Land of My Heart by Tracie Peterson

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1864 – Montana

Adventurers, families, outlaws…all driven west in the 1860s by a longing for endless blue sky along with wild and wide-open spaces. When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move west to her uncle’s ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugged frontier–and even within her uncle’s home–will not be the idyllic adventure she expects. But first she has to survive the arduous wagon journey with the help of guide Cole Selby, whose heart seems to be as hard as the mountains he loves.

 

 

Road to Forgiveness by Carol Cox

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1898 – Arizona

Hallie Evans has stolen Jacob Garrett’s heart…

But before seeking Hallie’s hand in marriage, Jacob feels he must prove his worth to local ranchers–and himself. He’s determined to expose a ring of cattle thieves, then fight in a war for Cuba’s freedom. His plans, however, are sabotaged by Hallie’s impatient though well-meaning father, whose own attempt at revealing the rustlers leaves Jacob wounded and unable to fulfill his duty–for the community or for his country.

Hallie is torn between appeasing her hot-tempered father and realizing her love for Jacob. Somehow, she must help her father face his own demons–and help herself sort out her feelings for Jacob.

Can faith in God mend all wounds…and even allow for romance?

Once Chance in a Million by Cathy Marie Hake

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1800s – California

Having endured a grueling voyage from the British Islands, Mariam arrives at the Chance brothers’ ranch expecting to help her sister care for two children and six men. But Miriam is shocked to learn that her sister has died and her two nieces have been neglected. When the Chance brothers order Miriam to take the next ship back to her home, she digs in her heels. Her place is with her nieces – even if that reduces her chances of marriage to about one in a million. As the months pass, though, will Miriam come to believe that maybe one Chance is all she needs?

Faithful Traitor by Jill Stengl

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1774 – New York

Mr. LaTournay, a wealthy New York merchant, desires her as his bride. Despite Georgette’s objections, her British parents transact the engagement. Amid rumors of war and disastrous setbacks for British loyalists, Georgette meets her ideal: a masked, mysterious, yet devoted admirer who speaks of faithful love. Honor compels her to send him away, but she cannot forget him – even when she learns that he is a traitorous conspirator whose life is forfeit to the Crown. True to her vows, Georgette attempts to forget her secret love – until accusations bring her own loyalty into question. Surely Georgette cannot love a treacherous spy whose face she has never seen! Yet how can she bring herself to betray him? 

Night Song by Tricia Goyer

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1942 – Germany/Austria

The little-known, but true story of the orchestra started by prisoners in Hitler’s Mauthausen death camp. This courageous orchestra played the American national anthem as Allied troops arrived to liberate the camps. Around the orchestra story, Tricia weaves the fictional stories of a beautiful member of the Austrian resistance, the American GI who loves her, and a young prisoner who fakes his way into the camp orchestra in a desperate attempt to stay alive.

The Stones of My Accusers by Tracy Groot

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30s – Israel

You’re the one, Nathaniel had said. You go and tell her, “No stones.”

Rivkah knows her own sin all too well. She knows the prophets’ judgments against women like her—and still believes that prostitution doesn’t even compare to the most secret and shameful incident of her past. Not even her best friend knows what she did. Only God knows.

Determined to make her way to Caesarea Maritima to confront the mother of her beloved Nathaniel, Jorah has no time to consider the rumors she hears of her brother Jesus’ resurrection. She’ll stop at nothing to get the answers she needs.

A former Zealot, Joab is wrestling with delivering a message to a woman named Rivkah—a message that challenges everything he ever believed. A message from her son . . . “No stones.”

Premonition by R.S. Ingermanson

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AD 57 – Israel

What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and somehow got trapped in first-century Jerusalem after a controversial physics experiment went horribly wrong?

What if you knew from your history books that a kind and decent man was going to be murdered by the powers-that-be, all because of stupid politics?

What if you could prevent the murder, but you knew it might endanger the person you loved most in the world?

It’s A.D. 57 and Rivka Meyers desperately wants to go home, but her husband Ari is a physicist, and he says they’re stuck in the first century. He also says that the laws of physics say Rivka can’t change history. Rivka knows he’s wrong, and she’s going to prove it—by saving James the brother of Jesus from being murdered by the evil high priest.

The Pursuit by Lori Wick

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1812 – Africa and England

The Pursuit, book four in the series, is set in the spring of 1812, in Collingbourne, England. Edward Steele has enjoyed a great adventure in Africa with his brother, Henry. Now Henry has returned to England, and Edward is ready to follow. However, on his way home, he tells two strangers he will help them, and he stands by that promise. Little does he know that meeting these two men will delay his return, lead him to encounter a woman who captivates him, and change his life forever.

