Good reading! Thankful for stories that offer hope & are wholesome in content!
An Unexpected Surprise By reading the title of the book, The Westward Christmas Brides, you wouldn't necessarily expect a pirate story to be hidden in the depths of the book, but so it was with Christmas Bounty by MaryLu Tyndall. Something I always expect from MaryLu is exciting adventure, and she did not disappoint. When we meet Dante Vega he is about to be hung, which is a great way to introduce a pirate, because it brings in the question 'How is he going to escape?' Newly widowed Caroline Moreau is fighting to protect both her family and her vineyard from the rogues threatening both. Enter the dashing pirate. Caroline marries the pirate to save his life in exchange for him offering her family protection. The story was sweet, though too short as all great novellas are, but I believe that MaryLu Tyndall told a wonderful story with the pages she had to work with. Though Dante was without a doubt my favorite character, Caroline's children were definitely a cute addition to the story. Her rambunctious son always running off and her sweet baby girl. Can Dante and Caroline put their faith in God and begin to trust him for His blessing on a marriage that neither of them expected? Or will their pasts keep them
Nine great historical romances One thing I love about books like this is if you only have a few minutes to read you can read one full story (they are only about 50 pages each), Or you can spend more time and read the whole book. Each story is packed with lots of different circumstances and even though they are short, they are full of love, surprise, action and much more. A Christmas Prayer - by Wanda E. Brunstetter A group of pioneers are traveling from New York to California. They each have hardships and trials to overcome. These strangers must help each other during a snow storm. When tensions flare and feeling develop what will happen? Will Cynthia do what she feels is necessary or will God provide a way? Will they loose faith when all looks impossible? Another Christmas Story - by Susan Page Davis Beryl Jenner must face many hardship when left at a trading post by her wagon train. While the Lassens seem like wonderful people, they run a trading post, they can’t want extra mouths to feed all winter long. As the winter drags on and feeling develop will Beryl travel east, west or stay where her heart is? The Reluctant Runaway - by Melanie Dobson Lavinia Starr sees no way out of her predicament than to runaw
LibraryThing Review Nine stories of Christmas brides throughout American history, from the settling of America to the settling of the west. The stories are hit or miss. Some are good, some are so-so. I couldn't finish the last two stories.
Christmas is the time for love—and weddings—and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In Nineteenth Century settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors, including Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Michele Ule, Amy Lillard, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Davalynn Spencer, and Vickie McDonough.
A City Girl Far from Home...Sarah Marshall just wants to go home. It wasn't her idea to leave Chicago and head west in search of gold, but her uncle's ambition left her no choice. Neither was her intention to settle in Kansas City with her ailing aunt, but being penniless and without possessions brings little bargaining power. Pretty soon, she resigns herself to her fate, however unfortunate. It isn't as if she has a home to go back to. A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong...Ethan Harper, the youngest of three brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family's stage shop along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon--guilt over the tragic death of his oldest brother's wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is finding another woman to marry his brother and help raise his motherless children. A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work...When a series of misfortunes strands Sarah Marshall and her aunt at the Harpers' Stage Stop, the status quo is overthrown as the presence of an attractive young woman, however unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the lives of the Harper brothers, all three of them vying for her attention. But will any of them prove himself worth giving up the life Sarah always dreamed of?
Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people who take advantage of the opportunities to make their fortunes in places where the population swelled overnight. But can faith and romance transform lives where gold is king?
Journey back into history to experience Christmas alongside nine brides-to-be whose wedding dreams are overshadowed by doubts and troubles. Meet an English immigrant wanting to return home. A ranchero’s daughter being forced to marry a despicable man. A soldier’s fiancée facing the realities of war. An optimist who believed a lie. A snowbound woman near death. A do-gooder fighting for orphans. A bride sought only for an inheritance. An orphan protecting her father’s land. A motherless daughter wishing for yesterday. Will love shine its light of hope and truth into each life?
