Meet four women whose lives are in transition and watch as something old, new, borrowed, or blue brings them joy, romance, and renewed faith. Betsy’s something old is a lost family watch. Wren’s something new is a home built with her in mind. Clara’s something borrowed is a farmhand from the neighbors. Darla’s something blue is her mother’s missing cameo. Will each woman find the treasure her heart is intent upon in these four historical romance novellas?
1895 – North Dakota
Rosemary Jackson has traveled all the way to the frozen tundra of North Dakota territory to visit her twin sister, Rachel. It’s been three long years since Rachel left Kansas with her new husband for this wild place. But Rosemary arrives to find only a grave, a grieving brother-in-law, and an underfed baby. She has no choice but to stay and see her sister’s family through the long winter.
Finn Tate has just buried his beloved wife, and he cannot seem to take care of himself or his infant daughter. He needs help. But he cannot stand the sight of Rosemary, who reminds him so much of Rachel, standing at his cook stove.
When Rosemary settles into a neighboring homestead, Finn realizes she is far more strong-willed than he ever anticipated. But after a series of mishaps on Rosemary’s property threaten her livelihood, it becomes clear that Finn is not the only one who wants her to go back to Kansas.
When the wildflowers arrive with the spring, will Rosemary be forced to leave everything she’s come to love in Wildrose, North Dakota?
1880 – Oregon
Eva’s friendship with Jonesy must end. Even if he did feel more than friendship for her, knowledge of her soiled present and tragic future would turn his love sour. Pushing him away is as much for his good as her own. Ben “Jonesy” Jones is only hanging around Oregon long enough to help bring in his father’s crop; then it’s back to Texas to tend the ranchland he loves. That was the plan, until a spirited young lady became part of his dreams. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to prove his affections and make her his bride. Can romance and restoration be found beside the still waters of God’s relentless love?
A Pandora’s box opens when reporter Andy Carmichael, too light skinned for acceptance by blacks and too dark skinned for acceptance by whites, is sent to Georgia to interview Miss Penbrook, an icon of Southern literature. From her deathbed, the mysterious Miss Penbrook gives Andy journals that reveal a surprising twist – her story and his own meld into one.
Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith.
1885 – Kansas
When given the opportunity to buy the local mercantile, Emily St. John snaps it up – mostly because it will allow her to work side by side with the man she’s loved since childhood. Surely, he’ll finally pay attention to her. But Jeremiah Daniels can’t believe it. He’s scrimped and saved in order to buy the store he works in… and he’s waited to court Emily until he had it and could provide well for her. Now, he figures, she can just keep her store and spend her spare time working for women’s suffrage. He’s going to open a shop of his own. All is fair in love and war, it’s said – but can this stubborn pair rise above their pride and see God’s plan is for them to be together?
1855 – Oregon
With Mama dead and no way to provide for herself, Star Campbell barely escaped from Luke’s Saloon and ran straight into Michael Riley’s arms. Suddenly doors open for her to start a new and better life. The only hitch is, she has a secret past that she cannot shake. Michael Riley is a simple farmer. Once burnt badly by love, the last thing he’s about to fall for is a beautiful woman. When his chivalrous streak has him take Star into his home, she wins both his mother’s and daughter’s hearts. God forgives and forgets – but can man?
Woven through all things are vibrant threads of love – the love of God to His creation, the love of a parent to a child, the love of a man to a woman. Experience that love, enriching the fabric of life, against the backdrop of vivid Chinese culture. Feel the trepidation of Hanshi, as she awaits an arranged marriage. Will A Length of Silk help show her the plan God has to reward her faithfulness? Journey with Qui Jin to a new land full of hidden dangers. Can her cherished memories – and The Golden Cord – lead her to arms of love? Wait with Shiren for God’s will to unfold – even as difficult relatives and war with Japan threaten her dreams. Will The Crimson Brocade ever be worn for a wedding? Explore Chinese heritage with Lisa, and learn God’s lessons in charitable love. As the Bindings of the Heart constrict, will she find freedom to allow herself to love?
1800s – Kansas
Already frustrated by the incorrigible students she teaches on the Kansas frontier, Tarah is further troubled when Anthony Greene, the one man she has always loved, returns to town. And she is certainly not ready to graciously accept his apparent preference for the simpering Louisa Thomas, the banker’s daughter who obviously has designs for the handsome young preacher. But the appearance of two abused children in the community changes everyone. How will Tarah be able to win the trust of Laney and Ben and help them to build a new life? Will she be able to accept the gifts of friendship from Anthony, if that is all he is willing to offer? And will her heart be open to lessons God has for her in a situation that seems to offer only heartache and loneliness?