The Visitor by Lori Wick

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1812 – England

The Visitor, book three in the series, is set in the English countryside, 1812. After being thrown from his horse, Alexander Tate is left with bandaged eyes and prayers for healing. Under doctor’s orders, he leaves London for rest in Collingbourne. When his Aunt Harriet asks one of the Steele sisters to read to him daily, the intriguing voice of this visitor sparks new light in his heart.
As Tate’s affection grows, he wonders if this vibrant woman could love a man who might never see. Will these two young hearts trust God’s healing touch, however it may come?

Celtic Cross by Tammy Doherty

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1880 – Colorado

Shot…Bleeding…Barely Conscious… She’s Dying! A stranger arrives on the Donovan ranch just one breath away from dead. Matt Donovan does not hesitate to help, despite her unknown past. Will the man who shot her come riding down the trail after her, shattering peaceful Glenpark, Colorado?

When Cristeen wakes, she can remember nothing of her past. Only one thought haunts her day and night: trust no one.

Matt fears Cristeen’s fierce independence will lead only to tragedy. He vows to help Cristeen see the need to trust the Lord before it is too late. Cristeen must overcome her belief that loving only brings heartache.

Then a madman bent on revenge tracks her down. Matt cannot rescue Cristeen this time. Only the Lord can save her now—if she has enough faith to trust.

Can she overcome the past and learn to trust?

~ sometimes you have to forget who you are in order to become who you’re meant to be.

Desert Rose by Linda Chaikin

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1860s – Nevada

Jack Halliday struck it rich in the 1860 silver boom in Virginia City! As Annalee and her mother travel to join him in Nevada, their joy turns to ashes. They’re unprepared for the savage mountain winter that traps them in a desperate struggle for survival.

At this critical moment, lawman Brett Wilder arrives in town. He’s looking for the gunslinger who crippled his father—and he suspects Jack.

When Annalee and Brett meet as they each search for Jack, they must face what they believe about the sovereignty of God, justice, and mercy. They also must discover whether their growing love for one another will melt like snow into an icy mountain stream or bloom like a rose in the desert.

Tomorrow’s Treasure by Linda Chaikin

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1890s – England

Raised by her aunt and uncle at the rectory in the small English village of Grimston Way, lovely Evy Varley remembers little of her missionary parents and nothing of South Africa, the land where she was orphaned during the Zulu War of 1878. But when Sir Rogan Chantry, the arrogant and handsome son of the local Squire, accuses Evy’s mother of stealing the infamous Kimberly Black Diamond, Evy sets out to prove the rogue wrong and clear her mother’s name.

Secrets abound, however, from the diamond mines of South Africa to the halls of her own beloved rectory. Strangers come to Grimston Way for their own mysterious purposes, a stunned Evy finds that her own aunt and uncle may have concealed disturbing truths about her family, and the dashing Sir Rogan has his own reasons to seek the missing diamond.

Yet despite Rogan’s seemingly rakish ways and the class differences that render a romance between them impossible, Evy finds herself drawn to the man who was once her childhood friend and now holds the keys to her heart. Faced with a dangerous past and an uncertain future, Evy must draw upon her wits and her faith to pursue Tomorrow’s Treasure.

Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

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1788 – Scotland

Two brothers fight to claim one father’s blessing.
Two sisters long to claim one man’s heart.

In the autumn of 1788, amid the moors and glens of the Scottish Lowlands, two brothers and two sisters each embark on a painful journey of discovery.

Jamie and Evan McKie both want their father Alec’s flocks and lands, yet only one brother will inherit Glentrool. Leana and Rose McBride both yearn to catch the eye of the same handsome lad, yet only one sister will be his bride.
A thorny love triangle emerges, plagued by lies and deception, jealousy and desire, hidden secrets and broken promises. Brimming with passion and drama, Thorn in My Heart brings the past to vibrant life, revealing spiritual truths that transcend time and penetrate the deepest places of the heart.

The Brother’s Keeper by Tracy Groot

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30s – Israel

The sons of Joseph run a successful carpentry business in Nazareth. At least, it was successful until the oldest brother, Jesus, left home to tell the world he will forgive their sins and save their souls. Now everyone is hearing outlandish reports of healings and exorcisms. Business is suffering: not many people want a stool made by the family of the local crazy man.

When one of his brothers starts listening to Jesus’ troubling speeches and fanatical Zealots descend on Nazareth to convince his family to join their fight against Rome, James wants nothing more than to shut out these rumblings and have a normal life. But normal walked out the day his brother did.

James knows that this year’s Passover pilgrimage will be more important than ever. Hearing about a possible plot against Jesus, he must find him and talk some sense into him before it’s too late. And he must decide for himself who his brother really is. But on the dusty road to Jerusalem, more than one faction has murder on its mind. . . .

The Fisherman by Larry Huntsperger

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30s – Middle East

Few New Testament characters are as fascinating as Peter–a reluctant disciple who changed the face of Christianity. For more than twenty-five years, author and pastor Larry Huntsperger spent hundreds of hours studying New Testament documents in preparation for writing this fictional first-person account of the life of this enigmatic disciple.

The result is a novel that faithfully follows Scripture while offering a powerful, fresh narration of the story of one of the faith’s greatest men. In the fast-paced chapters of The Fisherman, readers will relive Peter’s initial resistance to the pull he feels toward Jesus and his ministry. They’ll walk with Peter alongside Jesus through the events of the Gospels and catch intimate glimpses of the disciples’ personalities. They’ll feel the dusty streets and the hot sun.

Catching Katie by Robin Lee Hatcher

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1916 – Idaho

Katie Jones is committed to fighting for the cause of woman’s suffrage. She has no time for romance, especially not with her best friend Ben Rafferty. But when Katie’s column in Ben’s newspaper stirs things up, sparks begin to fly. Ben is set on winning Katie over, but Katie is just as determined to stay true to her 1916 feminist ideals. With such strong obstacles in the way, their relationship can’t possibly progress. Unless somehow love finds a way…

“You can run all you want, Katie. You still can’t run away from your feelings or from my love. Not today. Not ever.” With determination in his voice, he added, “I will catch you, Katie.”

Beyond the Sacred Page by Jack Cavanaugh

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1535 – England

He has always loved her…and only her. She’s in love with a book and a cause he has vowed to destroy.

1535. A passionate heretic hunter, Pernell Foxe has dedicated his life to protecting the sacred Scriptures from those infidels who translate it into the vulgar tongue and distribute it among the masses. Meg Foxe, his wife, is haunted by her violent past and tortured by nightmares. She finds comfort in her husband’s arms…when he’s home. Then one night, soldiers pound on her door and whisk her away to Whitehall Palace to help calm the tempestuous Anne Boleyn, Queen of England. While there, Meg confiscates a banned New Testament from three of the queen’s attendants, intending to destroy it. But the book falls open, and she is captivated and soothed by the words….

The story of a vulnerable woman, a driven man, and a remarkable book.

Fire by Night Lynn Austin

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1861 – Virginia

Two young women in a land shattered by war test the limits of their strength.

Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do Philadelphia family. But when she fails to attract the attention of Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she shocks her family by becoming a Union nurse. Will that be enough to win Nathaniel’s heart?

Phoebe Bigelow, from western Virginia, has always been a misfit, and when her brothers join the Union army, she also enlists–under false pretenses.

Soon, both have their eyes opened to the realities of war and suffering. Neither is quite ready for the demands of her new life, but their journeys of sacrifice and love are sure to change them in unexpected ways.

The Crying for a Vision by Walter Wangerin Jr.

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Moves Walking–Waskn Mani–is an unusual boy. To the amazement of his fellow Lakota tribesman, he does not hunt or fight. Instead he stitches clothes, supple and warm–and the beauty of his quillwork has never before been seen. So when Moves Walking challenges Fire Thunder, the fiercest of all warriors, nobody can understand why or how he would dare. Fire Thunder’s thirst for battle has made him a living legend–revered by his people and feared by his enemies. He is going to lead the Lakota to victory over everything and everyone, and no boy is going to stop him.

But Moves Walking knows the truth about Fire Thunder’s path to glory. He knows it will lead to the destruction of his people as well as their enemies. But Moves Walking also knows that to bring the Lakota back to life and hope, he will have to make the greatest sacrifice of all.

There is a Wideness by Mark McAllister

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1937 – Texas

History and fiction merge seamlessly in the 1937 oil-town setting of New London, Texas. When a gas-leak explosion kills more than 300 school children, teachers, and visitors, young Luke Robertson loses his little sister, and Russ Smith loses his mind—at least for a while.

Years later, fate mysteriously brings these two men together again, provoking them to seek answers to the questions that have haunted them. Join them on the dusty back roads of Texas as they discover the wideness of God’s mercy. Based on a true story!

The Rescue by Lori Wick

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1811 – England

The Rescue, book two in the series, is set in 1811 England. When Anne Gardiner slips from a ladder into the arms of a stranger, her father, Colonel Gardiner, deems the innocent embrace cause for immediate marriage.
Weston eventually sees that the “marriage” was performed for the Colonel’s sake and that Anne had no choice. When he learns that she’s sacrificed her own reputation to protect his name, Weston finds himself drawn to Anne.
But will these two guarded people give love a chance? And can they trust God enough to step into a new, real relationship? 

