Flame from Within by Shirley Kiger Connolly

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Flame from Within

1864 – Virginia, Louisiana

A journey across the sea begins a journey of healing for Aimée’s soul and a discovery of love and faith she thought she’d never find. When a Yankee-induced fire destroys her family and her home, young plantation-bred Amethyst Rose finds herself on the run. Angry towards God and the men in blue, Amethyst’s only choice left is to move in with her elder and controlling sister, who runs a bordello in The French Quarter of New Orleans-a decision guaranteed to destroy Amethyst’s personal respect and tarnish her family name. With her bitter hatred towards all Yankees plunged into high gear, nothing seems to matter anymore, until, on a riverboat en route to New Orleans, she finds herself intrigued by the presence of not one, but two Union officers. Each in his own way find ways to tug at the heart and soul of this woman lost.

Hearts in the Highlands by Ruth Axtell Morren

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Hearts in the Highlands
1890 – England and Scotland

Maddie Norton had long since resigned herself to her spinster’s lot. Her life was devoted to her simple yet enduring faith, to good works and to the elderly lady whose companion she was. She believed herself content. But that was before her mistress’s handsome nephew returned to London, after many years spent abroad as an archaeologist.
The shadows in Reid Gallagher’s memory-haunted eyes touched Maddie’s heart. When he asked her to help with his work, she could scarcely refuse. And as she came to know this man better, amid the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands, she began to wonder if two solitary souls might yet find new life–and love–as one.

Courting Emma by Sharlene MacLaren

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Courting Emma (Little Hickman Creek Series #3)
Courting Emma (Little Hickman Creek Series #3)
1896 -Kentucky

Twenty-eight-year-old Emma Browning has experienced a good deal of life in her young age. Proprietor of Emma s Boardinghouse, she is mother to an array of beefy, unkempt, often rowdy characters. Though many men would like to get to know the steely, hard-edged, yet surprisingly lovely proprietor, none has truly succeeded. That is, not until the town s new pastor, Jonathan Atkins, takes up residence in the boardinghouse, affecting not only her with his devout faith and strong convictions, but her clientele as well. Emma clings desperately to her stubborn ways, refusing to acknowledge God s love until all of Little Hickman witnesses a miracle the conversion of her abusive and alcoholic father, Ezra! Only then will Emma begin to experience God s transforming power at work.

The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

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The Duchess and the Dragon
The Duchess and the Dragon
Regency America/England

Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland, is accustomed to a life of royalty until a tragic mistake followed by murderous rage results in his darkening character and sudden flee from England. With a hoarde of money on which to survive, Drake hops a ship of indentured servants to America but is duly robbed and taken ill by the merciless sea voyage.
In Pennsylvania, Serena Winter is a humble, devoted Quaker on a mission of mercy, ready to tend the sick people aboard a ship that has just arrived from England. Taken by Drake’s air of dark mystery after he begins to serve as an apprentice to her silversmith father, Serena falls in love and is excommunicated by her fellow believers when she accepts a non-Quaker’s marriage proposal.
Not knowing Drake’s history, Serena is later shocked to discover her new status as a duchess. What follows are hard truths and softening hearts, romance triangles, webs of deceit, and ultimately, the power of grace, love, and passion.

Dream of Love by Michael Phillips

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Dream of Love (American Dreams, Book 3)
Dream of Love (American Dreams, Book 3)
Civil War

In this third and final book in the series, the Davidson family continues to help slaves to freedom as conductors on the Underground Railroad. With one son, Seth, a war photographer for a newspaper in the North and their other son, Thomas, fighting for the Confederacy, Richmond and Carolyn pray for both sons’ safety. Meanwhile, the Davidsons are in financial trouble and about to lose their land. Cherity Waters has the ability to help them, but when she discovers Seth, the man she hoped to marry, with his old girlfriend Veronica, Cherity jumps to conclusions and questions the integrity of the entire Davidson family. All the while, the dangerous past of their mysterious neighbor, Mr. Brown, begins to intertwine with their own lives. As the turbulence of the Civil War disrupts a nation, will one family be able to survive intact as they seek to follow God’s will?

Web of Destiny by Al and Joanna Lacy

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Web of Destiny (The Kane Legacy #2)
1836 – Texas

The Kane Legacy: faith, love, courage, and strength. In nineteenth-century Texas, they’re going to need it.

Alan Kane lost a beloved brother at the Alamo and grieves terribly. His one consolation is that he will be reunited with Adam someday in heaven. Meanwhile the United States seems to be caught in a web of destiny to fight Mexico. When General Sam Houston prepares to face off against General Santa Anna, the three remaining Kane brothers volunteer once again, leaving their heavy-hearted wives on the Diamond K Ranch. Who will return this time when the guns are silent and the dust has settled?

Can Alan let go of his brother Adam and freely love the woman he left behind? Can the Kane men make a difference in the war that threatens to destroy all they’ve worked to build? And will peace ever be theirs amid the rages of war?

Spanning a decade in the lives of the Kane family, Web of Destiny follows a loving Christian family through victory, loss, guilt, tears, and valor. It will stir the heart of anyone who has ever loved, lost, or sacrificed for a cause.

Hideaway Home by Hannah Alexander

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Hideaway Home
1940s – Missouri

Soldier Red Meyers had looked forward to the day he could return to Hideaway, Missouri, and to his sweetheart, Bertie Moennig. But his dreams were shattered when he was wounded in the last stages of World War II in Europe. Bertie was beautiful inside and out–she deserved a whole man. Red was determined to keep his distance.
But a tragedy on the home front brought the couple face-to-face for the first time in years, and now a dangerous mystery threatened both their lives. As they fought for survival in their tiny Ozark town, Red had to summon the faith and courage to protect the woman he’d never stopped loving.

My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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My Heart Remembers
 1886 – Missouri

United by blood, divided by time, will three orphan train siblings ever find one another again?

Orphaned in a tenement fire, three Irish-immigrant children are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Despite eight-year-old Maelle’s desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each child is taken by a different family. Yet Maelle vows that she will never stop searching for her brother and sister…and that they will be together one day in the future.

Seventeen years later, Maelle is still searching. But the years have washed away her hope… and her memories. What are Mattie and Molly doing now? Where has life taken them? Will she ever see her brother and sister again?

Torrent Falls by Jan Watson

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Torrent Falls (Troublesome Creek Series #3)
Torrent Falls (Troublesome Creek Series #3)

1888-Kentucky

The year is 1888; Copper is a young widow with a baby trying to make a go of the ramshackle farm she received from her father in Troublesome Creek. Copper’s life seems as dilapidated as the farm as she struggles to come to terms with her shattered world. Desperate to rekindle the easy faith she had as a child, she searches for peace and God’s direction in the serenity of the Kentucky mountains. Further complicating her life is a budding romance with John Pelfrey, Copper’s long ago sweetheart. Once sure she could never love again, Copper gives her heart to John only to face betrayal. A skilled midwife, Copper is challenged in many ways as she ministers to the women of eastern Kentucky. Always a believer, Copper still has much to learn as she grows in wisdom and in faith.

The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr

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1363 – England

Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling—despite his lively faith—and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris, and then hanging his sign in Oxford.

Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool. Through his medical knowledge, Singleton identifies her as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith.

The young man she loved—whom she had provoked very publicly—is quickly arrested and sentenced at Oxford. But this is just the beginning of the tale. 

The story of Singleton’s adventure unfolds with realistic medical procedures, droll medieval wit, romantic distractions, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion.