big surprise.
Overdue (A bridge short story) Diana and Jed are having a baby.
The Unexpected Storm:(Neil & Candy) He can have any woman except the one he wants.
The Wedding: (Neil & Candy) A man who’s always planned everything, and a woman who’s struggled alone—The Wedding will change their lives forever.




—     Another great book in this series and by this author. I am going to start reading The Awakening right after I am done with this review; I cannot wait! – Paula

—    When life deals an innocent a bad hand it isn't' surprising when they want revenge. This story handles the situation in a simple fashion. Turning anger and distrust into love. Well written, and a story which leaves you wanting to read more about this family. – Voracious Reader

—    Deals with some social issues but never strays from taking a chance on love and over- coming insurmountable issues and losses to let heroine find and claim true love against all odds.- Billie Miller

Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana )A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn’t expect was to find love.


THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order:

The Forgotten Child: (Brad & Emily) #1 BESTSELLER in Romance Series & Western Fiction ~ How do you tell a man there is something wrong this his child?
A Baby And A Wedding (A bridge short story)
Fallen Hero: (Andy, Jed & Diana) A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn't expect was to find love.
The Search (A bridge short story) - When her husband goes missing she's forced to call the one man she shouldn't.
The Awakening: (Andy & Laura) A young woman who’s lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family’s power and his conscience to help her.
Secrets: (Jed & Diana – featuring all the Friessens) “Jed always told me he'd take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved him.”
Runaway:(Andy & Laura) Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her, he’s in for a big surprise.
Overdue (A bridge short story) Diana and Jed are having a baby.The Unexpected Storm:(Neil & Candy) He can have any woman except the one he wants.
The Wedding: (Neil & Candy) A man who’s always planned everything, and a woman who’s struggled alone—The Wedding will change their lives forever.
Or Grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this romantic western series.


A young woman who's lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family's power and his conscience to help her.

Praise for THE AWAKENING (Andy & Laura) ...

—    "Such an amazing story! The despair and the kindness from others gave this story a real meaning...Down2earth Girl

—    "Well written story about overcoming the stigma of "lower" class and "upper" class! It was love story that kept me reading to see if it would turn out the way I hoped!" ...Bartow

—    “The author brought to life a story that is all but too often right in front of our faces, but we are too busy to see.” Amazon Reviewer Grammy

In THE AWAKENING, Laura, a young single mother is barely making ends meet working as a maid at the Friessen mansion. Until one day she is fired, the next day she is evicted, and two days later her son is taken away.

Wealthy rancher Andy Friessen can have any woman he wants, but when Laura is fired by his mother over something he was responsible for, well his conscience gets the better of him and he steps in to help. The problem is when he goes looking for Laura he not only discovers she's been living in her car, but the state took her child away.

With Andy standing beside her through a courtroom fiasco, they must fight together to regain custody of her son.

THE OUTSIDER SERIES:
The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding (Bridge Short Story)
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)
The Search (Bridge Short Story)
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway(Andy & Laura)
Overdue (Bridge Short Story)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Wedding (Neil & Candy)
Or grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this emotionally charged romance series. 

Other Series you may enjoy:
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga.
THE SAVED SERIES is a hot military suspense with a love story set in a military setting. "This was a hard book to put down! A tough captain of a war ship finds a pregnant young girl in a dinghy alone in the ocean!" - Audrey
"The story that unfolds after Abby is rescued is a story of love and how it can change even the toughest man." From Crazy fast reader
WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen


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The Search, A Fallen Hero to The Awakening bridge short story (Andy, Jed & Diana)

In THE SEARCH, after Jed goes missing, Diana is desperate and calls the one man she knows she shouldn’t, Jed’s cousin Andy.

But when a very pregnant Diana follows Andy on the Search for her husband early labor sets in and Andy may have taken on more than he can handle.

The Outsider Series order:

The Forgotten Child - The Amazon Kindle Bestseller in Western and Romance Series. How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?

A Baby and a Wedding: (A free novella) Getting married and having a baby, for Emily and Brad everything was perfect, or so they thought until an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their happy day.

Fallen Hero: A cowboy who walked away from his family’s fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn't expect was to find love.

The Search: (A free novella. Fallen Hero to The Awakening bridge short story of Andy, Jed and Diana)- When her husband goes missing she’s forced to call the one man she shouldn’t.

The Awakening: A young woman who's lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who saves her.

Secrets: “Jed always told me he’d take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved him.”

Runaway: Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her, he’s in for a big surprise.

Overdue: (A free novella - Runaway to The Unexpected Storm bridge short story of Jed and Diana)

The Unexpected Storm:  He can have any woman, except the one he wants.

The Wedding: A man who’s always planned everything, and a woman who’s struggled alone—The Wedding will change their lives forever. 
“Jed always told me he'd take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I love him.”

"Wish there were truly men in the world like the Friessen Men." Amazon Reviewer Sara

“This is an emotionally charged well written portrayal of a couple faced with a tragedy and the secrets that could destroy them.” - Rita Herron, Author

“A well written emotional drama. The author took real fears and problems and gave us a great happily ever after.” - AJS

In SECRETS, for Diana, Jed was the first man she trusted. He was the first man to show her what true love was. He was the father of her child, the one man she could always count on. Until one spring day Jed falls from the roof of the barn and Diana’s world as she knows it begins to unravel.

Diana is forced to face two things, her husband's secrets, and what if... there was no Jed.

Want to read The Friessen Family Series in reading order? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD now translated in two languages.
THE OUTSIDER SERIES The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily) with bonus short story A Baby And A Wedding Fallen Hero (Jed, Diana & Andy) with bonus short story The Search The Awakening (Andy & Laura) Secrets (Jed & Diana) Runaway (Andy & Laura) with bonus short story Overdue The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy) The Wedding
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING The Deadline (Andy & Laura) The Price to Love (Neil & Candy) A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily) A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas
THE FRIESSENS The Reunion The Bloodline The Promise The Business Plan The Decision First Love (Katy) Family First, Leave the Light On

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—    'A Baby and A Wedding' is the sequel to the moving story 'The Forgotten Child'- Eddy Allen

From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart, comes A BABY AND A WEDDING, a Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series bridge short story. The events of this 10,000+ short story take place between the events of the #1 western romance THE FORGOTTEN CHILD and FALLEN HERO.

Praise for A Baby And A Wedding....

—    “Really nice conclusion to the first book.” Amazon Reviewer - Slinkydennis

—    “I was nervous that something was going to go wrong for Emily and could not put it down.”- Teacher

Overview:
“Are you okay, Emily?”

“Brad, did you change your mind? Don’t you want to marry me?” Her voice sounded strangely distant, like a lost little girl. Her throat ached as she fought to hold back the tears as she felt her fairy tale dream being wrenched away.

Getting married and having a baby ... for Emily and Brad everything was perfect, or so they thought until an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their happy day.

—    “The story was a perfect follow up to The Forgotten Child” – Amazon Reviewer-Kate Voss

—    “Full of suspense, hope to find many more of the same stories." —Newchick

—    ‘Well written set of stories. This book had me hooked from the beginning’—Karen

THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order:
The Forgotten Child: (Brad & Emily) #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER in Romance Series & Western Fiction ~ How do you tell a man there is something wrong this his child?
A Baby And A Wedding: (A bridge short story)
Fallen Hero: (Andy, Jed & Diana) A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn't expect was to find love.
The Search (A bridge short story) - When her husband goes missing she's forced to call the one man she shouldn't.
The Awakening: (Andy & Laura) A young woman who’s lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family’s power and his conscience to help her.
Secrets: (Jed & Diana – featuring all the Friessens) “Jed always told me he'd take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved him.”
Runaway:(Andy & Laura) Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her, he’s in for a big surprise.
Overdue (A bridge short story) Diana and Jed are having a baby.
The Unexpected Storm:(Neil & Candy) He can have any woman except the one he wants.
The Wedding: (Neil & Candy) A man who’s always planned everything, and a woman who’s struggled alone—The Wedding will change their lives forever.




She’s lost everything. He believes she’s despised him all his life. A tragic mistake could be their only redemption. “Get the book one reader called “the perfect recipe for an awesome story that will have you on edge from start to finish”

—"Showing strength but vulnerabilities in characters is not easy to do well, but Ms Eckhart does it exceedingly well." Reviewer, BJ Norton

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—"Margaret is a failed surgeon who is running from her past. Enter Joe Wilde a handsome father of a troubled fourteen year old boy, Ryan. Rich with a western flavor, high drama and romance that satisfies, this book is a definite winner." - Kelsey Tanner, Reviewer

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—"Once again Lorhainne has captured me in her writings. A wonderful book, just like the books about the Friessen men. This series is going to be just as good." Reviewer, Petra

In THE ONE, Margaret Gordon was once a prominent Seattle surgeon, and after an accident returns to her hometown, the perfect spot to hide out from everyone and to lick her wounds, with no one around but her horse.

Margaret never considered herself a horse person. But when the now-widowed Joe Wilde drives in one morning with a teenage boy and a horse with a problem, Margaret turns into that klutzy teenage misfit that silently carried a torch for Joe all through school. But when smooth-talking Joe convinces Margaret into working with the temperamental horse, sparks fly and sizzle between them. Only Joe believes Margaret has despised him all his life, but when life throw Joe a curveball he soon finds out the right woman he’s been looking for has been there all along.

Can Joe and Margaret put aside their differences and realize that the other is, The One?

THE WILDE BROTHERS:
The One (Joe & Margaret)
The Honeymoon, A Wilde Brothers Short
Friendly Fire (Logan & Julia)
Not Quite Married, A Wilde Brothers Short
A Matter of Trust (Ben & Carrie)
The Reckoning
Traded
Unforgiven

*Now Available! The Wilde Brothers The Complete Collection 

If you enjoy THE WILDE BROTHERS, here are some of my other series you may also enjoy:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Amazon Bestseller, The Forgotten Child.
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE SAVED SERIES is a hot military suspense with a love story set in a military setting. "This was a hard book to put down! A tough captain of a war ship finds a pregnant young girl in a dinghy alone in the ocean!" - Audrey
"The story that unfolds after Abby is rescued is a story of love and how it can change even the toughest man." From Crazy fast reader
WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen

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Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...
"Love it!" --Lisa Gardner"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." --James Patterson
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"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." --Scott Turow
"A stunning debut." --Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." --Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." --Kathy Reichs
—     Another great book in this series and by this author. I am going to start reading The Awakening right after I am done with this review; I cannot wait! – Paula

—    When life deals an innocent a bad hand it isn't' surprising when they want revenge. This story handles the situation in a simple fashion. Turning anger and distrust into love. Well written, and a story which leaves you wanting to read more about this family. – Voracious Reader

—    Deals with some social issues but never strays from taking a chance on love and over- coming insurmountable issues and losses to let heroine find and claim true love against all odds.- Billie Miller

Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana )A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn’t expect was to find love.


THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order:

The Forgotten Child: (Brad & Emily) #1 BESTSELLER in Romance Series & Western Fiction ~ How do you tell a man there is something wrong this his child?
A Baby And A Wedding (A bridge short story)
Fallen Hero: (Andy, Jed & Diana) A cowboy who walked away from his family's fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn't expect was to find love.
The Search (A bridge short story) - When her husband goes missing she's forced to call the one man she shouldn't.
The Awakening: (Andy & Laura) A young woman who’s lost everything, and the wealthy rancher who must choose between his family’s power and his conscience to help her.
Secrets: (Jed & Diana – featuring all the Friessens) “Jed always told me he'd take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved him.”
Runaway:(Andy & Laura) Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her, he’s in for a big surprise.
Overdue (A bridge short story) Diana and Jed are having a baby.The Unexpected Storm:(Neil & Candy) He can have any woman except the one he wants.
The Wedding: (Neil & Candy) A man who’s always planned everything, and a woman who’s struggled alone—The Wedding will change their lives forever.
Or Grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this romantic western series.


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