Leona is Bishop Jacob Weaver's daughter and a dedicated teacher in a one-room Amish schoolhouse. After her father's tragic accident, Leona's faith wavers. How could God allow something like this to happen to one of His servants? Outlander Jimmy Scott comes to Pennsylvania in search of his real family. When he is hired to paint an Amish schoolhouse, Jimmy and Leona find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. Can anything good come from the love between an Amish woman and an English man? What secrets will be revealed and what miracles await God's people in Lancaster County? The Bishop's Daughter is book 3 in the Daughters of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include The Storekeeper's Daughter: Book 1 and The Quilter's Daughter: Book 2.
Grace is the oldest sister in the Hostettler family. Having put her rumschpringe (running around years) behind her, she has returned to Holmes County, joined the Amish church, and begun a new life. For the past four years, everything has been going fairly well, until the day she sees an English man who knows enough of her past to jeopardize her future. Will Gary Walker's passion for Grace destroy more than one life? Amish man Cleon Schrock is planning to marry Grace, but ignorant of her past. Will love and faith triumph over shame and deception in Holmes County? A Sister's Secret is book 1 in the Sister's of Holmes County series. Other books in the series include A Sister's Test: Book 2.
Abby Miller leaves her successful quilt shop and patient fiance in Ohio to help her newly remarried and now pregnant mother in Lancaster County. While she's away, Abby's world is shattered in one fell swoop. How can God make anything good come out of this tragedy? With shaken faith, Abby is forced to look for answers away from friends and family. Will she find them in the ashes of the past, in her love of quilting, or in the heart of an overlooked Amish man? Can her faith withstand the flames of tragedy? The Quilter's Daughter is book 2 in the Daughters of Lancaster's County series. Other books in the series include The Storekeeper's Daughter: Book 1 and The Bishop's Daughter: Book 3.
Faith Stutzman Andrews left her Missouri Amish community ten years ago to pursue her career as a comedian. Now widowed, Faith shows up on her parents' doorstep with her six-year-old daughter in tow. Will the lure of the English world prove too strong for Faith, or will she discover that home is where her heart is? Confirmed bachelor Noah Hertzler often bakes desserts that he gives to others, attaching verses of Scripture to each culinary delight in the hopes of soothing the soul as well as nourishing the body. Can Noah's tactics heal a shattered Faith before she runs away again? Going Home is book 1 in the The Brides of Webster County series. Other books in the series include On Her Own: Book 2, Dear to Me: Book 3, and Allison's Journey: Book 4.
Rachel Beachy wants something she can't have-her sister Anna's boyfriend. Silas Swartley has been in love with Anna since they were children, and Rachel has loved Silas nearly as long. Rachel feels that her swiftly moving days are spent without hope, but when Anna unexpectedly leaves the Amish faith, Rachel's hope is rekindled. She begins filling her hope chest as she initiates a campaign to win Silas's heart. Can Silas set the pain of Anna's rejection aside and see Rachel as anything more than a child? Will Rachel be disappointed in Silas and in God, or will she learn the true meaning of hope? The Hope Chest is book 4 in the Brides of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include A Merry Heart: Book 1, Looking for a Miracle: Book 2, Plain and Fancy: Book 3.
Barbara Zook was devastated when her husband David was killed. Will she be able to raise their four young boys and manage her beloved David's harness store on her own? When harness maker Paul Hilty arrives in Webster County, Missouri, he finds himself agreeing to help run Barbara's shop. Things are going fairly well until widower Bishop John Frey comes a-courting Barbara, and Paul's jealousy takes everyone by surprise. Will Paul try to beat out the competition or end up hightailing it back to Pennsylvania? Will Barbara marry for love or be forced to enter into a marriage of convenience? On Her Own is book 2 in The Brides of Webster County series. Other books in the series include Going Home: Book 1, Dear to Me: Book 3, Allison's Journey: Book 4.