The Proposal by Lori Wick

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1810 – England

The Proposal, book one in the series, is set in 1810 London, England. William Jennings has never been interested in marriage and family. So when a relative dies and leaves Jennings three young children, his world turns upside down.
Thrilled to have boys to carry on his name, William invests time in the two brothers, but the little girl is tended to by a negligent nanny. Finally, Jennings seeks help from his sister and soon becomes acquainted with her neighbor, Marianne Walker. Her strength and faith intrigues Jennings, but will he allow himself to fall for her and the God she loves?

Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin

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 1860 – Virginia

CAUGHT in a nation splitting apart.

ANGERED by those who would enslave others.

EMBOLDENED by a passion to make a difference.

TORN between the one she loves and a truth she can’t deny.

Here is Caroline Fletcher’s story.

Candle in the Darkness, Book One in the Refiner’s Fire series, tells the story of a timid southern girl who finds her voice as she begins to tell the truth about the atrocities around her. A short stay in the North confirms her abolitionist feelings, but when she returns to the South she finds herself torn between her home, a beloved suitor who doesn’t share her feelings, and the principles she knows are true. Standing for right may mean standing alone. Does she have the courage?

Friends and Enemies by Stephen Bly

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1891 – South Dakota

ROBERT FORTUNE IS THE LAST ONE TO COME HOME. Robert is not like his father, the legendary Brazos Fortune. Not a businessman like his brother Todd. Not a notorious retired gunslinger like his brother Sam. Nor the social darlings of the Black Hills like little sister, Dacee June. Hes a career soldier who no longer has a career. With the discipline of a West Point graduate, and the rock solid faith his long-departed mother, Robert moves his family to Deadwood to join the rest of the clan. And in Deadwood, Robert finds not only his placeas a railroad detectivebut a fistful of enemies, all seeking vengeance against him and his family.

The Mystic Rose by Stephen R. Lawhead

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11th Century – Turkey/Spain

A thousand years after its disappearance, the Mystic Rose—the fabled Chalice of the Last Supper—has been found, and the warrior monks of the Knights Templar, led by the ruthless and corrupt Renaud de Bracineaux, will stop at nothing to possess it. One brave, dauntless, noblewoman stands in their way . . .

Born among the hills of Scotland, and raised on the Crusader tales of her grandfather, Murdo, and her father, Duncan, young Cait is determined to claim the Holy Cup for her own. Guided by a handful of clues gleaned from a stolen letter, Cait and a small band of knights follow a treacherous trail that leads from the shadowed halls of Saint Sophia into the heart of Moorish Spain and a world long unseen by Christian eyes. A journey whose end means victory . . . or death.

Currier & Ives Christmas by Various Authors

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The artistry of renowned lithographers Currier & Ives captures the beauty and nostalgia of simpler days and Christmases past. Yet, while a picture may be worth a thousand words, there are times when even the best illustrations leave viewers with a yearning to know more. Inspired by the classic American art of Currier & Ives, these seasonal love stories delve deep inside the artists’ portrayals to imagine and illustrate the untold tales behind each wintry scene. Look beyond the art to discover the heartwarming stories of holiday love of yesteryear in A Currier & Ives Christmas.

Includes The Snow Storm by Lynn A Coleman, Image of Love by JoAnn A. Grote, Dreams and Secrets by DiAnn Mills, and Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney.

Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney

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1871 – Dakota Territory

Young Stella Bradford is determined to win the love of James Collingwood, her English professor at the university where Stella is studying to be an architect. But the object of Stella’s affection seems to hide a dark secret from his past, and even if Stella could capture his attention, she is certain her father would not approve of the match. But neither James, nor Stella has an inkling that his secret is woven into her own past in a way that will ultimately bring blessing to them both.

Promised to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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1897 – Idaho

Dear Mother and Father,

After all those years, I was certain Jakob Hirsch had forgotten me. Then came his proposal of marriage. With more impulse than wisdom, I crossed the ocean to begin a new life with him in Shadow Creek, Idaho. Little did I dream of the changes eleven years had brought to the man I once loved—which included three small children waiting with him at the station. I will not marry a stranger who no longer loves me, but I have agreed to look after Jakob’s children until the harvest is in. A cabin on his property provides me with respectable living quarters. If only it were as easy to separate my heart from this family! It will be difficult to leave when the time comes, for I am falling in love with these little ones—and, truth be told, with Jakob.

Your loving daughter,

Karola Breit

In Idaho, the land is good but life is hard for a German émigré whose dreams have turned to dust. Love found and lost can shatter a man’s faith. But it is about to strengthen that of the woman to whom he turns—and in the drought of summer, a withered promise springs to life. Promised to Me is book four in the Coming to America series about women who come to America to start new lives.

 

Emily’s Place by Tracey Bateman

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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?