Beneath a Harvest Sky by Tracie Peterson

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1931 – New Mexico

As a Harvey tour guide, Rainy Gordon spends her days in the magnificent landscape of New Mexico. Having already fled a tainted past, Rainy is alarmed when she becomes a suspect in an investigation of stolen Hopi Indian artifacts. The man she loves has been secretly asked to assist the law enforcement groups in finding the thief. When all evidence points in her direction, will the truth be revealed in time?

Across the Years by Tracie Peterson

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1929 – Arizona

The last ten years have been difficult for Ashley Reynolds–first her parents disowned her because of her choice of spouse, war tragically took his life, then she discovered she would bear his child. Living with her grandfather and raising her daughter, Ashley Reynolds has finally found an element of peace while working as a Harvey Girl in Winslow, Arizona. When a crew of architects come to build a massive resort hotel, bringing a mysterious man into her life, her world unexpectedly changes.

Shadows of the Canyon by Tracie Peterson

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1923 – Arizona

Working as a Harvey Girl at the luxury resort of El Tovar, located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Alexandra Keegan feels she is in a dream come true. But when her father’s indiscretions come to light and her mother is suspected of murder, Alex finds herself the center of some unwelcome attention. Will she soon find herself alone in the world?

Circle of Honor by Carol Umberger

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1306 – Scotland

Adam Macintosh was there when Robert the Bruce killed Sir John Comyn and destroyed his family home. Sir John’s men staged an ambush and Adam, seriously wounded, has gone home to Castle Moy to recuperate only to find his father, Angus Macintosh, is dying and has named his son as the next laird. Leod Macpherson, who wants to be chieftain of the Macintosh and Macphereson clans, claims a cripple like Adam isn’t man enough to be laird.

Gwenyth Comyn, Sir John’s daughter, vowed not to rest until her father’s killer is dead. She has been taken captive and is a servant in Leod’s keep. When she is brutally assaulted, she accuses Adam, and is given the choice of having him killed or forcing him into a sham, handfast marriage. She saves his life by choosing marriage, but can a knight of Robert the Bruce and the daughter of Sir John Comyn live in peace?

These Tangled Threads by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

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1833 – Massachusetts

Timid yet alluring Daughtie Winfield finds herself in a precarious position when the new doctor casts his favor upon her. Though flattered by his attention, she is drawn to Liam Donohue, a local Irish artisan. As Daughtie and Liam work together to help runaway slaves, their friendship blossoms. But her work in the mills is threatened when a downturn in profits causes the Associates to decrease wages–resulting in plans for a strike. With the fate of the textile industry in an upheaval, will her hopes for love be thwarted as dissention infiltrates life in Lowell?

A Fragile Design by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

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1831 – Massachusetts

The mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry when she decides to flee the life of the Shakers. There she finds the independence she seeks and a greater purpose as she works for educational reform. But Lowell, plagued by ethnic strife, seems no longer a safe haven but rather a danger when several girls go missing. As rumors and conflict invade the industry of the mill, Arabella struggles with her own heart as two men vie for her love.

Daughter of the Loom by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

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1828 – Massachusetts

The mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, comes to life with intrigue and drama from the creative writing team of Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson. Young women of the 19th century seek employment from driven men intent on transforming America’s textile industry. Daughters of the Loom features Lilly Armbruster, who is forced to work in the mills as her only means for survival. But Lilly’s resentment runs deep against the “lords of the loom”–the men she believes have stolen her father’s farm and caused his premature death. Her animosity happens to include Matthew Cheever, her childhood friend and one-time betrothed. Though separated by their opposing views about the future of the mill and the community that surrounds it, the emotions of their hearts still bind them. Will their dreams for the future allow their fragile love to survive?

All the Way Home by Ann Tatlock

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1930s/1960s – California/Mississippi

From a rough section of Los Angeles during the late Depression years, to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s in the South, this novel is a searing portrayal of one family trapped by alcoholism and another living the typical middle class life. A true American story told through the eyes of two girls, best friends, separated by the internment camps of World War II.

The Outlaw’s Twin Sister by Stephen Bly

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1884 – Mexico

Her life was like a bad dream that kept getting worse. Until the Lord awakened her to a future of hope.

Julianna Ortiz gave up her hopes for a perfect life long ago. She’s 32, and alone, and she’s accepted that. For how could she ask anyone to share in the absurdity that has become her life? Her twin brother is languishing in a Mexican prison. His fellow gang members are constantly harassing her. And her father, who was absent for so long, has finally returned.

As if Julianna needs another aggravation, along comes a notorious gunslinger who goes only by the Spanish name DelNorte. Their first meeting is frustrating. So much so that she’d rather see him dead than talk with him again–a wish that almost comes true.

Yet this enigmatic man just may hold the key to saving all that matters most to her.

Toward a New Beginning by R. William Rogers

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1800s – Oregon Trail

Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, Missouri, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.

The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship and survival that is complicated by: dangerous weather, raging river crossings, unique personalities in the wagons, hostile Indian attacks, hunger, water shortage vengeance, courage, romance, and biblical principles.

The determined traveler’s abilitiy to effectively defend themselves is pushed to the very limits as One Eye’s maurading warriors harrass and attack them repeatedly, with devastating results. With four of the train’s beloved children having been taken captive, the inner strength of the beleagured pioneers is sorely tested and a handful of the men set out to recover the children.

After valiant attempts to rescue their children fail miserably, they are forced to return empty-handed. Against all that is held sacred, the members of the wagon train are forced to leave them behind while they do their best to evade the heathens and continue their struggle for survival with barely enough water left to keep the animals going.

With all hope of ever seeing their children again now gone, it is the valor and ingenuity of the beautiful Comanche woman, Birsdong, that is yet to be heard from.

Shenandoah Home by Sara Mitchell

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1889 – Virginia

Two Mysteries to Unravel. Two Loves to Be Discovered. One Faith to Be Sparked Anew.

Two sisters wonder all their lives why their father hid mysterious objects in the secret drawers of their heartwood chests. But it will take two special men, and God’s perfect timing, for them to begin to see the answer through their Father’s eyes.

The cardinal feather… Free-spirited Garnet Sinclair has a growing reputation as a pen-and-ink artist–and a secret she has entrusted to only one man: Dr. Sloan MacAllister. But Sloan has a shadowed past of his own–one he must confront if he is to win the courageous and beautiful redhead who has captured his heart.

The gingerbread girl… Meredith, Garnet’s stubborn older sister, desires a fulfilling career…and love. Wealthy businessman J. Preston Clarke seems to be the answer to her prayers. But all is not as it appears, and Meredith will walk through fire before she finds true love in the last place she would ever dream.

Virginia Autumn by Sara Mitchell

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1895 – Virginia

The second and final novel in Sara Mitchell’s historical Sinclair Legacy series, Virginia Autumn traces the struggles and spiritual growth of young schoolteacher Leah Sinclair and her widowed father, Jacob.

Spinster schoolteacher Leah lives by intellect and reason, unable to relate to the rich, full-hearted faith of her father and two older sisters (whose stories are told in Book One: Shenandoah Home). Yet her dogged pursuit by devout naturalist Cade Beringer suddenly brings Leah face-to-face with her doubts and fears–and with the possibility that love can bloom where she least expects it.

As Leah falls in love, and with his other daughters married and gone, Jacob faces an uncertain future. He realizes that he is too old for adventure and too young to cease working. But when the terribly scarred concert pianist Fiona Carlton enters his life, he begins to suspect that he is not, and never will be, too old for love.

Linking together two old-fashioned love stories, Mitchell beautifully addresses God’s compassion, reminding readers that the Creator is intimately aware of our hidden places of pain, and that his love for us truly is unrelenting.

The Shadow Women by Angela Hunt

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1400s BC – Egypt

The three main women in Moses’s life narrate his dramatic story from their perspectives. Miryam, his seven-year-old sister, and Merytamon, his 14-year-old adoptive mother, cover his early years as an Egyptian prince. Nine-year-old Zipporah, his future wife, tells of Moses’ time with her father, a priest, and their family. After God reveals himself to Moses, Miryam recounts the liberation of the Jewish people and their escape from Egypt, and Zipporah and Miryam recall the years in the wilderness. The animosity and jealousy Miryam feels for both Merytomon and Zipporah flood the narrative, poisoning their happiness, but Moses takes scant notice, focused as he is on his task of serving God.

Hallelujah by J. Scott Featherstone

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1740s – England

Composed in just twenty-four days, Handel’s “Grand Oratorio which rendered him immortal” was birthed in the darkest and most desperate hours of his life. His health was failing. Critics ridiculed him. Creditors hounded him. Friends betrayed him. Pride had nearly destroyed him. Yet, out of Handel’s night emerged the dawn of Messiah. Anyone who has thrilled at hearing the Hallelujah Chorus will feel “profound attachment” to Handel’s story of hope and redemption as timeless and poignant as the music itself.

His Watchful Eye by Jack Cavanaugh

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1943/1989 – Russia/US

World War II. The army of the Third Reich. Konrad Reichmann, a model of Hitler’s youth movement, becomes disillusioned as the reality of the Russian front bears no resemblance to the glory the Fuhrer portrayed in his speeches. Even lower than his unit’s morale are supplies and fuel as Russia’s winter sets in. When the slaughter of innocents opens his eyes to the true nature of the Reich, Konrad embarks upon a bold and dangerous plan to put a stop to the horror and change the course of history.

 

Temporary Husband by Diann Mills

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1885 – Nebraska

Nettie is arrested doing God’s work.

When Nettie Franklin shares her temperance views with the local saloon customers, she lands herself in one of Mesquite, Nebraska’s two jail cells. And there’s no help from the town’s only judge–who happens to own the saloon.

Nettie’s only escape is through marriage to Riley O’Connor, a man she barely knows. Her temporary husband can both infuriate and fascinate her. As the weeks pass, Nettie sees that God may be using the situation to bring needed changes to her life.

Can a marriage of convenience bear all things–including love? Will God’s work include making this temporary marriage a permanent arrangement?

But for Grace by Tracey Bateman

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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?

City Girl by Lori Wick

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1883 – Texas

City girl Reagan Sullivan may know her way around New York City, but nothing back East has prepared her for the land of armadillos and tall Texans. Chasing after adventure to blur an unhappy past, the highly independent Reagan has landed a job out West–but quite clearly she is not out to land a husband. When the gentle rancher Cash Rawlings comes into her life, Reagan finds herself intrigued with the man and his faith–but love and commitment are adventures this city girl has vowed never to embark upon.

Will Reagan be able to come to terms with her fragile past and discover a new way of living without fear? And will the faith and peace that belong to so many of her new friends ever enter her own life?

Friday’s Child by Linda Chaikin

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1940s – England/Scotland

It’s World War II, and Vanessa Mortimer has turned the family estate into a temporary shelter for refugees. But in this place of sanctuary, trouble stirs. When Trevor, a wounded doctor, is accused of being a spy, Vanessa rallies to his defense. Yet even as she supports him, she cannot deny the convincing evidence that Scott, a RAF pilot, presents. As the two men seek to win her heart, Vanessa must decide whom to trust—Trevor or Scott?

Friday’s child has a heart to love and give, but she also needs wisdom and prudence. Will she discover the truth before it’s too late?

Thursday’s Child by Linda Chaikin

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1940s – England/Egypt/Greece

Thursday’s Child is the newest adventure/romance in the popular A Day to Remember series by award-winning author Linda Chaikin.

When Paulette marries Garret Holden, she’s certain their love will last. Their first year is exciting and romantic…until tragedy strikes. They suffer a bitter separation, and Paulette blames Garret. Then her uncle sends word from Greece that Garret has been shot and is hunted by German agents. When Paulette sets out on a perilous journey to find him, Hitler’s army is ready to storm Athens.

“Thursday’s child has far to go” in her search for her husband—and her own journey. Leaving a place of safety, Paulette puts herself into God’s hands to reconcile with the man she’s promised to love forever.

Edge of Honor Gilbert Morris

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1865 – Arkansas

Quentin Larribee is a surgeon–one of the best. But in the confusion of one of the Civil War’s last, desperate skirmishes, the hands devoted to healing bring death to William Breckenridge, an enemy soldier in the act of surrendering. Now the deed haunts Quentin.

A bright future lies before him, with marriage to the lovely Irene Chambers and eventual ownership of her father’s prosperous medical practice. But it cannot ease Quentin’s troubled conscience. Honor compels him to see to the welfare of the dead man’s family.

Quentin moves from New York City to the little town of Helena, Arkansas, where he attempts to save the wife of Breckenridge and her children from financial ruin. But in trying to solve one problem, he creates another, falling in love with the widow of the man he killed–a woman who knows nothing of his terrible secret.Two women beckon Quentin–one to a life where his gift as a healer can prosper beyond his wildest dreams, the other to a truer but impossible love.

Edge of Honor is an unforgettable novel of redemption and honor, where good is found in the unlikeliest places and God’s unseen hand weaves a masterful tapestry of human hearts and lives.

The Black Rood by Stephen R. Lawhead

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1132 – Ancient Scotland/Israel

In a time of legends and heroes, blood and mystery, one man will carry on his family’s destiny as he sets upon a dangerous and glorious quest.

The Great Crusade is long over, or so Duncan, son of Murdo, believes until a long-lost uncle appears from the East bearing tales of immense treasure. Though the Iron Lance had been won for the emperor, an even holier relic has been found: the Black Rood—the prayer-worn, blood-stained remnant of the True Cross—now endangered by the greedy ambitions of ruthless crusader barons bent on carving kingdoms from the desert sands of the Middle East.

When Duncan’s life is shattered by tragedy, he sets sail on his own pilgrimage to Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of his father. But the gates to the Holy Land are guarded by the warrior priests known as the Knights Templar. These fearsome guardians hold the key to more than just Duncan’s fate—the very destiny of the West is in their hands.

Shadow of the Wolf by Lianne Bruynell Lopes

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WWII – Germany

Anna Strayer flees America and the humiliation of a broken engagement to visit her Aunt and Uncle in Germany. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine the whirlpool of events she is about to be sucked into. A mere two days after her arrival in Germany – Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass occurs. The enchanted country is suddenly enveloped in an evil cloud of darkness.

Anna agrees to aid her Uncle in his covert efforts to help Jews fleeing the ensuing holocaust. Her risky midnight excursions soon endanger her own life when she has a run in with a hard-nosed Gestapo agent.
Lieutenant Ricard Von Heimer is infatuated with the feisty young woman staying with his close friends. Despite his efforts to woo her, she remains cold and obstinate towards him–and her late night excursions after curfew deeply concern him.

Against her will, Anna finds her attraction to the handsome German officer growing. His gentle side is such a contrast to the cold, steel-eyed soldier, and her Uncle constantly reminds her things are not always as they seem.

When tragedy strikes and Anna is arrested, Ricard comes to her aid. In their hasty escape, he confesses his love and Anna realizes that she returns his affection. But their escape is short-lived when Ricard is shot and Anna is captured and sent to a concentration camp. Forsaken in the isolation chamber, Anna turns her heart to God and finds peace, but her questions remains unanswered. Will she live through this nightmare and see her parents in America again? Is it possible that Ricard could still be alive? Will she ever see his smiling green eyes again?

China Tapestry by Various Authors

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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?

Tarah’s Lessons by Tracey Bateman

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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?

Ashes and Ice by Tracie Peterson

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1898 – Alaska/California

When heartache and loss invade Karen Pierce’s carefully ordered world, she is devastated. Her plans and dreams for the future seem distant and unattainable, and she is bound by a promise to care for two young adults who are struggling with a loss of their own. Continuing their journey north to the goldfields seems their only option, and Adrik Ivanov agrees to be their guide. With a late start and the constant threat of winter hastening their pace, Adrik wonders at the wisdom of their decision. But he longs to prove his commitment and growing love for Karen, who has pushed aside his advances in the past. Inspired by the beautiful and rugged landscape, Karen thrives under the difficult conditions of their trek. As her heart begins to journey back to the core of her once-solid faith, will she dare to embrace the love offered to her?

Silver Moon by Sigmund Brouwer

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1874 – Wyoming Territory

With the old west as a backdrop, the Sam Keaton novels are first and foremost mysteries, taking readers to authentic historical events just after the Civil War. In Silver Moon, Keaton is now a lawman with trouble in town. Bank robberies, murder, and the mistrust of the town make his work difficult. The appearance of a group of renegades only makes life tougher.

Thunder Voice by Sigmund Brouwer

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1876 – Wyoming Territory

The town drunk’s death is no surprise to Sam Keaton, until two Texas Rangers and the man’s niece arrive and begin asking questions–leading Sam to realize that there is a large inheritance at stake, but he must be careful of his own life as he pursues what he now believes is a murder case.

Picture Rock by Stephen Bly

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1906 – Nevada

The hot desert winds and gold mines of Goldfield, Nevada make California’s cool valley breezes and peaceful farms seem like heaven on earth. And though O. T. Skinner constantly dreams of moving west, he and his family are still in the sin-filled boomtown. They don’t have much, but they do have each other.

O.T. loves his strong-minded, independent wife who takes care of their family as well as the miners who depend on her warm meals and friendly nature. But the days in her café are long, and Dola Mae is finding out the hard way what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a helping hand–and she can only pray it doesn’t become permanent.

Dola Mae knows she is blessed to be married to a man who’d do anything for his family and friends, no matter the risk; but she’s terrified she’ll lose him. Her fear may become reality when O.T.’s generosity puts his life–and the lives of his loved ones–in jeopardy one too many times.

Through it all, the Skinners remain a portrait of virtue and strength, making them the rarest of treasures in a town built on gambling all for a little gold.

Highland Hopes by Gary Parker

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1900s – North Carolina

A family saga depicting life in early 1900s North Carolina unfolds when 100-year-old matriarch Abigail Porter relates the events of her life to her great-granddaughters, starting with the tragic circumstances of her birth and including the drama of two feuding families, war, and the deadly pandemic influenza.

Heart of the Sandhills by Stephanie Grace Whitson

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1860s – Minnesota

Married for a little more than a year, Genevieve LaCroix Dane Two Stars and her beloved Daniel Two Stars dream of making a happy home in a safe place. But Dakota Indians living in Minnesota in the aftermath of the Dakota War face hostility that seems to grow stronger every day. When Daniel is offered work as an army scout in the West, the couple leave Minnesota in hopes of finding a new home. But then tragedy strikes again, and this time it threatens the Two Stars’ love for one another and their faith in God. After all they’ve been through, will the Two Stars’ find what Gen prays for? “All we want is a place to be … just a place to be.” Is it too much to ask?

 

 

 

Edge of the Wilderness by Stephanie Grace Whitson

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1863 – Minnesota

Genevieve LaCroix has survived the Dakota War, but her broken heart cannot seem to mend. Can Daniel Two Stars really be dead? Caring for a widower’s children gives her new purpose, but when Simon Dane proposes marriage, Gen cannot bring herself to accept. Simon begins a ministry to the suffering Dakota Sioux imprisoned at Camp McClellan, and Gen sees a side of the man she cannot ignore. If Daniel really is gone, what could be better than working with Simon to bring reconciliation to the frontier? Gen eventually learns that while obedience to God can sometimes require painful choices, it can also yield healing and unexpected joy. Will she say yes to Simon’s proposal? And what will happen when she learns that Daniel Two Stars is alive?